Biography of Bela B. Smith
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Smith, Bela B., Madrid, was born in the town of De Peyster, St. Lawrence county, February 23, 1835. His father was a native of Vermont, born in Pittsford, July 14, 1805, and came to St. Lawrence county when twenty one years of age. He took up a tract of land in De Peyster, where he reared a family of three children and spent nearly the whole of his life. He died April 4, 1887, in the village of Heuvelton, to which he and his wife retired in Sepernber, 1881. The mother of our subject, Eliza Bell, was a native of Canada, born in 1804, and she died March 28, 1888. John W. Smith, the oldest son, is a resident of Heuvelton. The sister, Priscilla, married Charles P. Anderson of Oswegatchie, and they are now residents of Heuvelton. The early life of our subject was spent in De Peyster. He was educated in the common school and lived on the old homestead farm until in 1886 he sold the farm and went to Heuvelton to take care of his parents. In May, 1888, after their death, he came to Madrid, where he bought a half interest in partnership with W. B. Maloney in the grist mill, and at the expiration of three years he sold his interest to Mr. Maloney. After two years he. in company with W. H. Hall of Madrid, bought back the mill, which they now conduct. Mr. Smith was a Republican until 1885, when he believed it his duty to work for temperance, and he has since been an avowed Prohibitionist. He and his family are members of the Methodist church, and he is treasurer and trustee of the Madrid church. He married, December 26, 1855, Elizabeth, daughter of William Anderson of Oswegatchie. and they have one child, Cynthia S., married October 28, 1890, James R. Fisher of Madrid, who forms part of the family of our subject, he being employed in the mill.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894


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