Biography of John C. Smith
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Smith, John C., Russell, was born in Russell, July 3, 1851. He is a son of John T. Smith, who was born in Russell April 5, 1822, and was a farmer by occupation. He married Alzina Chapman of Stone, Vt., by whom he had five children. He died July 12, 1858, and his wife in November, 1870. Our subject was educated in the public schools, but his parents dying, he and his brother, R. G. Smith, carried on the homestead until John C. became of age, when the place was sold. At the age of nineteen the latter began work on a farm, and in 1877 he and his brothers, K. G. and E. L., engaged in the hardware business, he soon buying out the interest of B. G. Smith, and later he and E. L. sold to the former, and engaged in farming. After four years John C. returned to Russell, where he has since lived. In 1884 he bought the building now occupied by R. G. Smith, and he and the latter now occupy the upper story in the manufacture of the Gibbons washing machine. He also owns a farm of 193 acres, which he uses as a dairy farm. He isa Democrat in politics, and is serving his second term as justice of the peace. He is a member of Russell Lodge No. 566, F. & A. M. July 2, 1878, he married Ella C., daughter of Calvin H. Knox. The latter was a son of Chester, whose father, John Knox, came from Blandford, Mass., to Russell in 1805. Calvin H. was born here December 3, 1824, and died November 10, 1891. March 2, 1858, he married Priscilla Barker, by whom he had two children: the wife of Mr. Smith, and Justine E., deceased wife of F. A. Gray of Russell. Mrs. Knox died March 9, 1864.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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