Smiley, Joseph, came with his wife from Bloomingburgh, Sullivan county, his birth place, to the town of Ulysses
about 1824. A year later he moved to the town of Groton and settled at Peruville, where for many years he was a
successful tanner and farmer. He died September 1, 1879. His wife, Hannah Dickison Smiley, died several years earlier.
Four children, of the five born to them, are still living, two sons and two daughters. Everett Smiley, the older
son, was born in Peruville, January 29, 1828, where he lived until twenty six years of age, assisting his father
on the farm and in the tannery. A. year later, he, with his brother, bought a farm near West Dryden. He occupied
this farm until 1863, when he exchanged it for the Smiley homestead, which is still in his possession. Here he
conducted a highly successful farming business until 1879, when he removed to Groton village, where he still resides.
In 1855, he was married to Nancy Halladay, daughter of Lyman Halladay of West Groton. They have one child, Mary,
wife of Charles O. Rhodes. Mr. Smiley has been a conservative Republican. He supported Mr. Greeley for the presidency
in 1872 and in later years has favored the Prohibition party. He is not a man who ever sought public office, yet
has held many positions of trust, always retaining the confidence of his fellow men in his business ability, honor
and integrity. He was a member of the Groton village Board of Education for several terms, and declined a reelection
in August, 1893, preferring complete retirement from public and business affairs, nevertheless taking a deep interest
in the welfare of his native town.
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894
Tompkins County, NY
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