Biography of Joseph Smiley
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





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.

From:
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


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