Biography of Henry Smith
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Smith, Henry, of Lansing, was born in Hoglanburg, N. Y., March 10, 1834. His father died when our subject was six years of age, and with his mother and stepfather he moved to Canada. When eight years old he went to live with James Doran, and there remained until he was twenty, when he went to Rochester and engaged on a farm for six months, then on the N. Y. C. Railroad for six months, and then operated a pressed brick machine. He then went to Brighton and tended locks on the canal; thence to Penfield, and there engaged in the nursery, which he followed five years. Later he purchased fifty acres near Aurora and engaged in farming for a time. Then he came to Genoa and purchased another farm, where he lived for some five years. In 1869 he removed to Lansing and bought the farm of one hundred and forty acres, where he now lives. He married in November, 1859, Elsie, daughter of Deacon Hanford and Elsie Smith. She died in 1879. He afterward married Hannah W. Field, of Auburn. They have had four children: Amelia Pearl, Henry F., Julius La Motte, and Elsie May. Mr. Smith is a Granger and a Republican. The farm he now owns was purchased by Samuel Smith, the great grandfather of Mr. Smith's present wife, in 1803.

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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