Biography of William F. Smith
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Smith, William F. - Christopher Smith was born in Hunterdon, N. J., in 1750, and came to Hector (then in Tompkins county) as early as 1798, where he died. His children were John, Elias, Christiann (Mrs. Travis), Mary (Mrs. Robinson), James, Isaiah, Peter and William. John was a captain in the State militia, and with his company was called out in the war of 1812, on the Niagara frontier. Isaiah was a major general in the State militia, and served as colonel in the war of 1812 on Niagara frontier. Peter Smith, born June 9, 1777, married Clarissa, daughter of David Fithin and Mary (Haines) Halsey, March 7, 1799, and settled in Ulysses in 1802. Mrs. Smith was born February 24, 1778. Their children were Fithin Halsey; Lucinda, born August 20, 1802, died July 2, 1805; Polly P. (Mrs. Watson Aldridge), born August 26, 1804, died September 10, 1873; Charity, born July 10, 1806, died November 3, 1807; William, born January 12, 1809, died May 17, 1889; Jared H., born March 10, 1811, died January 7, 1891; Henry C., born April 14, 1813, died in Wisconsin; Elias A., born March 7, 1816, and Harriet W. (Mrs. Peter Wicks), born March 7, 1818. Mr. Peter Smith died in June, 1858. Fithen Halsey Smith, born March 1, 1800, died May 14, 1875. October 30, 1825, he married Betsey Curry, who was born March 14, 1802, and who died May 15, 1886. They settled in Enfield in 1826, but late in life removed to Covert, Seneca county. He was a self educated man, taught school for many years, and was long school commissioner of Enfield. His children were Clara S. (Mrs. Frances Hallenbeck), born November 11, 1826; Nancy M. (Mrs, Sidney P. Stevenson), born August 20, 1828; Harris A., born January 22, 1830; William F. and Elizabeth S. (Mrs. Lyman Ostrom), twins, born July 9, 1834, and Viola L., born May 26, 1836, died June 4, 1855. William F. Smith married, February 12, 1858, Mary B. Farrar, of Massachusetts, who was born November 12, 1830, died September 14, 1891. Their children are Anna E. (Mrs. H. Knappenberger), of Illinois; Samuel Frederick, born September 24, 1862, married Mary Smiley; Ellen F. (Mrs. George A. Kresga); Harriet Halsey, born February 24, 1867, died July 21, 1888; Charles F., born May 7. 1868, married Myrtie E. Rolfe in August, 1892; and William Herbert, born April 22, 1875, married Anna Belle Kresge. Mr. Smith began teaching school when eighteen years of age, and continued until 1890, three years of this time in Connecticut and two in Ithaca. He has been justice of the peace sixteen years, and was supervisor of Enfield one term.

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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