Biography of Wheeler H & Earl V. Smith
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Smith, Wheeler H. and Earl V., are sons of Hugh H. Smith, who came to this town with his father, Joseph Smith, when twenty two years of age. Joseph Smith was born in Susquehanna, Pa., December 23, 1787, and died February 12, 1875. He served six months at Black Rock during the latter part of the war of 1812 and afterward drew a pension. His wife, Polly Van Tyle, was born in Minnisink, Orange county, June 19, 1787, and died December 2, 1822. Their children were Rebecca, born November 4, 1809, died August 2, 1823; Sally A., born October 13, 1810, died August 10, 1830; Hugh H., born November 24, 1815, died October 10, 1845. Joseph married second in January, 1824, Sally Polly, born February 15, 1803, in Minnisink, died September 17, 1837, by whom he had these children: Mary Ann (Mrs. W. C. Douglass), born October 26, 1824; Lewis W., born December 25, 1826; Jane, born May 20, 1829; Jacob, born December 22, 1832; George V., born March 13, 1837; the last four are dead. His third wife was Abigail Carpenter, of Carmel, Putnam county, born October 27, 1802, whom he married July 22, 1838, and who died February 14, 1875. She bore him these children Hannah, born April 17, 1839; William, born February 10, 1841 (deceased); Caroline, born October 13, 1842; William, born December 9, 1844 (deceased); Fannie, born April 15, 1850. Joseph Smith settled in Enfield on what is known as the Andrew Brown farm in 1837, where he died as above stated. He was a good farmer and for thirty years was a deacon in the Baptist church in Mecklenburg. He and Colonel Brewer brought the first shorthorn Durham cattle into Tompkins county Hugh H. Smith was also a representative farmer. In 1839 he married Marinda Hawey (born July 2, 1809, died in 1884), by whom he had these children: Elizabeth, born June 21, 1841, died February 2, 1865; Earl V. and Wheeler H. He was a man of more than ordinary ability and was entrusted with the settlement of numerous estates. Earl V. Smith was born September 19, 1843, and married Olive N. Kirby. He has been postmaster at Mecklenburg four years, and is a farmer in the west part of the town. Wheeler H. Smith, who owns and occupies a large tract of land near the southwest corner of Enfield, was born June 26, 1846. He has been twice married, first to Miss Frank Williams, and second to Miss Ella A. Spencer. He has had three children: Elizabeth, born May 21, 1880, died August 1, 1892; Roxana M., born August 3, 1883; and Hugh H., born September 23, 1888.

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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