Biography of Frank W. Smith
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Smith, Frank W. was born on the farm he owns February 25. 1850, the oldest of four children of Sanford and Lodosca (Place) Smith. he a native of Woolworth, born in 1816 on the farm of our subject, and she a native of Hindsburg, Vt., born in 1829. The grandfather was Oliver Smith, a native of West Stockbridge, Mass., who came on the farm our subject owns in 1805, where he died in 1826, aged forty five. His wife was Thankful Ford, born in West Stockbridge, Mass., who died in 1858 aged eighty three. The grandfather on the mother's side was Roswell P. Place, born in 1803 (birthplace not known), He enlisted in the army in 1846, at Lyons, to take part in the Mexican war. Served until nearly the end of the war when was taken sick with fever and died in Mexico. His wife was Aurellia Branch, born in 1804 at Monkton, Vt., was the mother of seven children, all girls, of which the oldest was the mother of subject. She died in Vermont in 1878. Subject was reared on a farm, educated in Palmyra Union Schools, a resident of Chicago for several years, and followed the dramatic profession for seven years, traveling through Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, and portions of Canada and Pennsylvania. He returned to his farm life in 1879 where be has since resided, except one year selling nursery stock for Elwanger & Barry of Rochester. He owns 100 acres, follows general farming and makes a specialty of raising small fruit. He was married twice, first to Emma C. Payne, a native of Blissfield, Lenawee county, Mich., who died August 20, 1876; and subject married, second, in 1886 Annie E., daughter William Barnsdale of Walworth. Our subject has one brother living, Albert R., a railroad man of Buffalo.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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