Biography of William J. Smith
Yates County, NY Biographies





Smith, William J., son of Isaac and Nancy (Stevenson) Smith, was born at Salem, Washington County, N. Y., in 1823. He married, in 1843 Margaret Van Cleef, of Seneca Falls, where they settled and remained until 1861, when they removed to Dresden, Yates County, N. Y., where he still resides. Mr. Smith was a miller by trade, but on coming to Dresden he at once engaged in grape culture, and now has a fine vineyard of ten acres. His son, George C., of whom we write, was born at Seneca Falls, December 21, 1844, and came to Dresden with his father in 1861. February to, 1863, he enlisted in Company E, One Hundred and Ninety second New York Volunteers, and at once went to the front with his regiment in the Army of the Potomac, and fought under Generals Hancock, Mead, and Grant, participating in the battles of Antietam, Gettysburg, Winchester, the Wilderness, and many others. He escaped without even a scratch, and was honorably discharged at the close of the war in 1865. .He then traveled through most of the Western States, and finally settled at Dixon, Lee County, Ill., in the fall of 1871. He then engaged in joiner work, and May 11, 1872, he married Grace, daughter of H. C. Dudley, esq., and a lineal descendant of Sir Guilford Dudley, of English fame. He prosecuted his trade under the direction of Col. T. Morgan, an unusually competent mechanic, and a large contractor and builder, until 1880. He then established a business of his own. In 1884 he returned to Dresden and bought a home on Seneca street adjoining his father, where he is successfully conducting his business of contractor and builder. Some of the finest new buildings in Dresden are samples of his skill and also several in Penn Yang. They have two sons and two daughters.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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