Biography of Rev. Jacob B. Smith
Hancock County, OH Biographies

REV. JACOB B. SMITH, farmer, and minister of the Baptist Church, P. 0. Findlay, was born October 21, 1841, in Adams Township, Seneca Co., Ohio. His father, Isaac Smith, a native of Franklin County, Ohio, married Miss Mary Bishop, and moved in a very early day to Seneca County, Ohio, where he carried on a tanning establishment, which he operated until 1848, when he moved to Eagle Township, this county Here he purchased a new farm of 240 acres of land and began clearing and developing it. He and his worthy wife were members of the Predestinarian Baptist Church from early life. Isaac Smiths. was a consistent supporter of the Democratic party. He rendered valuable services in the settlement of this portion of Hancock County. He was prostrated by heat in 1863, which resulted in heart disease, causing his death in 1869. His widow still resides on the homestead farm. Rev. Jacob B. Smith. the subject of this sketch. spent his early life on his father's farm. Beginning in 1863 he taught school five winter terms, with uniform and undoubted success. August 10. 1864, he became united in marriage with Miss Eliza Helms, of Madison Township. this county, who died July 9, 1873, leaving three children: Edson K., Laura I. and Nellie I.; the latter died April 10, 1881, aged seven years and nine months. December 13, 1874, Mr. Smith was again married, this time to Miss Evalina Barad, and they have two daughters living. Orpha and Elva, and have buried three infants. Mr. Smith united with the Predestinarian Baptist Church in 1869, and was ordained a minister thereof in 1874. He has devoted his services unselfishly to the cause of his church most of the time since his ordination. Mr Smith is one of the leading and most able ministers of the Sandusky Association. Being a life long Democrat he has taken an active interest in public affairs. He has served his township five years as clerk, and six years as assessor. He was chosen justice of the peace in 1879 and has held the position ever since. He discharges his duties faithfully and to the entire satisfaction of the people. He carried on a mercantile establishment in Findlay, Ohio, with Charles Elms as partner, from 1871 to 1874, when he moved back to the farm, which he owns, comprising 140 acres of well improved land in Eagle Township. He is a man of extensive and varied abilities, having carried on, successfully, a blacksmith shop on his place since 1864, doing work for an extensive community. He has also been very successful in the carpenter business; he built his own very large and commodious house, also several residences and barn buildings in this township and in Findlay, also in Dunkirk, Hardin Co., Ohio. He is a man of wonderful energy and excellent judgment, and is called upon to transact business for his neighbors for miles around. He is bringing up a bright young family who are taking a high position in society and business.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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