WILLIAM N. SMITH, a well known agriculturist and reliable citizen of Hopewell township, owns a farm of 60 acres,
40 of which are in section 29, where he resides. He was born July 19, 1853, in Liberty township, Mercer County,
Ohio, and is a son of George and Gertrude (Wappas) Smith.
This Smith family is of German extraction and was founded in Liberty township by our subject's grandfather, John
Smith. The latter brought his family here from Germany in pioneer times, his son George being about 12 years of
age when they came to the United States and located in Pennsylvania, soon after removing to Mercer County, Ohio.
George Smith became identified with the leading interests of Liberty tovnship, where he lived a long and useful
life, dying June 3, 1901, in his 74th year. He married Gertrude Wappas, also a native of Germany, who died in Liberty
township, November 16, 1890, in her 59th year. They had to children and the survivors of the family are as follows:
William N., of this sketch; Margaret, wife of F. P. Miller, of Hopewell township; George W., of Liberty township;
Louisa, wife of William Roberts, of Jefferson township; Emma, wife of Henry Smith, of Hopewell township; and Dulcina,
wife of Edward Roettger, of Liberty township.
William N. Smith grew to manhood in Liberty township and has always followed agricultural pursuits. His educational
chances were the same as other youths in his locality, and while they were neither so abundant nor so complete
as at the present day they served to turn out well informed men and women. Mr. Smith has always been a friend of
the public schools and has testified to his interest by consenting to serve as school director in his district
and also as clerk of the school district. Although he is independent in politics, he has been elected to a number
of locale offices, a pretty good proof of the confidence felt in him by his fellow citizens. For four years he
served as constable and for the past 10 years has been road supervisor of Road District No. 3, Hopewell township.
His constant attention to the duties of this position has resulted in the excellent highways enjoyed in this locality.
On December 1, 1874, Mr. Smith was married to Caroline Myers, who was born in Hopewell township, Mercer County,
Ohio, and is a daughter of Jacob Myers, who died when she was a child of four years. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have had
seven children, as follows: Jacob W., Nora B. (deceased), Matilda J., Ruby D., George E., Gertrude E. and Alfred
W. Religiously Mr. Smith and family belong to the Evangelical Association.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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