Biography of William F. Smith
Mifflin Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies





WILLIAM F. SMITH was born in Bedford County, Penn., January 18, 1833. He is a son of Adam and Elizabeth (Wehen) Smith, natives of Pennsylvania, and of German parentage. There were eight children in the family, four living. Henrietta, wife of Ferdinand Switzer; Elenor, wife of Jacob Switzer; William F. and Sophia, wife of William Rieber. The deceased are Margaret, Caroline, George A. and Reuben, who enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty third Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was killed in the battle of Winchester. After engaging in brick making a number of years in various localities, the father came to this county in 1851, and purchased 120 acres of land, where he died a few years later. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in good standing. William F., the subject of this notice, was reared on the farm, and, after his father's death, aided in supporting the family. He was married, December 26, 1854, to Miss Elizabeth Stevens, daughter of John and Sarah Stevens, and the following are the names of the children born to them: Josiah J., October 20, 1855; George W., Sept. 7, 1857; John A., April 2, 1859; Reuben E., December 28, 1860; William V., March 20, 1863; Elenor M., May 26, 1868. Mr. Smith purchased and inherited. 120 acres, on which he resided fourteen years. He then removed to Bucyrus to burn brick for the new Union School building, at that place sold his farm, purchasing one of 480 acres (the Renick farm), which he afterward disposed. of in small lots, and purchased his present property. Besides 159 acres in this township, he also owns forty acres in Marseilles Township, and is ranked among the best farmers of the county.

From:
The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884


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