Biography of Ansel T. Smith
Potter County, PA Biographies

ANSEL T. SMITH, grocer, Oswayo, was born in Cortland county, N. Y., November 30, 1822, a son of Walker and Sarah (Taylor) Smith, who settled in Ulysses, Potter Co., Penn., in 1838, where they cleared and improved a farm and reared a family of ten children, eight of whom grew to maturity: Ansel T., Arnold W., Parmeno A., Joshua T., Walker O., Sarah A. (Mrs. Sherman Lane), Delana (Mrs. Horace Chandler) and Esther A. (Mrs. Buck). Ansel T. Smith was sixteen years of age when he settled with his parents in Ulysses township. He followed blacksmithing for a number of years, and for eight years was a local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He located in Oswayo in 1869, where he carried on a blacksmith shop for several years. Since 1886 he has been engaged in the grocery business. He has been twice married; his first wife was Sarah, daughter of John and Sarah Reed, of Eulalia, this county, and they had two children: Nathan L. and William W. His present wife was Savina Brown, of Ulysses. Mr. Smith is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and politically he is a Prohibitionist.


From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890


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