Biography of David E. Smith
Potter County, PA Biographies

DAVID E. SMITH, stationary engineer, Oswayo, was born in Chenango county, N. Y., April 22, 1847, a son of David D. and Mary B. (Gray) Smith. His father was a native of Rutland, Vt., and his mother of Danbury, Conn. They settled in Oswayo township, Potter Co., Penn., in 1851, where his father engaged in lumbering for two years, then embarked in farming, at which he continued until his death in October, 1863. He was the father of seven children, five of whom grew to maturity, viz.: Thomas, Robert, Joanna (Mrs. James W. Chase), Frederick and David E. David D. Smith cleared a large farm in Oswayo, and during the time made more improvements, considering his means, than any man in the community. He erected, in 1856, the largest barn then in the county, and was a prominent and representative citizen. David E. Smith was reared in Oswayo from five years of age, and received a good common-school education. He has followed the occupation of stationary engineer for twenty years, and, since 1879, has been in the employ of J. J. Lapham & Co., as engineer in their Oswayo tannery. He married, in 1872, Joanna, daughter of James B. and Jane (Steele) Charmer, of Hebron, this county. They have six children: James, Elmer, Gertrude, Mary, Amasa and Jennie. Politically Mr. Smith is independent; he is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

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

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