Biography of J. Avery Smith
Potter County, PA Biographies

J. AVERY SMITH, farmer, P. 0. Mills, was born in Greenwood, Steuben Co., N. Y., January 4, 1839, a son of Jesse and Polly (Miner) Smith, natives of Tompkins county, N. Y., and pioneers of Steuben county, N Y His paternal grandfather was Enos Smith, and his maternal grandfather was Allen Miner, both pioneers of Steuben Co., N. Y. Mr. Smith was reared in his native county, and settled in Harrison township, Potter Co., Penn., in 1864, where he has since been engaged in farming. He was in the Civil war, enlisting in July, 1863, in Company K, One Hundred and Seventh New York Volunteers, and was honorably discharged on account of disability, in March, 1864. The same year he married Emily, daughter of Isaac and Keziah (Wickes) Thompson, who settled in Harrison township in 1832. To them have been born three children: Anna M., born January 5, 1866; Edith B., born July 26, 1873, and Jesse M., born January 22, 1877. Mr. Smith occupies a part of the Isaac Thompson homestead. He is a member of the Baptist Church, and in politics is a Republican.

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

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