William W. Smith, recorder of Will County, is among the prominent men of Joliet. He was born in Madison County,
Ga., Jan. 16, 1863, the son of William R. and Mary (Whitworth) Smith.
William R. Smith, deceased, was born and reared in Madison County, Georgia, and in 1866 moved to Cobb County, Georgia,
where he successfully engaged in general farming. He was born Jan. 14, 1830, and died in October, 1904. His wife,
who was born in Madison County, Feb. 28, 1828, died in December, 1876. Both are buried in Bullard Cemetery, near
Powder Springs, Ga. They were lifelong members of the Baptist Church, of which he served as deacon.
William W. Smith was educated in the schools of Cobb County, Ga., and spent his early youth on his father's farm.
In September, 1886, he went to Birmingham, Alabama, where he engaged in railroad construction work, remaining there
until 1891. During this time he also learned the carpenter trade there and the same year he went to Pittsburgh,
Pa., where he learned the structural iron workers trade. In 1893 he removed to Joliet, where he was employed in
the construction of the Phoenix Horseshoe plant, continuing in their employ until 1908., when he was elected recorder
of deeds of Will County and has been reelected to that office every four years, having served continuously for
a period of 20 years.
On Sept. 14, 1898, Mr. Smith was united in marriage with Miss Gertrude L. DeLong, the daughter of Stephen V. and
Sarah J. (Stanley) DeLong, natives of New York. Mr. and Mrs. DeLong were married in Will County, Ill., having come
here about 1866 and were married in 1868. Mr. DeLong was a soldier of the Civil War. He enlisted in New York and
served throughout the war in the Heavy Artillery. Mr. and Mrs. DeLong are deceased and are buried in Oakwood Cemetery,
Joliet. Mrs. Smith died July 7, 1921. On Oct. 3, 1925, Mr. Smith married Miss Charlotte M. Teetsell, the daughter
of Jeremiah H. and Charlotte A. (Brink) Teetsell. Both Mr. and Mrs. Teetsell, natives of New York, are deceased,
and are buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Saugerties, N. Y. Mr. Teetsell was also a Civil War soldier and served
two years and 10 months in Company G, 120th Volunteer Infantry.
Mr. Smith is a member of the Presbyterian Church and he is affiliated with Mt. Joliet Lodge, A. F. & A. M.
No. 42, past master in 1900; Joliet Chapter, R. A. M. No. 27; Joliet Council, R. and S. M. No. 87; Joliet Commandery,
K. T. No. 4; Oriental Consistory, A. A. S. R. 32nd degree; Ansar Temple A. A. O. N. M. S., Springfield, Ill.; Shrine
Club of Joliet; Loyal Order of Moose, No. 300; and Modern Woodmen of America. He is a Republican in politics and
has held the office of tax collector of Joliet Township.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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