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Simmons Hardware Company of St. Louis, Missouri,
the largest hardware company in the world. The two
years next following he sold hardware for Jenney,
Semple & Company, of Minneapolis, in Dakota, Mon-
tana, Washington and Oregon. Returning to New
Hampshire in 1S92 he found employment with John
B. Varick & Company, of jNIanchester, for whom he
sold hardware in New Hampshire and Vermont six
months. He then sold goods over New Hampshire,
Vermont, and Massachusetts for S. A. Felton, Son
& Company, brush manufacturers in New Flamp-
shire, Vermont and ]\Iassachusetts. In 1893 he be-
came bookkeeper for the S. C. Forsaith Manufactur-
ing Company. At the end of a year Mr. Smith
took the position of superintendent of the lumber
department and managed the aft'airs of this depart-
ment for the company between four and live years.
This box shop was purchased by D. B. Varney, who
employed Mr. Smith to manage this, which
he did for three years. Mr. Varney died, and Mr.
Smith was retained to conduct the business for his
wife for another year. In 1902 the Smith Box and
Lumber Company was formed with James G. Fel-
lows, president; Bert J. Fellows, treasurer; and J.
R. Smith, general manager. The business is located
in Manchester and has flourished under Mr. Smith's
energetic and efficient management. Nine million feet
of lumber, enough to load one thousand cars, is made
into packing cases and boxes annually. The number
of persons employed by the factory is seventy-five
and nine horses. Mr. Smith is a man of ex-

tensive and varied experience, of fine executive
ability and an untiring worker. Equipped as he is
for business, he has made the company of which he
is a member a success from the beginning. He mar-
ried (first), in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November
25, 1875, Lenora B. Day, by whom he had two chil-
dren, John R., and Rena A., who now resides in
Minneapolis. The son is now a first lieutenant in
the United States service in the Ninth United States
Infantry in the the Philippines. He married (sec-
ond), in Manchester, New Hampshire, September 18,
1897, Florence Hodge, widow of David A. Hodge,
of Manchester. By her first marriage she had one
child, David Albert, who has assumed the name of
Smith. Mr. Smith is a Democrat in politics. He
owns. one of the finest homes in Manchester, at No.'
274 Prospect street, where he keeps a stable of fine

In the history of the world the Smith
SMITH has been a pioneer of civilization in

every country, in every clime, and in
every age. He forged the swords and plowshares
and made the coats of mail and war chariots of all
the nations of antiquity. His value as a member of
the community has never been denied. Among our
Anglo-Saxon ancestors the smith was a member
of his lord's council, and at feasts sat in the place
of honor, at the lord's right hand. The name
Smith, anciently spelled Smythe, is derived from
"smite," and signifies "striker," or "one who beats,"
referring to the use of the hammer. It was one of
the first occupative surnames adopted by an English
speaking people when they stepped out of the twi-
light of the middle ages into the light of modern
civilization. As there were unrelated smiths at their
forges who became .ancestors of Smith families, so
there are many families of Smith in no way re-
lated to each other. The surname has been borne'
by many distinguished men both in England and
America, from early times to the present, and it
now seems to be as suggestive of energy, industry
and excellence, as it was a thousand years ago.

(I) Joseph Smith, a soldier in the Revolution-
ary war, joined the Continental army at Saratoga
in 1777, and served as adjutant in Lieutenant-Col-
onel Welch's battalion, under Brigadier-General
Whipple. After that war he resided in Plaistow,
nearly opposite to the residence of George Done-
cuer. He married a Miss Sawyer, and had a son
Timothy, and by a second marriage James and
Isaac, and perhaps others. The family were known
as "store-keepers." The sons moved to Hampstead
about 1824.

(II) Isaac, son of Adjutant Joseph Smith,
and his wife Mary, was born at Plaistow, May 31,
1793, and died June 11, 1869, aged seventy-six
years. He was a merchant in Hampstead for many
years, was successful in business, and a leading citi-
zen in the town. He was always interested in the
political, financial, educational and religious affairs
of the commimity in which he dwelt. Was town
clerk from 1825 to 1832; supervising member of the
school committee 1842-44, 1S49-51, and selectman in
1844, 1846 and 1847. In 1849 he was chairman of
the committee of arrangements to celebrate the one
hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of the
town of Hampstead. For some years he had the
only store at Hampstead, and was the postmaster.
An authority says that "Major Isaac Smith was one
of the prosperous merchants of the town." He
was a lifjeral and cheerful supporter of the Congre-
gational Church. He was married July I, 1822, to
Mary Clarke, daughter of Nathaniel and Abigail



Clarke (see Clarke, III), born in Plaistow, Januarj'
21, 1800, by Rev. John Kelly, of Hanipstead".
Three children were born to them : Mary Clarke,
at Hampton, September 16, 1823, married James
Brickett, September 6, 1853, and died August 19,
1875 : Isaac William, born May 18, 1825 ; and Na-
thaniel Clarke, born in Hampstead, December 4,
1827, died December 11, 1901. Mary Clarke Smith
died June 6, 1833. Mr. Smith was married (sec-
ond), October 23, 1834, to Sarah Clement, of Salis-
bury, by Rev. Benjamin F. Foster, of that place.
They had two children : Rufus Clement, born in
Hampton, June 19, 1836; and Joseph, born i\Iarch
12, 1839, died in cfiildhood. Sarah Clement Smith
died May 2, 1866, and her husband married (third),
March 20, 1867, Mrs. Abigail Clarke, of Lowell,
Massachusetts, who died August 27, 1879.

(Ill) Isaac William, second child of Isaac and
Mary (Clarke) Smith, was born in Hampstead,
May 18, 1825, and died at Manchester, New Hamp-
shire, November 28, 1898. His early years were
passed in his native village and in attendance of
brief periods at the academies in Salisbury, Derry
and Sanbornton. He entered Phillips Academj',
Andover, Massachusetts, at the age of fifteen years,
and having completed his preparatory course there
in 1842, entered Dartmouth College in the fall of
the same year. He graduated in 1846, and spent
some months in teaching. In 1S47 he commenced
the study of law in the office of William Smith, of
Lowell, Massachusetts. After spending nearly a
3'ear there he removed to Manchester, New Hamp-
shire, and completed his studies in the office of Hon.
Daniel Clark, who was later a member of the
United States senate and United States .district
judge for the district of New Hampshire. He was
admitted to the bar July 9. 1850, and at once began
the practice' of his profession. In 1851 he formed
a partnership with Herman Foster, which existed
until the latter part of the following year. In De-
cember, 1856, he became a partner with Mr. Clark,
with whom he had studied. This relationship
lasted five years. In 185 1 and 1852 Mr. Smith was
president of the common council, city solicitor in
1854-55 and mayor in 1869. He also served two
year's as a member of the school committee. In
1855 -'^ received the appointment of judge of the
police court of Manchester, which position he filled
until 1857, when he resigned to enable him to give
his entire attention to the practice of law. In 1859
he was elected to represent his ward in the state
legislature, and Avas re-elected the following year,
and in the latter part was chairman of the judiciary
committee of the house of representatives. He was
elected to the state senate in 1862 and 1863. and
was chairman of the judiciary committee of that
body. He was appointed in i8i53 by President Lin-
coln to be. assessor for the second revenue district
of New Hampshire, and held this ofiice until 1870.
He was appointed associate justice of the supreme
judicial court of New Hampshire, February 10,
1874, by Governor Straw. In August of that year
the court was reorganized and he was appointed by
Governor Weston associate justice of the new court,
and held the office until the court was again re-
organized, in August, 1876. He then resumed the
practice of law, which he continued until 1877,
when he was appointed by Governor Prescott asso-
ciate justice of the supreme court to fill a vacancy
upon that bench, and occupied the position until he
retired by reason of having reached the age limit
prescribed by the constitution. May 18, 1895. After
a service of twenty years upon the supreme bench
he again entered upon the practice of his profes-

sion, with a degree of vigor belonging to a much
younger man. As a lawyer. Judge Smith in his
practice was characterized by a clear judgment, un-
sparing industry and unbending integrity. Upon
the bench his ability as a lawyer, his conscientious
and thorough examination of every case upon which
he was called to express ah opinion, and the ju-
dicial poise and impartiality which he always main-
tained, secured for his decisions the highest degree
of confidence and respect. Judge Smith was one of
the trustees of the Manchester City Library from
September, 1872, and a trustee of the Manchester
Savings Bank from 1841. He was also a member of
the bank committee upon investments. He was an
old-time stockholder of the Manchester Athenaeum
upon which the City Library was founded, and a
short time before his death was elected vice-pres-
ident of the Athenaeum, the organization of which
is always kept up. He was president of the Dart-
mouth Alumni Association in 1881-83, and of the
Phi Beta Kappa Society in 1882-84. In college he
was one of the charter members of the Dartmouth
Chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi Society. In 1880
he delivered before the Alumni Association a eulogy
upon the life and character of the Hon. William
H. Bartlett, late associate justice of the supreme
court of New Hampshire. In March, 1885, he was
elected one of the trustees of the college, and held
thai position until his death, at that time being
clerk of the trustees. He received the degree of
Doctor of Laws from the college in 1889. He had
been a member of the New Hampshire Historical
Societ}^ sinre 1861. As early as 1849 'he delivered
an iddress which was subsequently published, at the
centennial celebration of the incorporation of his
native town. His taste for historical investigation
gave a special zest and value to a visit which he
made in the summer of 1878 to several scenes of
historic interest in the old world. In 1889 he was
a delegate from Manchester to the New Hampshire
constitutional convention. Politically Judge Smith
was a strong Republican from the organization of
the Dyt}-, and was very active in politics until he
went upon the bench. He was an earnest advocate
of the principles of the party during the Civil war
and in reconstruction times. In 1856 he was a dele-
gate to the national convention which nominated
Fremont and Dayton as Republican candidates for
president and vice-president. Religiously, by educa-
tion and conviction, his sympathies were with the
Orthodox Congregationalists. He early identified
himself with the Franklin Street Church, with
which he was connected for over forty years, and
assumed his full share of the burdens and responsi-
bilities, being called at different times to fill the
offices of president, treasurer and director in it. In
1870 he became a member of the church in full
communion. Judge Smith was a Knight Templar,
and although not active in the order while upon
the bench, took an interest after that time. He died
very suddenly and unexpectedly of heart disease,
while at work in his office, November 28, 1898.

Judge Smith married. August 16, 1854, Amanda
W., daughter of Hon. Hiram Brown, the first mayor
of Manchester. They had eight children: IMary
A., wife of Vincent C. Ferguson, of Roswell, New
Mexico : William I. Clarke, of Wayne, Pennsylva-
nia : Arthur Whitney, deceased, March 5, 1886 ; Ju-
lia B., wife of Walter B. Cowan, of Sidmouth,
England ; Edward C of Manchester. New Hamp-
shire ; Daniel C, of Lawrence, Massachusetts ; Jen-
nie P., wife of Dr. James F. Bottfield, of Newton,
Massachusetts; Grace L., of Manchester, New

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(IV) Edward Clark, son of Isaac William and
Amanda W. (Brown) Smith, was born in Man-
chester, Octol)cr 24, 1864. He attended the public
schools of h's native city, and graduated from the
Tiigh school in 1884. He then entered the drug
business as a clerk in the store of Park H.. Kelly,
where he remained two years, and then filled a like
position with John B. Hall for about three years.
In 1890 he opened a drug store on his own account
at the corner of Elm and Orange streets, where he
was in business until 1897. He subsequently bought
a half interest in John B. Hall's drug store, which
he now owns. He has taken an active part in poli-
tics from early manhood, and in 1897 was elected
city clerk. He was annually re-elected in 1898
and 1S99, and bi-ennially in 1901. 1903, 1905 and
1907. In the year 1903 the Uncanoonuc Inclined
Railroad and Development Company was organized
for the purpose of constructing a railroad to the
summit of Uncanoonuc Mountain, and improving
real estate m the vicinity, and Mr. Smith was
elected president and treasurer of the company,
which position he still holds. He was president of
the_ Young Men's Republican Club, one of the most
active and influential clubs in Manchester, for eight
years. He is a member of Washington Lodge, No.
61, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; past chan-
cellor commander of Golden Rule Lodge, No. 45,
Knights of Pythias, and chairman of the joint board
of trustees. He is also a member of Passaconna-
way Lodge, No. 5, Improved Order of Red Men,
and of the Derryfield Club. In religion he is a Con-
gregationalist, and is a member of the society of
the Franklin Street Church. Mr. Smith is one of
Manchester's most energetic, industrious and trust-
worthy citizens, and a successful business man. He
married, April 14, 1891, Anna I\I. Spencer, daughter
of John and Charlotte Spencer, of Manchester.

It has not been possible to connect this
SMITH line with those of the Smiths whose

history has previously been written.
The_ present family can be traced as far as the Rev-
olution only.

(I) Abijah Smith, of Ashford, Connecticut, was
a Revolutionary soldier, but the dates of his birth
and death are not known. He served sixteen days
at the time of the Lexington alarm, and also served
in Captain Knowlton's company of Ashford from
May 6 to December 10, 1775.

(II) Abiiah (2), son of Abijah (i) Smith, was
born probably in Ashford. Connecticut. On August
28, 1783, he married Judith Whiton, and thev had
seven children: Martha, Stephen, Judith, Polly,
Abiiah, Elijah W. and Howard. Abijah (2) Smith
died in Randolph, Vermont.

(III) Elijah Whiton, third son and sixth child
of Abijah (2) and Judith (Whiton) Smith, was
born in Randolph, Vermont. He was a farmer and
lived al] his life in Randolph. He belonged to the
local militia, and was captain of the Light Artillery
Company of his town. Captain Smith married
(first), a Miss' Arnold, whose christian name is un-
known. She died, leaving six children : Avery,
Eleazer, Caroline, Ellen, Ann and Abby. Captain
Smith married for his second wife Mrs. Dolly Hig-
gins Stevens a native of Randolph. There were
four children by the second marriage: Harriet,
Delia. Edgar W. whose sketch follows; and Pren-
tiss C. Captain Elijah W. Smith died in 1850 at
Randolph, Vermont, and his widow survived him
more than forty years, dying in May or June, 1894,
at Randolph.

(IV) Edgar William, third child and eldest

son of Captain Elijah Whiton Smith and his sec-
ond wife, Mrs. Dolly Higgins Stevens, was born
at Randolph, Vermont, July 3, 1845. He was edu-
cated in the schools of his native town and at New
Hampton Institute, New Hampton, New Hamp-
shire. He afterwards taught school in Fairview,
New Jersey, for several years, and then returned
to East Randolph, where he taught a select school
for a time. He began the study of law in the office
of Philander Perrin and N. L. Boyden, of Ran-
dolph, and continued his study in the office of for-
mer Governor George W. Hendee, at Morrisville,
Vermont, and later in the office of Judge Abel
Underwood, of Wells River, Vetmont. He was ad-
mitted to the Vermont bar on January i, 1872. Mr.
Smith then took up his residence at Wells River,
and began the practice of law by himself, occupying
the same office as Judge Underwood. After the
death of the latter he took the entire office where
he has maintained a large practice down to the
present time. In 1884 he admitted Scott Sloane as
partner, and a few years later they opened an office
across the river at Woodsville, New Hampshire.
This partnership continued till May i, 1899, when
Mr. Sloane retired and Mr. Edgar W. Smith re-
ceived his son, Raymond U., as partner. On Au-
gust 17, 1S69, Edgar William Smith married Emma
M. Gates, who was born January 11, 1849, at Mor-
risville, Vermont. They had three sons : Percy
G., Raymond U., whose sketch follows ; and Llewel-
lyn, who died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Smith at-
tend the Congregational Church, and live at Wells
River, Vermont.

(V) Raymond Underwood, second son and child
of Edgar William and Emma M. (Gates) Smith,
was born September 11, 1875, at Wells River, Ver-
mont. He was educated in the schools of his native
town, and was graduated from Norwich University
at Northfield, Vermont, in 1894. He then studied
law with his father in the offices at Wells River and
Woodsville, and was admitted to the Vermont bar
in 1897, and to the New Hampshire bar in 1900.
He went into the office of Smith & Sloane, in whose
employ he remained till 1899, when his father dis-
solved partnership with Mr. Sloane, and the son
became a member of the firm, which is now krJown
as Smith & Smith, with offices at Wells River and
Woodsville. Raymond U. Smith is a Republican
in politics, and is much interested in fraternal or-
ganizations. He belongs to Pulaski Lodge, Ancient
Free and Accepted Masons of Wells River; Mount
Lebanon Chapter of Bradford, Vermont; Omega
Council of Plymouth, New Hampshire ; to Palestine
Commandery, Knights Templar, of St. Johnsbury,
Vermont ; and Mount Sinai Temple, Mystic Shrine,
of Montpelier, Vermont. He is a member of
Moosehillock Lodge, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, of Woodsville, New Hampshire. Mr.
Smith belongs to the Bar Associations, both of New
Hampshire and Vermont, and is a member of the
Vermont Fish and Game League. He is unmar-

(I) Samuel Smith was born 1766,
SMITH perhaps in Peterboro, and died October
6, 1840, aged seventy-four. He married
Hannah Mills, who died September 15, 1847, aged
eighty-two. Their children were : Hannah, who
died September i, 1795, aged eleven months ; Leon-
ard, March 24, 1814, aged fifteen years ; Hannah,
February 21, 1849, aged fifty-two years ; George, a
physician, who died in Georgia; and Elisha, whose
sketch follows.

(II) Elisha, son of Samuel and Hannah (Mills)



Smith, was born in Alstead, January 25, 1787, and
died in Keene, March 27, 1835, aged forty-eight
He was a farmer in Alstead until a short time
before his death, when he moved to Keene. He
married, December 13, 1S21, Betsey Warren, who
was born in Alstead, February 21, 1794, daughter
of Levi and Molly (Abbot) Warren. Levi Warren
was a native of Nelson, New Hampshire, and was
a farmer in Alstead. His death was the result of
accident ; he drank poison by mistake. His wife
Molly, was born June 18, 1773, daughter of Jo-
seph (2) and Mary (Barker) Abbot. (See Ab-
bot, IV). Their children were: Mary M. (Polly);
Betsey, died young; and Emily Elizabeth (Betsey).
After the death of Mr. Smith his widow married,
March 4, 1840, Colonel David Low, a prosperous
merchant of Hancock. He was a man of influence
in religious, political and military circles.

(HI) Mary M., eldest of the daughters of Elisha
and Betsey (Warren) Smith, was born May 19,
1825. She married Dr. Charles Wells, of Man-
chester. He died childless, and left his wife an
, ample fortune which she enjoyed until her death.
They resided in Manchester, where he built a large
and handsome house surrounded with spacious and
well kept grounds. Mrs. Wells was a ver}^ charit-
able lady, and furnished and afterward kept up an
operating room in Elliott hospital. Manchester. She
died July 3, 1898, aged seventy-three years.

(HI) Emily E., younger daughter of Elisha and
Betsey (Warren) Smith, was born in East Alstead,
November 12, 1826, and was seven years old when
her father died. After the marriage of her mother
to Colonel Low, she lived at his home. For many
years she resided with her sister, Mrs. Wells, and
became heir to the large property she left. She
now resides in the Wells mansion on Elm street,
and has a large circle of friends. She has a tender
regard for the poor and distressed, and is well
known for her deeds of charity. She maintains the
operating room and other benefactions of her sister.

(I) Ezra Smith was a native of Win-
SMITH chendon, Massachusetts, born Septem-
ber 13, 1778, and one of the early set-
tlers of Langdon, New Hampshire, where he cleared
a good farm and spent the remaining years of his
life. He is mentioned by biographers as a man of
great physical strength and wonderful power of en-
durance, and he also was a man of more than or-
dinary mental capacity, a leader among the towns-
men, an ardent Whig, hence a loyal supporter of
Madison's administration in the second war with
Great Britain and fully capable of maintaining his
ground against the clamors of the Federalistic ele-
ment of the community. He died July 14, 1864,
having attained the unusual age of eighty-six years.
His wife, Hannah Henry, was born in Vermont,
August 10, 1779, and died in Langdon, New Hamp-
shire, June 25. 1850, having borne her husband five
children, as follows : Nancy, Orrin and Alden,
twins, Franklin, and a daughter that died aged
about six years.

(H) Orrin, son of Ezra and Hannah (Henry)
Smith, was born in the town of Langdon, New
Hampshire, November 11, 1807, and was a twin.
Like his father, he too was a farmer and lived at
home with his parents until several years after at-
taining his majority. In 1862 he removed to Peter-
borough in Hillsborough county, and bought the
farm of one hundred and sixty acres on which he
afterward lived and on which he died August 6,
1886. In- politics he followed the paternal example
and was a Whig and later a Republican, his father
having died before the latter party came into ex-

istence. Mr. Smith married, June 9, 1836, !Marinda
Partridge, daughter of Sylvester Partridge, of Al-
stead, New Hampshire, and she, like her husband,,
was a twin. She was born in Alstead, October 25,
1814, and died in Peterborough, December 19, 1889.
Orrin and Marinda Smith had seven children :
Ezra Murray, born in Langdon, January 25, 1838.
Irving Henry, born February 2, 1840, received a
good common school education and was engaged
in mercantile pursuits in Peterborough previous to
the late Civil war ; married Clara L. Gray. Hattie
Marinda, born July 6, 1842, married Alden B. Tar-
bell. Albert Orrin, born May i, 1845, married Josie
L. Hovey. Silas M., born February 21, 1847. mar-
ried Marinda K. Parker, and has one son. Emma
Rosanna, born December 5, 1850, now lives in Pe-
terborough. Alden Emmons, born April 25, 1853,,
married Aldana Andrews.

(Ill) Ezra Murray, eldest son and child of Or-
rin and Marinda (Partridge) Smith, was born in
the town of Langdon, New Hampshire, January 25,
1838, and received his early education in public
schools and Cold River Union Academy, in the lat-
ter preparing for college. For a time he taught
school in the towns of Henniker, Marlow and Fran-
cestown, and also studied law at Charlestown with
Judge Gushing and at Peterborough with Dearborn
& Scott, and having grounded himself in elemen-
tary law he became a student in the law depart-
ment of the old University of Albany (now Albany
Law School — the law department of Union Uni-
versity). He completed the prescribed course of
that still famous institution and was graduated
February, 1861. Having been admitted to practice
in the courts of New Hampshire Mr. Smith lo-
cated at Peterborough and succeeded Mr. Dear-
born as member of the firm of Dearborn & Scott.

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