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ter, born April 19, 1817, died April 19, 1817; Susan
H., born May 6, i8t8; Lucy Ann, born September
15, 1819, died March. 1900: Eveline M., born May
2, 1821, died March 13, 1906; Emeline L., born Sep-
tember 10, 1823 ; Mary M.. born May 5, 1825, died
August 14, 1845; Nelson Slater, born July 11. 1827;
Martha Jane, born June 19, 1829, died October 12,
1867. Daniel Smith, Sr.. died March 11, 1854. His
•wife, Susan (Holmes) Smith, died August 5, 1864.

Thomas Holmes, father of Susan (Holmes)
Smith, was born in Woodstock, Connecticut, 1756,
died in Wethersfield, Connecticut. The following

items were copied from "Record of Connecticut
men in War of Revolution," State House Library,
Boston, Massachusetts : Thomas Holmes enlisted
May 15, 1775, discharged December 17, 1775. Ninth
Company, Second Connecticut Regiment. Colonel
Spencer, Captain John Chester, of Wethersfield.
This regiment was raised on first call for troops by
State in April, 1775, marching by companies to the
camps about Boston ; it took part at Roxbury and
served during the siege till expiration of term of
service. Detachments of officers and men were in
the battle of Bunker Hill and with Arnold's Que-
bec expedition, September to December, 1775. His
name appears in list of Knowlton's Rangers, 1776,
Connecticut, by Lieutenant-Colonel Knowlton. He
was detached from Wyllys Connecticut regiment,
and was taken prisoner at surrender of Fort Wash-
ington, New York. November 16, 1776. Thomas
Holmes, of Wethersfield, sergeant in Captain Whit-
ing's company. Colonel Webb's regiment, enlisted
Alarch I, 1777 for the war. Colonel Webb's regi-
ment was one of sixteen infantry regiments raised
at large for Continental Line of 1777, and served in
Parson's brigade under Putnam the following sum-
mer and fall. In October crossed to west side of
Hudson and served under Governor Clinton, of
New York, for a time. In summer of 1778 was at-
tached to Varnum's brigade and went to Rhode Isl-
and, commended in battle there August 29, 1778.
Wintered in Rhode Island, 1778-9, In the fall of
1779 marched to winter quarters at Morristown,
New Jersey. Assigned to Stark's brigade at bat-
tle of Springfield, New Jersey, June 23, 1780, and
during summer served with main army on the
Hudson. Thomas Holmes was sergeant in Cap-
tain Riley's company, Wethersfield, third regiment,
Connecticut Line, 1781-83. Recorded as paid from
January i, 1781, to December 31, 17S1. Sergeant
Thomas Holmes is reported as a Revolutionary pen-
sioner on list of Connecticut pensioners in 1818.
His name is among pensioners dated 1832 and re-
corded as residing in Hartford, Connecticut. His
name appears on list of pensioners as returned in
census of 1840. Residence, Wethersfield, Connecti-
cut, aged 84. His name appears on list of appli-
cants for pension on file in county clerk's , office,
Hartford, (Tonnecticut. Residence WethersfieliJ.

Thomas Holmes married Tamar Harris, and
their children were : Sally, married Eldad Gran-
ger ; Lucy, married John Wheeler ; John, Mary, Ra-
chel, Joseph, Lydia, married Ashael Cleveland, in
Buffalo, about 1814; Abigail, married Jonathan
Slater, Champlain, New York; Susan, married
Daniel Smith, aforementioned.

(V) William Priest Smith, born February 7,
1813, at Hounsfield, New York, died January 5,
1899. He was educated at Rodman, New York.
He was at one time colonel of the old time Thirty-
sixth regiment. New York state militia, which was
composed of men from Jefiferson and Lewis' coun-
ties. After his marriage he removed to St. Law-
rence county, engaging in the business of manufac-
turing lumber, and became the owner of valuable
farming and timber land. He served as justice of
the peace and supervisor, being chairman of the
board of supervisors. Later in life he was for three
successive terms elected associate judge of the
county court. In politics he was a Republican from
the very organization of that party, and by his voice,
efforts and vote contributed to its success. William
P. Smith married, July 9, 1843, Sarah Porter Hun-
gerford. born April 18. 1823, who traces her an-
cestry to Sir Thomas Hungerford, who in 1369 pur-*
chased from Lord Burghersh, Farley Castle, county



of Somerset, England, which castle for more than
three hundred years continued to be the principal
seat of his descendants, down to 1686. Sir Thomas
was steward for John of Ghent, Duke of Lan-
caster, son of King Edward III, and in the thirty-
first year of that King's reign was elected speaker
of the English house of commons, being reputed
to be the first person chosen to that high office. He
died December 3, 1398. His son, Sir Walter, after-
wards Lord Hungerford, K. G., was the first to
adopt the crest of a garb, or wheat-sheaf, between
two sickles ere'ct, with the motto "Et Dieu Mon
Appuy" (God is my support). This has since been
the crest of the Hungerford family.

John Hungerford, a lineal descendant of the
above named, resided at Southington, Connecticut,
where he died December 24. 1787. He served with
distinction in the Colonial wars, holding the ranks
of ensign, lieutenant and captain. He took an
active part in the siege of Crown Point, on Lake
Champlain. His son Amasa served in the Revolu-
tionary army, participating in the battle of Ben-
nington, where he served as colonel. His son,
Amasa, Jr., was the father of Sarah (Hungerford)
Smith, was enrolled as one of the "JNIinute Men" in
the war of 1812. He resided in Henderson, Jeffer-
son county, and was a prosperous farnfer and widely
known. At one time he was interested in ship-
building at Stoney Point, on Lake Ontario. He
died December 18, 1859. aged seventy-nine years.

Mr. and Mrs. William P. Smith were attendants
at the Baptist Church. They had eleven children,
as follows : Lois Elizabeth, married William G.
Brown. She died December 10, 1882. Amasa Dan-
iel, chemist and druggist, Manchester, New Hamp-
shire, married Josephine L. Jones, September 18,
1883. Annie Eliza, died February 26, 1873. Frances
Sally, died January 12. 1899. George William, at-
torney and counselor at law, Keeseville, New York,
married Harriet P. Wells, May 19, 1887. Jay Hun-
gerford, Ph. C, manufacturing chemist, president
of the J. Hungerford Smith Companj', Rochester,
New York; he married, May 17, 1882. Jean Daw-
son. Mary Louise, died March 27, 1857. Jennie
Venila, of Manchester, New Hampshire, married
Edgar Ellsworth Castor, May 9, 1894. Joseph
Brodie, see forward. Frank Robbins, manufactur-
ing chemist, Toronto, Ontario, married Ada Mar-
garet Perkins, May 6, 1903. May Lillian, of Man-
chester, New Hampshire.

(VI) Joseph Brodie Smith was born at Rich-
ville, St. Lawrence county, New York, April 6,
1861, being the ninth child of the marriage of Wil-
liam P. and Sarah (Hungerford) Smith. He was
educated in the Union Free School of his native
Village, and subsequently took a course in higher
mathematics to fit himself to become an expert
electrician. Early in life he became deeply inter-
ested in electrical science, and in 1878 constructed a
telegraph line between two small villages in New
York state. In 1880 he removed to Manchester.
New Hampshire, where he has since resided. At
first he engaged in the drug business with his eldest
brother, Amasa D. Smith. He made himself a
thorough master of the business, and passed the
state examinations, requisite to become a registered
pharmacist in both New Hampshire and New York.
During all his career in the drug business, Mr.
Smith never for an instant lost his interest in the
subject of electricity and still continued his studies,
and so laid the foundation of a knowledge of the
subject by which he has become a recognized au-
thority in applied electricity. In 1885, finding the
field of electrical work more alluring than the mor-

tar and pestle, he retired from the drug business
and began to do electrical contracting of all kinds,,
and was appointed superintendent of the municipal
fire alarm telegraph service, a position which he
held for about two years.

Mr. Smith has had a hand in the develoment
of most of the electrical business in and around
Manchester, excepting only telephones and tele-
graph. The Manchester Electric Light Company
was the pioneer in the business of furnishing elec-
tric lights and power, but it was not left alone in
the field for any great length of time. The Ben
Franklin Electric Light Company was organized as
a rival, and Mr. Smith was its first superintendent,
and when the ccrisclidation of the two companies
was effected, he became superintendent of the Man-
chester company. This, company was afterwards
sold out to the Manchester Traction, Light and
Power Company, which, by owning all the stock of
the Manchester Street Railway, the Manchester and
Nashua Street Railway, Manchester and Derry
Street Railway, and all the electric light and Power
companies in the neighborhood, and possessing val-
uable water power on the Merrimack and Pis-
cataquog rivers, has acquired control of the electri-
cal situation in Manchester and vicinity. Mr. Smith
was superintendent of the Manchester Electric Light
Company until 1896, when he resigned and took a
trip of several months to Europe. On his return
he was chosen general manager of the same com-
pany, and in 1901, when the Manchester Traction,
Light and Power Company acquired control, he
was elected a director and general manager, and in
1905 he was chosen vice president and has since oc-
cupied those positions with credit to himself and ta
the satisfaction of the stockholders and the public
with whom he deals. He is assistant treasurer and
general manager of the Manchester Street Railway,
also general manager of the Manchester and
Nashua Street Railway, and the Manchester and
Derry Street Railway, and is treasurer of the Brodie
Electrical Company of Manchester, which is en-
gaged in the manufacture of electrical specialties,
of which Mr. Smith is the inventor. He is finan-
cially interested in several lighting companies and
street railways in other parts of the country. He
is an associate member of the American Institute
of Electrical Engineers.

However, Mr. Smith's labors are not limited to
the electrical business. He has other interests in
Manchester. He is a trustee of the Manchester
Savings Bank, one of the largest savings institu-
tions of the state, and vice president of the Man-
chester Garment Company. He assists in every
movement for the welfare of the city. He is one
of the foremost workers in the Manchester Insti-
tute of Arts and Sciences. In politics he is a
staunch Republican, but has never sought or held
an elective office. Socially he is a member and
director of the Derryfield Club, a leading social club
of New Hampshire. In Odd Fellowship he is a
charter member of Ridgely Lodge and a member of
Wonolancet Encampment, and of Canton Ridgely.
But it is in the work of the ancient and honorable
fraternity of Free Masonry that Mr. Smith has
found his chief diversion from his daily duties. He
is a member of Washington Lodge, Mount Horeb
Royal Arch Chapter, Adoniram Council, and Trin-
ity Commandery of Knights Templar, all of Man-
chester. He is a past master of Adoniram Council,
and a past grand master of the Grand Council of
New Hampshire. In the bodies working the An-
cient and Accepted Scottish Rite, he has received
signal honors. He is a member of the bodies at



Nashua, New Hampshire, and received the degrees
up to and including the thirty-second. In 1905, at
Indianapolis, Indiana, he was given the last degree
of the Scottish Rite, the thirty-third, a privilege
and an honor which comes to but few Masons. He
is a trustee of the Masonic Home, whiclr is located
in this city.

Mr. Smith is unmarried, but maintains a com-
fortable home, where his aged mother and sisters
reside with him.

(Eighth Family.)

A large number of Smiths were among
SMITH the emigrants from Old England to New

England in Colonial days. The line of
descent from Samuel Smith of unknown antece-
dents but probably a native of England, are traced
in this sketch.

(I) Samuel Smith, of Haverhill, jMassachusetts,
is first mentioned in the records of that town under
date of November 30, 1683, when he married Abi-
gail Emerson. She lived to the age of more than
one hundred and two years, and is believed to have
moved in her old age to Hudson, New Hampshire,
where it is believed she died.

(II) Samuel (2) Smith, son of Samuel (i)
and Abigail (Emerson) Smith, was born May i,
1696. He settled in Hudson and married Hannah
Page, daughter of Abraham and Judith (Worthen)
Page, who had settled in Hudson in 1710. (Their
son, Page Smith, and descendants receive mention
in this article.)

(III) John Smith, who was probably a son of
Samuel (2) Smith, resided in Nottingham West,
now Hudson. No further record of him is ob-

(IV) Samuel (3), son of John Smith, was born
in Nottingham West, and was married in Pel-
ham, October 18, 1857, to Agnes Grimes, of that '
town. They had two sons, Samuel and Alex-

(V) Alexander, second son of Samuel (3) and
Agnes (Grimes) Smith, was born August 24, 1793,
in Nottingham West. He was a blacksmith by
occupation and lived in Londonderry, where he died
in 1859. He was a Presbyterian and a Democrat.
He married, February 19, 1822, Sarah Melvin of
Peterboro. She died 1888. Their seven children
were: Reuben A., Sarah A., Daniel D., Clarissa
N., Mary J., Charles S. and Walter A.

(VI) Reuben A., eldest child of Alexander
and Sarah (Melvin) Smith, was born in London-
derry, March 8, 1823, and died in Auburn, Febru-
ary 16, 1903. He learned the shoemaker's trade,
and after working at that for a short period re-
moved to Weare, where he bought and cultivated a
farm. In politics he was a Republican, _ and in
church affihations a Universalist. He married, Oc-
tober, 1848, Laura J. Jones, of Bradford, who was
well educated and was for a time a teacher. She
was a member of the Universalist Church. Two
children were born of this union : Story A., whose
sketch follows, and Etta L., who married Henry C.
Jones, of York Beach, Maine.

(Ill) Page, the eleventh child of Samuel (2)
and Hannah (Page) Smith, was born February
28, 1750. Family record says he marched with a
company to Cambridge at the time of the Lexing-
ton alarm. The revolutionary rolls of New Hamp-
shire give his name as on the pay roll of a number
of men under the command of Captain James Ford,
who marched from Nottingham West for Ticonde-
roga, when he served a short time as a private, be-
ginning June 30, 1777. He was a deacon in the
Congregational Church of Pelham, and held town
offices. He married Lydia, daughter of John and

Lydia (Marsh) Haseltine. She was noted for her
wonderful ability as an arithmatician, solving men-
tally and very quickly difficult problems. Several
of her sons inherited this ability, though much less
in degree. She had a knowledge of medicinal herbs,
and was often called upon to give relief to her
neighbors when they were ill.

(IV) Alvan, son of Page and Lydia (Hasel-
tine) Smith, was born January 30, 1793. He was a
typical country school master of the olden time,
being eagerly sought after to serve as master of
schools where the young men in attendance were
particularly unruly. It is said that he invariably
enforced a rigid discipline, and was never success-
fully defied by any pupil, however muscular or
accustomed to overawe his teacher. He was select-
man of Hudson many years, and filled the office
of superintendent of schools for several years. He
married Patty Robinson, born in Hudson, October
25, 1800, and died December 15, 1825, aged twenty-
five years. She was descended from several of the
old Scotch-Irish families which settled in London-
derry, New Hampshire, in 1719, notable among them
being the Andersons and Davidsons. Her parents
were David and Martha (Anderson) Robinson.

(V) David Onslow, only child of Alvan and
Patty (Robinson) Smith, was born November 12,
1823, at Hudson, and died February 15, 1906, aged
eighty-two. He studied at Nashua Literary Insti-
tute and Pinkerton Academy of Derry, New
Hampshire. For several years he taught public
and private schools in his own and neighboring
towns with great success. In 1850 he graduated
ivom Harvard Medical School. There he was a
favorite pupil of Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, then
a professor in that institution, and graduated with
honor, winning the prize offered to the student pass-
ing the best examination in surgery. After gradu-
ation he settled in Hudson, where he soon had a
large practice. For nearly twenty years he was
superintendent of the public schools in Hudson, one
of the graded schools being named in his honor.
In early manhood he held the office of captain in the
state militia. In politics he was a Republican, and
was a member of the constitutional convention _ of
1889. Greatly interested in music, he taught singing
schools in several towns, and for a number of
years served as conductor of a chorus recruited from
a half dozen surrounding towns. He also com-
posed considerable music of merit. He was a mem-
ber of the Hudson Baptist Church, to which he
presented a fine pipe organ, and with his wife and
brother-in-law a large vestry.

He married, August 30, 1855, Mary Hannah
Greeley, born October 30, 1832, and died in Hudson,
December 27, 1867, aged thirty-five years, daughter
of Reuben and Joanna Colby (Merrill) Greely, of
Hudson. Reuben Greeley, sixth in line from An-
drew Grele, the emigrant, was a very prominent
man in his town and county, filling many offices
with great credit to himself. He w^as a lifelong
resident of Hudson, in which town Joseph Grele,
son of the emigrant, settled in his old age. Joanna
was the daughter of Rev. Daniel jNIerrill, a Baptist
clergj^man of considerable note, who when a mere
youth enlisted for a term of three years in the
Continental' army, and was present at the surrender
of Cornwallis. Subsequently he graduated from
Dartmouth College. He was the author of several
pamphlets and books on religious subjects, and
several of his sermons have been printed. While
pastor at Sedgwick, Maine, he represented his dis-
trict in the Massachusetts general court at Boston,
and later, when Maine had became a state, he served
as a member of the governor's council. The found-



ing of Watcrville College, now known as Colby
College, was largely the fesult of his persistent ef-
forts. The children of David and JNIary Smith are:
Minnie Eugenie, Martha Robinson, Herbert L. and
Henry O. Minnie Eugenie was born June 5, 1856,
educated at Salem Normal School, Salem, iMassa-
chusetts, and married William H. Bruce, druggist of
Groton, ^Massachusetts. Martha Robinson, born July
21, 1859, was educated at the Nashua Literary Insti-
tute, and the New England Conservatory of Music.
Sketches of Herbert L. and Henry O. follow. One
son, Edmund Greeley, died in early youth.

(VI) Herbert Llewellyn, third child and eld-
est son of David O. and Mary H. (Greeley) Smith,
was born in Hudson, January 9, 1862. He com-
pleted his preparatory course in 1878 by graduating
from the Nashua high school, and went from there
to Dartmouth College, from which he graduated
with the class of 1882. He afterward entered Har-
vard jNIedical School, where he received the degree
of M. D. in 1887. During his years of student life
he assisted in the payment of his expenses by teach-
ing the village school at Hanover, 1882-83, and by
teaching English and shorthand writing in the
Boston evenmg high school, 1883-87. In 1886-87
he was house surgeon in the Boston City Hospital ;
assistant superintendent of that institution in 1887-
89; and acting superintendent a portion of that time.
Entering the practice of medicine in Boston, in 1889,
he was professor of surgery in the Boston Dental
College from 1889 to 1896; surgeon to out patients
and assistant surgeon in the Boston City Hospital
from 1890 to 1S96. He studied in London, Paris,
and Vienna, in 1891-92; was secretary of the Suf-
folk District Medical Society from 1891 to 1896;
secretary of the Boston ]\Iedical Association from
1892 to 1896; professor of clinical surgery in Tufts
Medical School in 1895-96, and made special study
of fractures of the elbow joint and devised a method
of treatment which has since been used extensively
in hospital practice and recommended by authorities.
While at the hospital he invented apparatus and
instruments now in general use.

In 1896, after an attack of pneumonia, his health
failed and he was obliged to give up work for a
year, and remained during that time at the old home
in Hudson. He opened an office in 1897 in Nashua,
and has since then been engaged in practice there,
where he has taken high rank in both medical and
surgical circles. He has been a member of the
Massachusetts Medical Society, the New Hampshire
Medical Society, the American JNIedical Associa-
tion, the New Hampshire Surgical Club, and the
Nashua INIedical Association. He is a member of the
staff of the Nashua Emergency Hospital. In ad-
dition to attending to the numerous and exacting
demands of a large practice, he has prepared and
published various medical papers, including those
on original operations for fractures of the elbow
joint and cleft palate.

Dr. Smith is a Republican in politics, but has
never held political office. For several years he
was hospital steward of the First Regiment, Massa-
chusetts Volunteer Militia. He is a member of the
Baptist Church, a director in the Nashua Young
Men's Christian Association ; a trustee of the Young
Women's Christian Association, and a director of
the Protestant Orphanage. His connections with
secret societies include the two greatest fraternal
orders, the ^Masons and the Odd Fellows. He is
a member of Hudson Lodge, No. 94, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows; Nashoonon Encampment,
and Canton A, of Nashua. He is a member of the
Ancient York Lodge, No. 89, Ancient Free and Ac-

cepted Masons ; Meridian Royal Arch Chapter, No.
9; Israel Hunt Council, No. 8; St. George Com-
mandery. Knights Templar ; Edward A. Raymond
Consistory, thirty-second degree, of Nashua, also
Bektash Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of
the INIystic Shrine.

Dr. Herbert L. Smith married, in Charlestown,
Massachusetts, September 24, 1890, Charlotte S.
DeWolfe, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, April
22, 1867, daughter of Lewis E. and Louisa (Graves)
DeWolfe, of Charlestown, both of whom were natives
of Nova Scotia. The father was for many years a
prominent tailor in Charlestown. He was a musician
of note, leading choruses and choirs in various
churches. Miss DeWolfe graduated from Charles-
town high school, the Boston girls' high school, and
the Boston Normal school. She. has always been
prominent in musical circles as a pianist and a
vocalist. The children of this union have been four :
Theodora Lottchen, born in Vienna, Austria, Jan-
uary 18, 1892, and died in Charlestown, February
18, 1899. Although but seven years old at the time
of her death, she gave evidence of much musical
ability, as might have been expected from the family
history of both parents. David Onslow, born in
Boston, November 22, 1894. From infancy he lived
with his parental grandfather until the death of
the latter. Llewellyn DeWolfe, born in Nashua,
April 18, 1898. Marion Louise, born in Nashua,
February 3, 1900.

(VI) Henry Onslow, second son and fourth
child of David O. and Mary H. (Greeley) Smith,
was born in Hudson, New Hampshire, December
18, 1864. After graduating from the Nashua high
school in 1882, he studied at Dartmouth College two
years. He then matriculated at Bellevue Hospital
, Medical College, New York, from which he was
graduated in 1887.- He was assistant physician in
Kings County Hospital, New York, from April,
1887, to ]\Iay, 1888. At the latter date he returned
to Hudson, where he has since practiced his profes-
sion with success. He is a member of the New
Hampshire Medical Society, and the American ]\Iedi-
cal Association. His political affiliations are with
the Republican party. He has been a member of
the Hudson School board for six years ; health officer
and chairman of the board of health over fifteen
years ; and trustee and treasurer of the Greeley
Public Library since it was established. He is a
member of the First Baptist Church of Hudson, and
for many years was its clerk and treasurer, also a
director of the Nashua Protestant Orphanage Asso-
ciation. He is a member of Hudson Lodge, No. 94,

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