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His partnership relation with Mr. Scott continued
three years, and from the time he entered the firm
had been active in the professional life; he is a
member of the Hillsborough county bar. In the
course of a few years he built up an extensive and
lucrative general practice, and from the outset of
his career has been regarded as one of the safest
lawyers and counselors at the bar in his countj- вАФ a
county always famous for the strength of its bar.
Like all of the younger and more enterprising
lawyers of his time Mr. Smith took an active part
in public and political aft'airs, and while he never
was ambitious for political honors he frequently
was appointed or elected to positions of a political
character. For forty years he has been a justice of
the peace, besides which he served as selectman
twenty-two years, and is now (1907) a member of
the school board ten years, and justice of the police
court four years. He represented his town in the
legislature in 1841, 1871-72, 1901 and again in 1903,
and was a member of the constitutional convention
of 1876. He is an Odd Fellow, member of Peter-
borough Grange and of the Congregational Church.

He married, October 4, 1866, Mary S. Fairbanks,
daughter of Moses and Abigail (Hadley) Fair-
banks. She was born in Dublin, New Hampshire,
February 13, 1845. Their children are : Etta Ma-
rinda born December 2, 1870. Harlan Beecher, born
March 9, 1874, died November 21, 1892. Orrin
Fairbanks, born June 28, 1886, a graduate of Cush-
man Academy.

(I) Joseph Smith, of Loudon, New
SMITH Hampshire, w^as engaged in farming
there at the beginning of the nine-
teenth century. He married Abigail Morrill, of
Orange, this state.

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(II) Micajah M., son of Joseph and Abigail
(Morrill) Smith, was a native of Loudon. The
greater part of his life was spent in Orange, where
he followed argiculture industriously during the
active period of his life. He married Abigail Cole,
daughter of Thomas Cole, of Orange, and had a
family of eight children: Olive, Ann, Thomas,
Joseph, Jason, Elijah, Samuel and Micajah.

(III) Elijah, fourth son and sixth child of
Micajah M. and Abigail (Cole) Smith, was born
in Orange, February ii, 1832. Reared to agricul-
tural pursuits he has devoted much of his time and
energy to that calling, but has availed himself of
eligible opportunities in other directions, including
the surveying of land and the buying and selling
of real estate. About the year 1863 he settled in
Canaan and has ever since resided there. Politically
he is a Democrat and was formerly quite active
in local civic affairs, serving as sheriff for somfe
time and representing his district for one term in
the lower house of the state legislature. He is a
Master Mason and a member of Summit Lodge,
No. 98. of Canaan.. On April 11, 1857, he married
Eliza Davis, who was born in Canaan, October 8,
1837, and died there October 29, 1863. For his
second wife he married Isabella L. Goss, born Sep-
tember 8, 1842. The children of his first union are:
Alden E. and Carey. Those of his second mar-
riage are : Cora B. and Henry R.

(IV) Carey, second son and child of Elijah and
Eliza (Davis) Smith, was born in Orange, March
12, 1861. His preliminary studies were pursued in
the public schools of Canaan, where he went to
reside when two years old, and completed his edu-
cation at the New Hampshire Conference Semin-
ary, Tilton. from which he was graduated in 1881.
Shortly after leaving the seminary he engaged in
the grocery business at Canaan, and followed it
continuously and with prosperous results for over
twenty-five years, or until 1907, when he sold his
mercantile establishment to his brother. For the
past twenty years he has conducted a profitable
lumber business, and still, retains it in connection
with the undertaking business which he has carried
on since 1900. He is also engaged in farming on
what was formerly the Canaan fair ground. In
politics he acts with the Democratic party, and
served as postmaster during each of President
Cleveland's administrations. He is an advanced
Mason, belonging to Summit Lodge, of Canaan,
St. Andrews Chapter, (Royal Arch) of Lebanon,
and Sullivan Commandery (Knights Templar), of
Claremont. He is also a member of Mount Cardi-
gan Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and India River
Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, both of Canaan.

September 13, 1891, Mr. Smith was united in
marriage with Lizzie Idella Barney, daughter of
Charles and Harriet (Wells) Barney, of Canaan.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith have one son, Ned Barney,
who was born February 16, 1893, and is now at-
tending the Canaan high school.

(I) James W. Smith, born in Ipswich,
SMITH was educated in the district schools of
his native town, and afterward worked
at farm labor. After his marriage he' lived in Hills-
borough and engaged in the grocery business. He
was a Republican, and a regular attendant of the
Congregational Church. He died in Manchester,
Vermont, of yellow fever. He married Louisa Ben-

(II) Daniel Bennett, oldest son and second child
of James W. and Louisa (Bennett) Smith, was

born in Hillsboro. He received a common school
education, became a musician, and was a noted
performer on the violin. He was one of the first
daguerreotype artists, and had a studio in Hills-
boro for many years. He married, 1842, Mary H.
Goodell, born in Hillsboro, New Hampshire, daugh-
ter of Levi and Mary Howlet Goodell. She was a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The
children of this union were : Orlena C, and Dan-
iel Bennett. After the death of Mr. Smith his
widow married, in 1853, George Jones, a farmer of
Hillsboro, and died in 1897, leaving children : Levi
G., and Mary Elizabeth, who died at the age of

(Ill) Daniel Bennett, eldest son and second
child of Daniel B. and Mary H. (Goodell) Smith,
w^as born in Hillsboro April iio, 1848. After ob-
taining a common school education he worked on
the farm for his stepfather until 1873. He then
went to Ispwich and spent two years in the same
employment, and then (1885) bought the farm his
widow occupies., on the road from Concord to
Hopkinton, where are fifty acres of land and a
large set of buildings. He was engaged in stock-
raising. He voted the Republican ticket, and took
an active part in politics. He was a councilman
three years, an alderman two years, and member
of the house of representatives 1891-93. He was a
past grand of Valley Lodge, Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, of Hillsboro Bridge, New Hampshire,
and a member of the Methodist Church. He was an
enterprising, popular and well known citizen. Mr.
Smith married, May 23, 1867, at Nashua, New
Hampshire, Mary E. Small, born in Hillsboro, July
9, 1838, daughter of John and Mary Daforth Small,
of Antrini, New Hampshire. Mr. Smith died July
I, 1907.

It has not been possible to trace the
SMITH connection of this branch of the family
with those whose history has pre-
viously been writtten.

(I) John Smith married Hannah Burnham.
Their children were : Daniel Lowe, whose sketch
follows ; George W., Ziba and John B.

(II) Daniel Lowe, eldest child of John and
Hannah (Burnham) Smith, was born January 17,
1804, at Essex, Massachusetts, and moved to En-
field, New Hampshire, when a child. He had very
little opportunity for schooling, but became a man
of substance and standing in the community. He
was a farmer by occupation, and an official of the
Methodist Church all his life. He was a Democrat
in politics, served on the board of selectmen sev-
eral terms and represented the town of Enfield
during two sessions of the state legislature. On
March 30, 1830, Daniel Lowe Smith married Mary
Flanders, daughter 'of Moses and Ann Flanders, of
Enfield. She died July 8, 1841, leaving two chil-
dren: Ann C, born November 18, 1837; and Mary
F., born June 27, 1841. The eldest child died in in-
fancy. On June 2, 1843, Mr. Smith married his
second wife, Mrs. Sophronia Eastman Richardson,
daughter of James and Polly (French) Eastman,
of Enfield. (See Eastman VII). Two children
were born of this marriage : Wilbur Fisk, whose
sketch follows, and Moses F. E. Mrs. Sophronia
(Eastman) Smith died May 10, 1871 ; and Daniel
Lowe Smith died April 16, 1882.

(III) Wilbur Fisk, older of the two sons of
Daniel Lowe Smith and his second wife, Sophronia
(Eastman) Smith, was born at Enfield, New Hamp-
shire, September 27, 1844. He was educated in the



common schools of his native town, and at the
Seminary at Newbury, Vermont. He has followed
farming most of his life. He is a Democrat in
politics, and was selectman of Enfield for six years,
also supervisor of the check list and a member of
the school board. In 1890 he moved to Lebanon,
New Hampshire, and was commissioner of Grafton
county in 1S91-92, and register of deeds for the
county in 1894. He was elected town clerk of
Lebanon, New Hampshire, March, 1907, being the
first Democrat to be elected to that office for fifty
years in this town, which is an eloquent index of
his popularity and standing in the communit3^ He
has been on the official board of the Methodist
Church for thirty-five years, and is a Mason of the
thirty-second degree. On March 7. 1866, Wilbur
Fisk Smith married Maria A. Sargent, daughter of
Winthrop and Louise (Smith) Sargent, of Clare-
mont. New Hampshire. She was born April 10,
1845. Slid died May 27, 1902, leaving three sons :
Daniel Leon, Wilfred Olen and Harold Elmo.
Daniel Leon Smith was born September 13, 1867,
and was graduated from Dartmouth College in
1891 and from Harvard Law School in 1894, and
is now an attorney in Boston. He married,, April
4, 1895, Virginia Scott, daughter of Jesse Yeates.
M. C, from North Carolina. Three children were
born to them, the first dying at eleven months old;
Louise Orme, born November 14, 1904; Virginia
Yeates, March 13, 1907. The mother of these chil-
dren died March 20, 1907. Wilfred Olen Smith
w^as born April 25, 1869, and is now a clerk in the
office of the Amoskeag Corporation at Manchester,
New Hampshire. He married Lottie Louise
Bishop, of Littleton. New Hampshire, June, 1893.
They have one daughter, Marie Antoinette, born
January 24, 1904. Harold Elmo Smith was born
May 2, 1882, graduated from Dartmouth in 1903,
and is now assistant examiner in the United States
patent office, Washington, D. C.

The representatives of the great Smith
SMITH family below mentioned are of Vermont

extraction, and their more remote fore-
fathers probably migrated from the state of Mas-
sachusetts before the Revolutionary war. Various
members of this family have long resided in Thet-
ford, Vermont.

(I) Frederick P. Smith was born in Tunbridge,
Vermont, son of Thurston and Betsey Smith. He
married Hannah M. George, daughter of Samuel
and Hannah George, of East Randolph, Vermont.
He was at one time a resident of Manchester, New
Hampshire. He was a skillful mechanic and an in-
ventive genius, and to him we owe the invention
of the hill-side plow, which he manufactured at La-
Porte, Indiana, for some years. Later he resided in
Northfield, Vermont, where he died in 1882, aged
seventy-one years.

(II) Captain George H.. son of Frederick P.
Smith, was born in Thetford, Orange county, Ver-
mont, in 1834, and settled in Farmington. New-
Hampshire, when a young man. He responded to
his country's call early in the Civil war, and the
following is an epitome of his war record. While
residing at Nashua, New Hampshire, he enlisted,
August 24, 1861, and was mustered in Company I,
Third Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer In-
fantry, as a wagoner : and w-as discharged May 15,
1862, at Hilton Head, South Carolina. January 3,
1864, he enlisted in Company C, Thirteenth Regi-
ment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, and w-as
mustered in the same day as a private : discharged
April, 1864, to accept promotion. Appointed second

lieutenant of Company E, First Regiment New
Hampshire Volunteer Cavalry, March 18, 1864;
mustered in July 8, 1864; appointed first lieutenant
Company F, August 11, 1864. Captain of Company
M, June ID, 1865, not mustered; mustered out July
15. 1S65, as first lieutenant of Company F. He
learned the business of shoemaking, and after some
years as a hand was promoted to foreman of the
finishing room of the Nute Shoe Factory at Farm-
ington. After filling that place some twenty-five
years, he was foreman for Furbush and Brown,
shoe manufacturers of Grafton, Massachusetts, until
age and ill health compelled him to resign the
place. He died at the house of his daughter,
Marion M. Hoyt, at Manchester, in 1898. He mar-
ried, in 1854, Marion H. Brown, who was born in
Wilmot, New Hampshire, September 29, 1835. died
in 1903, daughter of Joseph and Betsey Brown, of
Wilmot. They had twelve children: i. Frank J.
2. Adelaide O., wiie of Dr. P. B. Foss, now de-
ceased. 3. Fred P., member of firm of Kent &
Smith, of Lynn, Massachusetts. 4. Alice C, wife
of Eugene Williams, of Brockton, Massachusetts.
5. Marion Myrtella, born in 1863. died in 1902, was
wife of Harry M. Hoyt, of Manchester. 6. Henry,
resides in North Grafton. 7. Lizzie, born in 1870,
wife of_ E. Perley Elliot, of Manchester, New
Hampshire; died in 1904; at the time of her death
was a member of the Bostonian Opera Company.
8. Eva May, died in 1875, aged two years and six
months. 9. Joseph P., lives in Grafton, Massachu-
setts. 10. Thaddeus, an electrical designer in
Springfield, Massachusetts. 11. Roscoe, resides in
Lynn. Massachusetts. 12. Bessie, wife of Henry
Bushard, druggist, Grafton, INIassachusetts,

(III) Frank J., eldest child of Captain George
H. and Marion H. (Brown) Smith, was born in
Wilmot, New Hampshire, September 28, 1855. He
was educated in the public schools of Farmington,
and when about twenty years old became a book-
keeper for Nute & Sons, shoe manufacturers, of
Farmington, and filled that position eleven years,
and then took a place in the finishing department
with his father and has ever since been employed
in that department. In politics he is a Republican.
He was elected selectman in 1901 and has been re-
elected every year since except 1906, and has been
chairman of the board during the time of his in-
cumbency since 1902. He is a member of Harmony
Lodge. No. 11, Knights of Pythias, of Farmington,
of which he is a past chancellor; member and past
master of Henry Wilson Grange, No. 205, Patrons
of Husbandry, of Farmington; master of the East-
ern New Hampshire Pomona Grange in 1906 and
1907. He married, in Farmington, 1882, Ada Lund,
who was born in Warren, New Hampshire, in 1854,
daughter of Abram Cookson.

The principal subject of this
SCHMIDT sketch is one of the great multitude
of foreign-born citizens who have
in recent years come as poor men to New England
and by a proper use of their time and energies,
built up good business and comfortable homes for

(I) Reinhold (i) Schmidt resided in Coppus,
Germany, w^here he spent most of his life as a

(II) Reinhold (2), son of Reinhold (i)
Schmidt, was born in Forst, Germany, where he
also died. He was a woolen weaver by trade. He
married Pauline Haermsdorf, and they had four
children : Albert. Reinhold, Annie and Frederick.

(III) Reinhold (3), second son and child of



Reinhold (2) Schmidt, was born at Forst, Germany,
December 5, 1861. and received a common school
education. He learned the carpenter's trade, at
which he worked until he left Germany. In 1882
he sailed from Forst on the steamship "Ethiopia,"
and landed in New York. Soon after he settled in
Manchester, New Hampshire, where he worked
seven years in the Amoskeag mills as a weaver,
after which he resumed the carpenter's trade, at
which he has since been employed. After working
for wages for several different employers, he started
out as a contractor and builder in 1901, and now
has a successful business.

He married, in Manchester, Augusta Connor,
who was born June S, 1863, daughter of Frank
Connor, of Manchester, New Hampshire. They
have two children : Oscar, born May 4, 1887, and
Reinhold, June 21, 1889, both natives of Manches-

This name is undoubtedly of Scotch
JACKSON origin and was brought to this

country from northern Ireland,
which was so largely settled by Scotch immigrants
near the close of the seventeenth century.

(I) The first of whom definite knowledge has
been brought to America was Robert Jackson, who
was born about 1766, in county Antrim, Ireland, and
died at Milford, Ireland, about 1863. He was a
farmer and held a farm under a lease of the Earl
of Leitrim and continued on the same until his
death, when he was succeeded by his son and name-
sake. His wife was Mary (Martin) Jackson, and
their children were : William, James, Margaret
and Robert.

(II) William, eldest child of Robert and Mary
(Martin) Jackson, was born February 3, 1807, in
Milford, Ireland, and died March 17, 1897, in Little-
ton, New Hampshire, aged ninety years. He left
his native land in 1831, sailing from Londonderry,
and landed at Quebec, Canada. After staying a
little over a year at that place he removed to Wal-
cott. Province of Quebec, where he was engaged in
farming one year. In 1835 he moved to Barnet,
Vermont, where he learned the trade of finishing in
a woolen factory. He remained there until 1840,
and then removed to Littleton, New Hampshire,
where he passed most of his subsequent life. He
was boss finisher employed by the Littleton Woolen
Manufacturing Company, and continued under the
same management for a period of thirty-five years,
excepting two years when the mills were closed. At
the end of this time he retired from the mills and
amused himself by the cultivation of a small farm
near the village until his death. He was a Presby-
terian in religious faith, and supported the Dem-
ocratic party in political matters. He was married
December 7, 1837, to Prusia, daughter of Joseph
Morrell. She was born January 8, 1816, in Danville,
Vermont, and died in Littleton, November 17, 1880.
Their children were : James, Robert. Andrew, Wil-
liam, Mary Jane, Julia O., Laura P., Henry Oliver
and Alice E. The eldest daughter married Henry
H. Metcalf, of Littleton, and now resides in Con-
cord, New Hampshire. The second daughter is the
wife of William Burns Hurd, a farmer residing in
Littleton. Alice E. married Elmer E. Day.

(III) James Robert, eldest child of William and
Prusia (Morrell) Jackson, was born October 5,
1838. in Barnet, Vermont, and was educated in the
common schools of Littleton and select schools
taught by Colonel Emery, Samuel B. Page, War-
ren Mclntire. He entered the law office of H. & G.
A. Bingham, as a student. He went out with the

Fifth Regiment of the Volunteer Infantry as com-
pany's clerk of Company C band of that regiment.
Having completed his law studies, he was admitted
to the bar at Lancaster in the July law term of the
supreme court in 1867, and continued in practice
two years thereafter with his preceptors. He then
engaged in practice independently and so continued
until 1873, when he turned his attention to matters
outside the practice of the law. Proceeding to
Dover, New Hampshire, he engaged as associate
editor with his brother-in-law, Henry H. Metcalf,
on the State Press and this arrangement continued
five years, until 1878, He has written continuously
for various newspapers and prepared a historic
sketch of the town of Littleton for the Grafton
County Gaseteer. He also compiled the history of
Littleton published by the town, and was a con-
tributor and an editor to the Littleton Sentinel pub-
lished in 1884. His writings are largely upon po-
litical and historical subjects. Mr. Jackson is an
earnest Democrat in politics, and served as secre-
tary pi the Democratic state committee from 1888
to 1893. He was moderator of his town in 1873-74-
75, was clerk of the house of representatives in 1871
and_ secretary of the constitutional convention of
1889. From 1894 to 1897 he was United States con-
sul at Sherbrook, Canada. He represented the Con-
cord railroad before legislative committees from
1881 to 1885, and the Boston & Maine railroad from
1887 to 1893. Since April, 1864, he has served as
justice of the peace and holds the oldest commis-
sion for that ofiice in Littleton. He. was super-
intendent of the school committee in 1866-67-68, and
was a member of the first board of education after
the establishment of the Union School District in
1867, and continued five years in this capacity. He
was a trustee of the Public Library during the first
five years after its organization, at the end of which
time he resigned. He was a member of the com-
mittee Oil town history from the appointment of
that conaniUee until the completion of the work.
He was married July 16, 1879, to Lydia Ann,
daughter of George K. Drew, of Durham. New
Hampshire. She was born December 30, 1854, in
New Market. Seven children have been born to
them, namely: Robert, Andrew, Harry Bingham,
William Mitchell, Elizabeth, Katharine Florence and
Rachel Pierce. The eldest son is a graduate of
Dartmouth College and is now practicing law with
ex-Judge James W. Remick, of Concord. The sec-
ond is also a Dartmouth graduate and is now a sub-
master of the Nashua high school. The third and
fourth are students of Dartmouth.

"Surnames from 'John' are as multi-
J/\.CKSON farious as is possible in the case of

a monosyllable, ingenuitj- in the con-
traction thereof being thus manifestly limited."
"John" was early corrupted to Jack, and from Jack
we have the patronymic Jackson.

(I) Thomas Jackson was born in Lancaster
count}^ England. Subsequently he emigrated to
America, and later removed to Nova Scotia. He
married Sarah R. Parmenter, and among their chil-
dren was a son, James T.

(II) James T., third child of Thomas and Sarah
R. (Parmenter) Jackson, was born in Medford, Nova
Scotia, and his death occurred at the age of eighty-
nine years. He was a ship builder by trade. In
1869 he removed to Boston, Massachusetts, but
after a short residence there returned to Nova
Scotia. He married, in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Sarah
R. Smith, born in Windsor, daughter of William
Smith, of Windsor, Nova Scotia, and a descendant of



James Smith, of Oldtown, Maine. Five children
were born of this union : Mary E., Myra A., Lilla,
Edith L. and George Frederick.

(Ill) George Frederick, fifth child and only son
of James T. and Sarah R. (Smith) Jackson, was
born at Canning, Nova Scotia, February 14, 1864.
When he was a child his parents removed to Boston,
INIassachusetts, and his education was acquired in
the Rice, Dwight and Lowell public schools. At the
close of his school days he entered a dry goods
establishment in Boston. Massachusetts, where he
was employed thf-ee years. He next obtained a po-
sition as traveling salesman for a fancy goods and
importing house, and was on the road for more than
four years. He began the study of law in the office
of Captain B. Atherton, and continued the^ same
for a period of two years. From the law office he
went to Boston University Law School, and after
taking the entire three years' course in two years was
graduated with tlie class of 1894, with the degree
of Bachelor of Laws. The July following he passed
his. examinations for admission to the bar of New
Hampshire, standing at the head of a class of thir-
teen. He immediately formed a partnership with
Edward H. Wason, under the firm name of Wason
& Jackson, which was continued until July, 1900. In
politics he was a stalwart Republican, and as such
' was elected city solicitor of Nashua, and continued
in that office by successive elections for four years. In
business he is a studious, careful and successful law-
yer ; in social life an agreeable companion and trust-
worthy friend. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, and
is a member of the following divisions of the Masonic
Order: John Hancock Lodge, Mt. Vernon Royal
Arch Chapter, Roxbury Council of Royal and Select
Masters, Joseph Warren Commandery, Knights
Templar, and Massachusetts Consistory, all of Bos-
ton. He is a member of Pennichuck Lodge, No. 44,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Phi Delta Phi
fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon college fraternity,
Roxbury City Guards, of which he was a member
five years. Company D, First Regiment, Massachu-
setts Volunteer Militia, and for seven years was a
member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery
Company of Boston.

This patronymic is obviously one of
JACKSON those directly derived from a chris-

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