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Smith, Gilbert T.

GILBERT T. SMITH.

The paternal grandfather of Mr. Smith was Clark Smith, Esq., whose birth occurred at Cornwall-on-the-Hudson. His children were eleven in number,— Joseph, Asahel, Oliver, Clark, Isaac, Thomas, Rensselaer, Elijah, Hannah, and two whose death occurred at an early age. Asahel, One of the older sons, was born at Woodbury, in the township of Monroe, where he resided until the age of manhood. At a later period he chose Turner’s as a place of residence, and was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Gilbert Turner, to whom five children were born, — Gilbert T., Charles, John T., Hannah (Mrs. King Rider), and Stephen. Mr. Smith’s death occurred in March, 1866, at Turner’s.

Gilbert T., who is the subject of this biography, was born Oct. 1, 1816, at Turner’s, where the years of his boyhood were passed in attendance upon the public school, and at intervals upon labor on his father’s land. His ambition sought a wider sphere of activity than was presented within the limits of his native hamlet, and prompted him in 1839 to remove to New York City. His early struggle with circumstances was no exception to that of most men who begin life with no capital other than health and indomitable will. He at once engaged in carting, and continued with the same firm during his residence in the metropolis, a period of thirty- four years. By industry and economy he accumulated sufficient means to purchase property and build. The appreciation of this real estate, together with the accumulations of his labor, have enabled Mr. Smith to spend the later years of his life in comparative affluence. He returned in 1875 to Monroe, and retired again to suburban life, having in 1864 purchased land and erected his present residence. Mr. Smith has had a career of activity. His occupations have afforded but little time for participation in sectional strifes or the intrigues for office. He is a Republican in politics, but not desirous for official advancement. He is at present actively engaged in agricultural pursuits, and is president of the Monroe Dairy Association. Mr. Smith was married Feb. 8, 1842, to Miss Olive, daughter of Matthew Graham; of Blooming- Grove, who is the mother of three children,— Alice G., now deceased; Warren W., who resides with his parents; and one who died in infancy.

Warren M. was born Oct. 27, 1846; and married, Oct. 27, 1868, Miss Sarah, daughter of William Seaman, Esq., of Monroe. Their children are Edward P. and Alice G. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert T. Smith are regular attendants upon the services at the Presbyterian Church of Monroe, of which Mrs. Smith is a useful member.


 

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