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Smith, Solomon

SOLOMON SMITH

DERRICK SMITH, the great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, came from Glasgow, Scotland, and settled in Orange County about 1750. He here married Hannah Gale, and Daniel, who was born Nov. 1, 1763, was their son. He married Tabitha, daughter of Solomon and Tabitha (Watkins) Tuttle, and they had children,— Grant, Derrick, Harriet, Nathan, Martha, Hilia Ann Alexander, Ichabod L., and Daniel, all of whom are dead except Martha, who lives in Western New York and Alexander, who was born April 10, 1803, and lives in Hamptonburgh. Daniel Smith settled upon on hundred and seventy acres of land in what was then Wallkill (now Hamptonburgh) in 1805, and there spent the remainder of his life following agricultural pursuits. This property has since been the Smith homestead, passing from Daniel to Grant Smith, who was born Dec. 21, 1788. His wife was Miriam, daughter of Jesse Smith, whom he married Jan. 30, 1811. Jesse Smith was born Oct. 17, 1758, married Elizabeth Ansely, and reared a family of eleven children, of whom Miriam was the fourth. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and lived the life of a farmer in Orange County, where he died. Grant Smith, the father of Solomon T., lived on the homestead, served in the war of 1812, and was a leading business man and farmer in his town. Of this union were born Sarah Jane, married John M. Miller, of Wallkill, and resides in Indiana; Solomon T.; William A., a farmer of Wisconsin, who married Martha Watkins, of Orange County; Elizabeth, married Richard S. Denton, of Vernon, N.J.; and Harriet, who became the wife of Henry B. Smith, and, after his decease, of his brother, Nathaniel P. Grant Smith died Sept. 29, 1829. Miriam, his wife, was a woman of more than ordinary ability and energy. Left by the death of her husband with the sole care and control of five children, she retained possession of the homestead, and instilled into their minds when young the important lessons of industry and self-reliance which enabled them to become useful men and women. Until within a few years of her death, which occurred Nov. 17, 1878, at the age of eighty-eight years, she had been unusually active, and retained her mental faculties to a remarkable degree.

Solomon T. Smith was born on the homestead, Jan. 10, 1815. The common schools gave him his education, and to his mother he owes the early discipline of mind and muscle which developed into the useful citizen and the good farmer. By inheritance and purchase he obtained the homestead, and there his life was spent.

Mr. Smith was a man of good morals, temperate habits, and successful in his business affairs. Oftentimes his judgment was desired in the valuation of real estate, and his counsels were always judicious. He was indifferent to official position, and was more content with the duties of private life, always meeting his engagements with promptitude. For many years he was a member of the Goshen Presbyterian Church, and there his family attended.

His wife was Mary, daughter of Wickham and Catharine Tuttle, whom he married Nov. 20, 1850, and their children were Wickham T., who is the fourth generation on the homestead, and Martha, deceased. He died Nov. 27, 1876. His wife died April 7, 1870.


 

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