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SMITH - Mrs. Elvira Wood - Death of an aged resident of Gaines Township - Marshfield, March 30 - There died at the home of her son, J. H. Wood, of this place, on March 26, 1894, Mrs. Elvira Wood, aged 82 years lacking eight days. Mrs. Wood was born in New Haven county, Conn., but removed to Chenango county, NY, where she lived with her parents some years, and subsequently removed to this county more than sixty years ago. She encountered many of the hardships and privations incident to pioneer life in the wilds of Tioga county at that early day. Mrs. Wood was a sister of the writer of this note, and perhaps it is worthy of record that death has no9t claimed any of the children of my father’s family before since August 8, 1857. I was then twenty-two years of age, and my brothers and sisters - there were six of us at that time - ranged in age from 8 to 25 years older than myself, yet we lived an unbroken circle for almost thirty-seven years. -- O. A. Smith
SMITH - Mrs. Eliza Lomanda Dickinson - Oldest Woman in Middlebury Stricken with Paralysis - Mrs. Eliza Lomanda Dickinson, widow of the late Nathaniel Dickinson, of Middlebury, died at the home of her son, John J. Dickinson, in Wellsboro, April 5 (1914), in her 95th year. She was the daughter of the late David and Lomanda Smith, of Gaines, and was born in Hartford, Conn., Jan. 2, 1819, where she was educated. She removed with her parents to the township of Coventry, Chenango county, NY in 1832 and thence to Tioga county in 1835. She taught school in Charleston and Middlebury townships several years. She was married to Nathaniel Dickinson May 4, 1842, and started house-keeping in a little log house in the woods, which they cleared away and made a fine farm home, where she lived more than seventy years, until a few weeks before her death. She had five children, three of whom survive her - Geo. W. Dickinson of Middlebury; John J. of Wellsboro, and Delia, wife of A. E. Hackett of Smethport, McKean county, all of whom were at her bedside when the end came. She was possessed of great intellectual and moral, as well as physical force. During the last fifty years of her life she had called a physician but once, and that was to treat a broken wrist caused by a fall on the ice. Her grandfather, David Smith, 2nd, was a corporal in the Revolutionary war, serving under Israel Putnam. Her great-grandfather David Smith, was a lieutenant in the Colonial wars. Her fourth grandfather was Thomas Smith, who came from England in 1633 in the ship “Hector”, in company with the great divine John Davenport, settling in what is now New Haven, Conn. Mrs. Dickinson was a sister of the late O. A. Smith of Gaines. Her general health had been unusually good for the past six months. She had devoted much of her time of late in reading and writing and visiting. The last morning she was the first to arise and was eating breakfast when the shock came.
KLEINHAUS - Hannah Smith - Well-Known Resident of Gaines Township Died April 25 - Mrs. Smith died at the home of her son, Marshall M. Smith, at Gaines, April 25, 1919. She was the widow of Octavius A. Smith, who died April 12, 1913. The funeral was held at the Baptist church at Marshlands, where she was a member for more than fifty years, and where she had been an earnest and devoted worker. Her exceptional interest in all which goes to make life better, for the uplift of the community and for the advance and spread of Christianity at home and abroad was evidenced by the presence at the funeral of nearly all the people for miles around. She was almost invariably called “Aunt Hannah” by all who knew her, which was simply an outward expression of the love and admiration bestowed upon her. Mrs. Smith was born in Hanover, Germany, Feb. 3, 1840. Her father, a man who was well read, early discovered that to live and enjoy the blessings afforded by a democratic form of government was preferable to living under German autocracy, and came to America with his family when “Aunt Hannah” was eight years old, landing at Boston and settling at Plymouth, Mass. He later moved to Germania, Potter county, and took up land where he cleared a farm, lived and died. The whole family have remained from that time to this steadfastly 100 per cent American. Mrs. Smith taught school for some time after coming to Germania. She was married to Octavius A. Smith, of Gaines, May 26, 1863. Mr. and Mrs. Smith settled on the farm which Mr. Smith had previously taken up in the forest, as one of the pioneers on Elk Run, Gaines township. To them were born two children, Marshall M. Smith of Gaines and Mrs. W. O. Robinson of East Orange, NJ, both of whom survive, together with two grandsons and two granddaughters, one great-grandson and one sister, who with a host of more distant relatives mourn her departure.
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SMITH - Mr. Orris C. Smith, aged 52, a life-long resident of Charleston township, died about 10 o’clock last Wednesday (written on obit, 22 Feb. 1905) evening in Elmira, where he had been visiting relatives since October last. He is survived by his wife, nee Ella Smith, his brother, Rev. M. G. Smith of Painted Post, NY, and his sister, Mrs. George H. Smith, of this borough. The remains were brought here Thursday morning and funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the home of his sister. Rev. L. M. Gates, pastor of the East Charleston Baptist church, of which the deceased was a devoted member, officiating. Mr. Smith was a Republican in politics and a former by occupation. He was a patriotic, public-spirited and substantial citizen. Six brothers-in-law of the deceased acted as pall-bearers: Messrs. D. C. of this borough (Wellsboro); L. M. of Elmira; E. H. of Galeton, and R. B., W. B. and C. D. Smith of Gaines. Burial in the Wellsboro cemetery.
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SMITH - James E. Smith - A Good Man and a Well-known Charleston Farmer died - Last Wednesday evening (14 Nov. 1888) Mr. James E. Smith died at the home of his son-in-law, George H. Smith, on Nichols street in this borough, after a sickness of about five weeks with intermittent fever. Mr. Smith was born in Delaware county, NY in September 1826. When he was about two years old his father moved to this county and settled in Charleston township. When he was a young man Mr. Smith purchased a farm at East Charleston where he spent the greater part of his life. About a year ago he gave up the management of the place to one of his sons. The funeral was held at the Dartt Settlement church last Friday, the services being conducted by Rev. H. M. Wolf, Jr., assisted by Rev. Mr. Mather. The remains were interred in the new cemetery at that place. Mr. Smith was a consistent member of the Baptist Church, and he leaves the record of a pure and well-spent life. His wife, two sons and one daughter survive him.
QS- p.49a bio sketch with picture
Savona, Mar. 4, (1927) - Mrs. Maria Smith Wetmore quietly celebrated her 93rd birthday at the home of her son, M. G. Smith, here yesterday. In the picture are Mrs. Wetmore; her son, M. G. Smith, aged 71; Owen S. Smith, 47; Raymond M. Smith deceased and “Buddy” Smith aged four years. Mrs. Wetmore was born Mar. 3, 1834, the eldest daughter of the late Justis Marshall and Clarinda Dartt Marshall of Charleston, Tioga County, Pa. At the age of 16, she married James E. Smith of Charleston. Three children were born, Orris, who died Feb. 22, 1905; Marshall G. Smith of Savona and Emma J., who died Nov. 21, 1926. Mr. Smith died Nov. 14, 1888 while in Aug. 7, 1895, she married Julius Wetmore, also of Charleston, who died in 1905. Since the death of Mr. Wetmore, she made home with her daughter until the latter’s death when she came here to reside with her son. Mrs. Wetmore has a brother, C. F. Dartt, 85 and a sister, Harriett Hilboldt, 83, both of Wellsboro. Seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild are about her in these advanced years of her life. Mrs. Wetmore is able to read with the aid of a glass and keep thoroughly informed with current events. She is well versed in religious and missionary history.
This picture was taken four years ago. The grandson is Owen S. Smith while the great-grandchild is Raymond M. Smith who met death in a motor accident more than a year ago. The great-great grandchild is Raymond Smith. All are of Wellsboro.
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MATHEWS - Robert E. Mathews - Salisbury Center - Aged 80, of 117 State Highway 29A, Salisbury Center, died Thursday evening Feb. 4, 1999, at the Folt’s Home in Herkimer, where he had been a resident since October 1998. Robert was born in the town of New Hartford on March 9, 1918, the son of the late Earl and Mae Waghorn Mathews. He received his education in Chadwicks High School, graduating from there in 1936. He continued his education by attending the Morrisville Technical College, graduating from there with an associate’s degree in automotive technology. His marriage to the former Hazel Smith took place on Nov. 26, 1948 in Herkimer. At one time, Robert was employed as a mechanic for the town of Salisbury, and the village of Dolgeville. His last employment was with the town of Manheim as a heavy machine mechanic, retiring from there in 1980. Upon his retirement, he opened the Country Woodcraft Woodworking Shop at his home in Salisbury Center. He operated this for 18 years, retiring from this due to ill health. He was a member of the Salisbury Center Grange, and a former member of the Salisbury Fire Department. Surviving him are his wife, Hazel of 50 years; a son and daughter-in-law, Rodney and Leona Mathews, Dolgeville; a daughter, Diane L. Mathews of Salisbury Center; a grandson, Ryan and a granddaughter, Crystal. Graveside services will be held in the Salisbury Rural Cemetery, town of Salisbury, later in the spring. There are no calling hours.
BREWSTER - Mrs. Edith Brewster Smith was called home Jan. 19, 1908. Mrs. Smith had not been real well all s\winter, yet no one thought the end was near. She had a hard cold that developed in pneumonia. Friday night Dr. Howland was called, and all that loving hands could do was done. Her husband, Roy Smith, scarcely left her bedside; council was held, but nothing seemed possible, and Sunday about 1 o’clock her spirit took its flight and Edith was “safe in the arms of Jesus.” There is much we might say if space would permit. She was a true wife and mother, a member of the Free Baptist church of Marshlands, Pa., where her home was. Truly it can be said of her “she seeketh wool and flax and worketh willing with her hands.” Her hands were never idle, not much for herself; her life was a life of sacrifice for others. We often wonder why God’s ways are thus, to take from a home one so much needed and so young, only thirty-nine years old and life’s work ended. God’s way are not our ways, although the home will miss her; the church, the Aid Society, the community, will all miss her, and no one can ever fill Edith’s place, yet heaven rejoices and angels sing at her home going. The needs of the sick and poor were met by her. Yes, our loss is heaven’s gain. The funeral was held at her home Wednesday, Jan. 22, conducted by her pastor, Rev. L. L. McLain. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and two sons, beside a mother, sister and brother, a host of relatives and friends.
Edith’s gone; oh, how we miss her
There is now a vacant chair
But in heaven we will meet her;
There will be no parting there. - Mrs. L. L. McClain
SMITH - Dale M. Smith, 81, of Green Valley, and formerly of Pennsylvania, died Nov. 14, (1994). He is survived by: wife, Doris Lynch; daughter, Rebecca Place; and son, Thomas. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the Air Force for four years. He was a graduate of Galeton High School, Lock Haven State College, and Penn State University. He also did graduate work at Temple and the University of Alabama. He was assistant superintendent of schools in Downingtown, Pa., before his retirement in 1974. He had also been assistant superintendent, junior high principal and elementary principal in Coatesville, Pa. Also, a teacher in Morris, Tioga County, Pa. Affiliations were: American Association of School Administrators, The National Association of Secondary School Principals, The American Association of School Business Officials, the Downingtown Lions Club, past president of the Coatesville Lions Club, retired president of the Board of Directors of the Keystone Credit Union. A former member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lionville, Pa., and member of Desert Hills Lutheran Church. Memorial services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Desert Hills Lutheran Church. Remembrances may be made to the American Lung Association, 2819 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85716.
CROFUT - Mrs. Elvira Smith of Marshlands, Pa., closed her earthly life Feb. 29, 1908, aged 71 years, 7 months. She was a patient sufferer for several years, but always cheerful and uncomplaining. Her life was a faithful testimony to Christian trust in God. Her husband, John J. Smith, preceded her three years. They were permitted to celebrate their golden wedding June 1904, with all their nine children, seven sons and two daughters at home. Brother and Sister Smith joined the Free Church forty years ago, and their hearts, hands, and home were open t all of God’s children. Truly a mother in Israel has gone to her reward and her children rise up and call her blessed. Funeral services at her late home conducted by her pastor, Rev. L. L. McClain, speaking from the words found in Colossians 3:1. The Quartet, consisting of Mr. McClain, Mr. Reinwald, Mrs. Jackson, and Mrs. McClain, sang for the last selection, “Tell Mother I’ll Be There.” Her remains were committed earth to earth and ashes to ashes by her sons.
No more sorrow now for mother,
No more pain for her to bear
No more welcome for her children
Until we shall meet her there. - Mrs. O. A. Smith
BREWSTER - Marjorie B. Crandell, died Monday, June 10, 1991. Beloved wife of Charles V. Crandell; beloved mother of Warren and Marian Crandell; She is also survived by her brother, Stanley H. Brewster of Windsor NY; brother-in-law and his wife, Edward H. and Ruth Crandell; nieces, Carolyn DePaolo, Margaret Diamond, Pearl Weeks, Carol Ann Muolo and Jane Meskauskas. Friends are invited to attend her Memorial Services on Saturday at 11 o’clock at the Vay-Scheich & Meeson Funeral Home Inc., 2692 Dewey Ave. In lieu of flowers friends may make contributions to the American Heart Assoc.
Centennial and Old Home Day (1933)
Hundredth Anniversary of the Coming to Elk Run of David Smith and Birth of Octavius Smith Held Together - with Old Home Day at Marshlands Saturday. Interesting Program held with Large Attendance. Mrs. Robinson describes Round-the-World Trip.
The annual Smith family reunion and old home day was held at Marshlands Saturday and inspired by one of the most delightful days of the summer a good crowd was in attendance. The ladies of the church served dinner in the Grange Hall which was participated in by a large proportion of those present.
The afternoon was spent in greeting one another. Those from Marshlands and vicinity meeting many former residents of Gaines Township who were called back by the reunion.
The Smith family reunion program began shortly after 2:30 p.m. being called to order by the President of the organization Mr. D. C. Smith of Wellsboro, who after treating of various business matters pertaining to the annual meeting laid emphasis on the importance of this gathering as commemorating the hundredth anniversary of two events, the first coming of David Smith to Elk Run and the birth of a notable member of the family, Octavius A. Smith. The presiding officer among other remarks noted the fact that there were present in the audience a number who were conducting campaigns for county office and he asked that they arise when their names were called that those present might all see them. Following these introductions Mr. Smith introduced Mrs. W. O. Robinson who had agreed to sketch briefly a trip around the world she made during the past year. Mrs. Robinson, only daughter of the late O. A. Smith, whose centennial the day was to celebrate, read an extremely well written and highly entertaining account of some of the high-lights of the trip that occupied several months of time and which had in its itinerary, the Holy Land and the Orient. The article told about interesting people, strange customs and unfamiliar lands. It had the personal touch, this recital by Mrs. Robinson and was thoroughly enjoyed by the fine audience that was present.
Judge Howard F. Marsh was next introduced and paid deep tribute to the example and inspiration that the life and character of Octavius Smith afforded those who knew him, calling to notice the scholarly aspects of this man who while a practical and successful farmer was interested in science and literature and found time after long hours of toil to write poetry and to commune with nature and to build up the aesthetic side of his life.
Prof. W. O. Robinson, husband of Wilhelmina, daughter of the pioneer, gave an intimate word-picture of his father-in-law as he had observed him through the years of their association. The appreciation this man of letters had for Octavius Smith and good wife Hannah was evident not only in words but in every inflection of the voice. And he did speak about a couple whose sterling worth, whose influence on the community in which they lived was for its lasting food, bearing fruit richly and abundantly in succeeding generations.
Mr. Robinson, of New York, a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Robinson was called on for an impromptu speech and gave some interesting reminiscences of boyhood visits to Marshlands speaking highly of his grandparents who made his visits to their home delightful and caused him to ever regard their community as one of importance and interest.
ROBINSON-SMITH - At Marshfield, Pa., July 8, 1891, by Rev. J. C. Robinson (father of the groom), assisted by Rev. W. S. Smith, Prof. William O. Robinson, A. M., of Cattaraugus, NY and Miss Wilhelmina W. Smith, of Marshfield.
The Robinson-Smith Wedding
Last Wednesday Miss Wilhelmina W. Smith of Marshfield, and Prof. William O. Robinson, A. M. of Cattaraugus, NY, were married, the ceremony being performed before a large company of friends by Rev. J. C. Robinson, assisted by Rev. W. S. Smith, at the home of the bride’s parents. The rooms were handsomely decorated, a large horseshoe being place in the parlor, beneath which the bride and groom stood at 9 o’clock p.m. and exchanged their vows. Miss Lena Seeley, of Hillsdale, Mich., was bridesmaid and Mr. F. S. Bernauer, of Marshfield, was groomsman. After the couple had received the congratulations of their friends there was a transformation of scene and the rooms were filled with banquet-tables and a merry feast was enjoyed by the company. The bridal presents were numerous and valuable. Prof. Robinson was graduated at Hillsdale College, Mich., in 1888, and he is now principal of the Cattaraugus Union Academy. Miss Smith spent several years in the Hillsdale College and she is an excellent teacher and an accomplished musician. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson expect to visit in Michigan for a few weeks and then they will settle at Cattaraugus, NY. A bright future seems to lie before them, and it is the earnest wish of their many friends that their lives may be full of happiness and prosperity.
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Date written 12 Jan. 1910
Mr. Otis H. Brooks and Mrs. Ella L. Smith, both of this borough (Wellsboro), were married at the home of the bride’s brother, Mr. D. C. Smith, on McInroy Street, last Wednesday evening by Rev. R. M. Cloud, pastor of the Free Baptist church. Their many friends wish them happiness and good fortune.
SMITH-PATTERSON Lieut. Paul R. Smith, of the U. S. Regular Army, was married on Dec. 5th, in Washington, D. C., to Miss Marian Lee Patterson, of that city. He is a nephew of DeWitt Smith, of Wellsboro. (1918 written on article)
This is to certify the James B. Cady of Elkland in the state of Pennsylvania and Alice Shakespeare of Elkland in the state of Pennsylvania were by me joined together in Holy Matrimony on the ninth day of July in the year of our Lord 1859.
Signed - John Parkhurst, Justice of the Peace