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Thomas Smith
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Birth: Jun. 20, 1799
Medfield
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jun. 6, 1878
Dover
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA

S/o Titus Smith and Atarah Hamant.
Married Eliza Wadsworth Nov. 13, 1825 in Medfield, MA.
Cause of death - pneumonia.

Frank Smith, The Genealogical History of Dover, Mass. (1917), 226. "#17. Thomas, b. 1799, m. 1825, Eliza Wadsworth, dau. Moses and Elizabeth (Tisdale) Wadsworth, b. June 15, 1806, d. Sept. 12* (*S/b 22.), 1883. He d. June 9, 1878. Mr Smith was descended from Henry Smith who came from England in 1637 with his wife Elizabeth and two sons. He first settled in Dedham, but moved to Medfield in 1651-2, where he was a trusted citizen. Thomas Smith inherited the farm of his wife's father on County Street and established in connection the manufacture of brushes. He was a man of musical and inventive genius.
As a musiician he was of note in the vicinity. On the street he played a fife, and his execution on that instrument was such as to cause his services to be constantly in demand wherever such music was required. He composed and arranged considerable music adapted to this instrument. He played the flute in the days before the advent of the church organ, when various instuments were used to accompany the singers in church choirs, and the tunes which he produced, from this instrument, were considerd as good as could be obtained by any player in New England. He was a good judge of vocal music and served as a choir director for many years. When about sixty years of age he conceived a desire to play the piano. He purchased an instrument of the highest grade and applied himself with such a degree of patience that he became quite proficient as a player of the pianoforte. Mr. Smith's inventive genius was noticeablle in many ways, in improvements in tools, machinery and methods used in the line of his business, the manufacture of brushes. He made the best whitewash brushes on the market, and invented the process of utilizing the natural curve of bristles so that his brushes kept their shape while in use much better than others which was a great advantage to the workman. While he excelled in the manufacture of whitewash brushes, his paint and floor brushes were also in great demand. His genius was also noticeable in the machinery, vehicles and appliances used in working his farm. "Every invention," says one who remembers him. "seemed to be in the line of a saving in human strength or of time." Among his many inventions was a patent mouthpiece to be used in playing the fife or flute, when the player's lips became too tired to use in the ordinary way. He is believed to have had the first kerosene lamp ever used in town. Mr. Smith left no children."

Catalog of Graves in the Old Section of Vine Lake Cemetery - Medfield, MA (Compiled in 1976), 10. Grave #427, Smith, Thomas, date of birth - June 19, 1800* (*Medfield, MA Birth Record shows June 20, 1799.); date of death - Jun 9, 1878. 
 
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 Parents:
  Titus Smith (1759 - 1805)
  Atarah Hamant Smith (1765 - 1856)
 
 Spouse:
  Eliza Wadsworth Smith (1806 - 1883)
 
 Siblings:
  Titus Smith (1783 - 1789)*
  Lucretia Smith Chenery (1785 - 1867)*
  Olive E. Smith Clark (1790 - 1880)*
  Asa Smith (1792 - 1793)*
  Clark Smith (1795 - 1891)*
  Atarah Smith Gilmore (1797 - 1865)*
  Thomas Smith (1799 - 1878)
  George Metcalf Smith (1806 - 1883)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Vine Lake Cemetery
Medfield
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Grave #427
 
Created by: Trisha
Record added: Nov 14, 2013
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