|Birth: ||Jan. 25, 1832|
"Kane County Directory and Gazeteer", 1896-1897, Geneva, page 148.
"Smith William R., jewelry, silverware, sporting goods, tobacco and cigars, repairing promptly done W State bet Second and Third"
From: History of Kane County, page 905.
William R. Smith, merchant, Geneva, Ill., was born in Norfolk, Conn., Jan. 25, 1832, son of Rufus and Hannah (Lucas) Smith and grandson of Corkins Smith, a veteran of the Revolutionary War. The first eight years of his life spent in Connecticut, when the family removed to New York, and his education was received chiefly in the public schools of that State. He mastered the jeweler's trade, which he followed in New York until 1878, then came to Illinois and for thirteen years was engaged as traveling salesman for the jewelry house of Trask & Plain, of Aurora. In 1891 he established a jewelry business in that city. Mr. Smith has been a member of the Mason fraternity since 1863, and with his wife belongs to the Eastern Star, and also to the Episcopal church. Mr. Smith married Nov. 27, 1898, to Miss Dema Reser, whose parents were pioneer settlers in Plato Township, Kane County."
From a Geneva newspaper.
1913, Dec. 3. From:" WILLIAM R. SMITH
William R. Smith, who had been in feeble health since returning from Florida last spring, died at his home on West Sixth street at 8 o'clock last Monday morning, Dec. 1. He had been confined to his bed but a few days, and he was about the town only last week, tho in a very weakened condition.
Mr. Smith was born at Norfolk, Litchfield county, Connecticut, January 25, 1832. When a young man, he went to the state of New York where he engaged as an apprentice in a jewelry firm at the age of 20 years. He was first married to Mary Jane Coye, at Butternuts, N. Y., on December 12, 1860. They came west soon afterwards and located at Harvard, McHenry county, and for many years he travelled by team thru Northern Illinois selling jewelry for the elder Trask of Aurora. Twenty-one years ago he came to Geneva and established a jewelry shop which he conducted for 17 years. Since then he passed most of the time, together with his second wife, at a small fruit farm near Davenport, Florida. The latter was the Miss Dema Reser of Dundee, and they were married there November 27, 1898. The first wife died at the state hospital at Elgin some twenty years ago.
There was a daughter born to them, who died at the age of 19, and is buried in the family lot at Oakhill cemetery in this city.
The deceased leaves a widow residing in this city, and two nieces near his boyhood home in New York.
The funeral will be held from the home this afternoon at two o'clock, the Rev. Wm. Reese Dixon of the Congregational church officiating and Mrs. Wm. Raftree as soloist. Mr. Smith was an old and enthusiastic Master Mason, and that order will give the lodge burial service at the grave.
The many friends and neighbors of this well known couple extend sincere sympathy to the widow, who has been a kind companion to this aged and feeble man during his declining years."
Rufus C. Smith (1800 - 1874)
Hanna Lucas Smith (1805 - 1879)
Mary Diadema Reser Smith (1850 - 1933)
Carrie S. Smith (1861 - 1881)*
William Randolph Smith (1832 - 1913)
Rufus C. Smith (1840 - 1911)*
Marvin A. Smith (1844 - 1910)**
Lelia Smith (1846 - 1848)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
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