|Birth: ||Jul. 16, 1809|
|Death: ||Feb. 10, 1886|
Asa was b. July 16, 1809 in Williamstown Vt, one of 13 children of Asa Smith Jr and Polly (Waller) Smith
brother of Rev J.C.Smith
History of Buckland by Kendrick w/genealogies by Kellogg pg 614:
SMITH, Rev. Asa, was b. in Williamstown, Vt., July 16, 1809; d. Feb 10, 1886; installed as pastor of the Congregational church here in 1848. His earlier life was spent as a missionary; was in Oregon in 1838, going thence in 1841 to the Sandwich Islands, resigning because of ill health in 1845, and returned to the States by way of China and South Africa. He m. (1) Mar. 15, 1838, Sarah G. White, b. Apr 14, 1813; d. May 27, 1855. He m. (2) in So. Amherst, June 25, 1856, Harriet, dau. of George Nutting. She was b. Dec. 3, 1826; d. May 22, 1866.
On the Smith monument of this family is also: Hannah, wife of Asa, later wife of Joseph Kendall, d. Aug. 14, 1817. [Hannah BOWEN (note Bowen is Asa's middle name and it is documented that Bowen was surname of his maternal grandmother) was b. 20 March 1747, the dau. of Silas Bowen and Dorothy Lyon (1727-1762) who married in Woodstock 17 Apr 1746; Hannah married (1) Mr. Asa Smith 10 Dec 1767; she m. (2) Joseph Kendall on 20 June 1776; she d. 14 Aug 1817 in either Charlotte, VT or Buckland, MA]
Shortly after returning to the U.S. from missions abroad, Asa and Sarah adopted in 1850 Lucy Maria (b. Nov. 19, 1838) and Martha Laurens Locke, 2 of 3 daughters of Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Locke who both died (1842 & 1843) as missionaries serving in Waialua Hawaii while the Smiths were there. In 1854 Asa and Sarah adopted Asa's 2 nephews, Charles Alexander (b. Jan 19, 1848) and George Alfred White (b.Sept 9, 1850), the sons of his deceased sister Marcia (Maria Brown of NYC). According to Buckland History book, all children took the surname Smith.
After returning to the U.S. from his missions abroad, Asa became the settled pastor at the Congregational Church in Amherst, Mass. beginning Nov. 1846. He then accepted the call in Buckland Mass. where he began on March 22, 1848. Asa resigned his pastorate at Buckland effective Aug. 1, 1859 after a controversal dispute with some of the parishoners that had resulted in an ecclesiastical council held in May 1859. Asa was cleared of the accusations but the council recommended he resign. Asa then held a pastorate at the Southbury, CT Congregational Church until 1871. He lived in Rocky Hill CT for a couple of years after that presumably visiting churches in that region as a guest preacher. In 1883, on a visit to see relatives in Sherwood, TN, Asa was asked to help organize a Congregational church there. He served as their pastor from its start in January 1884 until his death. His body was brought back to Buckland MA for burial.
For more info on Asa's life and his mission to Oregon, refer to the book: "The mountains we have crossed: diaries and letters of the Oregon Mission, 1838" By Sarah Gilbert White Smith, ed. by Clifford Merrill Drury 1966/1999 Bison Books.
Asa Smith (1772 - 1844)
Sarah Gilbert White Smith (1813 - 1855)
Harriett Eliza Nutting Smith (1826 - 1886)
Curtis Smith (____ - 1815)*
Polly Smith (____ - 1823)*
Michael Smith (____ - 1798)*
Martin Smith (____ - 1808)*
Daniel Smith (____ - 1811)*
Hannah Smith (1807 - 1808)*
Asa Bowen Smith (1809 - 1886)
John Curtis Smith (1812 - 1884)*
Marshall Smith (1823 - 1825)*
Asa B Smith
July 16 1809
Feb 10 1886
Old Cemetery #01
Plot: row 7 stone 7
Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Oct 28, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60773977