|Birth: ||Aug. 2, 1825|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 18, 1898|
Born: Martinsburg, NY
Parents, John C. and Juda (Gray) SMITH.
Married Mary J. Parks, May 21, 1847, daughter of Truman Parks, at Hartford, OH.
He was educated at Geauga Seminary, OH, and at Whitestown Seminary, NY. He was converted in 1839 under the labors of Rev. Ransom Dunn.
He was ordained July 4, 1844, by direction of the Ohio and Pennsylvania Y.M.(Yearly Meeting).
He moved to Wisconsin in 1848, and assisted in revivals and in organizing churches at Fayette and Wayne, and preached at the Willow Springs church. He organized churches in Caledonia, and at Elgin, and McHenry, Ill. In 1853-55 where he worked assisted by Eld. Dunn, and a church at Racine, WI, was organized. He was seven years at Fairwater, Wis. while assisting in a revival at Winnegago; four years at Berlin, WI, and one yr at Fairbury, IL, and five years commencing 1871, at Postville, IA.
After this, moving to Nebraska he organized churches at Rose, Fairburg, Marshall and Dry Branch, Neb. and at DeWitt, KS. He covered a period of forty years, baptized more than four hundred converts, and assisted in organizing two Quarterly and two Yearly Metings.
He also manifested his benevolence and love for the cause of education by munificient gifts to Hillsdale College, Mich., (Ten Thousand Dollars to endow a Profesorship of Theology) of which he is an honored trustee."
from bio in "Free Baptist Cyclopedia," pub. 1889, by Burgess and Ward. (Also, excerps from "Four Years of Cooperation - Kansas and Nebraska" by A.D. Williams, D.D., publ 1886).
After his death, his widow, Mary Parks Smith, probably expecing her own not far away, per info in book on "Life and Labors of Ransom Dunn," Mary Parks Smith sent word to Dr. Dunn, to come...and, she donated another $1,900, plus deeded 160 acres to Hillsdale College.
Juda Gray Smith (____ - 1855)
Mary J. Parks Smith (1831 - 1908)*
Lovina J Smith Giddings*
Samuel F Smith (1825 - 1898)
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An ordained Free Will Baptist minister, working in Ohio, Neb, Wis, and Kansas. Was a great preacher and organizer of churches. May he rest in peace.|
Added: Nov. 10, 2012