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Walter W. Smith
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Birth: Nov. 13, 1817
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 1, 1901
Cottrellville Township
St. Clair County
Michigan, USA

"Marine City Reporter", Thursday, February 7th, 1901 reported the follows obituary/biographical sketch of Walter Smith, "ANOTHER PIONEER GONE; Biographical sketch of one of the oldest pioneers in St. Clair County whose death occurred Feb. 1st, 1901, at the age of 83 years, 2 months, 19 days. Walter W. Smith was born November 13th, 1817, in Onondaga County, Township of Lysander, New York. He was the seventh child of Garner (sic) and Ann (Loomis) Smith. In the Fall of 1830 he removed with his parents to Carargus (sic Cattaraugus) Co., of the same state; settling on a farm; remaining there one year; when on account of poor crops, they removed to Michigan locating at Newport now Marine City in the spring of 1832, living on a piece of land of Capt. Sam Ward in the upper portion of the city, raising sufficient crops to last the winter. In the early fall of the same year they removed to the farm of 80 acres now owned by James and Simon Smith. Many times during those years he walked through the woods, following an Indian Trail, to Belle River Mills with a bag of corn on his back to get ground. During these times they had but one old cow to furnish milk and butter for a family of eleven. He then became a sailor shipping in the Schooner General Harrison with Capt. Eber Ward, engaged in carrying stone for construction of the old canal at Sault Ste. Marie and the light house at Fryingpan Island. He was also with Capt. McNiff in a small schooner trading with the Indians around the lakes. During this time he visited the sight where Saginaw and Bay City now stand, when there was only a few Indians wigwams. In the fall of 1841 he was married to Catherine Sauer, settling on a farm of 80 acres at Starrville. Their union was blessed by two children, Simon and Sophona. He then became wheelsman on the steamer Champion with Capt T. Butler in 1848. The same year he bought the farm he resided on, at the time of his death. He then worked his way along becoming chief engineer of the Detroit, of the Ward line, running between New Buffalo - ----C. R. B., and Chicago, during the seasons of 1848-9. July 21st 1853, he was married to Miss Sarah flood. They were blessed with five children, three boys and two girls, Albert J., Alonzo, Mrs. Florence Grashaw; Lizzie and Wallace F. His last boat was the schooner Meridian of which he was mate during the season of 1861-2 when he retired to his farm. During his years of sailing he was shipmates with Capts. Phin. Clark, John Robertson, W. H. Brown, and John Andres and engineers Bige Blakely and S. A. Arnold. He is survived by his wife Sarah, his three sons, Simon, Albert J., Alonzo and daughter Florence Grashaw, and his many grandchildren who mourn the loss of a loving husband and a kind affectionate father who were at his bedside during his last illness.
Family links: 
  Gardner Smith (1780 - 1860)
  Annaka Loomis Smith (1782 - ____)
  Humphrey H. Smith (1807 - 1896)*
  Reuben Smith (1810 - 1876)*
  Elizabeth S. Smith Caswell (1814 - 1898)*
  Walter W. Smith (1817 - 1901)
  James V. Smith (1822 - 1910)*
*Calculated relationship
s/o Gardner & Annie Smith
Smith's Cemetery
Cottrellville Township
St. Clair County
Michigan, USA
Maintained by: Donna Burkert Grothaus
Originally Created by: Jack Vander-Schrier
Record added: Oct 24, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16313569
Walter W. Smith
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Walter W. Smith
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Walter W. Smith
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