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George Smith
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Birth: Dec. 28, 1814
Aberdeen City, Scotland
Death: Aug. 22, 1895
Brantford
Brant County Municipality
Ontario, Canada

He was born at Aberdeen, the son of James Smith (then Gardener to P. Milne Esq, Union Street, [Aberdeen], later Nursery and Seedsman), and Patience Austin.

He arrived on the "British Ship Arkwright" at the port of New York on 4 May 1835, age 22, Gardener, with his father James Smith 57, Seedsman, mother "Mrs Smith" 50, and four siblings.

They initially settled at Winterbourne, Woolwich township, Waterloo County, Ontario. In 1836 his father bought land in Brantford township, Brant County: 100 acres at concession II, lot 28, and the next year they moved there.
He worked on his father's farm and nursery in Brantford township.

When his father James died in 1844 he inherited the 100-acre farm his father had bought in 1836, and where the Brantford Nursery was founded. James' will also mentions a 26-acre woodlot, part of the south part of Concession I, lot 27, which he gives, half to William and half to George, but he may not have had legal title to this property, as in Sept 1852 William and George jointly purchased the same property from William L. Ewing (who had received a patent for it on 27 Nov 1851).

He married Agnes Chalmers Findlay in 1851 at Elora, Ontario.
Some time after 1883 George retired. He bought eight town lots in Brantford in late 1885 and early 1886, and on one of them, at the corner of Drummond and Colborne Streets (506 Colborne Street), they built a house where he lived with Agnes until he died in 1895.

From Warner and Beers History of Brant County 1883 (p.599):
GEORGE SMITH, farmer, Brantford P.O., is a son of James Smith [...] Up to his death he had only started the nursery business, when his sons George and William took charge of it and conducted the business. they had been schooled to the business from early life. From the nursery of Smith's many of the old orchards now in the county were started. William carried on fruit-growing until his death in 1881, in which our subjects also figured conspicuously, and now grows a fine variety of apples, pears, raspberries, and all small fruits. He has made grape cultivation a specialty for some time. He was born, in 1816, in Aberdeen, but since 1836 has been a resident of the County of Brant, where he is now well fixed in life. His wife was Agnes Findlay, born in the County of Wellington, Ontario. They have a family of seven children, Viz., James A., Lizzie, William, George, Charles, John and Martha. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Brantford Chronicle August 1895: Death of George Smith
FALLEN ASLEEP
Demise of Mr. George Smith.
Mr George Smith, an old and highly respected resident of this city, passed away this morning at his residence, corner of Colborne and Drummond streets at the ripe age of 80 years. Deceased had been suffering from general decline during the past five months, but prior to that time he enjoyed good health and took an active interest in every day affairs. He was one of the pioneer residents of Brantford, coming from Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1833. He was an officer in the militia, and took a prominent role in the rebellion of 1838. Mr Smith, in his early years, was engaged with his father as a nurseryman and started the first business of this kind in this city. In politics he was a reformer and in religion a Presbyterian.
A widow, two daughters and four sons survive him. They are Mrs (Dr.) Hart, Mrs. J. Heath, Messrs. James A. and Wm. C., all of this city, George A., New York ; and J. B. Smith, Ester Park, Col.
By his demise a sterling citizen has passed to his reward, and one who in all the relations of life did his duty faithfully and well, winning the high esteem of all who knew him. The bereaved wife, and family will have the sympathy of many friends.
The funeral takes place from the family residence on Saturday at 2 o'clock to Greenwood Cemetery.
 
 
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 Parents:
  James Smith (1775 - 1844)
 
 Spouse:
  Agnes Chalmers Findlay Smith (1827 - 1913)*
 
 Children:
  James Austin Smith (1854 - 1922)*
  William Chalmers Smith (1857 - 1908)*
  Elizabeth Good Smith Heath (1859 - 1949)*
  Charles Gordon Stewart Forbes Smith (1863 - 1942)*
  John Burnett Smith (1866 - 1895)*
  Martha Sarah Smith Hart (1870 - 1945)*
 
 Siblings:
  Martha Smith Randall (1809 - 1884)*
  William Austin Smith (1811 - 1881)*
  George Smith (1814 - 1895)
  Sarah Smith Walkinshaw (1818 - 1887)*
  James Smith (1821 - 1841)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Brantford
Brant County Municipality
Ontario, Canada
 
Created by: SmithPM
Record added: Dec 17, 2012
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George Smith
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