|Birth: ||Feb. 6, 1824|
|Death: ||Aug. 30, 1912|
Mille Lacs County
Nathaniel M. Smith, one of the oldest residents of Mille Lacs county, died at the home of his son, Amos, in Princeton village, at 6 o'clock on Friday evening, August 30, aged 88 years. Death was due to a general breaking down of the constitution caused by old age.
The funeral ceremonies were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Borden last Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, of which order Mr. Smith was a member. Rev. J. O. Fisher conducted the services at the house and paid a high tribute to the worth of the good old gentleman who had been called to his reward, and a quartet sang impressive hymns.
The interment was in Oak Knoll cemetery, where the ritualistic burial ceremonies of the Masons were observed. Numerous relatives and friends of deceased attended the obsequies and the casket was literally covered with floral offerings, among them beautiful wreaths emblematic of the Masonic order.
Nathaniel Milton Smith was born at Brownville, Maine, on February 6, 1824, and was married at that place to Hannah E. B. Jaquith, in October, 1850. Nine children were born of the marriage, seven daughters and two sons, viz.. Etta M., Phoebe E., Minnie K., Clara W., Angenett B., Cora B., Anna, Averill C. and Amos all of whom are living with the exception of Minnie and Clara.
Mr. Smith left his native place in 1852 to join the "forty-niners'' in California, but becoming dissatisfied with his luck in the gold fields, returned to Brownville the following year. There he remained until 1866, when he came to Princeton, stopping on the way for a few weeks at Earlville, near Dubuque, Iowa. Upon reaching Princeton he bought a farm of 160 acres west of town, and in the summer months engaged in tilling the soil while in the winter he followed the lumbering industry. He later exchanged his farm in Princeton for one of 240 acres in Greenbush. There he lived until 1892, when he sold this farm and returned to Princeton, where for a number of years he engaged in the lively business, finally disposing of the same to his son-inlaw, L. S. Libby. He then engaged in the express delivery business and continued to follow this occupation until 1908, when, in consequence of his advanced age (84), he retired from active life. For a number of years Mr. Smith made his home with his daughter, Mrs. William R. Bigelow, and later took up his residence with his son, Amos, remaining with him until his death. His wife died in 1898. He is survived by five daughters and two sons, viz., Mrs. L. S. Libby, Mrs. J. C. Borden, Mrs. Wm. R. Bigelow. Mrs. T. F. Scheen, Mrs. Andrew Bavier, Averill and Amos, all of Princeton. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Phoebe M. Soule of Princeton, and Mrs. Levi Perry of Aroostook county, Maine.
N. M., or "Milt" Smith, as he was familiarly known to his friends, possessed a remarkably strong constitution and led an active life. Until a few months ago he made his daily trips up town to chat with old friends, and nothing pleased him more than to relate stories of old time happenings in this part of the country. Mr. Smith was one of those men who contributed his share toward making this section what i t is today. He cleared land and made improvements on the farms which he owned, and these farms are now among the most valuable in the county. He was an honest man and a good citizen,quiet and unassuming, and during his many years of residence in this part of the country he made hundreds of friends.
Nathaniel Smith (1788 - 1869)
Hannah Jacquith Smith (1829 - 1898)
Harrietta Smith Libby (1850 - 1931)*
Phoebe Smith Murray Borden (1852 - 1946)*
Averill Crocker Smith (1860 - 1938)*
Angienette Smith Bigelow (1865 - 1955)*
Anne Smith Bavier (1873 - 1962)*
Allis M. Smith (____ - 1853)*
Phinias M. Smith (____ - 1815)*
William B. Smith (1816 - 1840)*
Eunice W Smith Core (1819 - 1899)*
Benjamin Smith (1820 - 1904)*
Nathaniel Milton Smith (1824 - 1912)
Phoebe Morrell Smith Soule (1826 - 1916)*
George Morrill Smith (1827 - 1912)*
Charles H Smith (1830 - 1910)*
Hannah Edith Smith Perry (1833 - 1914)*
Oak Knoll Cemetery
Mille Lacs County
Created by: Judy Howard
Record added: May 11, 2012
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