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Rodney B. Smith
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Birth: Feb. 3, 1799
Franklin County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: May 3, 1873
Smith Mills
Chautauqua County
New York, USA

He was the son of Isaac Smith and his wife Roxa Morton. He married Achsah Blodgett at Buffalo, Erie, New York in 1819. He served in the War of 1812.

From the book History of Chautauqua County, New York, and its people, Vol. II, page 21: "Mary Love (Smith) Skiff is a member of an old and distinguished New York family, and is a great-granddaughter of Isaac Smith, who came from Massachusetts in 1802 and settled at Gorham, Ontario County, N. Y., where he remained until 1810, when he removed to Sheridan, N. Y., remaining only a short time when he came to Hanover, Chautauqua county, N. Y., and was among the first settlers of this region. He was engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served in the navy during the War of 1812, during which time he participated in the disaster of Buffalo, and the forced march from that city induced a fever which resulted in his death. He married Miss Morton, by whom he had nine children: Henry, Hiram, Matilda, Rodney B., of whom further; Roxanna, Esther, Attila, Benjamin, and a child who died in infancy.

Rodney B. Smith was born Feb. 3, 1799, in Hampden County, Massachusetts. At the age of fifteen he volunteered to take his brother Henry's place in the army for service in the War of 1812, and was present at the battles of Chippewa, Black Rock, and Williamsville. He afterwards engaged in business, and in 1824 became a sub-contractor under Thompson & Bird for the construction of the Big Rock dam, in connection with the Erie Canal, and was afterwards himself a contractor on the canal until it was completed. He then came to Chautauqua county, where he purchased a small mill, known as Smith's Mill [This Mill was built by his father Isaac], and also erected a distillery and tannery, all of which he operated successfully for about thirty years. He died at Smith's Mills in 1873, at the age of seventy-four years. Rodney B. Smith married Achsah Blodgett, and they were the parents of fourteen children, seven daughters and seven sons, one of whom was Major Hiram Smith, father of Mrs. Skiff."

Family links: 
  Isaac Smith (1772 - 1814)
  Roxa Morton Smith (1774 - 1815)
  Achsah Blodgett Smith (1800 - 1852)*
  Hiram N Smith (1819 - 1905)*
  Myron D Smith (1823 - 1912)*
  Tirzah Smith Frisbey (____ - 1867)*
  Henry Benjamin Smith (1792 - 1864)*
  Rodney B. Smith (1799 - 1873)
  Roxa Smith Bennett (1801 - 1874)*
  Hiram Smith (1807 - 1881)*
  Atteley Smith Scott (1809 - 1892)*
  Atteley Smith Scott (1809 - 1892)*
*Calculated relationship
Smiths Mill Cemetery
Smith Mills
Chautauqua County
New York, USA
Created by: Shari Hanson Frey
Record added: Jul 25, 2009
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Rodney B. Smith
Added by: Shari Hanson Frey
Rodney B. Smith
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Rodney B. Smith
Added by: Mark Peebles
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IN HONOR OF my 3X Great Grandfather.
- Karen
 Added: Apr. 18, 2015

- Shari Hanson Frey
 Added: Jul. 25, 2009

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