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 Lydia Fairbank <I>Darling</I> Smith

Lydia Fairbank Darling Smith

Birth
Holden, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 7 Jan 1908 (aged 88)
Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, USA
Burial Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, USA
Plot Sec E Lot 30
Memorial ID 62719411 · View Source
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Lydia (Darling) Smith was born in Holden, Massachusetts to Darius and Susannah Gates (Fairbank) Darling. In Holden she married Larkin Smith, also of Holden. Within a few years of their marriage they moved to Ohio, settling near Woodstock, Ohio.

Not much has been passed down about Lydia, other than she believed in young ladies behaving in refined ways, as evidenced by her daughters being sent back to her sister to be "finished". She made the rounds with her family as they moved a variety of places in Ohio, ranging from Woodstock to Columbus to Milford Center and finally to Urbana. During her life in Ohio Lydia and Larkin made several trips back home to Holden (their daughter Addie was born there).

In her time as a widow, she struggled financially and physically. Papers in the National Archives indicate that she had meager savings and suffered from "chronic curvature of the spine". These papers indicate also that she successfully claimed a widows pension based on her late husband's Civil War service.


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  • Maintained by: Scott Hawley
  • Originally Created by: Robert "Rob" Weller
  • Added: 9 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62719411
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lydia Fairbank Darling Smith (24 Dec 1819–7 Jan 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62719411, citing Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Scott Hawley (contributor 47187122) .