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Biographical Sketch of Oliver Smith

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Smith, Oliver, New Haven, was born in New Haven, Vt., on January 4, 1804. He resided on the homestead until 1877, when he removed to New Haven, Vt. He has been a prominent man in his town, having represented his town in the Legislature for three terms; served as a judge of the county for three terms, and was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1860. He was married on March 24, 1830, to Adaline Doud, a daughter of Silas and Irena (Scoville) Doud, who were early settlers in New Haven, Vt. They have had seven children born to them, six of whom grew to maturity — Otis D. (now a professor of mathematics at Auburn College, Ala.), and Henry O. (deceased); four daughters — Ellen V., Cornelia A., Carrie E., and Eliza I. His parents were David and Charrie (Van Dusen) Smith. David Smith settled in New Haven, Vt., in 1798, in the northern part of the town; cleared and improved a farm, on which he resided for many years. He died at the residence of his son Lucius Smith, in Shoreham, Vt., on August 22, 1865, in the ninety-fourth year of his age. He was married twice. His first wife was Sarah Pettibone, by who he had three children — Jonathan, Sarah, and Olive. His second wife was Charrie Van Dusen, by whom he had five children — Otis, Olive, Eliza, Lucius, and Martha. Oliver Smith’s paternal grandfather was Jonathan Smith, who was a distinguished soldier of the Revolution, and whose four sons — David, Isaac, Jacob, and Jonathan, settled in Vermont. The three last named were lawyers, and became noted in their respective localities.


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