Descendants of JOHN SMITH

Descendants of JOHN SMITH

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN1 SMITH died 1689 in Milford, CT. He married GRACE (MNU) SMITH.


The first smith of our family, Sergeant John Smith, arrived from England between 1639 and 1646. He was one of the first settlers of Milford, Connecticut where he was allotted one of the first pieces of land in 1646. He had one acre, three rods and twenty poles of land in the west end of the town. His will is dated June 1684; he died between June 21st and December 9th, 1689. His wife was Grace...who died in Milford in 1689. No sister or brother of Sgt. John Smith is known.

This John Smith was called "Sergeant" because at that time he could have been a member of a trained band that helped to fortify the town in case of trouble; also, there were several John Smiths and they were given titles to tell them apart.

These are some of the sources used for the Smith line of research: Milford, Ct. Vital Records; Church records of Milford; Probate records; The Smith Family write-up in "The American Genealogist" #98, April 1949, Volume XXV, No. 2, published by Donald Jacobus, New Haven, now out of print. (From Barbara Howland Smith-1977)

Children of JOHN SMITH and GRACE SMITH are:

2. i. JOHN2 SMITH, b. August 27, 1646, Milford, CT; d. January 8, 1731/32, Milford, CT.






Generation No. 2

2. JOHN2 SMITH (JOHN1) was born August 27, 1646 in Milford, CT, and died January 8, 1731/32 in Milford, CT. He married PHEBE CANFIELD January 23, 1672/73, daughter of THOMAS CANFIELD and PHEBE CANFIELD.


Barbara Howland Smith - 1977 noted John died in Milford aged 87 and his tombstone is still standing there.

Children of JOHN SMITH and PHEBE CANFIELD are:

3. i. NATHAN3 SMITH, b. Bef 1689, Milford, CT; d. ABT 1771, Stratford, CT.








Generation No. 3

3. NATHAN3 SMITH (JOHN2, JOHN1) was born Bef 1689 in Milford, CT, and died ABT 1771 in Stratford, CT. He married MARY JANES July 22, 1714 in Stratford, CT.


Baptized in 1689 in Milford but died in Stratford, which is just across the river from Milford. His will dated Sept. 20, 1770 and it was probated July 8, 1771. He married Mary Janes and they lived in Ripton Parish, later known as Huntington, now Shelton Conn.

Children of NATHAN SMITH and MARY JANES are:

4. i. NATHAN4 SMITH, b. May 8, 1715; d. December 1787, Stratford, CT.

ii. JANE SMITH, b. Stratford, CT; m. NOAH ST. JOHN.

Generation No. 4

4. NATHAN4 SMITH (NATHAN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born May 8, 1715, and died December 1787 in Stratford, CT. He married ELIZABETH STEVENS 1755.


Those seven children who arrived at maturity, all removed from Connecticut during the first fifteen years of the present century. All but one of them emigrated to the central part of the State of New York, and finally settled in the same town, now Pitcher, Chenango county. The other one, John Smith, emigrated to Northern Vermont about 1805, where, dying ten years afterward, he left a family of eight children, from 1 to 18 years old. these lost all trace of their relatives, and for about fifty years knew nothing about them. Then a chance publication in a newspaper attracted their attention, and resulted in a visit to Central New York, where they found two of their father's sisters living, and the graves of three of his brothers, with some hundreds of cousins and cousins' children and grandchildren.


i. JOSEPH5 SMITH, b. 1764; d. 1853, Pitcher, NY; m. REBECCA (MNU) SMITH.

ii. NATHAN SMITH, b. 1766; d. ABT 1840, Pitcher, NY; m. AMARYLLIS (MNU) SMITH.

iii. POLLY SMITH, b. 1768; d. 1864, Pitcher, NY; m. (FNU) PLUM.

iv. JOHN SMITH, b. 1769; d. 1815, Underhill, VT.

v. CHARITY SMITH, b. 1772; d. 1871, Pitcher, NY; m. (FNU) BLACKMAN.

vi. SAMUEL SMITH, b. 1775; d. 1857, Pitcher, NY.

5. vii. WILLIAM B SMITH, b. 1777, Shelton, CT; d. ABT 1865, Texas.

viii. JENNETTE SMITH, b. 1779; d. 1800, Huntington, NY.

Generation No. 5

5. WILLIAM B5 SMITH (NATHAN4, NATHAN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born 1777 in Shelton, CT, and died ABT 1865 in Texas. He married REBECCA BISSELL 1802, daughter of BENJAMIN BISSELL and ESTHER BENTON.


Immediately after William and Rebecca's wedding ceremony, they set out from Litchfield, CT, for New York State on horseback. Rebecca rode behind him on the "pig", an addition attached to the back of the saddle on which a second person could ride.

Between the years of 1803 and 1821, ten children were born to them, two daughters and eight sons.

During those years, William, made but one trip east to his old home in Connecticut, returning to North Pitcher at the close of the War of 1812. He was appointed Captain of Light Infantry in the Battalion of Infantry in chenango County. His commission was dated the twenty-eighth of June in the forty-first year of our Independence (1817), signed by the Secretary of State, Charles D. Cooper, and witnessed by John Taylor, Lieutenent Governor of New York State.

In about the year 1822, one morning William started out on foot with a drove of sheep that he intended to sell in New York City. Before he left he kissed his two babies, the twins, Lucius and Lewis, good-bye, and gave them each a silver dollar. the first night he put up at the Merchant farm near Whitney Point, and that night met a man stopping at the same place to whom he sold his sheep. The next morning he left, and that was the last ever heard from him except for rumors.


6. i. LEWIS STEVENS6 SMITH, b. November 29, 1820, North Pitcher, Chenango County, NY; d. March 1, 1899, Omaha NE.










xi. CHARLES B SMITH, d. Died at the age one.

Generation No. 6

6. LEWIS STEVENS6 SMITH (WILLIAM B5, NATHAN4, NATHAN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born November 29, 1820 in North Pitcher, Chenango County, NY, and died March 1, 1899 in Omaha NE. He married ELIZA ANN HURLBUT, daughter of THOMAS HURLBUT and EMILY WHITING.


Has a twin brother Lucius

Ref: "The Ithaca Gun Company From the Beginning", By Walter Claude Snyder, p. 15

The Smith Family

Lewis Steven Smith was a prestigious businessman in Center Lisle, New York, during the mid-19th century. He was, at various times, a storekeeper, a lumber and tanbark dealer, and the owner of a large tannery. Lewis and Eliza Ann Smith had five sons and three daughters. The State Census of 1865 records Lewis S. Smith, 44, born in Chenango County, New York, and having the occupation of tanner. Leroy H. Smith was the oldest boy, at 19, and was born in Wisconsin. Next was Ellen, 17, also born in Wisconsin, followed by Lyman, 14, Wilburt, 12, and sister Addie, 11, and Hattie, 9. Lyman and Wilburt were born in Connecticut. Hattie was born in Oneida County, New York, and the youngest son, Monroe, was born in Broome County, New York, and was also 9 years old in 1865.

Lewis Smith suffered a severe business reversal in 1876 that was due in part to a misunderstanding of the delivered price of tanned sheepskins, and that forced him into bankruptcy and the sad loss of his wealth. Lewis and son, Lyman, migrated to Syracuse, New York, and by 1875-76 had a lumber business on South Salina Street. (There is some uncertainty whether Lewis actually moved his primary residence to Syracuse or retained it in Center Lisle and commuted to Syracuse as business required.)

Smith's eldest son, Leroy, remained in the Center Lisle area, where he became acquainted with William Henry Baker. Smith and Baker evidently concluded that there was an improved business opportunity for Baker's double- and three-barrel shotguns in Syracuse and traveled there to convince Leroy's brother, Lyman, to manufacture it.

Leroy Smith first appeared in the 1878-79 Syracuse City Directory and, along with Lewis and Lyman, was listed as being associated with "W.H. Baker and Company, Manufacturers of Baker's Patented Shotgun." Lewis and Lyman seem to have quit the lumber business at the point as that operation disappears from the Directory. Leroy Smith lists his occupation in 1879-80 as "gun maker." He boarded at 98 South West Street but listed his home as Center Lisle. Lewis's son, Wilburt and Monroe, were also working in the business.

Leroy's name was no longer listed in the 1880-81 directory, thus indicating he had left Syracuse, presumable to return to Center Lisle. W.H. Baker had left the same year with ideas for a new design of a shotgun, and again, presumable was looking for business partners. Charles Leroy Smith, Leroy's grandson, tells of family history recording that Leroy was able to raise $1,800 by cutting and marketing a previously inaccessible stand of timber in the Center Lisle area, and used that money to go into the gun business with W.H. Baker. Leroy Smith's name on the 1885 Ithaca Cun catalogue is convincing evidence that he had an early and important involvement in the founding of that business and was probably a major financial backer.

Leroy became visibly active in the daily operations of the Gun Company by 1886-87, when he and George Livermore located in Ithaca and purchased the Baker interests. Part of Leroy's initial activity was the patenting of four hammerless shotgun designs during the 1887-89 era, resulting in the hammerless model being introduced in the 1888 catalogue. It is uncertain whether Leroy was the total inventive genius behind these designs, but it is reasonable safe to assume that it was he who sensed that the demand for hammerless guns would be increasing, and it would be essential for the Ithaca Gun Company to participate in this emerging market.

Leroy Smith lived for many yars at 106 Lake Street, just a few steps from the plant. This location was properly chosen to ease his access to the factory, since from childhood he had suffered with a crippling disorder that required him to walk with crutches.

This remarkable man passed away in 1902 at the early age of 56.

Leroy and Eunice Smith had two sons, Louis Pardon and Claude Howland. Eunice was actively interested in French culture at the time and this interest influenced her choice of names for her sons. She especially liked to refer to Louis as "Louie." Louis, or "Lou" as he preferred to be called, joined the company when he was in his late teens. An early plant photograph (circa 1890) shows him as a young lad. I have devoted an entire chapter developing the stoyr of this exceptional man.

Leroy's younger son, Claude, joined the family business sometime in the early 1900s working various jobs before becoming the company's secretary. Claude passed away with pneumonia in 1928 at the early age of 48.

Louis and Harriette Smith in turn had two sons, Charles Leroy and Sheldon Monroe Smith. Sheldon joined the Company in about 1934, shortly after his graduation from Princeton. he held a variety of positions, including one in sales where he was instrumental in launching the prolific Model 37 Repeater and was responsible for naming the new gun the "Featherweight." (Sheldon was named president in about 1955, and held that position through 1967 when the company was sold. Sheldon's prevoiusly unpublished personal notes are in the Appendix called Gems. They were amde available through the courtesy of his children, Sheldon M. Smith Jr. and Eleanor Smith Benisch.)

Charles LeRoy (Chuck) Smith Lou's oldest son, came into the business in about 1946 after a successful and exciting career in aviation. He had been an aerobatic instructor before World War II, a pilot in the United States Air Force during the war and a pilot with American Airlines upon his return to civilian life. Chuck had reached the position of captain before retiring form American Airlines to join the family business.

Chuck began his Ithaca Gun career in the manufacturing end of the business reporting at the time to Paul Livermore. One of his first duties was to supervise publicaiton of 'The Scatter Gun,' the company's house organ, which was started in January 1944. this publication carried human interest articles on employees, current management, employee and business news, and of great value today to the historians of the world, historical sketches about people, places, and events associated with the company.

Chuck was vice president of manufacturing in 1967 when the firm was sold.

Richard Dunham recorded Chuck's oral history of the Ithaca Gun Company and a transcription of that recording is in the Tompkins County Library, Ithaca, New York.

At the age fourteen Lewis went to his brother Augustus to stay until he was twenty-one to learn the tanner's and shoe-maker's trade, which trades were then combined in one. He proved to be such a good apprentice that he was released at the age of twenty. He decided to join up with his twin brother, Lucius, in the East and headed toward Connecticut. Lucius was staying with his Uncle Benjamin in Litchfield. When Lewis got there he hired out to his uncle and learned the sheepskin tanning business. In 1845 when he was twenty-five years old, he and his brother started out for the West. They went by way of the Erie Canal to Buffalo. From there they treked overland through forests, swamps, and prairies. No one knows just the conveyance they used, but the journey was probably made by covered wagon as the records state they purchased oxen in Buffalo. When they reached the settlement of Byron in the territory of Wisconsin, Lewis's trek towards the setting sun was over. This was the Promised Land of his dreams. He built a log cabin and a rude barn.

Back in Connecticut there was a young girl, Eliza Ann Hurlbut, who was waiting patiently for Lewis' return. After many months absence, he arrived in Connecticut in the year 1845 and immediately prepared for his return trip with his bride. Enroute they stopped in Chicago where, according to the family tradition, there was only a blacksmith shop and one house.

Here in Byron, Wisconsin, was home at last. On June 12, 1846, their first son was born, Leroy Henry, and the following year on Dec. 12, 1847, a daughter, Ellen Julia.

In the summer of 1848, Lewis sold his land and buildings to his brother Lucius who had by this time settled down, having married a Wisconsi girl. Lewis then returned east with his wife and two children to torrington, Connecticut, where he purchased a small tannery and tanned sheepskins by the pound for J. S. Rockwell & Company of Brooklyn, manufacturers and importers of sheep hides. this was the beginning of forty years of pleasant business relationship between this company and Lewis. He remained in Torrington until the middle of 1855. During this period their family was increased by two sons and one daughter, Lyman, Wilbert, and Adeline. In the latter part of 1855, they moved to Port Woodhull in Black River section in the northern part of New York State because of the scarcity of hemlock bark in Connecticut. A letter from Lewis dated at Port Woodhull, Dec. 10, 1855, to his brother Augustis in Cincinnatus, New York, reveals the fact that here he engaged in the bark business, having shipped that summer nearly five thousand dollars worth of it to J. S. rockwell & Co. in Brooklyn down the Black River and the Erie Canal and thence down the Hudson. He also started to manufacture wagon hubs at Port Woodhull. He wrote to his brother the following year that he had bought two loads of spruce lumber for Mr. Rockwell who planned to erect a large building in Brooklyn for sumac tanning and wool pulling and would like to engage him as manager. Mr. Rockwell also tried to persuade Lewis to make a trip west in order to purchase sheepskins but he did not leave this Black River section for several yars.

About the year 1858, Lewis moved his family to Cincinnatus, NY, and engaged in the business of tanning sole leather with his brother Augustus. Again the supply of hemlock bark ran low, and in 1861, he pulled up stakes and moved to "Yorkshire", in northern Boome County, hwere there were thousands of acres of virgin hemlock forests. Here he started his first large and most successful enterprise. He built the Yorkshire sheepskin tannery and shipped the skins to Brooklyn. Later he enlarged it and then built a sawmill to take care of the logs from which the bark had been removed. Mr. Rockwell wanted the tannery enlarged a second time, but Lewis with his large family to support, lacked the required capital so in 1864 he sold his interests to J. S. rockwell & Co. who financed the new addition, enlarging it 100 feet to make it 365 feet long and three stories high. Lewis continued as superintendent and did all his tanning by the pound. It was here in Yorkshire that the last two children were born, Munroe Clayton, on April 28, 1861, and Hurlbut William on June 22, 1865. J.S. rockwell & Son also owned a tannery in Lisle, a village three miles south, and here sometime later, Lewis was hired as superintendent, continuing to operate both tanneries up to the time of his death. In the year 1864, when his oldest son Leroy was eighteen years of age, Lewis put him in charge of his new saw mill.

Ref: Lewis S. Smith and Family of "Old Yorkshire", by Walter L. Smith

Same ref. as above

L.S. Smith and Son was the unicorporated name under which Lewis and his eldest son LeRoy ran the lumber mill. A short time after, a retail lumber yard was started in the Danforth section of Syracuse with Lyman and Wilbert in charge, the lumber being furnished by L.S. Smith and Son of Yorkshire.

The Lisle Gleaner issue of August 27, 1874 reads:

"Will Smith left this morning for Syracuse where he will engage in the lumber business with his brother Lyman S. Smith."

In the year 1876, Lewis went to New York City to settle up to date with J. S. Rockwell and Co. It had been customary to settle up about once in three years. contracts had always been verbal and Lewis looked up to rockwell, an older man, much as a son would be expected to look up to a father. three years earlier, rockwell had asked Lewis to tan and leather at a reduced price. After a three day discussion Lewis told him that he could not operate at such a reduction; thereupon Rockwell told him to return to Yorkshire and continue.

when Lewis went to New York in 1876, for the usual three year settlement, he supposed that he had been operating at the original figure which would have left J. S. Rockwell & co. owing Lewis about $75,000.00. However, Rockwell insisted that payment should be made at the reduced price talked of three years before.

In Lewis's judgement, there seemed to be only one way in which to settle the indebtedness of about $26,000.00 which this misunderstanding involved. That one way was for him to go into bankruptcy, so he put his affairs into a receiver's hand, gave up his home and all his property including the lumber mill which LeRoy ran and which would not have been lost had L.S. Smith and Son been incorporated.

Children of LEWIS SMITH and ELIZA HURLBUT are:

7. i. LEROY HENRY7 SMITH, b. June 12, 1846, Byron, Wisconsin; d. August 15, 1902, Ithaca NY.

8. ii. ELLEN JULIA SMITH, b. December 12, 1847, Byron, Wisconsin; d. September 19, 1905, Ithaca NY, bur. Lakeview Cemetery.

9. iii. LYMAN CORNELIUS SMITH, b. March 31, 1850, Torrington, Connecticut; d. November 5, 1910, Syracuse, NY.

10. iv. WILBERT LEWIS SMITH, b. February 29, 1852, Torrington, Connecticut; d. August 28, 1937, Syracuse, NY.

v. ADELINE FRANCES SMITH, b. June 5, 1854, Torrington, Connecticut; d. January 21, 1921, Bellrose NY; m. (FNU) ROOD.

11. vi. HATTIE MARIA SMITH, b. August 10, 1856, Woodhull, Oneida County NY; d. 1945, Syracuse, NY.

vii. MONROE CLAYTON SMITH, b. April 28, 1861, Center Lisle, Broome County NY; d. 1914, Syracuse, NY.

viii. HURLBUT WILLIAM SMITH, b. June 22, 1865, Center Lisle NY; d. December 16, 1951, Syracuse, NY.

Generation No. 7

7. LEROY HENRY7 SMITH (LEWIS STEVENS6, WILLIAM B5, NATHAN4, NATHAN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born June 12, 1846 in Byron, Wisconsin, and died August 15, 1902 in Ithaca NY. He married EUNICE TOBY HOWLAND, daughter of PARDON HOWLAND.


He was engaged in the lumber, and gun manufacturing business, in Centre Lisle, NY in 1885.


12. i. LEWIS PARDON8 SMITH, b. May 14, 1874.

13. ii. CLAUDE HOWLAND SMITH, b. March 2, 1880; d. October 7, 1928.

iii. LENA ELIZA SMITH, b. March 24, 1875; m. (FNU) RINEHART.

8. ELLEN JULIA7 SMITH (LEWIS STEVENS6, WILLIAM B5, NATHAN4, NATHAN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born December 12, 1847 in Byron, Wisconsin (Source: Birth and death dates from Lakeview Cemetery, Ithaca, NY), and died September 19, 1905 in Ithaca NY, bur. Lakeview Cemetery. She married GEORGE LIVERMORE November 19, 1865 in Lima NY, son of CHARLES LIVERMORE and SARAH GUERNSEY.


14. i. ELIZA BELLE8 LIVERMORE, b. November 22, 1866, Center Lisle NY; d. 1964.

15. ii. PAUL SMITH LIVERMORE, b. July 16, 1875, Center Lisle NY; d. 1952, Ithaca NY, bur. Lakeview Cemetery.

9. LYMAN CORNELIUS7 SMITH (LEWIS STEVENS6, WILLIAM B5, NATHAN4, NATHAN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born March 31, 1850 in Torrington, Connecticut, and died November 5, 1910 in Syracuse, NY. He married (FNU) BURNS.


One of the founders and the first president of the Smith Typewriter Industry.

In the year 1872, Lyman, at the age of twenty-two was the first of the five sons toleave home. he persuaded his father to let him have sufficient capital to set him up in business in New York city with a Mr. costigan, member of a live stock commission house. However, the venture proved unsuccessful, for on New Year's Eve in 1875, he returned home with very much less than he started out. to soften his father's possible rebuke and as a peace offering, the prodigal son purchased in New York a large family Bible with an engraving in gold on the cover "To Father and Mother from Lyman".

Children of LYMAN SMITH and (fnu) BURNS are:

16. i. BARNS LYMAN8 SMITH, b. 1880.


10. WILBERT LEWIS7 SMITH (LEWIS STEVENS6, WILLIAM B5, NATHAN4, NATHAN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born February 29, 1852 in Torrington, Connecticut, and died August 28, 1937 in Syracuse, NY. He married (FNU) HUNT.

Child of WILBERT SMITH and (fnu) HUNT is:


11. HATTIE MARIA7 SMITH (LEWIS STEVENS6, WILLIAM B5, NATHAN4, NATHAN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born August 10, 1856 in Woodhull, Oneida County NY, and died 1945 in Syracuse, NY. She married FREDERICK WALTER SMITH.


i. WALTER LEWIS8 SMITH, b. July 22, 1883; m. ETHEL LYDIA HALL.

ii. LEON FREDERICK SMITH, b. November 5, 1885.

iii. GEORGE KELLOGG SMITH, b. September 8, 1890.

iv. LYMAN STEVENS SMITH, b. February 25, 1893.

Generation No. 8



i. CHARLES LEROY9 SMITH, b. March 1, 1908.

ii. SHELDON MONROE SMITH, b. October 26, 1911.

13. CLAUDE HOWLAND8 SMITH (LEROY HENRY7, LEWIS STEVENS6, WILLIAM B5, NATHAN4, NATHAN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born March 2, 1880, and died October 7, 1928. He married (FNU) WILSON.

Children of CLAUDE SMITH and (fnu) WILSON are:

i. CLAUDIA WILSON9 SMITH, b. February 11, 1909.

ii. BARBARA HOWLAND SMITH, b. November 16, 1913.

iii. HOWLAND WILSON SMITH, b. August 23, 1916.

14. ELIZA BELLE8 LIVERMORE (ELLEN JULIA7 SMITH, LEWIS STEVENS6, WILLIAM B5, NATHAN4, NATHAN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born November 22, 1866 in Center Lisle NY, and died 1964. She married NELSON GENUNG.


Named after her grandmother


i. ELLEN9 GENUNG, b. March 14, 1901; m. CARL J ARNOLD.

15. PAUL SMITH8 LIVERMORE (ELLEN JULIA7 SMITH, LEWIS STEVENS6, WILLIAM B5, NATHAN4, NATHAN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born July 16, 1875 in Center Lisle NY, and died 1952 in Ithaca NY, bur. Lakeview Cemetery (Source: Dates from Lakeview Cemetery, Ithaca, NY). He married ZEFFA EVANS.


Cornell Cl '98 , VP & Treas Ithaca Gun Co

Lived at 313 N Aurora St, Ithaca, with his father. House was built by George

Dates from Lakeview Cemetery, Ithaca has Paul's birth year as 1874


i. ELEANOR9 LIVERMORE, b. December 12, 1900, Ithaca NY (Source: Birth and death dates from Lakeview Cemetery, Ithaca, NY); d. 1962, Ithaca NY, bur. Lakeview Cemetery; m. (1) WILLIAM C COMBS; m. (2) RALPH READ.


Children of BARNS SMITH and (fnu) HABERLE are:

i. BERNICE9 SMITH, b. 1907.
ii. VIRGINIA SMITH, b. 1913.