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Biography - URIAH T. SMITH

Uriah T. Smith, proprietor of the livery, sale and feed stables located at the corner of Washington and Rose streets, near the railroad station, in Marseilles, Illinois, has been successfully engaged in business in this city for a number of years. His livery barn is a spacious brick structure, sixty by one hundred feet in dimensions, and is well stocked with a large number of good horses and an assortment of carriages, cabs, etc. The business as conducted by Mr. Smith is a successful one, and both as an enterprising and up-to-date business man and as a public-spirited citizen does the proprietor of this establishment merit mention in the present work.

Uriah T. Smith was born at Starruca, Wayne county, Pennsylvania, November 1, 1826, and was reared in his native state. His father, Uriah Smith, was the son of a Revolutionary soldier and was born on Long Island, New York. He married Miss Sarah Wyant, a native of Orange county. New York, and their union was blessed in the birth of ten children, five sons and five daughters, four of whom are still living, namely: Michael, a resident of Waymont, Pennsylvania; Uriah T., whose name forms the heading of this sketch; Wesley T., first lieutenant of the Sixteenth Kansas Infantry during the civil war, and now a resident of Amboy, Illinois; and Sarah Curtis, who resides in Sherman, Pennsylvania. The father of this family died in Pennsylvania, on the old homestead, and the mother passed away at Mound City, Linn county, Kansas.

In his young manhood Uriah T. Smith was employed in the lumber trade, running rafts down the Delaware river. He remained in Pennsylvania until 1857, when he came west and located in Missouri, where he resided at the time of the civil war. He enlisted as a member of Company C, Sixth Kansas Infantry, and served for eighteen months under Colonel Jamison.

In the meantime, June 14, 1853, before he left the east, which was in 1857, he was married, in Pennsylvania, to Miss Amanda C. Hale. She died in 1869, leaving a family of seven children, namely: Sophronia, Allie, Fanny, Emma, Luella, Wesley and Uriah W. Luella is now a resident of Montana and Wesley lives in Boone, Iowa. October 1, 1871, Mr. Smith was a second time married, Joicy Deem becoming- his wife. They have two children, Gertrude and Forrest E. In politics Mr. Smith is a Republican.

Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 308-309.

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