Biography of George Smith
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George Smith, son of Cannon and Charlotte (Handy) Smith, was born in Sussex County, Delaware, September 22, 1810. When eighteen years of age, the family came to Cass County, and located in Milton, where Cannon and Wesley Smith now reside. Here the family have lived for fifty-four years, and perhaps no family have been more prominently identified with the development of the township, and the name of Smith is stamped on all the initial events in Milton's history. The elder Smith built the first log cabin, and to George and John belong the honor of plowing the first furrow in what is now Milton, and of raising the first crop. Cannon died July 24, 1844, in his sixty-secon4 year, and his wife Charlotte, April 8, 1872, in her eighty-sixth year.

The family of the elder Smith were of course denied of educational advantages, but George, by. a systematic course of reading, obtained a large fund of knowledge; he was a man of decided opinions, and strong convictions.

He was married in Jauuary of 1835 to Miss Eliza, daughter of George W. aad Mary (Petit') Smith, who were also among the early settlers of the township. George W. died May 24, 1859, while in his seventyfourth year, and his aged partner in May, 1874, in her eighty-fifth year. Mrs. Smith was born in 1819, in Sussex County,' Delaware, and was a Miss of fourteen years at the time of her family's emigration to Michigan. They reared a family of eight children- Asa, in Pokagon; William H., in Howard; James W., in Milton; Martha J., at home; Washington B., in Berrien County; George E., in Van Buren County; CharlotteE., at home; Irena M., now Mrs. A Quimby, and two children who died in infancy.

In his political convictions, Mr. Smith was a Republican; be represented Milton for many years on the Board of Supervisors, where he was recognized as an able and efficient member. He also held many minor offices, as will be seen by reference to the civil history of the township.

He was a worthy member of the Methodist Church, and his daily life comported with the tenets of his faith; for many years he was a class leader, and all religious and benevolent enterprises found in him a zealous supporter.

His death occurred January 25, 1880 ; his widow is still living on the place which was for so many years his home.

She is the counterpart of her husband in all that pertains to true nobility of character. She was originally a prominient member of the Methodist Church, but severed her connection with that organization and connected herself with the Presbyterian Church of Edwardsburg.

History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.

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