1850 Michigan Census. Kent Co. Walker Township pg 213 THOMAS SMITH 24 farmer b/Canada RUAMA 20 wife b/OH ISAAC 2 b/MI 1860 Ashland Township, Newaygo County, Michigan James SMITH 34 M Farmer Canada Derinda 28 F House Keeper New York Sewell 5 M MI Almida 4 F MI John SMITH 3 M Michigan Carlos SMITH 8/12 M Michigan Daniel FULLER 32 M Farm Laborer New York 1860 Michigan Census. Muskegon Co. Muskegan Village THOMAS SMITH 35 saloon keep b/Canada/1825 ROSANNA 30 wife b/08/1830 ISAAC 14 b/MI/1846 LEON G 7 b/MI/1853 1870 Ashland Township, Newaygo Co, Michigan James SMITH 44 M Farmer Canada Derinda 38 F House Keeper New York Sewell 15 M Farm Labor & school MI Almida 14 F Domestic & school MI John 13 M Farm Labor & school MI Carlos 10 M school MI 1880 Ashland Township, Newaygo County, Michigan NAME: AGE: SEX: OCCUPATION: BIRTH PLACE: Wesley E. SMITH 28 M Farmer MI Laura SMITH (wife) 24 F Keeping House MI Achie SMITH (son) 4 M at home MI Simon Peter SMITH(father)60 M Farmer Canada 1884 Michigan Special Census. Muskegon Co SMITH. LEON 31 engineer b/MI/Can/OH FLORA 30 b/MI/MI/NY ROSANNA (RUMA) 8 b/MI/MI/MI ARA (IRA) 4 b/MI/MI/MI 1894 Michigan Special Census. Muskegon Co SMITH. LEON J 41 b/MI/Can/OH 2chd FLORA 35 b/MI/MI/NY 2chd RUAMA 18 scholar b/MI/MI/MI IRA W 13 scholar b/MI/MI/MI McGALLINGER, JOHN 62 engineer b/Scotland ROSIE(Ruama)84 b/OH/NY/NY
"Historians of this Smith family agree their very early ancestors lived in England and that they were inclined to be evangelical in their form of worship. They found themselves persecuted and in 1593 they removed to Holland. Later they returned to England and sailed with other Puritans for America. It is said that they landed at Plymouth Rock, but the exact date has not been recorded." The German Palatinate refugees started arriving in England, Pennsylvania, and other colonies about 1709. Most of them lived (sojourned) in refugee camps in England for some time before they were shipped to America. I believe Abraham's family lived near Chester, England before he was shipped through Port Chester to West Chester County, New York. [Ref. B.T. Holmes]
Family Group Sheet Abraham SMITH age: 72 Born: 1737 in: Died: 1-Apr-1809 in: Charlotteville,Norfolk,ON,CAN Buried: in: BaptistCem,Vittoria,Norfolk,ON,CAN Ref: Occupation: wheelwright Father: Mother: Abraham SMITH Abraham SMITH was born in 1737 in Chester, England. A native of the province of New York (Westchester County) Abraham SMITH was a wheelwright by trade. Abraham SMITH married 1/w Abigail? Abraham SMITH married 2/w Rachel (b. 1759/1760; Dutch) in 1770 in Westchester County, New York. Abraham SMITH was enlisted in the third (North or Manor of Cortlandt) Regiment of the Westchester County Militia. [Ref. Vol. IV of Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York] Abraham SMITH was placed under arrest, because as a member of the local American militia, he had secretly helped Loyalists to reach Niagara. The first imprisonment -- after 1783 -- Abraham was confined for three months, part of which time was on board of a prison ship on the North River (the Hudson immediately above Manhattan). The second imprisonment -- July/Sept. 1786 -- Abraham was "taken up and confined in the American Army Provost guard (police force) for three weeks, thirteen days of which time your petitioner was loaded with heavy irons." 1786--Abraham SMITH's property (1,113 acres and sawmill) near (about nine miles from) White Plains, Westchester County, New York was confiscated. [Ref. Extracts from Abraham SMITH's application for land grants in Canada; B.T. Holmes] 1786 -- Abraham SMITH and his family were exiled from Revolutionary New York by the Provost Guard (separating him from his 1,113 acres and sawmill) who transported them and his portable property, which consisted of a big wagon, horses, valuables in packing cases and boxes and a rapidly dwindling supply of cash, across the Hudson River and deposited them (with advice of their arrival) on the shores of Revolutionary New Jersey. The place where they were landed was New Brunswick, New Jersey. They were promptly advised by Revolutionary New Jersey that their stay there would have to be very brief, or it would confiscate all their portable possessions. Abraham hid in a large freight box. When the family was accosted by the sergeant, they were intending to spend the next night in Somerville, New Jersey. Rachel pretended that Abraham had already gone on there. Abraham only spent one whole night and day in his box with his "provisions and a couple of jars of milk." Abraham Smith arrived in Ontario,CAN in 1786 "by sworn statement." In the winter of 1786-1787 (with the consent of Revolutionary New Jersey) a large convoy (46 families) of United Empire Loyalist (UEL) refugees was being organized at Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey. Almost all the members of this loyalist refugee convoy came from Sussex County, New Jersey, itself. Abraham SMITH and his family drove north in their wagon from Somerville, New Jersey to Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey and joined the convoy of Loyalist refugees, using their cash resources until Abraham had only seven shillings in his pocket. March 1787 the refugee convoy took off north for Niagara via Indian Trails through the wilderness -- From Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey to the Finger Lake district of New York. Then they turned west toward Niagara near present Syracuse, New York. Here on May 15, 1787, young Abraham was born. [Ref. transcription of the gravestone] When the refugee column reached the Niagara River in the summer of 1787, about half the families were ferried across from Fort Niagara to Newark (Niagara on Lake Ontario, North or Lower end of the river) and half were ferried across from Buffalo, New York to Fort Erie (South or Upper end of the river). Abraham SMITH family were ferried across the Niagara River about July 10, 1787 (May 15, 1787 plus eight weeks)(Owen, p. 43) from Buffalo, New York to Fort Erie where they pitched their tent in the wilderness. Abraham SMITH arrived in the province (Upper Canada) and brought with him a wife (Rachel) and nine children (five sons and four daughters) in the summer of 1787. 1793 - The entire SMITH family joined William SMITH at Young's Creek Valley, in what was to become Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada, then only an Indian village. The SMITH family was the first white family (pioneer settlers) in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada. At first the family lived as the Indians lived. As soon as they were able, they built a substantial log house on the bank of Young's Creek. Living in the wilderness was not easy. Land had to be cleared before seed could be sown and bear food. They had brought 2 cows with them, and the milk was precious to their livelihood. Game was plentiful, but guns and ammunition were very scarce. Education was also scarce. At the time the pioneers needed education most, there were no schools to attend. Abraham SMITH built the first frame barn in the township. Some years later he constructed a horse-power mill for crushing grain. 1797 - The Long Point Settlement school was the first school in Norfolk County. William Pitt Gilbert came to the house of Mr. Abraham Smith, the first settler on the plains in the Township of Charlotteville, and solicited to be employed as a teacher. He was then employed by Abraham Smith and eight other subscribers. Classes were opened in 1797 in a small outhouse belonging to Abraham Smith. This was on Lot 15, Concession 5. The first students were Samuel Smith, William Smith, Jesse Smith, Rachel Smith, Abraham Smith, Solomon Smith, Hannah Smith, Ephraim Mitchell, Martin Mitchell, Francis L. Welch, Daniel Culver, Aquila M. Welch (others are listed). Shortly thereafter, the first schoolhouse was opened on Lot 15, Concession 4 on the south side of Young's Creek, Charlotteville. It was located by the side of the then new road which led from the place of Thomas Welch (at the forks of Young's Creek) to the mouth of said creek. [Ref. Bannister, J.A. "Early Educational History of Norfolk County." p. 52-53] Abraham SMITH applied for land in 1797 in Charlotteville. (1)"...after being long imprisoned and all his property confiscated, came into this province with a wife and ten children in 1786 . . . your petitioner was long confined in the American War his estate in landed property to amount of 1113 acres was confiscated, and all his personal property taken from him, and when he came into this province in 1786 as above recited had only seven shillings left . . . 16 June 1795 (2)"That your petitioner being a native of the province of New York in North America and having always been most strongly attached to the Crown and Government of Great Britain suffered much and lost by an act of confiscation on account of his loyalty a valuable landed property in the said Province of New York containing eleven hundred and thirteen acres with a sawmill and other valuable improvements thereon" "That your petitioner in the time of the late American Rebellion was taken up and confined in the American Provost Guard, for three weeks thirteen days of which time your petitioner was loaded with heavy irons and at another time though before the last mentioned, your petitioner was imprisoned for the space of three months part of which time your petitioner was confined on board of a prison ship in the North River." "That the charge exhibited against your petitioner and for which he suffered as aforesaid, was concealing and assisting Loyalists to proceed to Niagara." "That your petitioner arrived in this province in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six, and brought with him a wife and nine children viz. five sons and four daughters, and since the arrival of your petitioner in this province, it has pleased Divine Providence to favor him with one son and one daughter more . . . Feb. 6, 1797 (3)"...Abraham Smith personally came and appeared before me Samuel Ryerse . . . and swore on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God that he moved from the States to this Province in the year 1786 and brought with him a wife, five sons and four daughters, names as follows: Isaac, Samuel, William, Jesse and Abraham- Abigail, Charity, Mary and Rachel." Feb. 7, 1797. [Ref. extracts from "Abraham Smith's" application for land grants in Canada; B.T. Holmes] 17 Feb 1802 Abraham Smith petitioned for land in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada. 17 May 1802 he was granted 400 acres, Lots 14 and 15 of Concession 5, Charlotteville township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada. [Ref. Land Patents as reported by a Mrs. Harold (Maxine) Davis letter, Belmont, Ontario 1985] Abraham SMITH's will of Feb. 24, 1809 names his daughter, Hannah, and his wife, Rachel. Executors were: wife, Rachel, sons William and Abraham 2. Abraham SMITH age 72 died April 11, 1809 in Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada. Abraham SMITH was buried in the old Baptist Church Cemetery at Vittoria, Canada. Rachel SMITH lived on after his death with baby Abraham and visits from "Uncle Billy" and her other children for 22 years after his death. Rachel SMITH died in 1831 in Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada. F Child 1 Abigail SMITH Born: 27-Mar-1766 in: New York Died: 1814 in: Long Point,Norfolk,ON,CAN Ref: Gustin Geneal. Occupation: Spouse: John GUSTIN Married: BEF 1786 in: New York Spouse: Simon MABEE Married: in: F Child 2 Charity SMITH Born: 1769 in: New York Died: in: Charlotteville,Norfolk,ON,CAN Buried: in: Charlotteville,Norfolk,ON,CAN Ref: various Occupation: Spouse: John HAVENS Married: in: Spouse: Levi CHURCHILL Married: in: M Child 3 Isaac SMITH Born: 1771 in: New York Died: 1830 in: Lincoln County, Ontario Ref: various Occupation: F Child 4 Mary SMITH Born: 1774 in: New York Died: 1844 in: Spouse: Oliver MABEE Married: in: M Child 5 Samuel SMITH Born: 1777 in: New York Died: 5-Dec-1850 in: Charlotteville,Norfolk,ON,CAN Buried: in: Baptist Ch.Cem. Vittoria,Norfolk,ON,CAN Ref: Occupation: Pioneer Spouse: Nancy MORRIS Married: in: Wife: Rachel DECKER Married: 1770 in: WestchesterCo, NY Born: 1757/1759 in: Montgomery, OrangeCo, NY Died: 1831 in: Charlotteville,Norfolk,ON,CAN Father: Mother: M Child 1 William "Uncle Billy" SMITH Born: 1777 in: New York Died: 1823 in: Charlotteville,Norfolk,ON,CAN Ref: various Occupation: Spouse: Jane BARBER Married: in: Charlotteville,Norfolk,ON,CAN Spouse: Fanny OAKES Married: 1810 ca in: M Child 2 Jesse SMITH Born: 1780/1781 in: WashingtonCo, NY 1 Died: 1860 in: KentCo, MI Buried: in: KentCo, MI Ref: Occupation: farmer/pioneer Spouse: Irene ______ Married: 1800 in: Charlotteville,Norfolk,ON,CAN Spouse: Elizabeth "Betsy" E. FAIRCHILD Married: May 1810/1811 in: CAN F Child 3 Rachel SMITH Born: 1784 in: New York Died: in: Spouse: Alexander Selkirk STILLWELL Married: in: Spouse: Robert SHEARER Married: in: M Child 4 Abraham SMITH age: 76 Born: 15 MAY 1787 in: New York Died: 13 JUN 1863 in: Charlotteville,Norfolk,ON,CAN Buried: 1863 in: Vittoria,Norfolk,ON,CAN Ref: Long Pt Settle. Occupation: Spouse: Sarah BAKER Married: in: Spouse: Anna BAKER Married: 22-Oct-1827 (?) in: Norfolk,ON,CAN M Child 5 Solomon SMITH Born: 1788 in: New York Died: 1835 in: Charlotteville,Norfolk,ON,CAN Ref: various Occupation: Spouse: Lydia CRANDALL Married: in: F Child 6 Hannah SMITH Born: 1790 in: New York Died: 1842 in: Ref: Brown gen Occupation: Spouse: Victor BROWN Married: in: 1 Jesse SMITH may have been born in Essex Co (now Union Co), New Jersey (1850 KentCo, MI Census). 20-Aug-2000 Family Group Sheet Husband: Jesse SMITH Born: 1780/1781 in: WashingtonCo, NY 1 Died: 1860 in: KentCo, MI Buried: in: KentCo, MI Ref: Occupation: farmer/pioneer Father: Abraham SMITH Mother: Rachel DECKER Jesse SMITH Jesse SMITH was born 1780/1781 in Westchester County, New York. 1787 - Jesse SMITH arrived in the province (Upper Canada) with his parents. 1793 - the entire SMITH family joined William SMITH at Young's Creek Valley, in what was to become Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada. 1798, 4 June 1799 & 31 Dec 1799 -- Jesse SMITH was named in the Muster Roll of Thomas Welch's Company, Norfolk Malitia. The later entry lists Private, Jesse SMITH, age 18 years, farmer, born in the state of New York, last from the County of Lincoln, UC. [Ref. Mrs. Harold (Maxine) Davis letter, Belmont, Ontario 1985] [Ref. Roll of the Charlotteville Company of Militia, 31 Dec 1799] 1800/1810 - Jesse SMITH married 1/w Irene (b. 1780/1790 in Ireland) in Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada. They had 4 children. 17 May 1802 Jesse SMITH petitioned for land grant. Summer 1802 - He was appointed a Constable for Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada with John Stone by the Court of Norfolk County. 9 Apr 1803 - As the child of a Loyalist, Jesse SMITH was given a Government land grant of 200 acres, Lot 17, Concession 5, in Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada. [Ref. Land Patents as reported by a Mrs. Harold (Maxine) Davis letter, Belmont, Ontario 1985] 1808 - In the Assessment roll of 1808 Jesse was assessed at under 100 pounds and was liable for 8 days labor. 1809 - The 1809 Assessment roll lists him as owning 100 acres uncleared and 32 cleared, 1 cabin of round logs, 4 oxen, 3 cows, 2 cattle, 2 swine, assessment of 91 pounds 16 shillings. Irene SMITH died 24 May 1810 with the birth of their last child, David SMITH. Jesse SMITH married 2/w Elizabeth (Betsy) FAIRCHILD May 1810 or 1811. They had 12 children, including 3 sets of twins. 1817 - Jesse SMITH's land grant (200 acres in Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada) he sold to his brother-in-law, Oliver Mabee. 1818 - He owned a grist mill on Ta??? Road near Vienna, Bayham Township, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada at this time. 1836 - Jesse SMITH arrived in Walker Township (now a township of Grand Rapids West Side) Kent County, Michigan and established a new homestead for his family on land later known as Bridge Street. [Ref. "Pioneer History of Elgin County" Canada] Here three of the SMITHs married three of the FULLERs and settled in the country between Detroit and Grand Rapids. While some of Jesse's children remained in Canada, others of this large family have scattered throughout Michigan, Indiana, and the World. "On December 30, 1837, all of the land north of the Grand River in Kent County was set off as a township unit by the state legislature that marked the beginning of Walker. On the west bank the planting ground and the land that had been ceded to the Indians in 1821 by the Treaty of Chicago for a Mission and school occupied much of the level land to the high bluffs almost a mile from the river. Only three white men: Samuel White, John Nardin and Jesse SMITH had settled in the wilderness." [Ref. "Echoes of the Past." Walker Bicentennial. 1986] July 21, 1839 - Jesse SMITH patented lands (at least 320 acres) in Sec 22 in Walker Township, Kent County, Michigan. His sons, Lemuel (Sec 22), David (Sec 9), Benjamin (Sec 10), and Isaac (Sec 9) were all land owners. August 1839 - Jesse SMITH purchased land in Sec 27, which was on the south side of Bridge Street. Jesse SMITH died before 1860 (1850-1855) probably in Michigan. Elizabeth (FAIRCHILD) SMITH was living with her daughter, Mary (SMITH) FULLER 1/w Suel FULLER in 1860. Elizabeth (FAIRCHILD) SMITH died after 1860. Wife: Irene ______ Married: 1800 in: Charlotteville,Norfolk,ON,CAN Born: 1780 in: IRL Died: 24-May-1810 in: CAN Father: Mother: M Child 1 Benjamin SMITH age: 74 Born: 17 NOV 1803 in: Norfolk,ON,CAN Died: 10 APR 1878 in: Alpine twp, Kent Co. MI Buried: in: r/Walker, MI ret/Houghton twp, Canada Ref: various Occupation: machine/grist mill shops Spouse: Nancy FORBES Married: in: CAN Spouse: Martha GRIFFIN Married: in: M Child 2 Asa SMITH Born: 1807 in: Died: 1884 in: Walker Twp, KentCo, MI Buried: in: Riverbend Cem. Kent Co. MI Ref: Co. Records Occupation: F Child 3 Altha SMITH Born: 1809 in: CAN Died: 15 FEB 1894 in: Kennsington, Ilinois Ref: various Occupation: Spouse: Robert LEETES Married: in: M Child 4 David W. SMITH age: 59 Born: 26 MAY 1810 in: Charlotteville,Norfolk,ON,CAN Died: 28 OCT 1869 in: Walker Twp, KentCo, MI Ref: Co. Records Occupation: farmer Spouse: RACHEL SMITH Married: 1840 ca in: Wife: Elizabeth "Betsy" E. FAIRCHILD Married: May 1810/1811 in: CAN Born: 1785 in: CAN 2 Died: 1860 in: KentCo, MI Buried: in: KentCo, MI Father: Peter "ELDER" FAIRCHILD Mother: Sarah FULLER Elizabeth FAIRCHILD Source of info: Ila Huffman 310 Bellevue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548-3011; Gerald Weaver, Boyne City, MI 49712 1785 Elizabeth Fairchild was born in Canada. Elizabeth FAIRCHILD was granted 100 acres in Walsingham Township and 300 acres in Townsend Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada. She sold her land. May 1810/1811 Elizabeth FAIRCHILD married Jesse SMITH in Canada. F Child 1 Rebecca SMITH Born: 1810 in: CAN Died: in: r/Houghton twp, Elgin Co. Ont. Ref: various Occupation: Spouse: Robert MERSER Married: in: M Child 2 Isaac SMITH age: 85 Born: 20 OCT 1814 in: Vienna, ElginCo, ON, CAN Died: 11 FEB 1900 in: Chebanse, IroquoisCo, IL Buried: in: Riverside/Baralett Cem, IroquoisCo, IL Ref: Hopeman etc. Occupation: farmer/blacksmith Spouse: Catherine BUCKNER Married: 15 JUN 1838 in: BayhamTwp, ElginCo, ON, CAN M Child 3 Lemuel R. SMITH Born: 11-Jan-1817 in: NY Died: AFT 1854 in: Grand Rapids, KentCo, MI Buried: in: White Cemetery Spouse: Philema MORTON Married: in: F Child 4 Lovisa SMITH Born: 11-Jan-1817 in: NY Died: 1897 in: KentCo, MI Buried: in: Blaine Cemetery, GainesTwp, KentCo, MI Ref: Co. Records Occupation: Spouse: Rensalaar MESNARD Married: 1838 in: KentCo, MI F Child 5 Miriam SMITH Born: 1820 in: CAN Died: 1850 in: Ref: various Occupation: M Child 6 Simon Peter SMITH age: 71 Born: 20 JAN 1821 in: Died: 18 JUL 1892 in: Ashland, NewaygoCo, MI Buried: in: m/Sarah J -- s/Jesse Smith Ref: census Occupation: Spouse: Sarah (Jane) SMITH Married: 1847 ca in: F Child 7 Mary SMITH Born: 1823 in: CAN Died: 1885 in: Marne, Ottawa County, MI Buried: in: Old Marne Cemetery, Ottawa County, MI Spouse: Suel FULLER Married: 1838 in: MI F Child 8 Jane Elizabeth SMITH Born: 1824 in: CAN Died: 1870 in: Muskegon,MuskegonCo,MI Ref: Co.Rec/Bailey Occupation: Spouse: Joseph ANDERSON Married: in: M Child 9 James M. SMITH Born: 1826 in: CAN Died: 22-Jan-1912 in: Garfield, Newaygo County, MI Ref: Occupation: farmer/carpenter Spouse: Derinda FULLER Married: in: M Child 10 Thomas H. SMITH Born: 1826 in: CAN Died: 19 FEB 1869 in: Muskegon,MuskegonCo,MI Ref: Co. Records Occupation: teamster/farmer/saloon Spouse: Ruama (Rosanna) SMITH Married: 1847 ca in: F Child 11 Emily SMITH age: 62 Born: 6 JUL 1830 in: CAN Died: 3 AUG 1892 in: OttawaCo, MI Buried: in: Old Marne Cemetery, Ottawa County, MI Spouse: George M. FULLER Married: Aug-1845 in: KentCo, MI F Child 12 Sarah SMITH Born: 1832/1833 in: Died: in: r/Muskegon MI 1860 Ref: Bailey Occupation: Spouse: Alexander FULLER Married: bf 1853 in: 1 Jesse SMITH may have been born in Essex Co (now Union Co), New Jersey (1850 KentCo, MI Census). 2 Elizabeth FAIRCHILD may have been born in New York (1850 KentCo, MI Census).