C. W. SMITH, oil producer, Sandy Lake, was born March 9, 1836,
in French Creek Township, to Robert and Julia (Myers) Smith, natives of
the same place. John and Lydia (Wallace) Smith were the parents of Robert,
Williams, Charles, James, Joseph, Sarah, married Thomas Williams; Jane,
married John Rockfellow. John Smith and wife were members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, and he was a strong anti-slavery man. Robert Smith was
educated in the common schools of French Creek Township, and served as a
justice of the peace for over twenty years. He and wife were members of
the Methodist Episcopal Church. Both are dead, and were the parents of the
following children: Peter M., John, C. W., Mary, married Dr. C. M.
Stewart; J. S., and Eliza, the wife of J. A. Painter. C. W. Smith was
educated in the schools of his native township and was brought up at rural
pursuits. At the age of eighteen he began learning the carpenter’s trade
with David Randall, with whom he remained for three years. He was
afterward, for several years, in partnership with Mr. Randall. He followed
his trade until 1861. He then, August 15, 1861, enlisted in Company B,
Eighty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served three years, being
discharged September 18, 1864, as lieutenant of said company. He was
wounded in the left shoulder at the battle of Gettysburg. On his return
from the war he resumed his trade, which he pursued until 1868, when he
engaged in the oil producing business at Pleasantville, Penn., and has
operated in Butler, Armstrong, Clarion, McKean and Crawford Counties. He
bought sixty acres of land in New Vernon Township in 1876, and has lived
in the borough, on a four-acre lot, since. He was married, in 1857, to
Elizabeth Livingston, daughter of Daniel and Sarah (McCullough)
Livingston. She was born in Center County, Penn. By her he has four
children: Cassie, married S. F. Newkirk; Ella, married Harry Long; Mary,
married George Lafferty; Charles S. He was elected burgess of Sandy Lake
in 1887 and 1888, and has been a member of the council. He is a director
of the E. M. B. A., is a member of the A. Y. M., I. 0. 0. F., A. 0. U. W.
and the K. T. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
and he is a Republican.
History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania
: its past and present : including its aboriginal history, its early
settlement and development, a description of its historic and
interesting localities, sketches of its boroughs, townships and
villages, neighborhood and family histories, portraits and biographies
of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc. : also, a
condensed history of Pennsylvania.
Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1888,
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