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Myron Smith

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Posted: 13 Feb 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Smith, Patie, Bartlett, Scofield
Myron Smith, one of the early settlers of Salamonie township, was born in Warren Co., OH, October 29, 1826. His parents were Simon and Elizabeth (Patie) Smith, both natives of NY, and of English descent. The grandparents of our subjects on both sides of the house were in the Revolutionary War. Myron was reared on his fathr's farm, attending the schools of that day, receiving a fair education. He remained at home until he was 23 years of age; he then began to do for himself, and engaged in farming. About 1850, he began clerking in a general store in the town of Westfield, OH. On Sept 16, 1852 he was married to Hannah A. Bartlett, daughter of Lester and Balinda (Scofield) Bartlett, both natives of NY, of English descent, who were married in NY about 1829, and in 1830, they emmigrated to OH where Mrs. Smith was born, Sept. 29, 1831. She spent her young life in Morrow Co., and received a fair education for that day of log school houses. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were blessed with ten children: Balinda E., Alice, Ella, Adelia, Henry P., Dora and Doras, who were twins, Loretta, Frank and Fanny, who were also twins. Doras is deceased. In Dec. 1852, about three months after the marriage of Mr. Smith, he loaded all his personal property into a two horse wagon and turned his face westward, Warren being the place he had selected for his future home. On the 9th of December, he arrived at Noah McGrew's tavern, and he and his wife boarded with Mr. McGrew for several months. Mr. Smith located in Warren for the purpose of engaging in the dry goods business. Soon after his arrival, he rented a room of Mr. McGrew, and the next morning after his arrival here he took five teams and started to Huntington to load them with dry goods and groceries, which he had shipped to Huntington by way of the Wabash & Erie Canal. They left Warren about sunrise and did not arrive in Huntington until after dark, which illustrates the condition of the highways of that day. The next morning the wagons were loaded, each containing about 1,200 pounds of merchandise, and it was 12 o'clock at night before they reached Warren. The names of the men who aided Mr. Smith in hauling his goods from Huntington were Thomas Ford, Barney Ford, William Thorp, Isaac Young and David Young, of who Thomas Ford and Isaac Young are deceased. Mr. Smith continued in the general merchandise business for over thirty-one years, and is today spoken of by the young men of Warren, as being in the business when they were boys. Mr. Smith, during his business career in Warren, had associated with him as a partner, Adam Wolfe, of Muncie, Indiana. Today he is in comfortable circumstances; besides a valuable residence property, he owns a couple of business rooms in Warren. He also owns 160 acres of fine farm land in Section 20. Mrs. Smith is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Smith advocates the principles of the Democratic party.

p. 834/5 Salamonie Township "History of Huntington County, Indiana." (Brant&Fuller, Chicago) 1887.

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