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William Grow Smith

Male 1823 - 1899  (75 years)


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  • Name William Grow Smith  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    • WILLIAM G. SMITH one of the most prominent businessmen of Montgomery county, died February 19, 1899, at his residence No. 1039 Willow street, Norristown. He was born in Lower Merion township, on December 18, 1823, and was the only child of J. Henry and Catherine (Grow) Smith. His father died when the son was fourteen years old and he supported his mother. He started out in life as a poor boy and worked himself up to his high standing in later years by hard work and business qualifications. He was a lifelong Democrat and filled various political positions from time to time. He served twenty-one years as a school director, twelve years in Lower Merion and nine years in Norriton. He also served as road supervisor in each township and as auditor. He also served one term as county commissioner, having been elected in 1866. He married Catharine A., daughter of Thomas Vaughan, of Lower Merion, on July 22, 1847, and celebrated with his wife their golden wedding in July, 1897, in the midst of their family, numbering eight children, with a dozen or more grandchildren. Their children are Henry C. Smith, of Norristown; Mary, wife of Henry L. Fretz, Norristown; Clare, wife of Roy Hagaman; Anna, wife of Jesse Shoemaker, Whitpain; Emma, wife of Daniel Yost, Worcester; Sarah Elizabeth, wife of Charles Carn, Philadelphia; ex-councilman Thos. V. Smith and Miss Josephine Smith, Norristown. He was for many years one of the most prominent contractors in the county, and a number of county bridges were built by him. During the last ten years of his life, in partnership with his son Thomas V., he made a specialty of laying concrete pavements and similar work.
    Born 14 Dec 1823  Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 6
    Christened 23 Aug 1827  St. Michael's Church, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Feb 1899  Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Ardmore, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Grave Memorial for William Grow Smith
    Grave Memorial for William Grow Smith
    Person ID I996  Henry Grow Family
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2012 

    Father Joseph Henry Smith,   b. 1803, Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1836, Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Mother Marie Catherine W. Grow,   b. 21 Jun 1805, Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1874, Norriton, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 12 Jun 1823  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F158  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine A. Vaughan,   b. 15 Jul 1824, Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1915, Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 22 Jul 1847  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Henry or Harry C. Smith,   b. Jun 1848, Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1907, Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
    +2. Mary E. Smith,   b. Jun 1856, Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1933, Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
    +3. Clara Vaughan Smith,   b. Sep 1858, Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1920, Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
    +4. Katharine Anna Smith,   b. Sep 1860, Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1920, Whitpain, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)
     5. Thomas Vaughan Smith,   b. 12 Sep 1861, Lower Merion Twp., Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1929, Ocala, Marion, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +6. Emma A. Smith,   b. Oct 1863, Lower Merion Twp., Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1933, Blue Bell, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     7. Josephine Smith,   b. Oct 1864, Lower Merion Twp., Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1954, Lower Merion Twp., Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years)
    +8. Sarah Elizabeth Smith,   b. 3 Sep 1866, Lower Merion Twp., Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1913, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2012 
    Family ID F389  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Dec 1823 - Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 23 Aug 1827 - St. Michael's Church, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Jul 1847 - Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Feb 1899 - Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Ardmore, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    William Grow Smith
    William Grow Smith

  • Sources 
    1. [S96] 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850. M432,;), Year: 1850; Census Place: Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_800; Page: 182B; Image: .
      Birth date: abt 1825 Birth place: Pennsylvania Residence date: 1850 Residence place: Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania

    2. [S91] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1;), Year: 1860; Census Place: Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; Roll: ; Page: 245; Image: 252.
      Birth date: abt 1823 Birth place: Pennsylvania Residence date: 1860 Residence place: Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States

    3. [S153] Ancestry Family Trees, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.;), Ancestry Family Trees.

    4. [S92] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003.Original data - 1870. United States. Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Administration. M593, RG29, 1,761 rolls. Minnesota. Minnes;), Year: 1870; Census Place: Norriton, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_; Page: ; Image: .
      Birth date: abt 1824 Birth place: Pennsylvania Residence date: 1870 Residence place: Norriton, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States

    5. [S90] Public Member Trees, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.;), Ancestry Family Trees.

    6. [S93] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints � Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limite;), Year: 1880; Census Place: Norriton, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; Roll: T9_1158; Family History Film: 1255158; Page: 365.4000; Enumeration District: 19; Image: 0353.
      Birth date: abt 1824 Birth place: Pennsylvania Residence date: 1880 Residence place: Norriton, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States


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