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Charles Wesley Smith, Born January 21, 1789 probably in Pennsylvania?  He died in 1859 Union County, Ohio.  Charles Wesley married Sarah Godfrey in PA circa 1814.


From York Township Biographies

SAMUEL G. SMITH, farmer, P. O. Broadway. Charles Smith, a soldier of the war of 1812, and father of the subject of this sketch, was born in  Shenandoah County, VA., January 21, 1789. In his youth he learned the trade of tanner and currier (a craftsman who curries leather for use), and, when a young man, went to Pennsylvania, where he married, probably in the year 1814, Sarah Godfrey, by whom he had ten children, three now living, viz.: Eliza, Charles W. (whose sketch appears in this work) and our subject, in 1826, he emigrated from Pennsylvania, with his family, to Harrison County, Ohio, where he remained until 1835, in which year he came to Union County and settled in Liberty Township, where he remained until his decease, October 18, 1859. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and, for many years, class leader. Our subject was born November 3, 1818, in Pennsylvania, and, in 1826, with his parents, came to Harrison County, Ohio. On February 26, 1846, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth J. Herd, daughter of James and Margaret Herd, by whom he had four children, two of whom are now living-James W. and Philander H.; she died August 11, 1853. He then married Philarna Ford, by whom he has six children, five now living, viz. : Chauncey F., Clifford M., Sherman, Sarah A. and Nellie M. After having located in different portions of Union County, Mr. Smith finally, in 1876, settled in the southeastern portion of York Township, where he now resides. He is the owner of 100 acres of land.


Charles Smith Sarah Godfrey Smith



CHARLES W. SMITH, farmer, P. O. Bokes Creek. The subject of this sketch was born in Harrison County, Ohio, March 31, 1833, and in 1835, with his parents, Charles and Sarah Smith-of whom we have made mention in another portion of this work-he came to Union County, Ohio. He has from his youth devoted his attention to farming, and he received but a rudimentary education. On May 2, 1872, he married Miss Augusta, C. Hathaway, who was born October 1, 1842, in Logan County, Ohio; she is a daughter of Ebenezer C. and Almira Hathaway. To them have been born three children-Emily, Nannie H. and Charles H. In May 1864, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Thirty-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was stationed principally at Forts Ellsworth, Lyon and O'Rouke. He received an honorable discharge in September 1864. Mr. Smith has served as Trustee of York Township six years, and in 1870 was land appraiser of the same township. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the owner of 240 acres of land, and resides in the southern portion of York Township. The parents of Mrs. Smith are natives of Massachusetts, who, about the year 1833, came to Union County, Ohio, and located but a short time, when they moved to Logan County, where they now reside. 

ROLL OF CAPTAIN JOSEPH HOLMES' COMPANY (Probably from Jefferson County)
Served from August 23, 1812 until February 28, 1814

Capt. Joseph Holmes . Lieut. William Thorne . Lieut. John Ramsey
Ensign David Mitchell . Sergt. Francis Popham . Sergt. James Gilmore
Sergt. Alexander Smith . Sergt. John McCully . Corp. Edward Vanhorn
Corp. John Pollock . Corp. Thomas McBride . Corp. Joseph Hagerman
Drummer John McClintick . Drummer James Roff

. Privates. . Privates. . Privates.

Arnold, Reason . Arnold, James . Arnold, Samuel, Asher, Anthony . Barcus, William . Drocaw, George Brotell, John . Barks, William . Belch, James Brown, James . Brookan, George . Birttel, John Briggs, David . Carpenter, George . Cahill, Phillip Chaffin, James . Elliott, Thomas . Elliott, Finley Edington, Isaac . Ferguson, John . Ferguson, Thomas Foster, Benjamin . Glass, Thomas . Gilpin, Samuel Guttery, John A. . Harper, William . Henry, Isaac Hughes, Joseph . Harriman, John . Hawthorne, John Kendall, Rhesa . Kelley, Mathew . Kerr, Samuel Kyle, William . Laning, Jacob . Logan, Richard Leach, John . Long, James . Minnis, James Madden, Patrick H. . Miller, Charles M. . Maxwell, Robert Moore, James . Meek. Jacob . McClay, Benjamin McElroy, George . McCullough, James . McMillan, Charles McDonald. Thomas . McClery, Benjamin . McClintock, William McClintock, John . McFadden, Thomas . Osborn, Jacob Osler, Jacob . Parks, John . Porter, Hugh Potts, David . Robertson, Charles . Ross, Richard Robbins Johnston . Robertson, John . Ross, James Roach, Jeremiah . Roach, Ebenezer . Reels, Isaac S. Smith, Charles . Scholes, John . Sankey, James Snider, Henry . Strall, Joseph Sullivan, George Stevens, David . Tipton. Luke . Tipton, William
Tipton, Jonothan . Van Bibbben, Isaar . White, Joseph West, vonothan . Yealdhall, Edwin


RE:  136th Ohio Infantry:  From Dyer's Compendium ~

136th Regiment Infantry. Organized at Camp Chase, Ohio, and mustered in May 18, 1864. Left State for Washington, D.C., May 13. Attached to 2nd Brigade, DeRussy's Division, 22nd Army Corps, to July, 1864. 3rd Brigade, DeRussy's Division, 22nd Corps, to August, 1864. Assigned to garrison duty at Forts Ellsworth, Williams and in the Northern Defences of Washington till August. Repulse of Early's attack on Washington July 11-12. Mustered out August 30, 1864. Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 23 Enlisted men by disease. Total 25.


Smith's listed in the 1783 Tax List for Shenandoah county, Virginia from whence the Smith's came:

Smith, William
Smith, Nathaniel
Smith, John
Smith, Vallantine and Phillip
Smith, John
Smith, Adam
Smith, William and slaves, Ben, Mint, Harry, Samuel, [unreadable], Sarah and Thomas
Smith, Samuel Junior
Smith, Henry


Note:  A Samuel Smith married a Rachel Eagles in 1797 in Shenandoah County VA.

1780 May 25 ~

The Churchwarden of the parish is to bind Sam. Smith, son of Hannah Smith to Jacob Keller. He is 3 years old now.


Samuel Smith is summoned to show why the court should not grant the guardianship of George Washington Timberlake to Richard Feagle and failing to appear the said Richard is appointed guardia to the said Timberlake.


1807 Oct 12
Overseer of Poor Dist. # 1 to bind Samuel Smith, child of Mary, to John Andrews to learn the trade of blacksmith. 14 yrs old Apr 13 last.

1826 May 8
Overseer of Poor Dist. #1 to bind John Smith and Elizabeth Smith, son and daughter of Samuel Smith to Jacob Pennywitt to learn farming and spinning etc. He is 6 yrs old July 27 next, the girl is 5 yrs old Mar. 6th last.


Charles Wesley Smith and Sarah Godfrey had ten children as noted in biographical sketch above, we currently know of seven, and according to the 1840 census we have found two more.


Samuel Godfrey Smith, November 3, 1818, married Elizabeth J. Herd.

1850 Census, Union Cty, OH

Samuel G. Smith, 31, born in PA, owns 800 acres
Elizabeth J. (Herd), 26, born OH
Philander, 3, born OH

James Herd, a native of Berkeley County, Va., emigrated to Clark County, Ohio, while a young man, prior to the war of 1812, and there married Margaret Edgar. In March 1817, they settled in this township, on land now owned by Henry Wheeler, being the fourth family to settle in Liberty Township. They resided here till their death. Mrs. Herd died in 1834, and he died January 12, 1842, in his fifty-fourth year. Their children were William, who died in Missouri, unmarried; Hannah, deceased; Andrew, married Sarah J. Turner, is deceased; Wallace, deceased; Jane, married Samuel Smith, is deceased; Margaret, deceased; Richard, married Miss Waggle, and now resides in Iowa, and James who married Desa Kaley. Mr. Herd was one of the most reliable citizens of Liberty Township.

Thomas Herd, Sr., was born in Clark County, Ohio, and was a son of Thomas and Dorcas Herd, who moved from Berkeley County, Va., to Kentucky, at the close of the Revolutionary war, and in 1812 removed to Clark County, Ohio, where he died in 1813, and his wife in 1814, leaving Thomas, an infant child. He was taken by his uncle, James Herd, above mentioned, and raised to manhood, becoming a resident of this township with his uncle in 1817. He married Lydia Darrow, October 11, 1835, a native of Clinton County, N. Y. They settled on the farm where they still live, and have now made a continued residence of forty-seven years. This family was one of the true pioneers, and Mr. Herd still has vivid recollections of those days of trials and hardships; of bears, wolves, deer and other wild game in abundance, and the many dangers they and their stock were subject to from the ferocious bears and wolves, and how they had to secure their sheep nights in enclosures with a high fence all around; and many scenes and dangers of which the present generation have not even the faintest conception.


Harriet Smith, 1818 (we don't know if Harriet and Samuel were twins or there is a mistake somewhere as they are both cited as being born in 1818.)


Son born between 1820-1825; unaccounted for


John Smith, 1824


James Smith, born 1828

vi Son, born 1830-1835, unaccounted for


Emily E. Smith, born 1831


Charles Wesley Smith born March 31, 1833.


Elisa Smith, born 1837



Census Research & Notes ~

We checked all of the 1830 Harrison County Census and could not find any Charles Smith listed, i.e., he was supposed to have migrated to Harrison County in 1826.  We did find one Samuel Smith, listed in Harrison with one male and female between the ages of 60-70 (born 1760-1770) with one female 15-20 and one female 30-40, this Samuel would be a good candidate for our Charles Smith's father.


We need to find a census record for York Twp, Union County, in 1830, does not have a census record for this twp, we checked Liberty and he wasn't there (Charles Smith).

1840 Union County, Liberty Twp Census:

Charles Smith, Head of Household

2 sons between 5-10 yrs, born between 1830-1835, one being Charles Wesley Jr., the other is unaccounted for and we believe probably died young.


1 son between 10-15 yrs, born between 1825-1830, this being James Smith, born 1828


1 son between 15-20 yrs, born between 1820-1825, this son is unaccounted for, and could have been gone by 1840.


1 son between 20-30 yrs, born between 1810-1820, this would be Samuel G. Smith who was born in 1818.


1850 Census, Liberty Twp., Union County

Charles Smith 61, VA
(Charles Smith Owns 1,000 acres in the 1850 Census)
Sarah 57, PA
Harriet 32, PA
John 24, OH
James 22, OH
Emily E. 19, OH
Charles W. 17, OH
Elisa 13, OH

1850 Union County, York Twp Census:

James R. Smith, 56 yrs, born 1794 in MD


1820 Union County Census

Samuel Smith (could be our Charles Smith's brother?)

one male born 1775-1794 (Samuel)
two males born 1810-1820
two females born 1810-1820
two females born 1775-1794


Second Generation

Ohio Map Showing Location of Logan CountyCharles Wesley Smith. Charles Wesley was born in 1833 died in Sep 1919 in York, OH.  On 2 May 1872 Charles Wesley married Carolyn Augusta Hathaway, daughter of Ebenezer Crane Hathaway & Almira/Elmira Loring. Born on 1 Oct 1842 in West Mansfield, Logan Co., OH. Carolyn Augusta died in York, OH on 29 Nov 1914, she was 72.  Charles and Carolyn married May 2, 1872.  See the Hathaway line or the Loring line.

They had the following children:



Emily Smith, Emily married unknown Bitzer who murdered her.


Nannie Smith, married a McCloud


Charles Hathaway Smith (1878-1955)

Third Generation

Charles Hathaway Smith. Born on 28 Sep 1878 in Union Co, OH. Charles Hathaway died in York, OH on 20 Nov 1955, he was 77.  On 23 Jun 1904 when Charles Hathaway was 25, he married Mary Eleanor Tallman, daughter of James Henry Tallman & Rebecca Sayers, in London, Madison Co., Ohio. Born on 20 Feb 1877 in Lafayette, OH. Mary Eleanor died in York, OH on 13 Aug 1966, she was 89.  See the Tallman line here.

Charles Hathaway Smith and Mary Eleanor Tallman had the following children:



Charles Godfrey Smith, born 1906


James Tallman Smith (1909-1957)


John Loring Smith. Born on 12 Dec 1911. John Loring died in Wilmington, OH on 25 Jul 1993, he was 81.  On 29 Jun 1947 when John Loring was 35, he married Guinevere Edna Lanning, in Wapakoneta, Oh. Born on 7 Mar 1916 in Wapakoneta, Oh.

Fourth Generation

Ohio Map Showing Location of Union CountyJames Tallman Smith. Born on 27 Mar 1909 in York Center, Union County, OH. James Tallman died in Ames, IA on 10 Oct 1957, he was 48.  On 23 Jun 1935 when James Tallman was 26, he married Beulah O'Dell Betz, daughter of Orlie O'Dell Betz & Bertha Margaret Betz, in Columbus, Franklin County, OH. Born on 18 May 1906 in Circleville, OH. Beulah O'Dell died in South Beloit, Winnebago Co., IL on 1 Jan 1994, she was 87.

James Tallman Smith and Beulah O'Dell Betz had the following children:


Martha Jean Smith


James Loring Smith, author of this site


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