Smith, Emery L.
Age: 19, credited to Roxbury, VTVITALS
Birth: 10/12/1843, Waitsfield, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, VT
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Smith, Emery L., of Barre, son of Alvin and Susan (Lewis) Smith, was born in Northfield, Oct. 11, 1842.
His mother died in his early boyhood and the family was broken up in consequence of this sad loss, but Emery was fortunate enough to find a comfortable home in the household of Mr. Joseph Gold, of Roxbury. He applied himself diligently to labor on the farm, receiving in the intervals of toil such instruction as the common schools afforded, and after his return from his military service he managed to attend two terms at the Orange county grammar school at Randolph.
Before he had arrived at his majority he listened to the call of patriotic duty and enrolled himself a member of Co. G, 6th Vt. Vols., and before his first year of active service had expired, was taken prisoner and sent to Richmond where he languished in captivity some months, was then paroled and immediately rejoined his comrades. With this exception and a brief service as recruiting officer, on which he was detached as a mark of appreciation of his meritorious conduct, he was constantly at the front during his term of service of three years.
Mr. Smith was married, Oct. 11, 1866, to Mary, daughter of Eliphalet and Lucy (Parker) Hewitt, who bore him four children: Alice L., and Corrie A., then twins who died in early infancy. Mrs. Smith died Nov. 22, 1875. He married Martha, daughter of Clark and Emily (Carter) Day, April 12, 1887, by whom he has had one child: Harry D. (deceased).
When Mr. Smith removed to Barre, for more than a year he worked for his father-in-law, Eliphalet Hewitt, who was the pioneer stone cutter of the place, but in the spring of 1868 he began business on his own account, and has continued till the present time a stone cutter and granite dealer, having during that period been a partner in several firms. He was the first to quarry granite in the winter season, also to use a permanent derrick, for which he invented a special capstone to increase the power. He was first to see the advantages of the steam drill and the electric battery, and introduced their use. His present partners are John E. and Donald Smith, and the firm possesses one of the best plants in New England, employing a large number of men.
Mr. Smith is a man of independent political convictions and has the courage to live up to them. Of late he has acted with the Democratic party. He has been village bailiff, is a public-spirited citizen who has always predicted a prosperous future for the town of Barre, and does his utmost to realize his anticipations. When he came here there were about a dozen men engaged in quarrying and stone-cutting, but now in its various branches there are a hundred firms, employing a working force of over eighteen hundred laborers.
For nearly thirty years Mr. Smith has been a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he is also a member of R. B. Crandall Post, No. 56, GAR, of Barre. He joined many years ago the Knights of Honor, and still continues to affiliate with that society.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, pp. 368.