CHARLES EDWARD SMITH, M.D., one of the best known and most prosperous physicians of Palmyra, first saw the light in Catskill, N.Y. His father, the Rev. Carlos Smith, was born in New Hampshire, and in turn was the son of a clergyman, the Rev. Ethan Smith, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Thedford, Vt. Here he had charge of the church for many years. The father of our subject was educated at Union College Schenectady, N.Y. His first charge was at Manlius, N.Y., from which point he went to Ohio in 1836, and became the pastor of a church at Akron, with whom he remained in harmonious and helpful relations for many years. His death occurred there in 1877, when he had reached the advanced age of seventy-six years. His loss was deeply felt in the community where he had spent so many years of his ministry, and many of his spiritual children followed him in sorrow to the grave. The maiden name of the mother of our subject was Susan Saxon. She was a native of Hanover, N.H., and was a true helpmate to her husband in his long life of usefulness. She also passed away in Akron, Ohio, being taken from her home by death in 1889.
The son Charles, of whom we write, received his early education and training in Ohio. In 1849 he went to Mississippi and there engaged in teaching, putting in all his spare time in the meanwhile in the study of medicine. He continued thus teaching and studying in Mississippi until the year 1854, and after a short visit to his home in Ohio he came to Macoupin County, and locating at Cummington at that time a village, now a part of Palmyra, there established his practice. He remained there until 1857, and then made his home in Nilwood where he practiced medicine for twenty years. For some years past he has lived in Palmyra and has there built up a large and lucrative practice.
The maiden name of the wife of our subject was Jane Gardner. Her native home was Lexington, Ky., and she remained with her husband and children until March, 1885, when she was taken away from their side by death at Palmyra. Of the three children of this family, Susan is now Mrs. Samuel (Lee) Smith; May is Mrs. John O'Connor and Gertie is at home. Dr. Smith has been since 1851 a member of the Masonic fraternity and he is a member of the Macoupin County Medical Society.