HORACE G. SMITH, attorney at law, and a prominent citizen of Emerson, Ohio, was born at Mt. Pleasant, July 7, 1852. He is the son of Louis and Emma (Righter) Smith, both natives of Montgomery county, Penn., who were married in that state, and afterward removed to Ohio and settled at Mt. Pleasant. The father was a civil engineer, and followed that profession many years. He and wife are still numbered among the most esteemed citizens of Emerson. Four children were born to them, two of whom survive: Mira, wife of Richard E. Roberts, of Emerson; and Horace G. The latter received his early education at Mt. Pleasant and then attended the law department of the university of Michigan where he was one of the graduating class of 146 members in 1881. He began the practice of law at Steubenville, where he still continues the practice, temporarily residing at Emerson. Mr. Smith is an attorney of much promise, and has the confidence of the community. He was married September 30, 1886, to Jennie H. Evans, a member of the Society of Friends. Mrs. Smith is the only child of George I. and Mary P. (Richards_ Evans. Her mother is a daughter of Samuel and Ann Richards, who were born in Pennsylvania in 1778. On November 2, 1824, they set out for Jefferson county with their seven children: Isaac W., aged twenty-one; Jacob W., aged nineteen; Beulah W., aged seventeen; Mary P., aged fourteen; Sarah, aged thirteen; Samuel, aged ten; Ann W., aged four. Jesse Roberts, a nephew, also accompanied them. They came from Valley Forge, Penn., hauling their goods with a four-horse team, the father and children walking most of the way, and after a trip of 635 miles reached here December 18, 1824. Of the family named, only Samuel and Ann survive. Samuel resides at Ironton, Ohio, and Ann at Westgate, Iowa. Samuel Richards, Sr., died at Martin's Ferry, September 8, 1851 and his wife died at New Trenton, July 11, 1849. Both were members of the Society of Friends.
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