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Smith Family 2nd Generation - Venango Twp. - Robert

Contributed by Susan Smith

The information below was written and submitted by Susan Smith. It is based on 20 plus years of research on the Thomas Smith family who settled in Venango Township in 1802. Thomas and his wife, Sarah, had 12 children with 9 of them remaining in the Erie area. Susan hopes that her contribution of detailed information about one of the SMITH families will help other SMITH researchers. Below is the 'story' of one of the children. Any comments or questions about the article or this family should be sent directly to Susan.


#12. Robert SMITH was born about 1807 Venango Erie Co., PA, the 11th child of Thomas and Sarah SMITH. Robert died 18 Feb 1875 Mill Creek, Erie Co., PA. He married Jane MEEKIN 10 Nov 1831 Erie Co., PA. Jane was born in 1810, died after 1875. Jane was from "Conneauttee".Robert lived in Venango township until the late 1830's when he moved to Mill Creek township. His first farm of 100 acres was purchased from his father in 1827. His father Thomas bought this parcel from a tax sale the previous year. In 1836 Robert sold the property to younger brother Harvey and took over brother James' Mill Creek property according to the tax assessment rolls. A deed has not been found for the transaction. He added 50 acres to the Mill Creek farm and purchased other parcels in Venango over the years.It appears that Robert was his mother's favorite son. Her will left him all of her real and personal property after specific bequests to the other children. It said, "I give to my son Robert Smith as recompense to his care, obedience, fidelity & friendship to me & service for many years." He named his first daughter after his mother. On the 1850 census Robert and Jane are living in Millcreek township with children Lucinda and George.

Children of Robert Smith and Jane Meekin

#56 1) Sarah Jane SMITH born 1833 Erie Co., died 29 Dec 1846 Mill Creek Erie Co., PA

#57 2) Lucinda SMITH born 1835 Erie Co. PA. She married John T SHANNON 29 Oct. 1857 in Cleveland Cuyahoga OH. John was from Erie.

#58 3) George SMITH born 1840 Erie Co., PA

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This page originally posted on November 2, 2001.

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