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Biographical Annals of Lancaster County" Beers inc printed 1903

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AMOS P. SMITH.

Among the honorable and respected farmers of Drumore township is Amos P. Smith, who resides on his fine farm of 115 acres, situated less than a mile from Fairfield, Pa. Mr. Smith was a grandson of Joseph Smith, who was a native of Chester county, Pa., coming to Lancaster county when a young man. There he married Tracy Shoemaker, of Drumore township, who was born in 1806, he being five years her senior, and they had a family of four children who grew to maturity: Rachel, a resident of Drumore township; George and Amos, twins; and Ellen W., who is the wife of Hon. William Brosius, a member of the Legislature from this district, more extended mention of whom may be found elsewhere.

George Smith, the father of Amos P., was born in 1825, and married Emily Tennis, who was born in 1826. They were married in 1848 and reared four children: Amos P., who was born Oct. 4, 1849; Annie M., born Feb. 15, 1852, wife of Gardner Crawford, of Perryville, Md.; Gerritt, born Oct. 17, 1857, who resides on the old home place, and whose biography appears in this work; and Ellsworth, born Sept. 6, 1861, who died while still a young man.

Amos P. Smith was married on Dec. 5, 1871, to Lydia S. Lamborn, who was a daughter of Smedley and Margaret (Bolton) Lamborn, of Martic township. She was born Oct. 29, 1851. This marriage has been blessed with these children: Ellsworth W., born Nov. 27, 1877, at home, unmarried; Eva May, born Jan. 2, 1882; Edna R., June 14, 1884; Emeline T., Oct. 24, 1886; Joseph E., Jan. 4, 1890; and George A., Sept. 22, 1892.

Mrs. Smith was reared in a family of ten children, as follows: George S., of Martic township: Aquilla B., of Britain township; Emeline, the wife of Joseph Shoemaker, of Drumore township; Ellwood, deceased; William, deceased; Mary E., the wife of Thomas B. Hambleton, a merchant of Fernglen, whose sketch appears elsewhere; Sarah E., the wife of Jacob K. Brown, of Fulton township, whose sketch is a part of this volume; Alice, the wife of William L. Shoemaker, of Fulton township, whose sketch also appears; Lucinda, the wife of Benjamin F. Tennis; and Lydia S., the wife of Mr. Smith.

The fine, well-improved farm which is now the home of Mr. Smith and his family was purchased by him in 1899, and is one of the most desirable properties in this county. It is under excellent cultivation, while the attractive residence, commodious barns, fruitful orchards and complete fencing, show that Mr. Smith is a very capable manager of it all.

Mr. Smith is a Republican in politics, although in no way a politician, and both he and his wife manifest a great interest in the welfare of-the locality. As he was reared, so he has continued, a consistent and worthy member of the Society of Friends. He has taken a great interest in the workings of the W. C. T. U., believing it to be a great moral factor, and his daughter Eva is the secretary of the Union at Fairfield. This is one of the truly representative families of Drumore township.

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