Wayne County West Virginia Biography of Charles F. SMITH


         Charles F. SMITH was born at the county seat of Wayne county, July 9, 1851, a son of Robert G. and Mary R. (Wilkinson) Smith. His parents were both natives of Chesterfield county, Virginia, his father born March 17, 1812, and his mother born on Christmas Day, 1811. They made their home in this (then Cabell) county in 1836. Through the efforts of Robert G. Smith, Frederic Moore, Elijah Adkins and other prominent citizens, Wayne county was struck off from Cabell in the year 1842. Aaron Marsh, great-grandfather of Charles F. Smith, was sent by the authorities from England to manage the work on the James River canal from Richmond to Lynchburg at the time of its construction.

         In Lawrence county, Kentucky, August 11, 1870, Charles F. Smith and Melissa C. Peters were united in marriage, and their three children were born: Sanford II, June 24, 1871; Cora, January 30, 1873; and Jolliffe B., March 20, 1875. Melissa C., daughter of Jacob and Jane (See) Peters, was born in Lawrence county, Kentucky, May 15, 1851. Her father was born in Scott county, Virginia, February 17, 1811, and her mother in June 1815. Mr. Smith owns a valuable farm, pleasantly situated 4 miles above Cassville, well under cultivation and with an abundance of fruit. He has been serving as deputy sheriff of Lincoln district, Wayne county, since June 1, 1881. Mr. Smith and his wife have been active members of the Christian Church for the last 14 years, and his parents have been many years in the same membership. His post office address is Fort Gay, Wayne county, West Virginia.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Wayne County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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