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A F Smith b 1833 Ireland

Biographical Sketch from History of the State of KansasĀ 


A. F. SMITH, farmer, stock and fruit raiser, southwest of Section 34, Township 2, Range 18, P. O. Robinson, was born in County Kildare, Ireland, January 12, 1833, and lived in his native country till his fourth year, when he was brought to America by his uncle and aunt, who located in Providence, R. I. Mr. Smith resided in that city until 1854 and then went to New Orleans where he resided two years, and from there went to Chillicothe, Ohio, where he resided three years, and from there after a short stay in Logan County, Ohio, went to Shelbyville, Ill., where he resided three years, and from there came to Kansas, first locating on the 5th day of February, 1860, in the city of Leavenworth. He remained in this city a short time and then went to the mountains, where he staid six months and was engaged in mining and prospecting. He then returned to Lexington, Mo., where he resided until 1861 and then returned to Leavenworth where he was in the employ of the government until the fall of 1862. He then removed to Robinson Township, Brown County, where he has resided since. He is a member of the Church of the United Brethren. He was married in Saline County, Mo., in 1860, to Miss M. J. Coates, a native of Missouri. They have four children living whose names are: Jeanette Eugenia, Louisa Catherine, James Edward, William Henry. Mr. Smith has a choice farm of 162 acres, mostly first and second bottom land. It is all enclosed with substantial fences. He has eighty acres in cultivation, the remainder being pasture and timber land. The water supply is excellent and consists of fine springs and brooks. The improvements consist of a five-roomed frame dwelling house, stock stable, granary, corn crib, etc. He had sixty acres in corn this season, which averaged fifty bushels to the acre. He cut sixty tons of prairie hay from thirty acres of land. His orchard covers five acres and contains 300 apple, 1,000 peach, and a few cherry trees. Mr. S. feeds on an average half a car load of steers, and a car load of hogs each year. There is a fine bed of coal, and any quantity of the best quality of blue limestone on the farm.

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