Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project
Bradford County PA
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Tioga County PA
Families of Sullivan Township, Tioga County PA
Loretta HARDING Smith of Sullivan
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Note from Joyce - this is a photo I never expected to see, and I am very happy to have it as part of our Sullivan-Rutland collection.. Loretta is one of our early pioneers and we are delighted to see her face. 
1. Loretta1 Harding, daughter of Samuel Harding and Love Mayhew, (#1899) was born in Brookfield, Vermont 25 JUL 1810. Individual flags: Photograp`. Loretta died 04 MAR 1861 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 50. Loretta's death followed Isaac's by only two or three months altough they were both only in their early fifties. Her body was interred MAY 1861 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Tombstone Photo tkh01899.jpg Oct 2001

She married Isaac Worden Smith 19 FEB 1829. (Isaac Worden Smith is #1891.) Isaac was born 14 OCT 1807 in New York. Isaac was the son of Jesse Smith and Annis Worden. Isaac died 17 FEB 1861 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 53. Isaac's death at age 53 was followed by Loretta's death only three weeks later at age 50.

His body was interred FEB 1861 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Tombstone Photo tkh01891.jpg Oct 2001

Isaac registered to pay taxes 1829 in Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Isaac was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The household includes Isaac and Loretta, both age 20-30 and newborn baby Orrin.

Isaac was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The 1840 household of Isaac and Loretta included themselves and one male 5-10, one male 10-15, two females under 5, and one female 5-10.

Isaac registered to pay taxes 1842 in Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Isaac W. Smith - Six improved, 24 wild acres of land.

Isaac registered to pay taxes 1845 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. 94 wild acres, 26 improved acres, 2 horses, 2 cows.

In the Census of 1850, Isaac was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Isaac was a farmer with property worth $1200. Orrin was a laborer.

In the Census of 1860, Isaac was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Isaac was a farmer with real property worth $2000 and personal property worth $700. Vaughan was an invalid. Theodore Williams age 6 and Ira Knapp age 24 are also in the household, Ira as a farm laborer.

Loretta Harding and Isaac Worden Smith had the following children:

2 i. Orrin2 Smith (#1913) was born in Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 18 JUN 1830. Individual flags: Obituary. Orrin died 06 NOV 1904 in Mansfield, Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 74. THE LATE ORRIN SMITH - Tribute to his Character and Worth as Man and Citizen - Orrin Smith was born in the town of Rutland in 1830. He was twice married, the first time in October, 1854 to Miss Frances Ellen Hill, who died in june, 1892; the second time, Nov. 6th, 1897, to Mrs. Lydia Chatman, a sister of his first wife.

Brother Smith was converted, and joined the Methodist Episcopal church in Sullivan, soon after his first marriage, and continued a faithful member of the same to the time of his death. He had been in failing health for a long time, and for more than a year had been unable to attend to the work of his farm or the services of the church. This was a great cross to him.

At last, giving up all hope of ever being able to again take up the duties of farm life, he left the farm in Sullivan and moved to Mansfield, where his death occurred on Nov. 6th, 1904. The funeral services were held in the Union church on the State Road, Nov. 9th, his pastor, the Rev. Daniel Stoker of Mainesburg, officiating.

He was the oldest of a family of seven children - two sons and five daughters. Four of his sisters, Mrs. Louisa Smith, Mrs. Nancy Soper, Mrs. Rosina Smith, and Mrs. Julia Joralemon, are left to mourn his loss. The one brother, Vaughn W., died nine years ago, and one sister, Henrietta, died when three years and six months of age.

He had no children of his own, but two nieces, Mrs. Mary Case and Pearl Hill, who were with him at the time of his death, were to him like daughters, and they mourn his loss as though he were a father.

He was a man honored and respected by all who knew him, a loyal citizen, a kind friend and neighbor, and a devout Christian.

Brother Smith will be greatly missed in the church and in the community. The sympathy of the many friends goes out to the widow in her loneliness, and also to the other bereaved ones. His body was interred 09 NOV 1904 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He married twice.

He married Frances Ellen Hill 01 OCT 1854 in Roseville, Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Married same day and place and by same justice of peace as Uncle Jesse, Jr.. (Frances Ellen Hill is #1914.)

Frances was born 20 MAR 1838 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Frances was the daughter of Garwood Hiram Hill and Alpha G. Palmer. Frances died 7 JUN 1892 at age 54. Her body was interred JUN 1892 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He married Lydia B. Hill 06 NOV 1897. (Lydia B. Hill is #8331.) Lydia was born 1842 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Lydia was the daughter of Garwood Hiram Hill and Alpha G. Palmer. She married Mr. ? Chatham BEF 1880. This first marriage ended in divorce as Ldia is so listed in her parents' 1880 census listing. Lydia was listed as a dressmaker in 1880.

In the Census of 1860, Orrin was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Orrin was a farmer with real property worth $500 and personal property worth $100.

Orrin was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Minnie Buchanan age 15 and Amos Knapp age 24 also in household.

Orrin was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Regina May, age 7, in household and Wm. Hawkins, age 37, farm work.

3 ii. Vaughn Wesley Smith (#1912) was born in Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 26 APR 1832. Vaughn died 25 SEP 1895 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 63. His body was interred SEP 1895 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He married Ermina Irene Welch 1861. (Ermina Irene Welch is #3918.) Ermina was born 24 APR 1845 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Ermina was the daughter of Hiram Welch and Philena Maria Dike. She married John N. Harvey AFT 1912. Date based on death of Vaughn Smith, Ermina's first husband, in 1895, and death of Clarissa Cleveland in 1912, first wife of John.

Ermina died 21 NOV 1931 at age 86. Her body was interred NOV 1931 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Ermina and Vaughn lived at Sullivan and at Cherry Flats.

Vaughn was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Vaughn died of heart trouble. He was a painter. He was also a farmer and a musician and once taught in a singing school.

4 iii. Louisa Smith (#1915) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 16 AUG 1835. Louisa died 04 NOV 1918 in Mainesburg, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 83. Her body was interred NOV 1918 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. She married Ephraim Clark Smith 28 AUG 1852 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. (Ephraim Clark Smith is #1916.)

Ephraim was born 12 JAN 1827 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Ephraim was the son of Joshua Smith and Lydia Clark. Ephraim died 02 NOV 1909 in Mainesburg, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 82. His body was interred NOV 1909 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Ephraim was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Ephraim was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Mainesburg Borough. Farmer

Ephraim was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Mainesburg Borough

He resided in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 1908. Farmer, Mainesburg

Ephraim Clark Smith, one of Sullivan's most colorful early settlers, was born in 1827. When a boy he enlisted for four years of service on a whaling vessel. But hearing stories of the wealth of the gold fields, he decided to run away and one dark night he jumped overboard and swam two miles to shore. He was picked up, resisting violently, and was later let go by the ship's captain. He worked his passage to California and apparently not finding great riches returned home, married Louise Smith in 1852 and bought a farm. Farming was boring and slow and adventure beckoned so he left his family, went back to the West with only a rifle and 10 cents in his pocket. At the end of a year and a half he returned home with $1200, paid off the mortgage on the farm and ultimately owned 1,000 acres which he often plowed by moonlight. After the Civil War broke out he left to fight for the Union. In a letter from camp in Harrisburg, he gave strict orders for the maintenance of the family homestead - what toplant and where and when; how to manage work and money; how to care for the horses and oxen; and "keep things straight and clean the cellar." Signed - with love, E. C. Smith. It was apparently after the war when the present brick house was built about 1872 (?), a large structure with two fireplaces and a cistern on the second floor as large as a closet. It is still there. From all reports Smith was an exacting and domineering father to his six children who put in long hours of hard work. But he was an active and generous member of the Methodist Church where he is honored by a stained glass window. Bruce and Dorothy Davis, the present owners, say that there are rumors of the occasional appearances of a ghost, possibly the spirit of the adventurous and invincible E. C. Smith looking over the old homestead. See obituary in June Mickley book.- Similar to above story.

By DENNIS MILLER From MILADY, Elmira, N.Y., April 25, 1971

MAINESBURG : History, grandeur and mystery are locked into the large and lonely brick house about a mile east of Mainesburg on Route 6.

The house is now owned by the Bruce Davis family, who have been there for the past year and a half. Though they know little of one actual history of the lofty structure, they are in the midst of restoring the house to its original state. There are legends galore connegted with it, but even the residents of Mainesburg are not exactly sure when it was built. One fact is sure though the man who built it was as colorful and had as much character as the brick structure.

The man was Ephriam Clark Smith, born in Sullivan, Pa. in 1827. He died in 1909. He is the grandfather of Mrs. Lucile Besley of Columbia Cross Roads, who gathered all the information about the man.

Mrs. Besley described him as adventurous. When a boy he left home to enlist for four years on a whaling vessel. For three years he sailed the Atlantic and Pacific, all the time hearing stories about the easy wealth of the California gold fields.

The excitement and romance of the stories proved a sufficient lure, and one night near the West Indies Smith jumped overboard and swam two miles to shore. A short time later he was taken sick. He was also arrested and thrown into prison. The captain of his ship found him, but finally released Smith, seeing that threats or punishment could not force him to return to the vessel. Smith found work in a boarding house, and on first opportunity took a ship to California, working his passage. Apparently not too successful, Smith returned home, bought a farm of 112 acres and was married in 1852.

But the lure of California gold was too much, and after two years on the farm, Smith left his wife and 10 month old son to return. He immediately found a job there for five dollars a day. And this time he was more successful, for after a year and a half, he returned home with $1,200. He paid off his mortgage and bought more land until he was farming 1,000 acres.

Soon afterwards the Civil War broke out, and Smith left his farm to fight for the Union. One letter to his wife remains. It was written from Camp Crinton, Harrisburg, and dated May 7, 1861:

"Respected wife:

"I take this opportunity to write a few lines to let you know I am well and hearty. Just been to breakfast. Hope these lines find you and yours in good health and spirits. I forgot some things when I was there that I should have told you, respecting the churning machine. The trestle work must be cleaned out good. The runway gears fixed right and kept greased. Have the cellar cleaned out good. Have George plant the early potatoes on the one corner of the garden.

"You must not sell anymore wheat to anybody. Don't feed more corn than necessary. Keep strict account of everything. I told you this before, you must not be of-fended. I do it for your good, for there is no knowing how the scale will turn. Be careful of our healthy children and all live to the God we love. Your prayers I crave, mine you have. We trust in God.

"George must not let the oxen or horses go to anybody unless he goes with them, and he will know whether he can or not.

"Be careful and take good care of the stock and keep things straight.

"My love to all my family and friends.

"Good bye my love.

"Yours always

"E. C. Smith"

It was apparently some time after he returned from the war that the house was built. Davis said one clue in the house is the fireplace which has a patent date of 1872. It must have been a busy decade for Smith, who continued farming, became a licensed minister, built the house and contributed greatly to the erection of the present church in Mainesburg. Adventurous times were over now for Smith who settled into farming and raised a family of three boys and three girls. In 1907 he suffered a stroke and three years later, died.

The Davis's are interested in the history of the house so they can restore it. "We've heard a lot of legends," said Davis, a professor at Mansfield State College. There's a story that part of the foundation has tombstones imbedded in it and it is periodically haunted. "

"We also heard it was a stop-over place for the underground railroad," Mrs. Davis added."There just seems to be an air of mystery surrounding the whole house." Davis

Louisa, as Ephraim Clark Smith's wife, resided with him in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 1908. Farmer, Mainesburg

5 iv. Nancy Smith (#1917) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 8 MAR 1838. Nancy died 6 NOV 1924 at age 86. Her body was interred NOV 1924 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Tombstone photo tkh01917.jpg Oct 2001 She married Lyman Soper 04 JUL 1855. (Lyman Soper is #7574.)

Lyman was born 13 OCT 1829 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut. Virginia McElroy says born in Massacusetts. Lyman was the son of Samuel Soper and Rhoda Drake*.

He married Lucy Ann Phelps (Riggs) 1877 in Beatrice,Nebraska. Lyman died 12 JUN 1913 in Milford, Seward County, Nebraska, at age 83. His body was interred JUN 1913 in Milford, Seward County, Nebraska. In the Census of 1860, Lyman was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Lyman was a farm laborer withr eal property worth $30 and personal property worth $100. Neither his wilf Nancy, nor first child were in the household. His mother ans second child were present.

Lyman was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Virginia McElroy's work indicates that Lyman's real name was Albert Henry. The New Soper Compendium lists Lyman with two marriages and two families although his first wife, Nancy Smith, did not die until after him. Either there was a divorce in the 1870s or he simply went west and started a second family. Need to look for a divorce record. Virginia McElroy gives all dates and places for Lyman and Nancy as the same but does not mention the second marriage of Lyman. Lyman was in the Civil War in Company C, 10th Wisconsin Infantry, Pension Certificate #335,230. The source of some of her work was the Harding Family work.

Rosanna Mae SMITH (called Mae) 1840-1918

Photo submitted by Albert OLDROYD 1995 from borrowed album

6 v. Rosanna Mae Smith (#1920) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 30 AUG 1840. Individual flags: Photograph. Mae died 04 DEC 1918 in Sayre, Athens Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, at age 78. Her body was interred DEC 1918 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Tombstone photo tkh04478.jpg Oct 2001 She married William Smith 31 DEC 1864 in Elk Run, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. (William Smith is #4478.)

William was born 10 FEB 1843 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. William was the son of Charles Smith and Elizabeth Thomas*. William died 16 JUN 1911 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 68. His body was interred JUN 1911 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Tombstone photo tkh04478.jpg Oct 2001

William was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Farmer

William was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He resided 45, in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 1908. Farmer, Mansfield PO If it is true that Orrin lived on the farm that had been his parents, then William and Rosanna lived on Gray Valley Road which connects Elk Run with Gray Valley. Since Orrin took over his parent's farm and Mildred Mudge lived next door to Orrin's family, I believe they lived on Gray Valley Road which is just out of Elk Run.

Mae, as William Smith's wife, resided with him 45, in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 1908. Farmer, Mansfield PO

7 vi. Henrietta Smith (#1923) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 17 JUN 1845. Henrietta died 28 DEC 1848 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 3. Her body was interred DEC 1948 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Tombstone Photo tkh01923.jpg Oct 2001

8 vii. Julia Alice Smith (#1921) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 5 JUN 1847. Julia died 28 MAR 1909 in Troy, Troy Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, at age 61. Her body was interred MAR 1909 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Tombstone Photo tkh01922.jpg Oct 2001 She married John Albert Joralemon 21 OCT 1875. (John Albert Joralemon is #1922.)

John was born 20 JAN 1854 in Wells Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. John was the son of John Hopkins Joralemon and Elizabeth Albert. John died 17 JAN 1912 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, at age 57. His body was interred JAN 1912 in King Hill Cemetery, Sullivan Town, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Tombstone Photo tkh01922.jpg Oct 2001

John was listed as a nephew in Caleb H. DeWitt's household on the 1880 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The 1880 household of Caleb and Mary included grandauyghter, Blanche, nephew John Joralemon (son of Mary's sister), servant Martha Gardner and hired hand Albert Leiby. (John was additionally counted in his own household.)

John was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. John was also counted as hired hand in household of his uncle Caleb Dewitt in Sullivan. Julia was a school teacher.
 


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