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Ancestor is complete! Grave has been located flag female ancestor  Elizabeth B  SMITH

  (b. 30 May 1831 Ledyard, New York, USA   d. 18 November 1890 Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA )  

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SMITH Genealogy

Elizabeth B SMITH was born 30 May 1831 in Ledyard, New York, USA . Elizabeth B SMITH was the child of Sherman SMITH   and   Charlotte Maria BURNHAM and the grandchild of: (paternal)  Abram (Abraham) SMITH and Elizabeth MINOT (maternal)  Asa W BURNHAM and Lucy HUNTINGTON

Marriage(s) and Child(ren):

She married  George W FITCH .  The couple had (at least) 1 child. George W FITCH  was born abt. 1820 in New York, USA.  He died 7 June 1856 in Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora).  He was the son of Ichabod Bosworth FITCH and Martha COLLINS.

She married  (2) Amasa TOWNE 13 November 1861 in Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA .  The couple had (at least) 2 children. Amasa TOWNE  was born 8 July 1821 in Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA.  He died 11 August 1871 in Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA.  He was the son of Israel TOWNE and Hannah STACY.

Elizabeth B SMITH died 18 November 1890 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Born in the village of Aurora.

Details of the family tree of Elizabeth appear below.
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Marriage / Partner(s) and Child(ren) of Elizabeth B SMITH

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Elizabeth B SMITH married Grave has been locatedflag male ancestor George W FITCH-- Place: , New York, USA
George W FITCH was the son of Ichabod Bosworth FITCH and Martha COLLINS


Elizabeth B SMITH married Grave has been locatedAncestor is complete!flag male ancestor Amasa TOWNE-- Date: 13 November 1861 Place: Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
(MA) - Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910

Amasa TOWNE was the son of Israel TOWNE and Hannah STACY

He was 40. She was 30. His father listed as Israel Towne. Her father listed as Sherman Smith. This is the 2nd marriage for both. (His first marriage was to Mary Caroline Hunt on b. 27 APR 1854 in West Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts. She died in 1858 in Belchertown, MA.)

Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910
groom's name: Amasa Town
groom's birth date: 1821
groom's birthplace: Belchertown
groom's age: 40
bride's name: Elizabeth B. Fitch
bride's birth date: 1831
bride's birthplace: Aurora, N. Y.
bride's age: 30
marriage date: 13 Nov 1861
marriage place: Belchertown, Hampshire, Massachusetts
groom's father's name: Israel Town
groom's mother's name:
bride's father's name: Sherman Smith
bride's mother's name:
groom's race:
groom's marital status: Unknown
groom's previous wife's name:
bride's race:
bride's marital status: Unknown
bride's previous husband's name:
indexing project (batch) number: M02872-5
system origin: Massachusetts-EASy
source film number: 186141
reference number: p 7 cn 11


Grave has been locatedAncestor is complete!flag male ancestor William Sherman TOWNE (b.9 June 1868, Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA  d. 15 January 1943, Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
m. Bertha E SONES 28 June 1892
m. Rebecca Louise STEWART 10 May 1898

flag male ancestor Walter Irving TOWNE (b.23 October 1870, Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA  d. aft. 1940, , Michigan, USA)
m. C Leonora AINSWORTH 25 May 1892
m. Martha C NEUMAN 22 February 1911

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Events, Pictures and Documents Related to the Genealogy of Elizabeth B SMITH

Elizabeth B SMITH
Aurora - Town of Ledyard, Cayuga, NY map - 1875 - NOTE: L. Salisbury, Mrs. Smith, J.B. Smith, Mrs. Town

Elizabeth B SMITH
Real Estate Deeds Yesterday “Daniel H. Growing and others to Elizabeth B. Towne and Caroline M. Salisbury, property north side of Van Anden Street, $2,500?” The Evening Auburnian Auburn, New York Friday, April 22, 1881

Elizabeth B SMITH
Gravestone - Oak Glen Cemetery, Aurora, New York
Photo taken by us
30 May 1831
Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)

1850 Ledyard, Cayuga, New York

Smith, Sherman, State: New York Year: 1850, County: Cayuga Roll: , Township: Ledyard Page: 250, Roll: M432_483
Sherman is age 47 or 49, born 1800, Canada. He is a carriage maker. He is living with Charlotte, age 47, born in Vermont. Caroline is also living with them. She is 7 years old, b. NY. James is 10 years old, b. NY. Elizabeth is 19, b. NY. Also living with them are: Rev. H. Baker, age 27, N.S.P. Minister, b. NY; Lucinda Reeves, age 21,...Read MORE...

1855 Ledyard, Cayuga, New York

name: Elizabeth Fitch
event: Census
event date: 1855
event place: Ledyard, Cayuga, New York, United States
gender: Female
age: 23
relationship to head of household: Child
estimated birth year: 1832
family number: 322
line number: 20
film number: 1435218
digital folder number: 005207172
image number: 00689
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Sherman Smith M 54
wife Charlotte Smith F 51
child Elizabeth...

1856 Death of Spouse/Partner
George W FITCH died 7 June 1856, Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)



REFERENCE: 13th June, 1860 by Oliver Wood, Handwritten Pg 10

Smith Sherman 60 M . Carriage Mk'r 2,000 . Conneticut.
Smith Charlotte 57 F . Lady . . Conneticut
Fitch Elizabeth 29 F . Lady . ...

USA 1860 - Civil War - On December 20, 1860, a little over a month after Abraham Lincoln had been elected President, South Carolina seceded from the Union. Six more states followed by the spring of 1861.

USA 1861 - January 21 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate.

USA 1861 - February 8 – American Civil War: The Confederate States of America are formed, comprising the first six break-away States

USA 1861 - Start of U.S. Civil War - April 12, 1861 - Confederate forces fire upon Fort Sumter.

USA 1861 - April 20 - American Civil War: Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia.

USA 1861 - October 26 – The Pony Express announces its closure.

USA 1861 - November 6 - Jefferson Davis Elected President of the Confederate States of America

USA 1863 - January 1 - Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves

USA 1863 - July 1–3 – American Civil War: Battle of Gettysburg – Union forces under George G. Meade turn back a Confederate invasion by Robert E. Lee in the largest battle of the war (28,000 Confederate casualties, 23,000 Union).

USA 1863 - October 3 – President Lincoln proclaims a national Thanksgiving day to be celebrated the final Thursday in November in the United States

USA 1863 - November 19 – American Civil War: U. S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the military cemetery dedication ceremony in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

USA 1865 - April 9 - Robert E. Lee surrenders to Ulysees S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.

USA 1865 - April 14 - Assassination of Abraham Lincoln:

USA 1867 - March 30 – Alaska is purchased for $7.2 million from Alexander II of Russia, about 2 cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward. The news media call this "Seward's Folly"

USA 1869 - May 10 - The Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory and forged the destiny of a nation. (Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah)

World History 1870 - France declares war on Prussia and Emperor Napoleon III is overthrown

1861 Marriage / Partner
Elizabeth B SMITH and Amasa TOWNE 13 November 1861, Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
1863 Death of Child
George Beman FITCH died 26 August 1863, Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
1868 Birth of Child
William Sherman TOWNE was born 9 June 1868, Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA


Elizabeth and Amasa Towne are living in Belchertown, MA with their 1 year old son, William S. Amasa is a farmer, age 48. Elizabeth is 39.
1870 U.S. Census

World History 1870 - A cable dispatch on the 28th says the Pope has issued a special elimination against the Fenians, both in America and Ireland.

World History 1870 to 1871 - Franco-Prussian War, ending in French defeat, loss of Alsace-Lorraine and end of the Second Empire

USA 1872 - 'Yellowstone Wonderland' is established as first national park.

USA 1875 - Civil Rights Act of 1875

USA 1876 - May 10 - Centennial Exhibitiion

USA 1876 - June 25 – American Indian Wars – Battle of the Little Bighorn:

USA 1879 - Cleveland became the world's first city to be lighted electrically in 1879 when Charles Brush successfully demonstrated arc lights on the streets.

1870 Birth of Child
Walter Irving TOWNE was born 23 October 1870, Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA
1871 Death of Spouse/Partner
Amasa TOWNE died 11 August 1871, Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA

1880 Aurora, Cayuga, New York

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

E. B. TOWNE Self W Female W 49 NY Keeping House CT VT

William S. TOWNE Son S Male W 11 NY At School MA NY

Walter I. TOWNE Son S Male W 9 NY MA NY

Charlotte M. SMITH Mother W Female W 77 VT CT CT
1880 U.S. Census

October 25, 1882 - Real Estate Transaction

Caroline and George Salisbury to Elizbeth B. Towne, Van Anden Street, Auburn, New York

Details of this transaction can be found at
New York, Land Records, 1630-1975 Cayuga City deeds 1882-1883 vol 162 Image 104 of 420

USA 1883 - November 18 – U.S. and Canadian railroads institute 5 standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.

USA 1884 - May 1 – The eight-hour workday is first proclaimed by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions in the United States. This date, called May Day or Labour Day, becomes a holiday recognized in almost every industrialized country.

USA 1884 - December 6 – The Washington Monument is completed in Washington, D.C., becoming the tallest structure in the world at this date.

USA 1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.

World History 1886 - January 29 – Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile, the Benz Patent Motorwagen (built in 1885).


To the Mayor and the Common Council of the City of Auburn. Gentlemen: We, the undersigned, residents of Van Anden Street, west of Washington Street, do demonstrate and petition your Honorable Body to relieve us of the expense and burden of blasting rock to construct a sewer along said street, from Washington street to the Owasco outlet, and we will ever pray...Elizabeth B. Towne...
The Auburn Bulletin
Auburn, New York
Saturday, May 8, 1886

USA 1887 - February 2 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed.


Walter Towne, formerly of this city, is employed in a hardware store at Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Auburn Bulletin
Auburn, New York
Tuesday, August 30, 1887


Name: Elizabeth B Towne

Occupation: widow Amasa

State: NY

(NY) - Auburn, New York Directories, 1889-92


Name: Elizabeth Towne (wid Amasa)
Location 2: 210 Barclay
Year: 1890
City: Grand Rapids
State: MI
(MI) - Grand Rapids, Michigan City Directories, 1889-90

1906 - Surrogate's Court

Surrogate Woodin this morning entertained a decree of heirship in the estate of Elizabeth T. Towne. Mrs. Towne died in Grand Rapids and petitions were filed by her sons William S. Towne and Walter I. Towne asking the probate of heirship to establish the title to real estate in the town of Scipio.
Auburn Semi-Weekly Journal
Auburn, New York
April 17, 1906

Elizabeth is buried at: Oak Glen Cemetery

Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)

Added: 12/16/1999 12:00:00 AM - Updated: 4/8/2016 6:21:49 PM

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