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  (b. July 1840 Ledyard, New York, USA   d. April 1904 Chicago, Illinois, USA )  

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James Burnham SMITH was born July 1840 in Ledyard, New York, USA . James Burnham 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):

He married  A Olivia LITTLE 18 June 1867 in Monroe, Michigan, USA .  The couple had (at least) 3 children. A Olivia LITTLE  was born June 1844 in New York, USA.  She died bef. 1930?

James Burnham SMITH died April 1904 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

James was born in the village of Aurora.

GAZETTEER AND BUSINESS DIRECTORY OF CAYUGA COUNTY, N.Y. FOR 1867-8, page 179 shows him living in Aurora as a farmer. He is also there in 1878-79 (Auburn New York 1878 - 1879 City Directory - Farmer's Register page 266)

From The New Century Atlas Of Cayuga County, New York - 1904 - Page 121
"GLENHEIM, the home of Dr. Albert Leffingwell, embraces nearly twenty acres, extending from the main street in the village of Aurora, nearly half a mile to the top of the hill. The residence, considerably improved by the presdent owner, is of brick and stone, and its broad piazzas, shaded by chestnut trees, overlooks Cayuga Lake. The house was built in 1827 by Hon. Eleazer Burnham, a distinguished early resident of Cayuga County, who was twice chosen as a Presidential elector; it was occupied by him for forty years, passing by his death to his nephew, James Burnham Smith, and becoming the residence of Dr. Leffingwell in May, 1896. Nearby is a small building, which a century ago was the law office of Judge Walter Wood, and here Millard Fillmore, afterward President of the United States, first began the study of law. On the same premises, and on the north, is one of the oldest houses of the village. It was the birthplace of Hon. Edwin B. Morgan in 1806, and the upper floor served for several years previous to 1816 as the Masonic Lodge."

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Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora)
1848 Aurora, NY

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James Burnham SMITH married flag  A Olivia LITTLE-- Date: 18 June 1867 Place: Monroe, Michigan, USA

Name: James B. Smith
Race (Original):
Age (Expanded): 26 years
Birth Year: 1841
Birthplace: A...ra, N.Y.
Spouse's Name: A. Olivia Little
Spouse's Race (Original):
Spouse's Age (Expanded): 22 years
Spouse's Birth Year: 1845
Spouse's Birthplace: New York
Event Date: 18 Jun 1867
Event Place: Monroe, Monroe, Michigan
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Mother's Name:
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GS Film number: 2342448
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Digital Folder Number: 4207954
Image Number: 320
Reference ID: v 1 p 101 rn 55

"Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925," index and images, FamilySearch ( pal:/ MM9.1.1/ N3PS-NX9 : accessed 27 Jun 2013), James B. Smith and A. Olivia Little, 18 Jun 1867.


flag  Luther Little SMITH (b.November 1869, , New York, USA  d. 12 October 1946, Wichita, Kansas, USA)
m. Reina E HAAG 10 February 1906

flag  Clara D SMITH (b.abt. May 1870, , New York, USA  d. aft. 1940?, )

flag  Olivia B. SMITH (b.abt. 1872, , New York, USA  d. bef. 1900, )

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James Burnham SMITH
1865 Ledyard, Cayuga, New York

Charlotte M Smith, 62, f, b. VT, mother of 6 children, married 1 time, widow
James B Smith, 24, m, child, b. Cayuga, single, farmer
Carrie ...

(NY) 1865 New York State Census

James Burnham SMITH
1870 Deed - Effingham Brown and wife to James B Smith and George W Salisbury

James Burnham SMITH

James Burnham SMITH

James Burnham SMITH
continued 1870 George W Salisbury, Effingham Brown, 127 117 New York, Land Records, 1630-1975 Cayuga Deeds 1870 vol 127 image 103 of 456

James Burnham SMITH
Aurora - Town of Ledyard, Cayuga, NY map - 1875 - NOTE: L. Salisbury, Mrs. Smith, J.B. Smith, Mrs. Town
July 1840
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: James Smith
event: Census
event date: 1855
event place: Ledyard, Cayuga, New York, United States
gender: Male
age: 14
relationship to head of household: Child
estimated birth year: 1841
family number: 322
line number: 21
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...

1860 Ledyard, Cayuga, New York

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 . 3,500 New York
Fitch George 6 M . . . . New York
Smith James 20 M . Farmer . . New York
Smith Caroline 17 F . Student . . New York
Tuttle Louisa 22 ...

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.

August 1864

Possibly hired John Madden to substitute for him in the Civil War.
Hollcroft, Temple, "Ledyard in the Civil War" -- Bill Hecht's website

1867 Marriage / Partner
James Burnham SMITH and A Olivia LITTLE 18 June 1867, Monroe, Michigan, USA


James B. Smith, Aurora, farmer, 60 acres
(NY) - Cayuga County, New York Directory, 1867-68

1869 Birth of Child
Luther Little SMITH was born November 1869, , New York, USA

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

1870 Deed

1870 Deed - Effingham Brown and wife to James B Smith and George W Salisbury

1870 George W Salisbury, Effingham Brown, 127 117
New York, Land Records, 1630-1975
Cayuga Deeds 1870 vol 127 image 103 of 456


Living in Ledyard, NY at the age of 30. He is a farmer, born in NY. Living with him are: wife Olivia age 26, son Luther age 1, daughter Clara age 4 mos. All are born in NY.
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:


James B. Smith from Ledyard is on a panel of jurors "drawn at County Clerk's office yesterday, to serve at Circuit Court and Court of Oyer and Terminer, to be held at the Court House, in this city, on the first Monday of May 1877..."
Auburn Morning News
Auburn, New York
April 13, 1877


Living in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan at the age of 40. He is a book keeper, born in NY, father born in CT, mother born in VT. Living with him are: A. Olipia Smith listed as his sister age 36 (is this really his wife?), Luther L. Smith son age 11, Clara D. Smith daughter age 10, Olipia B. Smith daughter age 8. All were born in NY.
1880 U.S. Census

USA 1881 - The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton.

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).

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

USA 1890 - December 29 - Wounded Knee Massacre occurred - 7th Cavalry killed more than 250 Lakota men, women and children; Sitting Bull killed at Little Eagle; Indian wars ended

USA 1892 - NO MORE BARGE OFFICE. Immigrants Will Hereafter Land at Ellis Island.

World History 1893 - May 1 - World's Columbian Exposition

USA 1894 - Pullman strike

World History 1896 - Gold discovered in the Yukon's Klondike

USA 1897 - September 1 – The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground metro in North America.

USA 1898 - U.S. battleship, Maine, blows up in Havana Harbor, Cuba, igniting the Spanish-American war.

USA 1898 - April 25 – Spanish-American War: The United States declares war on Spain; the U.S. Congress announces that a state of war has existed since April 21 (later backdating this one more day to April 20).

USA 1898 - December 10 – The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Spanish-American War.


Living on Groveland Avenue in Chicago, Cook, Illinios - James B. Smith, b. July 1840, age 59, married 33 years, b. NY, father b. CT, mother b. NY; Olivia, wife, b. June 1844, age 55, married 33 years, had 3 children, 2 are still living, b. NY, parents b. NY; Luther L., son, b. Nov 1869, single, age 30, b. NY, parents b. NY
1900 U.S. Census

1904 - Death

Died in Chicago - AUBURN, April 23 - Notice was received here late this afternoon of the death at Chicago ?nday of James B. Smith. Mr. Smith formerly resided in Aurora, and besides his wife, one son, and one daughter, all of whom reside in Chicago, the deceased is survived by a sister, Mrs. George W. Salisbury of Auburn.
The Post Standard
Syracuse, New York
Sunday, April 24, 1904

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