Hiram Smith was born
06 Jan 1836, d. 1 Nov 1900, ...descending from a proud German Palatine
family of Schmidts . His father, Frederick J. Smith, b 1798, Germantown,
NY, & mother, Margaret Hapeman, and his grandfather, Johannes Schmidt &
his wife Lena Rockefeller, b1777, daughter of William, b.1737, born
Germantown, were farmers on farm Lot # 25 of Robert Livingston's 'Manor,
now Clermont. Frederick J. Smith and family left the 'Manor' to find
their own farm in Ephratah, Montgomery, NY, in the winter of 1833. When
Hiram turned 25, he joined the Civil War effort, enlisting on 25 Oct
1861 with the 2nd NY Mounted Rifles, Black Horse Cavalry, at Troy, NY.
The Unit was shipped out to Washington, D.C. to help protect the
Nation's Capitol. This 2nd NY Cav Unit became Federalized, and the Unit
designation changed to: Company F, 7th NY CAV . The Unit went to
Washington, DC., served a short time and due to a shortage of horses was
mustered out in 1862 . Hiram then went to NJ volunteering with an
unspecified military unit in NJ for a time before becoming a marine
engineer on the Hudson and Atlantic seaboard. Hiram married, and lost
two wives in childbirth ... first, Mary H. Putman (1840-1859), of
Ephratah; second, Mary Helen Brandow, (1839-1872), of Catskill, before
returning to his early family ancestral home of Germantown, Columbia Co.
where he married, in turn, two daughters of Conrad C. Lasher, Jr. & his
wife Bally Rockefeller: Mary E. Lasher (1839-1883) and, upon her death,
her sister Sarah Eliza Lasher (1852-1927). From 1880 to1900 Hiram
maintained a fruit farm on Church Ave. very near the Christ Lutheran
Church in Germantown, and also practiced his trade of marine engineer.
Hiram became very ill in Aug 1897 and was treated thereafter by 'Dr
Weekes', and was forced to stay on the farm, an invalid his last years.
He died in 1900. As a war Veteran his pension was awarded at $12.00 a
month, later raised to $30.00. His widow Sarah Lasher Smith drew Hiram's
Civil War widows pension after his death.
Hiram's son George H. Smith, (Jan 1872-1937), also a
marine engineer by trade, developed TB, was home bound on the Germantown
farm his last several years and died at the TB Sanitarium on the hill at
Claverack, Columbia Co., NY, a sanitarium resident of 8 days.
Hiram and George Smith are both buried in the C.C.
Lasher plot in the Viewmont Cemetery, with others in the family;
Lashers, Rockefellers, Quackenbushes, Deckers, Knickbockers and others,
a place that holds many of this early Smith family. There are still a
number of living descendants of this large early family living in
Germantown, Clermont, Red Hook, and surrounding area. Both of the farms
mentioned here were still in the family until the 1950s and are familiar
landmarks. Hiram belonged to a GAR Post as indicated by his grave marker
but have been unsuccessful in determining which post.
Bruce M. Smith
11 July 2006