DANIEL D. SMITH, farmer, section 12, Barton Township, was born July 15, 1820, in Nelson, Madison Co., N.Y., and is the son of James and Sarah (Dike) Smith, the former a native of Columbia Co., N.Y., the latter born near Woodstock, Windham Co., Vt. They died in Madison County.
Mr. Smith passed the years of his minority with his parents, and was married Dec. 30, 1845, to sylvia, daughter of James and Margaret (Hogoboom) Chappell, born in Eaton, Madison Co., N.Y., Dec. 18, 1824. Her father was born in Watertown, N.Y.; her mother in Manchester, Vt. After the event of his marriage Mr. Smith continued the occupation of farmer in his native county on the same place, where he operated 16 years. At the end of that time he sold the property and located in Kent Co., Mich., where he followed agriculture two years. In January, 1867, he came to Newaygo County and purchased 120 acres of farm land in Barton Township, where he has toiled and cleared 69 acres. His place is a credit to his exertions and judgment, and bids fair to hold proportionate rank with others in the county. One of nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith is deceased, namely James. The others are, Sarah A. (Mrs. Andrew Forsyth), Orville L., Ann E. (Mrs. S. B. Schermerhorn), Willis L., Flora M. (Mrs. Charles Bryant), Estella C. (Mrs. Perley Hall), Minnie O. (Mrs. George Millard, and Franz Sigel.
Mr. Smith is a Democrat in political belief, and has discharged the duties of the most important township offices.