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Free Genealogy Biography of S. Morgan Smith
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S. Morgan Smith

S. Morgan Smith inventor of Smith's Success Turbine Water-wheel and manufacturer of mill machinery, was born February 1, 1830, in Davie County, N. C., second son of John W. and Sarah Purden (Beauchamp) Smith. He is of English-French descent. His parents were born in Davie County, N. C., his father in 1811 and mother in 1816. By occupation his father was a farmer and yet resides in his native county. His mother died in 1866. The paternal grandfather of Mr. Smith was also born in Davie County, N. C., and his great-grandfather in Frederick, Md., and his great-great-grandfather was a native of France, who emigrated from England to America and settled in Frederick City, Md.

The subject of this sketch was educated at the public schools of Davie County, N. C., and the Moravian College at Bethlehem, Penn., from which he graduated in 1861. During his collegiate course he prepared himself for the ministry, and from 1861 to 1866 was pastor of a Moravian Church. In 1866 he went to Canal Dover, Ohio, and had charge of a congregation at that place for five years. In 1871 he quit the ministerial work, on account of a serious throat trouble, and returned to York. About 1871 Mr. Smith began giving his attention to the invention of water-wheels and the manufacture of mill machinery.

He was united in marriage, in 1862, to Miss Emma R. Fahs, a native of York County. Children have been born to this marriage as follows: Charles E., Stephen F., Beauchamp H., Sarah P., Susan E. and Mary D.

In 1864 Mr. Smith was elected chaplain of the Two Hundredth Pennsylvania Volunteers, 200th Regiment, and served until the close of the war. He is a Republican, and a member of the G. A. R. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members of the Moravian Church.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.

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