Finding the family of William J. Smith (b. about 1808) in Massachusetts

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I am trying to look for the Massachusetts family of William J. (or I.) Smith. From the census records I have found, he is estimated to have been born in about 1808 in Massachusetts. He had married a Catherine P. Jenney, who was also from Massachusetts. It is unclear whether they had married before or after moving out to Cayuga County New York.

Being that this is a very common name, I'm not sure how I might go about identifying the proper William Smith. So I am hoping that someone might be able to assist me in this search. I would be very grateful.
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in Genealogy Help by Robert Ward G2G6 Mach 1 (15.9k points)

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William Smith was 72 occupation Painter, in the 1880 US Census, Town of Springport, County of Cayuga, enumerated 23 Jun 1880, wife is Catherine age 67.

William Smith was born in Massachusetts as were his father and mother.

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by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
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William H. Smith, 1870 US Census, Springport, Cayuga, NY age 62, born MA, Catherine Smith is 58 born MA, Thomas Jenney 84 born MA, Mary Taber 37 born NY, Anna Taber 15 born NY and Henry Taber 7 born NY.

William Smith's middle initial is difficult to discern but has been interpreted as H. Occupation is Painter.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
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Since the Jenney family was from Dartmouth, Mass., you might want look for Smiths in and near Dartmouth.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

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