Graduated 1792 Brown University
Minister in Hollis, NH
"Rev. Eli Smith, born at Belchertown Sept. 1759, and graduated at Brown University in 1792, having received a call from this Church and people to take the charge of their Spiritual concerns as Colleague Pastor with Mr.Emerson, was ordained on the 27th of Nov. 1793"
"The Rev. Mr. Smith who has been your Pastor already 37 years, married Ama Emerson, the eldest daughter of Deacon Daniel Emerson, May 7th, 1794. She was born August 20, 1769."
"Eli Smith [was the] son of Joseph Smith, a member of the Provincial congress, of the convention which formed the constitution of the state of Massachusetts, and of the first state legislature."
"The following epitaph is inscribed upon his monument in the central burial ground, 'Rev. Eli Smith. Born September 17, 1759. Graduated, 1792. Ordained, 1793. Was Pastor of the Church in Hollis 37 years. Died May 11, 1847. Mr. Smith was distinguished for energy and decision of character, for piety, faithfulness and success in his ministry.'
Mr. Smith was twice married. His only son by Catharine Sheldon, his first wife, was Rev. Eli Smith, Jim., a graduate of Dartmouth college, (1809). By his second -wife, Ama Emerson, daughter of Dca. Daniel Emerson, he had six children; four sons and two daughters. The oldest of these died in childhood. Luther, the third son, was a graduate of Brown University, (g. v.). Joseph E., the fourth, settled in Hollis, as a farmer, upon the paternal homestead,who, beside being elected many times to important town offices, was chosen representative to the New Hampshire General Court in ,838 and ,839. John R., the youngest son, studied medicine, and settled in his profession in Missouri.Ama, the oldest daughter,married Rev. Noah Emerson, of Baldwin, Me. ; the youngest, Catharine IL, Rev. Darwin Adams of Camden, Me." TOWN OF HOLLIS. NEW HAMPSHIRE. From its First Settlement to the Year 1879. By Samuel T. Worcester
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