- Harrison Co., IN: 1889 Biographical and Historical Souvenir by W.H. Perrin)
Charles W. Smith was born in Butler Co. PA., Mar. 11, 1811, and is a son of Thomas & Elizabeth Cunningham Smith, the former a native of Ireland. He emigrated to America and settled in Cumberland Co.PA, where he married. Believing in Horace Greeley?s advice to go West, he came to IN, and after wandering for a time, settled in Harrison Co. which was then almost a wilderness. Here the remainder of his life was spent. Charles W. Smith was reared on his father?s farm and received such education as was to be obtained in the country schools. On Jan. 29, 1839 he married Miss Lavina Zenor, a daughter of John W. Zenor, who was born in 1893, and married to Mary McIntosh. He was a man of considerable prominence, and represented Harrison Co. several times in the legislature. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1850, died may 23, 1860. Mr. & Mrs. Smith have had 3 children, viz: John Thomas, Mary Elizabeth, and Eliza M. John T. received a collegiate education, and served as assistant superintendent of schools, under Superintendent Bloss, of Indianapolis. He secured a position as postal clerk under President Garfield, from which he was promoted to clerkship in the Adjutant General's office at Washington City, where he is still engaged. After giving his children each a good education, and also a good farm to start them in life, Mr. Smith still has sufficient of the world?s goods to make him and his good wife comfortable the remainder of their days. They are exemplary members of the Presbyterian Church, and have been for many years.