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Smith family papers

Identifier: 00074

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the business and farm records of George Anson Smith, his brother (Legrand J. Smith), and his sons (Fred, Azariel, and Frank R.), of Somerset, Hillsdale County, Michigan. George A. Smith owned several farms and with his brother operated two general stores and a grain exchange, which were later taken over by his sons. In 1856 he purchased the Gamble farm near Somerset and later purchased several other farms near it. In 1858 he and his brother built the brick store near the flour mill they had purchased in Addison, Hillsdale County, Michigan, and in 1871 George built the brick store in Somerset (see Smith, Howard Remus, The Azariel Smiths, Michigan Pioneers, and Their Descendants) (see folder 132 in box 1).

In addition to the farm and business records, the collection contains the papers (1859-1864, undated) of George A. Smith when he was postmaster of Somerset.


  • Creation: 1853 - 1927


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

In 1856, George A. Smith purchased the Gamble farm near Somerset, Michigan, and he later bought several other farms near it. In 1858, he and his brother, Legrand J., built a brick store near the flour mill which they had purchased in Addison, Lenawee County, Michigan. In 1859, George became postmaster of Somerset. In 1871, he built a brick general store there. Smith's property was later taken over by his sons, Fred, Azariel, and Frank R. Smith was President of the G. A. Smith Exchange Bank in 1893, with his son Azariel as cashier. After George's death, the farm was operated jointly by his sons under the name "Oak Hill Farms."


3 Cubic Feet (, 24 volumes on shelf)

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Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Hazel Littlefield Smith, Miss Katherine Smith, and Mrs. Howard R. Smith

Related Archival Materials

See also Howard Remus Smith papers (UA 10.3.413)

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Smith Family Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
B. Galda
January 1969
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US