George W Smith m Josephine P Felton 15 January 1877

George William Smith was born 18 September 1853 in Ipswich, MA, the fifth of the five children of Joseph and Harriet (Newell) Smith.  The family lived on High Street.  George was listed with his family in the 1855 state census.  His father was a farmer.

In the 1860 census, the family was listed in the Ipswich census with his parents and siblings.  In the 1870 census, George was still in his parents’ household, and he was a clerk in a grocery store.   

George married Josephine P Felton on 15 January 1877, and their daughter Josie was born 24 November 1877.  Josephine died 9 December 1877 and is buried at the Old North Burial Ground [See prior posting about Josephine P Felton.]

George married Emma Frazer, and they are listed in the 1880 census for Ipswich, with little Josie.  George was listed as a retail grocer.  Sometime after the 1880 census, Josie went to live with George’s brother Albert W Smith and his wife.  George and Emma had three children.  Daughters Emma Mabel and Lillian F did not marry.  George Albert Smith did marry and had a son. 

By 1900, George had moved to Beverly, MA, with his wife and three children.  George was listed in the 1901 Beverly city directory, living at 76 Essex, working as a miller.  By 1904, he was listed as having his own business, providing coal and wood, and ran an express (hauling) business.  By 1910, the directory indicated that he was in business with his son George A. 

The 1910 census lists the entire family still together – George was listed as expressman and furniture mover.  Daughter Emma Mabel was a box maker at a paper box factory.  Lillian was a school teacher, and son George A was an expressman. 

The 1910 Beverly directory lists Smith G.A & G.W. (George A and George W. Smith) expressing, furniture and piano movers.  The business has grown enough that they now have a separate office at 252 Cabot, and still live at 76 Essex (See page 838)  The city directory listings were a fun find, as they had advertisements for the express business, which started by showing a team of horses, and later showed a motor truck.  I wish the images were clear enough to see the faces of the people.

They have a similar listing in the 1911 Beverly directory: Smith, George W. expressing, furniture and piano mover, office, 22 Cabot, h. 76 Essex.   See page 794.  The family is still listed in the 1912 Beverly directory at 76 Essex.  The 1914 Beverly city directory says that George Smith d 27 April 1913, and his widow Emma was still at 76 Essex.  Emma died 2 August 1927, and both are buried in the Smith plot in Ipswich, with George’s first wife Josephine, and George’s parents.  George and Emma’s daughters are also buried there.  [See prior posting on Emma Mabel Smith – George’s house is the one we found for sale on the Internet, complete with photos inside and out.]

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