Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Cushman "Cush" Smith

Male 1800 - 1891  (90 years)


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  • Name Cushman "Cush" Smith 
    Born 11 Nov 1800  Conestogo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Interesting pioneer, story 
    Residence 1838  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Farmer 
    Religion 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    W. Methodist 
    Residence 1874  Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-112488 
    Died 28 Sep 1891  Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I112488  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father Captain Thomas Smith,   b. 14 Nov 1767, , Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1850, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Mary Weaver,   b. 20 Aug 1778, of, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1845, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Family ID F12721  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Asia Wilbee,   b. 11 Jun 1821, Atlantic Ocean Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1899, Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 24 Dec 1838  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Elisabeth Smith,   b. 23 Mar 1840, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Stephen Smith,   b. 17 Mar 1843, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1905  (Age 62 years)
     3. Edward Smith,   b. 9 Jul 1843, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1878, West Montrose, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     4. Thomas Smith,   b. 11 Nov 1844, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1872, West Montrose, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     5. Elizabeth Smith,   b. 1846, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Henry Smith,   b. 1848, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Charlana Smith,   b. 1851, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1891, Port Elgin, Saugeen Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     8. Angus Smith,   b. 1853, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Prudence Smith,   b. 1856, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Sarah Smith,   b. 1860, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Amanda Smith,   b. 1865, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     12. Ira Smith,   b. Abt 1865,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F28505  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Nov 1800 - Conestogo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1838 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Dec 1838 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - W. Methodist - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1874 - Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Sep 1891 - Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Cushman Smith, born at the Conestogo on November 11th, 1800, was named after an Uncle of the same name at Lewiston, N. Y. Cushman Smith is the son of Captain Smith who married the girl that he had helped to care for when she was a baby. This was Mary Asia Wilbee, who was born on the Atlantic ocean on June 11th, 1821, when the Wilbee family were on their way to settle on the Pilkington estate. She remained at Captain Smith's until she was two years old, when, her father having married again, she went to the home he then had for her in the township of Pilkington. When she had grown to womanhood Mary Asia was for a time at the home of Alpheus Smith at Cox's Creek, and it was at his brother's home that Cushman Smith again met the girl who, it would seem, was destined to become his wife.

      Cushman Smith was one of those pioneers who made a clearing on a farm built a house, began to have some comfort in his surroundings, then sold out to commence all over again the toilsome work on another bush farm. Half a dozen farms were mentioned that Cushman Smith lived on. The last one in this neighbourhood was that farm on the east side of the river road and just within the township of Pilkington. The remains of an orchard is all that marks the spot now.

      Nowadays those who are looking for new farms to settle on go to New Ontario, or to the Great Canadian West, but when the Wellington, Grey and Bruce Railway had been built through to Lake Huron it was there, where the timber could be shipped by boat or railway that for men accustomed to bush life the prospects were brighter. Therefore, in the year 1874, although at the age of sixty-eight, Cushman Smith removed to a farm in the vicinity of Port Elgin, upon which some of his family still reside.

      Long after he had left Pilkington, when old men who knew him were asked about him they would say, "no one hereabouts ever made better axe- handles than Cush. Smith; he could beat them all."

      Cushman Smith died at the home of his son Henry, near Port Elgin, on September 28th, 1891, at the age of nearly eighty five years, while his wife died on March 23rd, 1899. In their family were: Edward, who taught school at West Montrose and died there on June 30th, 1878; Thomas also died at West Montrose, January 6th, 1872; Stephen died at Berlin on November 10th, 1905; Elizabeth went to Petoskey, Michigan; Henry and his sister, Amanda, are living on the farm near Port Elgin; Angus is at Leland, Idaho; Sarah lives on a farm near Southampton; Ira lives at Wolverine, Michigan; and Charlana died at Port Elgin, February 13th, 1891

      The Early History of Elora, Ontario, and Vicinity by John R. Connon

  • Sources 
    1. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 57.

    2. [S507] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Galt - First United Presbyterian.
      Cushman Smith, married Mary Aihy, Both of Woolwich. 24 Dec. 1838, Dumfries. Witnesses Joseph Nichlyn And Margaret Hany.