SMITH, Wilson O., grocer, was born in Lower Allen township Cumberland county, Pa., April 21, 1843; son of John A. and Barbara (Sherbane) Smith, both deceased. The parents were both natives of Cumberland county, where they spent their lives. The father died at the advanced age of eighty-four years. They had seven children, four of whom are living: Catherine, widow of the late George Oyster; John A., Henry H,, and Wilson 0. By a subsequent marriage there is one son living, George Smith.
Wilson 0. received his primary education in the public schools of his native township and subsequently attended the White Hall Academy in Cumberland county.
In March, 1861, he enlisted in company H, Seventh Pennsylvania volunteer reserve, which became the Thirty-sixth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, and participated in the following battles: Dramsville, Va., Mechanicsville, Gaines' Mills, Charles City, New Market Cross Roads, Malvern Hill, Plains of Manassas, Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg, in which last named battle he received a gunshot wound in the breast and was confined in the hospital at Washington, D. C., for three months, from which he was discharged as convalescent June 29, 1863, and was attached to company B, Fourth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, as second lieutenant and subsequently promoted to first lieutenant. He served in this regiment and position three months and was then detailed on recruiting service at Harrisburg for six months, at the expiration of which time he was promoted to captain and attached to company D, Two Hundred and First Pennsylvania volunteers, in which position he served until the close of the war, being mustered out in 1865. After his discharge he returned to Cumberland county, where he remained at home one year, and in the spring of 1866 came to Harrisburg. He became salesman in the dry goods store of Bowman & Co., and afterwards was employed in the same capacity by Coover & Co., until July 26, 1888, at which date he embarked in the grocery business on his own account, in which he has been continuously and successfully engaged since that date. Mr. Smith was married, in Harrisburg, December 16, 1869, to Miss Angeline A. Porter, daughter of James and Isabella (Campbell) Porter, to whom have been born three children : Romaine A., J. Porter, and Isabella J. Mr. Smith is prominent in the Masonic fraternity, holding membership in the Mechanicsburg Lodge, No. 302, Perseverance Chapter, No. 21, and Pilgrim Commandery, No. 11, of Harrisburg; also of Harrisburg Council, R. S. E. and S. Masters; and of State Capital Lodge, No. 70, I. O. O. F., Harrisburg. He is also an active member of Post No. 58, G. A. R., of the Union Veteran Legion and of the Improved Order of Heptasophs. In his political views lie is a staunch Republican. He and his family are members of the Pine Street Prebyterian church .
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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