William Grant Smith Family Tree

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Member William Grant Smith sent us his interesting family tree, which he can trace back to Ayrshire, 

1. Alexander Smith: B. abt. 1809, in Birnieknowe, Auchinleck, Ayrshire, Scotland, d. Abt. 1876, in Glasgow,
Lanark, Scotland

2. John Smith: B. 1870, in Birnieknowe, Auchinleck, Ayrshire, Scotland. D: 1936, USA (probably PA) from
Auchinleck, Ayershire, Scotland, departed Glasgow, Scotland, UK on Oct. 6th, 1906. Arrived at Ellis Island USA
on October 14, 1906, he was 35 yrs. old. Arrived with his brothers David 27 yrs., Andrew 37 yrs., Arch 21 yrs., 
and John 33 yrs. There contact in the U. S. was a cousin, James Smith His occupation in Scotland was a miner.

3. William Patterson Smith: I only have a few fuzzy picture of grandpa Smith, he died in 1950 before I was born,
I just have the memories my father and aunts have told me about him. He sounded like a happy fun person.
Obituary from Akron Beacon Journal:

William Patterson Smith, 44 of 1873 Nineteenth St., died suddenly while visiting relative in Lorrain
Sunday. He was born in Scotland and lived in Pennsylvania before moving to Akron 22 yrs. ago. A foreman at
Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., Mr. Smith leaves his wife; Clara; two daughters, Clara Bell and Bonnie A.; son,
William H; his father, William O.; and two brothers, John P. and Andrew, all of Akron; and six sisters, Mrs.
Anna Handchen, Mrs. Elizabeth Lynn, Mrs. Margaret Finney, and Mrs. Martha Stewart, all of Pennsylvania, 
and Mrs. Janet Foster and Mrs. Rachel Orr, both of Akron, Oh. Buried at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Akron, 
Ohio Section A - plot 139 - 3

4. William Henderson Smith: This was my Father. A most kind and gentle man, he made us all laugh. He was 
very loved and will be missed by many. William H. Smith, died Saturday, August 21, 2004. He was a life long
resident of Akron and worked for B. F. Goodrich with 40 years of service as a office equipment repair man. He
was a member of Victory Lodge #649 F & AM. He was an avid bowler and loved to do crossword puzzles and 
color with the grand kids.

He used to love to tell all of us stories about when he was young and his family growing up. His father,
William P. Smith died at the age of 45, when dad was only 16 yrs. old, that's why he didn't graduate High School,
he had to go to work to support his mother and little sister Bonnie. But he told all of us about our grandpa Smith.
How he loved to golf on the weekends. How he took his family out west one year before he died on a nice vacation
to Yellowstone. 

My dad always told us the bright side of a story, rarely said anything bad about anyone. I miss him 

Obituary: Smitty was preceded in death by wife, Elizabeth Ann; and is survived by daughters, Kathy J.
Martin of Akron, Bonny J. (Tom) Menser of Akron; sons, David Paul (Glenda) Smith of W. Va., William G.
(Peggy) Smith of Canal Fulton, Robert E. (Lisa) Smith of Fla.; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren; 
and sisters, Dolly (Lenny) Vargo of Parma, Ohio and Bonnie Smith of Akron. Interment: Greenlawn Cemetery.
Published in the Akron Beacon Journal on 8/23/2004. Buried at Green Lawn Memorial Park, Akron, OH
Section A plot 139 -1

Auchinleck, Ayershire, Scotland - A Brief History
At the beginning of the sixteenth century the barony of Auchinleck was acquired by Thomas Boswell, 
who appears to have been in the immediate service of James IV. In 1505 he obtained charter of the lands of
Cruikstoun, Over and Nether Keithstoun, and Rogertoun, and about two years thereafter obtained another
charter erecting the village and land of Keithstoun, in his barony of Auchinleck, into a burgh of barony.
Keithstoun is now incorporated in the town of Auchinleck.... The name Auchinleck is a Celtic compound mean-
ing "The Field of the Rock," a very appropriate name, as the district abounds with freestone rock.


The Parish Church has an extensive cemetery. The modern Memorial Inscriptions have yet to be published.
Auchinleck Cemetery (Burial Ground), 994 gravestones (all at time of recording) If you write to the SGS and re- 
request an extraction of the names you are interested in, they will oblige for a small fee. Their postal address is:
Library and Family History centre, Scottish Genealogy Society, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL, Scotland

Church History

The Barony Parish Church was built in 1838 and added to in 1897. In the kirkyard is the Boxwell Aisle, a
reconstruction (dating from 1754) of the earlier 1683 church. The Boswell Aisle is now a small museum in memory 
of James Boswell.

There were other non-conformist churches at different times. Such records are usually held in the Scottish
Record Office in Edinburgh.

The town consists of one street about half a mile in length, with a short transverse street its south end, 
where the Established Church marks original centre. Among its public buildings are an Original Secession Church, a
Public School, a Boarding School for young ladies, and a Post Office. At an early period Auchinleck was noted for
the manufacture of snuff boxes. The peculiar feature of the Auchinleck snuff box was a secret hinge, first discover-
ed by a person residing in the village.

There is little or no trade carried on in the town, but before the ironworks at Muirkirk and the cotton mills
at Catrine were started, the village was in a fairly prosperous state. These new industries, however, drafted away a
considerable able number of inhabitants, bent on earning high wages than could be got at Auchinleck. The magnifi-
cent estate of the Marquess of Bute is adjacent to the village, and the parish is historically famous for men of note 
and abounds in legends of tragic events enacted in the olden times. Among the places of historical interset there are
Auchinleck House, the ancestral home of the Boswells; Hoodstone, tenanted for a time by descendants of the
famous outlaw, Robin Hood --- and Logan House, once the abode of the witty Laird of Logan.

The barony of Auchinleck formed a part of the extensive territory of Kyle-Stewart, acquired by Walter, the
son of Alan. The lands were granted by the first Stewart to a vassal who assumed from the place the local surname
of Auchinleck. His descendants remained in possession of the barony until the end of the fifteenth century, when it
was acquired by William Cunningham of Craigans, through marriage with Mariot Auchinleck, a female heir.

The parish is centred on the old town of Auchinleck, much of the town described above has been altered by 
the substantial modern housing estates built to the north and east of the old town centre. The most notable archi-
tecture feature is Auchinleck House built in the 1760s by a local builder who emulated the designs of the then
fashionable Adams brothers. It was the home of the judge, Lord Auchinleck, who had the house built and his more
notable son, James Boswell.

To the south of the parish, is the village of Lugar which grew up around the iron works of the Eglinton Iron
Company, established int he 1840s. The works are now long gone, together with the coal mines which provide their
fuel. The Lugar Church was built in 1867 paid for by the Eglinton Iron Company. Craigstone House, built in 1820, 
became the Iron Works manager's house.

Thank you very much, William, for this wonderfully informative article and for you genealogy
information! Quite a few of our members have roots back to Ayrshire, as there were many Smiths in that