W. A. Smith was born in Hadley, Mass., in 1826. During his early boyhood his family moved to Wisconsin where he grew up. After marrying and raising a family of two sons and a daughter, he removed to Cortland, N. Y. Reading of Florida’s attractions, he decided to settle there. En route to Florida, he made expenses by giving Bible lectures illustrated by magic lantern slides.
Smith, W. A.
"Letters of a Florida Settler in 1877,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 32:
3, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol32/iss3/6