James E. Smith
JAMES E. SMITH was born in the State of New York in 1839. Was married to Debora Emerson in 1861, and came to Alcona County in 1867, and worked at lumbering for Weston, Colwell & Co. Moved to Black River in 1879, and commenced as engineer on the locomotive R. K. Hawley, afterward took the Weston No. 2, and runs from the woods to the lake. Was in the Union Army as a volunteer from Allegany County, New York, and in Company C., Fifth New York Cavalry, and was in the battles of Cedar Creek and Winchester under Sheridan, and also in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign. He was mustered out and was honorably discharged from service.
(Bibliography: “History of the Lake Huron Shore and Its People with Illustrations & Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Pioneers”, 1883, Chicago, Page 278)