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Friday, January 31, 2014

Maitland Smith --1895 to 1915 -- Life in Hartford, Connecticut

A couple of weeks ago I contacted the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, Connecticut to see if they might have information on Maitland Smith. Smith's descendants had indicated that Smith spent the winter months in Hartford and then summered in Belfast. I thank Sierra Dixon for her time at the Society to provide us with the following information.

"Maitland Smith lived in Hartford from at least 1895 until his death in 1915, according to city directories. Throughout the city, Maitland worked in various restaurants and saloons, and lived on Main, Laurel and Imlay Streets. 

Maitland B. Smith was located in Hartford in the 1900 and 1910 US Federal Censuses. 

In 1900, Maitland (born Maine, age 34) lived with his wife Isabelle (age 29, born Maine) sister Mabel (born Maine, age 17), servant Nelly Kellie (born CT, age 23), and boarder Frank W. Jordan (born Maine, age 21). Maitland was indicated as "Marland B. Smith" in 1900, and his  birth date was recorded as September 1865. Maitland's occupation was listed as "liquor dealer", and he and Isabelle had been married for 11 years. No children were either born to Isabelle or living at this time. Based on the amount of years in which Maitland and Isabelle were married, one can estimate their marriage year as 1889. The Smith household was located on 278 Laurel Street in Hartford, CT. 

By 1910, Maitland (age 44) - recorded as "Matland B. Smith"- continued to live on 278 Laurel Street with wife Isabel (age 38), servant Sarah Carey (born MA, age 30), and nephew Albert M. Roberts (born Maine, age 3). Maitland continued to work in retail for a liquor business. 

Maitland B. Smith died October 27, 1915 of cerebral apoplexy."

This Google Earth image presents Smith's neighborhood in Hartford, Connecticut. Today 278 Laurel Street is an empty lot with a fast food restaurant to its left and across the street a bar and restaurant. 

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