Smith Pardee was born in New Haven, Conn., Oct. 27, 1816. His father was born in New Hartford, Conn., in 1782; he married Lucy Dickerman, who was born in New Haven, Conn. The died in 1850, in Michigan. The subject of this record removed to Ohio with his parents at an early day, and remained with them until he was seventeen years old. He then served a two years' apprenticeship at the carpenter and joiner's trade, and in 1836 he went to Michigan. In 1851 he located in Clayton County, Ia. Since his residence here he has been engaged in farming and wagon-making. He has been twice married, first on Aug. 15, 1843, to Ann Davis, who died in 1861, having been the mother of two children - Susan, now the wife of David T. Ring, resides in Faribault County, Minn., and Elias F.,living on the old hoemstead in Sperry Township. Mr. Pardee's second marriage occurred on June 3, 1863, to Mrs. Mary Josephine Swift, , by whom he has one child - Isaac W., born March 27, 1864. Mrs. M. J. Pardee was born in Benton, Lafayette County, Wis., Dec. 22, 1832; she was a daughter of Dennis Murphy and Eliza, nee Bratherton. The former was born in Ireland about 1802, and emigrated to America in an early day, settling in Wisconsin in 1827. He was elected representative of LaFayette County in the Legislature several terms. He died in Benton, Wis., in 1859. He served in the war of 1812. Mrs. M. J. Pardee was married in 1849 to Thomas Swift, by whom she had one child - James M., born May 12, 1850; he now resides in Smith County, Kan. Mr. Pardee owns a fine farm in Sperry Township, and is one of the prominent citizens of that place.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1103-1104
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