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Sophia Smith Obituary

Obituary, Hampshire Gazette and Northampton Courier, 14 June 1870

Miss Sophia Smith died on Sunday, at the advanced age of 74 years. She was well known in all this section as a lady of great wealth, of benevolent disposition and blameless and irreproachable life. She was the sister of Austin Smith, and received from him and a sister, property to the amount of $200,000. In addition, she had some $30,000 from the estate of her father. A few years since she gave $30,000 to Andover Theological Seminary, she also gave liberally toward founding a public library in the town of Hatfield. Her private charities were numerous and he memory will be cherished with affection by a large circle who have been recipients of her benefactions.