Conway Dewey SMITH was born 27 October 1898 in Vermont, USA. He married Hazel Marion KNIBBS 23 October 1926 in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. He died 17 July 1979 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. Hazel Marion KNIBBS, daughter of Joseph Wesley KNIBBS and Mary Frances WETHERBY , was born 31 January 1903 in Unionville, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. She died 22 December 1996 in Avon, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA.

Children of Conway Dewey SMITH and Hazel Marion KNIBBS are:
1. Walter K SMITH, b. Private
2. Robert D SMITH, b. 06 August 1930
3. James Conway SMITH, b. 31 December 1939 See James Conway SMITH & Patricia Lynn HUGH
4. Barbara SMITH, b. Private

Marriage Notes for Conway Dewey SMITH\Hazel Marion KNIBBS:

From the Farmington Valley Herald, October 31th , 1946:
Twenty Years Ago
UNIONVILLE—Miss Hazel Marion Knibbs, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Wesley Knibbs of West District and Conway Dewey Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Smith, were married at the Congregational Parsonage by Rev. Frankilin W. Barker Saturday afternoon.

Notes for Conway Dewey SMITH:

We see from Conway's Draft Registration Card from 1918 that his middle name was Dewey, and that his mother was M McKinney.

Other documents show his mother was often referred to as Maude, Bessie or even Bertha. I believe her real name was Maude.

In 1900, Conway was living with his parents and siblings at ED 116 Berlin township (Worthington Society), Hartford County, Connecticut:
Leon W Smith Head Mar 26 Farmer Vermont
Maud B Smith Wife Mar 25 Canada Eng
Conway D Smith Son 1 Vermont
Dick Wood Boarder 26 Farm Labourer England
Melvin Westover Boarder 18 Farm Labourer Vermont

We next see Conway in 1910 with his parents and siblings, living at Richford Town, Franklin County, Vermont:
Leon W Smith Head 36 Mar Farmer Vermont
Bertha Smith Wife 35 Mar (13 years) Canada
Conway Smith Son 11 Vermont
Borniss Smith Daur 8 Connecticut
George Smith Son 6 Connecticut
Evaline Smith Daur 5 Vermont
Leon Smith Son 2 Vermont

We see Conway and Hazel in 1930, living at Avon, Hartford County, Connecticut:
Conway Smith Head 32 Farm Labourer Vermont
Hazel Smith Wife 27 Connecticut
Walter Smith Son 1 Connecticut

In 1940, Conway and his family were living at Simsbury Town, Hartford County, Connecticut, United :
Conway D Smith Head Mar 60 Vermont Farm Hand (Dairy Farm)
Hazel Smith Wife Mar 37 Connecticut
Walter C Smith Son 11 Connecticut
Robert Smith Son 9 Connecticut
Barbara Smith Daur 2 Connecticit
James Smith Son 3 months Connecticut

Conway's age was given as 60 so not sure of his age

From the FARMINGTON VALLEY HERALD, December 24th, 1975:
Smith Family Still Tied To Land After 70 Years.
A special holiday flow emanated from the old Leon Smith homestead on West Avon Rd. last Sunday as family members gathered at Pine Grove Farm to celebrate the season. "It has been some time since we all got together" said Russ Muller of Farmington, a Smith nephew, "and Aunt Bernice (Mrs. Winthrop,Rember invited us all to the farm for a Christmas party." The holiday repast at Pine Grove opened a book of memories on a family whose way of life has been tied to the land for well over 70 years. In 1923 Leon and Maude Smith bought the farm at the prodding of a neighbor and friend, Joseph Thompson, father of former First Selectman Oliver Thompson of Sunrise Farm in W. Avon. Prior to Smith ownership of the property, three other local families had been in residence—the Beaupres, Carpentiers and Forbes. Originally about 175 acres in size, the farm is still intact today except for the piece of land that was sold to build the new Methodist Church and a couple of other small parcels. A visitor can't miss the Smith farm as he heads West up the hill toward Unionville on Rte. 167. There on the curve of the road a majestic stand of maple trees separate the property. The cow barns, orchards and pine grove are on the left, the apple store and homestead on the right. Many area drivers have been known to pause at dusk to view the picturebook sunset as seen through the trees. Leon Smith brought along with his family, his knowledge of farming from Richford, Vt., and broadened his background by managing several Connecticut farms including the Belden Farm in Rockville and the Longview Farm in West Hartford.
Smith's biggest determination after buying the farm was to clear it of stones which he accomplished in part with the help of his family. However, large stone piles still exist today in the pine grove. From the cleared stones, the old Methodist Church on School St. in Unionville was
The six Smith children, Florence, Max, Evaline, George, Bernice and Conway, are all alive today. They range in age from 64 to 76 years, and
still live within one mile of each other.
Perhaps the closest to the land are the two bachelor uncles, Max and George. With the exception of brief periods of time, both men have lived and worked on the farm since 1923. Max spent 10 weeks at Mass. State
College (Now Univ. of Mass.) taking courses relating to the farming and orchard business George for a short time worked on the grounds at Avon Old Farms School and the Goodwin Farm
At Pine Grove the brother team has worked well, since George's major interest is the cows and Max's is the orchard. With no outside help, Max treats the approximately 300 apple trees with tender loving care - pruning, spraying and doing whatever is necessary to produce a succulent crop. His mechanical ability was also harnessed as was evident by the building of doodle bugs out of Model A. Fords, buck rakes to pick up hay and other equipment to more efficiently handle the
George, on the other hand, has a reservoir of knowledge about breeding and caring of cows. His skills have enabled the 20 cows they now own to produce more milk than the 40 cows they previously had.
The third broth Conway, married Hazel Knibbs of Unionville. He worked on the Holloway Farm in Avon, was later employed by the Williams
Co. in E. Glastonbury and retired from the Charles House
Co. in Unionville. He lives next door to the farm.
Bernice, the eldest sister, married Winthrop Rember of Vermont. She is now living at the farm and caring for her bachelor brothers.
Florence, married Ralph Thompson of Unionville. She is the only Smith family graduate of the old Pine Grove School now under restoration.
The other sister, Evaline, married Kenneth Muller of Hartford. They were the first couple to be married in the old Unionville Methodist church.
Both sisters now live in Unionville.
The farm still continues to be the center of activity for the family. In the past on many Sundays sounds of music came from the living room as George played the clarinet, Conway the coronet and one of the sisters the piano.
Today the brothers and sister, are still drawn to Pine Grove visiting frequently and in an emergency have been known to pitch in and help. The Smith's of Pine Grove represent a vanishing breed of "do-it-yourself" farmers whose love of life is family and land.


From the Farmington Valley Herald, July 26th , 1979:
AVON — Conway D. Smith, 80, of 870 W. Avon Rd., husband of Mrs. Hazel Knibbs Smith, died July 17, 1979, at Hartford Hospital. Before retiring, he was a tool and die maker at Charles W. House & Son Inc., Unionville, 27 years. Besides his wife, he leaves three sons, Walter K. Smith of South Glastonbury, Robert D. Smith and James C. Smith, both of Avon; a daughter, Mrs. Paul Marsh of Tuscon, Ariz.; two sisters, Mrs. Flocence Thompson of Unionville and Mrs. Bernice Rember of Avon; a brother, Max Smith of Avon; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the United Memorial Methodist Church, or the American Cancer Society.

Pine Grove/Smith Farm, 841 West Avon Road, Avon, Connecticut 


Conway's brother continued living and working at the farm for his entire life, and died at the good old age of 93.
The Hartford Courant on May 10, 2001:
L. Max Smith, 93, of Pine Grove Farm, Avon, died Monday (May 7, 2001) at home on the farm that he loved. Born in Richford, VT, April 3, 1908, son of the late Leon and Bertha (McKenney) Smith, Max was a lifelong apple farmer and was devoted to his orchards and his land. He is survived by his sister, Florence Smith Thompson of Unionville; ten nieces and nephews; and many grand nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., at West Avon Cemetery, Avon, with the Rev. Dr. Donald H. Ketcham officiating.


Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Conway.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Billion Graves web site for recording the details, in memory of Conway.

Sources for Conway Dewey SMITH:

  1. Hartford Courant Newspaper Archives, 25 Dec 1996
  2. US Social Security Death Index,
  3. 1940 US Federal Census,
  4. Obituary,
  5. 1930 US Federal Census,

Notes for Hazel Marion KNIBBS:

West District School, Unionville, Hartford County, Connecticut for the Year 1912-13.
Hazel Knibbs is in the front row, left hand end. At the opposite end of the front row is her cousin Milton George Knibbs.

From the Hartford Courant Newspaper:
Published on December 25, 1996, in The Hartford Courant
SMITH. Mrs. Hazel M. (Knibbs) Smith, 93, of West Avon Rd., Avon, widow of Mr. Conway D. Smith, died Sunday (Dec. 22, 1996). Born in Unionville, January 31, 1903, daughter of the late Joseph W. and Mary (Wertherbey) Knibbs, she resided in the area all her life. She was a long life member of the Memorial United Methodist Church in Avon. She is survived by her three sons, Mr. Walter K. Smith of South Glastonbury, Mr. Robert D. Smith of Avon, Mr. James C. Smith of New Britain; and her daughter Mrs. Barbara S. Marsh of Tucson, AZ; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Funeral Services will be Saturday, 2 p.m., in the Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Rd., Avon. Burial will be in West Avon Cemetery, Avon.


Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Hazel.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Billion Graves web site for recording the details, in memory of Hazel.

Sources for Hazel Marion KNIBBS:

  1. Hartford Courant Newspaper Archives, Dec 25 1996
  2. 1920 Census Farmington, CT,

Notes for Walter K SMITH:

Notes for Robert D SMITH:

Robert married Lorraine Theresa Benoit of Charlton, Massachusetts in 1952. Theresa died in May 1989. There were three children: Laura, Karen and Robert C.

From the Hartford courant on 18th February, 2010:
Robert D. SMITH
SMITH, Robert D. Robert D. Smith of Avon, passed away Sunday, (February 14, 2010) at the age of 79. He was born August 6, 1930, in Avon, CT, to the late Conway and Hazel (Knibbs) Smith. He lived most of his life in Avon. Bob was a Gunnery Sergeant in the National Guard, with the 745th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Battery 'B' out of West Hartford County, Connecticut during the Korean Conflict. In 1952, he married Lorraine Theresa Benoit of Charlton, MA. They were devoted to each other and lived in Avon most of their married life until her death in May of 1989. Bob left us and joined Lorraine on Valentine's Day. As a machinist, welder and metallurgist, Bob worked at several places in the Farmington Valley area throughout his life. He was employed at Charles W. House & Sons, in Unionville for many years, and had been a distributor for Oilzum Oil Products. He enjoyed helping people in the community utilizing his many skills in various trades. As a member of the Smith family, he worked long hours on the family farm in Avon and continued to help out when and how he could after the death of his much loved uncle, Max Smith. Robert is survived by his children, Laura Cavallari and her husband Robert of Deering, NH, Karen Coyle and her husband Darren of Columbia, CT, and Robert C. Smith and his wife Samantha of Burbank, CA. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Matthew Cavallari of Bellevue, WA, Benjamin Cavallari of Burlington, VT, Bryce, Catherine and Carrie Coyle of Columbia, CT, and Zane Smith of Burbank, CA. Bob also leaves his loving siblings, Walter Smith and his wife Lorraine, of South Glastonbury, CT, Barbara Marsh and her husband Paul of Tucson, AZ, James Smith of New Britain, CT. and their children. He was predeceased by his grandsons, Gabriel Cavallari and Ian Coyle. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday, February 20, from 12:30-2 p.m. followed by a Prayer Service in The Ahern Funeral Home at 2 p.m. with Rev. Wendall Taylor officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon Rd., Avon, CT 06001, where he enjoyed good food and wonderful company.


Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Robert and Lorraine.

Sources for Robert D SMITH:

  1. Hartford Courant Newspaper Archives, 25 Dec 1996
  2. Obituary,

Notes for Barbara SMITH: