Source: History of Whiteside County, IL, edited by Charles Bent, Morrison, IL 1877
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin, Tampico Area Historical Society www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com
SMITH HURD was born in Bennington, Vermont, in 1786, and came to Portland in 1839/ He married Miss Fanny BOOTH in 1806. Their children have been: Horace H., who married Miss Lydia WINTERS; he was a good mechanic and invented the grater cider-mill; he came to Portland in 1837, and settled near Spring Hill; his children were, Adliza, wife of William BOOTH, now living in Prophetstown, and Henry , who married Miss Metta SMITH, and is now a resident of Nebraska. Reuben, who first married Miss Clarissa CARR, and after her death, Miss Polly Ann SPRAGUE; he is the inventor of Hurd's hog-tamer, and wagon and car brake, etc. Harriet B., who married Henry R. STONE, and is now dead; Moses, who married Miss Mary A. McCLAUGHRY, and lives in Oregon; Mary A., who married Sydney MARTIN, and is now dead; Jane E., wife of Rev. Mr. BUCK, living in Oregon; and Hester C., wife of William P. TABOR, living in Portland.