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Myron C. Smith

America's Historic Lakes Contribution: Valcour Bay Research Project XII (d)
Daniel McCay's Military Record

Myron Smith is a retired pathologist who resides in Greeley, Colorado with his wife, Marguerite of 33 years.  Myron and Marguerite have two children, a married son who is an electrical engineer and a single daughter who works in the health care field – no grandchildren yet! Myron graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA degree and with an MD degree.  After two years in the Navy in Pensacola, he settled in Greeley, CO where he was in private practice for 25 years.  Retirement has allowed Myron and his wife to enjoy their mutual interest in traveling and doing genealogical research.

  For the last 15 years Myron has pursued his wife’s and his own genealogical past very aggressively.  This genealogical research has resulted in a deep interest in history and has lead him to write several articles for genealogical journals.  In August 1997 Myron published an article in The Essex Genealogist (Lynnfield, MA) that was the result of several years of research on the 1799-1801 voyage of the Massachusetts from Boston to Nagasaki, Japan and back.  This 19-month voyage was extremely interesting because his g g g grandfather was a carpenter on the ship.  Myron was able to identify most of the crewmembers and describe many details of this historic voyage.  He continues to have a deep interest in early American history particularly as it relates to his ancestors.  Myron also belong to numerous hereditary and lineage societies and has been involved in many of those organizations. 

Myron and Marguerite make frequent trips to New England where most of their ancestors lived.  For the last 20 years, he has been involved in the local Boy Scout program in many different positions and more recently, has been involved in several Masonic organizations and continues to volunteer in a local elementary school reading program. 

Myron's interest in the Valcour Bay Research Project was the result of genealogical research in which he was able to trace one of his ancestors to the Battle of Valcour Island and to the gunboat, New York.  Since that discovery, he has been trying to learn everything he can about this interesting period during the American Revolution.  Myron hopes to visit the Lake Champlain area in the not too distant future.  He  continues to be amazed at the incredible energy and effort expended by the numerous volunteers and professionals who continue to work on the Valcour Bay Research Project.  Myron believes generations of our descendants will significantly benefit from their dedicated efforts.

The Valcour Bay Research Project and America's Historic Lakes are most grateful to Myron for sharing the exciting results of his research with us. [jpm]

"...a superb job of documenting the history of Crab Island. Secrets of Crab Island has made a significant contribution
to the public awareness of this important historic site."

Dr. Russell P. Bellico— Historian/Author- "Sails and Steam in the Mountains: A Maritime and Military History of
Lake George and Lake Champlain"

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