Frank Wayland-Smith

 

Frank Wayland Smith

FRANK WAYLAND SMITH (September 18, 18411911) joined the Oneida Community as a ten year old with his mother and brother after his father died.

He was a close friend and contemporary of Tirzah Miller. In 1860 when they were teenagers they were most likely intimate. He went to Yale and studied law, though he never practiced. He was an accomplished musician, playing the violin, had a fine singing voice, and was a writer, involved with the Community publications, the Circular and the American Socialist.

In 1877 during the stirpiculture days, Theodore decided Frank and Tirzah should try for a child, but Noyes did not approve. He suggested James Herrick instead. Tirzah felt a “considerable steady magnetism” between her and Frank, but wrote that they couldn’t stay together, perhaps because Frank told her previously that he wanted all his children by the same woman and already had a child by Cornelia Worden. Tirzah reveals in her diary that Frank told her that they should have a honeymoon when they are sixty. She writes: “It has been 17 years already and we haven’t lost an atom of attraction yet, and I don’t believe we ever shall.”

When Homer Barron, a former lover of Tirzah, has a problem dealing with her new relationship with Herrick as they try to conceive a child, it is Frank that interceded at Noyes’ request and talks with Homer on Tirzah’s behalf.

Frank had 2 sons with Cornelia Worden, one before and one after the breakup, following his marriage in 1879 to Cornelia: Gerard Wayland-Smith b. 1875 and Louis Wayland-Smith b. 1881.

At the time of the break-up he joined with others to form the “third party” option which was adopted by the community and led to the formation of a joint stock company ~ Oneida Community Limited.

On his 64th birthday, he wrote in his diary: “I must make it the starting point for further improvement of my character, putting away selfishness and the love of the world and drawing night to God.”

1 Comment

  1. Kristi said,

    May 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    This is my great great grandfather!


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