Smith, Bela, a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born in 1784, converted when about eighteen years of age, and admitted on trial by the New York Conference in 1809. In 1810 he was ordained deacon as a missionary to Canada; in 1811 admitted into full connection and appointed to Ulster Circuit. He was ordained, in 1812, elder, and appointed to Delaware Circuit; 1813, Newburg Circuit; 1814-15, New Windsor; 1816, Delaware; 1817, Schenectady; 1818, Albany; 1819, Pittsfield; 1820-21. Stratford. In 1822, owing to failing health, he took a superannuated relation, in which he continued to the termination of his life, July 2, 1848. He was a faithful and successful ambassador for Christ, and in all the relations of life he was highly valued and universally esteemed. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 4, 223.