George W. Smith Bollinger Co
George W. Smith, a prominent citizen of Bollinger County, Mo.,
in Cape Girardeau County, in 1829.
He is a son of
Reuben and Catherine
Reuben Smith was born in North
Carolina in 1802, and
came to Cape Girardeau County, Mo., with his parents in 1820.
received a fair education by studying at home after his day's
done. In 1824 he located on a farm in what is now Union
For eight years he served as judge of
County, and represented Bollinger County in the Legislature in
From 1856 to 1860 he served as judge of Bollinger
the Civil War he was not in either army, but, in 1861, was
the Confederates and taken to Bloomfield.
soon made his
escape, and returned home, where he was allowed to remain, but
robbed a number of times by bushwhackers.
He died in
1870. His wife
was born in Cape Girardeau County in 1806, and was the mother of
children, four of whom are living.
The subject of this
reared on a farm, and received a common school education.
with his parents until 1851, when he was united in marriage with
Isabella Bess, after which he located on the farm on which he
in Union Township, Bollinger Co., Mo.
In 1862 he was
enrolled in the
State militia, and entered the regular Federal service in 1864,
Company C, Forty-seventh Missouri Infantry, and served as duty
He served as first lieutenant of the militia
Receiving his discharge in 1865, he returned to his farm, and
made a good home for himself and family.
considered one of the
most enterprising farmers of the county.
fifteen years after
the war he was engaged in the stock business in partnership with
His wife, who is of German extraction, was
born in Perry
County, Mo., in 1832.
She is the mother of eight
children Albert J.,
Charlotte P. (Mrs. Isaac Doggott), John B., James H., Levi A.,
(Mrs. Peter Welker), George W. and Mary I.
children are at
home; the others are all comfortably situated on farms given to
In politics Mr. Smith is a Republican, as
are all his
sons. [p. 846-847]
Goodspeed's History of
Southeast Missouri, [p. 846-847]