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George W. Smith Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

George W. Smith Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • George W. Smith, a prominent citizen of Bollinger County, Mo., was born in Cape Girardeau County, in 1829.

    He is a son of Reuben and Catherine (Slinkard) Smith.

    Reuben Smith was born in North Carolina in 1802, and came to Cape Girardeau County, Mo., with his parents in 1820.

    He received a fair education by studying at home after his day's work was done. In 1824 he located on a farm in what is now Union Township, Bollinger County.

    For eight years he served as judge of Cape Girardeau County, and represented Bollinger County in the Legislature in 1854 and 1866.

    From 1856 to 1860 he served as judge of Bollinger County. During the Civil War he was not in either army, but, in 1861, was arrested by the Confederates and taken to Bloomfield.

    However, he soon made his escape, and returned home, where he was allowed to remain, but was 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 ten children, four of whom are living.

    The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, and received a common school education.

    He remained with his parents until 1851, when he was united in marriage with Isabella Bess, after which he located on the farm on which he now lives in Union Township, Bollinger Co., Mo.

    In 1862 he was enrolled in the State militia, and entered the regular Federal service in 1864, joining Company C, Forty-seventh Missouri Infantry, and served as duty sergeant.

    He served as first lieutenant of the militia company. Receiving his discharge in 1865, he returned to his farm, and has since made a good home for himself and family.

    He is considered one of the most enterprising farmers of the county.

    For about fifteen years after the war he was engaged in the stock business in partnership with two other men.

    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., Emily J. (Mrs. Peter Welker), George W. and Mary I.

    But two children are at home; the others are all comfortably situated on farms given to them by their father.

    In politics Mr. Smith is a Republican, as are all his sons. [p. 846-847]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, [p. 846-847]
Contributed by Joe Crim

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