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Andrew J. Smith Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

Andrew J. Smith Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • Andrew J. Smith, a substantial farmer of Bollinger County, Mo., is a native of that county, born in 1838.

    He is a son of Reuben and Catherine (Slinkard) Smith [see sketch of George W. Smith]. Andrew J. remained on his father's farm until he reached his majority, and received a liberal education in the common schools.

    In 1858 he was united in marriage with Charlotte Bess, a lady of German descent, who was born in Perry County, Mo., in 1837.

    After his marriage Mr. Smith located on a farm near Patton, Bollinger County.

    In 1864 he enlisted in the Union army, joining Company I, Eighth Missouri Calvary, and participated in the battles of Miller's Lane and Augusta, Ark.

    While on picket duty at Duvall's Bluff, Ark., on May 16, 1864, he was wounded in the left hand, which caused the loss of three fingers.

    Receiving his discharge at Little Rock, Ark., in June 1865, he returned to his farm.

    From 1865 to 1875 he was engaged in teaching school in connection with farming, teaching in Crooked Creek and Union Townships, Bollinger County.

    Since 1875 he has attended strictly to farming. In 1870 he was elected for a term of six years as county court justice, but was legislated out of office in 1874.

    He served as notary public from 1875 to 1883.

    To him and his wife were born six children, Parzett (now the wife of Jesse Cheek), Rosamore, Amanda C. (wife of Abraham Fadler), Fletcher, Canzada (wife of George Yount), and Reuben A.

    Mr. Smith has owned a great deal of land, but has given his children all except 120 acres.

    He is a member of the A.O.U.W., and a consistent member of the Baptist Church.

    His wife died in 1883, and his children are all married except Reuben A., who is at home. [p. 847]

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

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