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James Smith b c 1789 County Cavan Ireland


     a prominent and prosperous Sherman county farmer, resides three-quarters of
a mile east of Klondike. He was born in Canada, in Ontario province, near
Ottawa, January 14, 1850, the son of John and Mary (McHugh) Smith, the father a
native of Canada ; the mother of Ireland. The paternal grandfather of our
subject was born in County Cavan, Ireland; and was at the battle of Lund Lane,
July 25, 1814 ; the grandmother was born in Perthshire, Scotland. Her husband
was a lumberman and farmer.
     The parents of our subject's mother, Mary (McHugh) Smith, were members of
an old Irish family. John Smith and his wife went to Solano county, California,
in 1856. The father now lives at Oakland ; the mother died in Solano county in
1887. For many years her husband was a prominent stockman there, but is now
retired. Here our subject was reared and attended the public schools in his
vicinity. When about twenty years of age he faced the world on his own account.
He first went to Stanislaus county with a brother, Michael, and engaged in wheat
raising. He was there four years when he disposed of his property interests and
returned to Solano county where he remained two years running a threshing
machine the most of the time. Thence, in 1883, he came to Sherman county,
Oregon, secured three-quarters of a section of land and purchased, more later.
He now owns two thousand two hundred and forty acres, all of which is under
cultivation. He owns a combination harvester, headers, etc., and raises horses
and mules, of which he has one hundred head. Mr. Smith also owns the celebrated
registered jack, "Governor Goble," reared in Colusa county, California, and
which captured the first prize at The Dalles fair in 1902. His horses are graded
     May 3, 1876, at Hill's Ferry, Stanislaus county, California, at the
residence of the bride's parents, Mr. Smith was married to Georgia A. Spriggs,
born in Yolo county, California, the daughter of John M. and Sarah (Carroll)
Spriggs, the father a native of North Carolina ; the mother of Georgia. John M.
Spriggs was born near Greensville, a descendant of an old southern family of
planters. He settled in Yolo county in 1852, but was also engaged in the
mercantile business in St. Helena, Napa county, for some time, and where he was
an influential and prominent citizen.
     The mother of Mrs. Smith is a descendant of the old Carroll family, famous
in southern history. Charles Carroll, of Carrollton, was born at Annapolis,
Maryland, September 20, 1737, and died at Baltimore, November 14, 1832. He was a
distinguished American patriot, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and
United States Senator from Maryland from 1789 for some years. John Carroll was
born  at Upper Marlborough, Maryland, January 8, 1735, and died at Georgetown,
D. C., December 3, 1815. He was an American archbishop of the Roman Catholic
church. He founded Georgetown College in 1788. With Charles Carroll, Samuel
Chase and Benjamin Franklin he was sent by the Continental Congress on a
political mission to Canada in 1776.
     Hugh E. Smith, our subject, has four brothers and two sisters; James, a
justice of the peace at Elmira, Solano county, California ; Michael L.,
capitalist in Oakland, California; Matthias P., farmer near Monkland, Sherman
county ; John A., who owns jointly with his brother nine thousand acres of land
in Gilliam and Sherman counties; Elizabeth, wife of J. William Martin, of
Woodville, Tulare county, California, a farmer, county supervisor and prominent
Democrat ; Mary J., single, living with her father. Kate, Nannie and Lucy, three
other sisters, are dead. Mrs. Smith has two sisters ; Florida A., wife of T. D.
Griffin, a farmer near Williams, Colusa county, California ; Mary J., wife of
Henry Gentry, of the same place.
     Both Mr. Smith and his estimable wife are members of the Roman Catholic
church. Politically, he is a Democrat, and was delegate to county conventions
previous to the organization of Sherman county. Mr. and Mrs. Smith hate nine
children ; John L., a Gilliam county farmer ; Carl E., of Wasco; Clarence,
Lawrence H., Leo A., George McHugh, all at home ; Irene, wife of Earl D.
Griffin, a hotel proprietor at Cacheville, Yolo county, California ; Inez P. and

Owner/SourceHistory of Central Oregon
Linked toFamily: Smith/McCallum (F2814)

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