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Biography of Willis S Smith b 1810 Todd KY

Willis S. SMITH. Birth: 10 AUG 1810 in Elkton, Todd, Kentucky. Death:
abt. 1891, Rawl's Hills Plantation., Clark, Arkansas. Courthouse Records,  
Arkansas, Clark Co. Smith, Willis S. 1891 Will C pg. 114. Goodspeed's      
Southern Arkansas: Willis S Smith, M. D., one of the most prominent old    
settlers of Arkansas, was born in Todd County, Ky, near Elkton (then Logan 
County), August 10, 1810, the fifth of twelve children, nine sons and three
daughters born to Millington and Barbara (Barton) Smith, natives of        
Edgecombe County, N. C. They were married in Stewart County, Tenn., and in 
1808 moved from Tennessee to Western Kentucky, the father being the first  
man to begin improvements in Russellville, KY. In 1810, the same year the  
subject of this sketch was born, his parents moved back to Stewart County  
(where Fort Donelson now is), and in 1817 removed to Johnson County, Ill., 
where he and wife both died, the former in 1836 in his seventy-sixth year  
and the latter in 1832 at the age of fifty-two years. They were both       
members of the Baptist Church for many years, and were zealous workers in  
the same. In politics his father was opposed to Gen. Jackson, as he thought
he (Jackson) was too much of a fighting man and would ruin the country,    
but after the election he was convinced that Jackson was the right man in  
the right place. His father, Willis Smith, was a Revolutionary soldier, and
was killed at Bunker Hill. He was a son of George Smith, a native of       
Ireland, who came to America and located in Edgecombe County, N. C. where  
he died. The maternal ancestors of our subject were also natives of        
Ireland. At the age of twenty years the subject of this sketch was not able
to write and could barely read and spell, but beginning to see the value of
an education he, in company with three neighbor boys, left home without    
means to work their way through college. They worked their way to          
Rockspring Theological Seminary, and afterward to Shurtliff College at     
Upper Alton, built their own house and kept bachelors' hall, taking turns  
at cooking and doing the work, and in this way completed the course. Our   
subject commenced a classical course, but soon after he had taken up this  
the college was moved to Alton, and he then embarked in teaching school at 
Rockspring, where he had also attended school, but learning through some of
his pupils who lived in Clark County, Ark., of the desirability of Arkansas
as a place of residence, he decided to come to this State. Accordingly in  
July 1832, he went to Cape Girardeau, Mo., and taught school for one term; 
then he took another school six miles north of Jackson, the county seat of 
Cape Girardeau County, and then April 2, 1833 started for Clark County,    
Ark., on horseback, in company with an older brother, arriving April 14,   
1833 and for the next three months taught school on Okolona's present site,
and after that taught a term of twelve months at Rome (or where that place 
now is). He then turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. In 1835 he 
was elected sheriff of Clark County, and served in this capacity until July
3, 1844, when he resigned the office. While serving as sheriff he had taken
up the study of medicine under A.J. Smith, a younger brother, who had      
graduated at Louisville Medical College. In 1858 and 1859 he attended      
college at Memphis, where he graduated in March, 1859. He commenced to     
practice his profession in 1845 in Clark County, near where Rome now is. In
1849 he moved to near Whelen, where he has since resided with the exception
of the years 1855 to 1857 inclusive, when he resided at Mount Ida,         
Montgomery County. While a resident of this locality he was appointed      
probate judge of that county by Gov. Conway. He was engaged in the active  
practice of his profession until 1876 when he retired. It had been his     
intention to retire from the practice of medicine years before this, but   
having so many friends and acquaintances it was entirely out of the        
question, and although practically retired now, still some of his old      
friends in this and surrounding counties call on him and ask for his       
professional aid. Dr. Smith is the owner of the home plantation, consisting
of 1,230 acres, known as Rawl's Hills Plantation, and ever since his       
arrival in this county has had farming done. During the late war he was a  
Union man first, last and always, but submitted to the laws of his country.
August 29, 1833, he was married to Miss Margaret Janes, daughter of William
Janes, Sr., born in Lawrence County, Ark., October 10, 1815. She died in   
this county February 19, 1855. To this marriage there were born eight      
children, two of whom are still living, viz: William J. M. D. (is          
practicing medicine at Gum Springs, this county) and Willis (a very        
successful farmer living in Rocky Comfort, Little River County, this       
State), James B. (died at Neosho after the battle of Oak Hill; he was a    
soldier under Capt. Flanagin in McIntosh's Volunteer Regiment; he was born 
February 3, 1843, and died September 21, 1861). Isaac I. (was born February
16, 1855, and was killed in this county June 29 1873). Mary Ann (was born  
in July, 1845, married William Stone of this county, and died January 24,  
1880), John Peck (was born January 25, 1850) was a teacher by occupation,  
and died in this county in 1887 in his thirty-seventh year), Margaret C.   
(was born September 24, 1847, was married to E. A. Jenkins of Clark County,
and died November 2, 1888). July 1, 1855, the Doctor was again married,    
this time to Mrs. Martha Harris, daughter of Thomas Atkins, of Tuscaloosa, 
Ala., and the widow of Dr. William Harris, who died on Red River. She was  
born in Lawrence District, S.C., December 15, 1829. By her first marriage  
she was the mother of two children, one being Alphonso Harris, M.D., of    
Prescott, Ark. By her last marriage she is the mother of seven children,   
all living, viz: Millington Smith (M.D., located at Black Jack Grove,      
Tex.), Martha E. (wife of E. A. Sullivan, a farmer of this county), Laura  
(wife of William Edmond, in the employ of the Whelen Lumber Company, and   
also a farmer), Henry C., a daughter (wife of Frederick H S McBride, a     
farmer, also in the employ of the Gurdon Lumber Company) and Daniel W.,    
Adonis and Fannie (all attending Onachita College). Both Dr. and Mrs. Smith
are members of the Baptist Church, as was the first Mrs. Smith. The Doctor 
has been a member since 1830, and organized the first Sunday school. He was
the first man to advocate temperance in the county, and has always taken an
active interest in church affairs. He was the first president of the boark 
of medical directors of Clark County. He is a Council Mason. Politically he
is a constutional and old line Whig. He was a Jackson man, casting his     
first vote for Gen. Jackson. After that he was a Whig, opposed to          
sucession, and since the organization he has been a stanch Republican,     
voting that ticket in all national affairs, but in county politics he votes
to the best interests of his county ... Father: Millington SMITH b: abt.   
1760 in Edgecombe, North Carolina. Mother: Barbara BARTON b: 1780 in       
Edgecombe, North Carolina. Marriage 1, Margaret JANES b: 10 OCT 1815 in    
Lawrence (County), Arkansas. Married: 29 AUG 1833 in Arkansas. Children:   
William J. SMITH; Willis S. SMITH, Jr.; James B. SMITH b: 3 FEB 1843 in    
Clark (County), Arkansas; Mary Ann SMITH b: JUL 1845 in Clark (County),    
Arkansas; Margaret C. SMITH b: 24 SEP 1847 in Clark (County), Arkansas;    
John Peck SMITH b: 25 JAN 1850 in Clark (County), Arkansas; Isaac W. SMITH 
b: 16 FEB 1855 in Clark (County), Arkansas. Marriage 2, Martha ATKINS b:   
15 DEC 1829 in Lawrence Dist., South Carolina. Married: 1 JUL 1855 in      
Clark (County), Arkansas. Children: Martha E. SMITH b: in Clark (County),  
Arkansas; Laura SMITH b: in Clark (County), Arkansas; Henry C. SMITH b: in 
Clark (County), Arkansas; Daniel W. SMITH b: in Clark (County), Arkansas;  
Fannie SMITH b: in Clark (County), Arkansas; Millington SMITH b: aft. 1855 
in Clark (County), Arkansas; Adonis SMITH b: 4 FEB 1871 in Whelen, Clark,  
Arkansas. Source: Rootsweb WorldConnect Project, Noma L Henderson's        
Gedfiles DECEMBER 28 2006. Updated: 2006-12-28 14:59:13 UTC (Thu). Contact:
Noma L. Henderson  

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