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Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Smith

From History of Jefferson County, Illinois, FHL film 0825579, page
108. Printed 1883

reat-grandson of Abraham and Joanna Smith, who settled in North Carolina.
They had the following children born to them in Tyrrell County, that State,
viz.: Ann, born February 6, 177l; Joanna, January 23, 1774; Isaac, January
19, 1779; Ananias, December 17, 1780; Zilpha, April 10, 1782; Euphemia,
November 1, 1783; Loef, March 2, 1789; Azilla, October 4, 1792; and Jose, 
February 12, 1797. The third child of this family, Isaac, was the grandfather 
of our subject. This child grew to manhood in North Carolina, and there married
Millie Hassle. The twain came to Tennessee and settled in Hickman County,
where unto them were born nine children among them Anderson, the father
of our subject, who was born February 6, 1811 and Jesse H., whose sketch appears
elsewhere in this work. Isaac came to this county with his family about
1829,and settled in Spring Garden Township, near where the subject now resides,
where he died about 1850. The father of our subject grew to manhood in this country 
and married a Miss Elizabeth Hopper, who was born in Middle Tennessee January 18, 1811. 
She was a daughter of Thomas Hopper, who came to this county in a very early
day, probably about 1820. The parents of our subject also settled near
where the latter now resides, and there subject was born August 29, 1838. The
parents lived in this county until a ripe old age. The mother peacefully passed
away March 22, 1870, and the father, who for fifteen years before his death
had been Deacon of the Spring Garden Baptist Church, died May 3, 1872. 

Our subject attended both the subscription and free schools of this county
until about twenty-one and then worked at home about one year and then
located on his present farm, a piece of land that had been entered by his father,
and of whom our subject afterward purchased it. He now owns about 400 acres
in Sections 1,2,3, and 12, of Township 4, Range 3 east; has about 240 under
cultivation and thirty in orchard. 

Mr. Smith was married January 24, 1860, to Elizabeth Shirley, a daughter
of Russell and Jinca (Allan) Shirley. The father was a native of Hamilton
County, Ill., and the mother of Macon County, North Carolina. The result
of this union has been twelve children, of whom nine are living - Isaac
N., born February 6, 1862; George H., May 19, 1863; Seth T., June 7, 1865;
Charles E., March 13, 1869; Judson A., April 6, 1871; Ellis Lee, April 28, 1877;
Ollie J., February 17, 1873; Ornie, September 26, 1879; Rado, December 19, 1881. 
Of the deceased children, William D. was born September 14, 1860 and
died September 14, 1867; Mary F., born May 2, 1867, died December 3, 1869;
and an infant born April 28, 1877, and died May 5 of the same year.

Our subject has been a member of the County Board of Supervisors, also
served as Road Commissioner, School Director, etc. Is a member of Ham's Grove
Lodge, No. 405, I.O.O.F., has served in the different offices of that organization,
and is now Past Grand; has also been representative two years at the Grand
Lodge. In politics, Mr. Smith is a Greenbacker.

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