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Biography of George M. Smith
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Was born in Roan, now Davie County, North Carolina, October 3, 1824. His father, John Smith, was a farmer and a native of North Carolina; his mother, whose maiden name was Prudence Smith, was a Virginian by birth, and was born at Norfolk. Both his. parents are dead, his mother dying in 1867, and his father in 1870. When George was twelve years old his parents removed from his native State to Rush County, Indiana, and there he was reared to manhood on a farm, and received such education as the early schools afforded. January 23, 1848, George M. Smith was united in marriage to Miss Sarah A. Murnan, daughter of Jacob Murnan. She was born in Franklin County, Indiana, February 22, 1824. After this marriage Mr. Smith removed to Hancock County, in the Hoosier State, where he lived and engaged in farming for five years, and then changed his place of residence to Richland County, Illinois. In the fall of 1858, after a five years sojourn, in the State of Illinois he migrated to Missouri, and settled upon a farm in this County, where he has since made his home. He owns a splendid farm of 340 acres of rich, productive land, well watered and improved, and gives his attention to general farming and stock-raising. He has 270 acres fenced, 195 under cultivation and seventy in timber.
Mr. Smith served in the Missouri State Militia, under Captain Woodruff during the war, and was promoted to the second lieutenant of his company He has served his township as justice of the peace and school director, and at present holds the latter office. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have become the parents of six children; named, respectively, Mary S., Sarah J., (now Mrs. Lafayette Stout, of Livingston County,) Harriet O. (now Mrs. George H. Brown,. of Jamesport), Jacob A., Cordilla A. and Isaac S. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members of the Christian Church.
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