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Biography of David M. Smith
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David M. Smith, one of the best men the writer ever knew, a man almost without a fault, and absolutely incorruptible. He died at his home in Sulphur Springs, with that awful scourge, cancer of the jaw; married Miss Lu Cade, as pure a woman as ever breathed the breath of life, an affectionate wife, a devoted mother and a sacrificing neighbor. William M. married Sallie Hopkins, daughter of Dave Hopkins. He lost his companion and afterwards married Neely Hay, daughter of Rev. Wm. Hay, she lived only eight months and passed to her long home, subsequently he married Elizabeth McAfee, a daughter of Capt. Wm. Pickens. She was a widow and most excellent lady; they have one child, a son, Welcome, a bright, intelligent lad of nine years of age. Miss Emma married Dr. Robuck and lives in Italy, Ellis County. She is the mother of eleven children, she is dead now, so are eight of her children. Josiah married Miss Lou Rogers and lives in Waxahachie, Ellis County. Miss Sallie lived to be grown and passed away. Miss Susie died at an early age. William lives in the vicinity where he was born and raised, and is a useful citizen in his neighborhood. He has engaged in farming and stocking and has been reasonably successful, although he has suffered many serious losses ; added to the calamity of the loss of his two wives. He stands misfortunes, trials and troubles with as much courage and fortitude as is common for manly men to do. He is kind hearted and possessed of a genial disposition, and makes all around him happy. His father was a great philanthropist, and will be remembered with feelings of gratitude by many of the old pioneer citizens of the county.
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