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  • Name Willis S Smith 
    Born 10 Aug 1810  Logan, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Mar 1891  Rawls Hills Plantation, Clark, AR Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I25533  Smith Smyth Schmidt Smythe Smitt
    Branches/DNA Smith DNA GRP-R-M269-18 Smith Branch: George Smith b 1725/1730 IRE (2. Millington 3Thomas 4 Wiley)((YDNA-Kit*063)), Smith Branch: George Smith b 1725/1730 IRE (2. Willis 3. Millington )((YDNA-Kit*030))
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    Father Millington Smith,   b. 1760, Edgecomb Co NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1835, Johnson Co IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Barbara Barton,   b. 1780,   d. 1832  (Age 52 years) 
    Married Stewart Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family C e n s u s 1820  Johnson, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family C e n s u s 1830  Johnson, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F246  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Martha E Harris 
    Notes 
    • 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
    Children 
     1. Laura Smith,   b. 30 Nov 1865, Whelan Springs, AR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1943, Clark AR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 25 Jan 2013 10:50:42 
    Family ID F9242  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Aug 1810 - Logan, KY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Mar 1891 - Rawls Hills Plantation, Clark, AR Link to Google Earth
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    Biography of Willis S Smith b 1810 Todd KY


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