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Thomas B. Nesmith, attorney-at-law, at Vernon, Lamar County, Ala. is a native of this state, born in Morgan county, June 13, 1832.  His parents were THOMAS and ELIZABETH (ROBERTS) NESMITH, natives, respectively of South Carolina and Tennessee; his paternal grandparents were ALEXANDER and ELIZABETH (MARTIN) NESMITH, and his maternal grandfather was ZACHEUS ROBERTS of Pennsylvania.  His paternal great-grandfather, THOMAS NESMITH, was a hero of the American Revolution, and was one of the earliest settlers of Alabama.  His father, THOMAS NESMITH, came to Morgan county, Ala. with his father, ALEXANDER NESMITH, in 1824 and here passed the remainder of his life. THOMAS B. NESMITH was educated at private schools in his native county, and taught school two years and at the age of twenty-three entered the academy at Somerville, studied there one year, then for seven years taught school, studying law in the meanwhile.  He began the practice in 1866 at Pikeville, then the county seat of Marion County and for ten years, met with unvarying success and enhancing reputation; in 1876 he removed to Vernon, the county seat of Lamar county, where he has since resided in active and lucrative practice, holding rank with the ablest lawyers of the county. Mr. NESMITH has always been prominent as a member of the democratic party and has enjoyed its confidence to a marked degree.  For nine years he was county solicitor of Marion, and during that period was county superintendent of public instruction; was a delegate to the state constitutional convention; was general county administrator for several terms, and was solicitor for the third judicial circuit for four years, 1876 - 80.  He represented Lamar county in the state legislature in 1882-83, and in 1884-85. and has held several offices of less importance, in all cases serving with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of his constituents.  In addition to the performance of his legal duties and official functions, Mr. NESMITH also gives considerable attention to agriculture, having 200 acres of land in a fine state of cultivation.  He owns 3,800 acres of which at least 800 acres are underlaid with first-class coal.  Mr. NESMITH was united in marriage June 11, 1869 to Miss MINNIE C. MCLAIN, a native of Alabama, and daughter of ALLEN B. MCLAIN. He had the misfortune, however, to lose his amiable wife, June 7, 1882, when she died in the Methodist Episcopal faith, the mother of four children: ALLEN (deceased), CHRISTOPHER C. DAISY, and THOMAS B.  Mr. NESMITH is likewise a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, south, and is a freemason and an Odd Fellow.  His standing is high, professionally and socially and he is public spirited, liberal and philanthropic, contributing freely of his means to churches, schools, and other public institutions.
Source: From Memorial Record of Alabama. By Hannis Taylor, Brant & Fuller, Publishers, Madison,   Wis. 1893.Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

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