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Below is a family biography included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Lewis C. Smith, a farmer and stock-raiser of Johnson Township, Maries County, was born in Gasconade County, Mo., in 1857, and is a son of Isaac and Catherine (Hall) Smith, natives respectively of Virginia and Tennessee, who removed to Pike County, Mo., in an early day, and afterward to Gasconade County, settling on Hibler’s Prairie. Mrs. Catherine Smith died in 1862, and in 1867 Mr. Smith removed to Maries County, where he lived until his death, which occurred July 3, 1881, at Lane’s Prairie. The parents were both members of the Baptist Church for many years. Lewis C. Smith was the youngest of a family of five sons and two daughters, and received his education at the common schools. He came to Maries County with his father in 1867, and the following year married Georgie, daughter of John and Rebecca Smith, the former a native of St. Louis, where he was married and whence he subsequently removed to Gasconade County, Mo., going to California in an early day. Mrs. Rebecca Smith is still living in Gasconade County. Our subject and wife are the parents of five children. Since his marriage Lewis C. Smith has lived on his present farm at Lane’s Prairie, which contains 280 acres, 170 acres of which are under cultivation. He is one of the well-to-do and enterprising farmers of Johnson Township, and his farm is one of the oldest and best improved on Lane’s Prairie. Mr. Lewis Smith is a Democrat in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for Greeley in 1872.

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This family biography is one of 37 biographies included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Maries County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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