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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Lee B. Smith, a member of the firm of Ballard & Smith, South West City, Mo., was born in Catoosa County, Ga., on March 20, 1844. He is a son of Alexander Smith, a native of Blount County, Tenn., who died in McDonald County, Mo., on September 20, 1885. Lee B. Smith received his education in the common schools, and early adopted farming as a voca­tion. During the Civil War he served in the Confederate army, first in Company F, Twenty-sixth Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, and later in Company G, Twenty-ninth Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Cummings’ brigade, Gen. Stevenson’s division. Mr. Smith enlisted as a private, but came out with the rank of first lieutenant. For nearly two years he commanded his company, which surrendered with Johnston’s army at Greensborough, N. C. On January 24, 1867, Mr. Smith was married in Georgia to Florence C., a daughter of James Perry, who died in the Cherokee Nation at the age of eighty-four years. They are the parents of four children, viz.: Othie A., Leila Adah, Walter E. and Emmet B. In October, 1869, Mr. Smith and family located in the Indian Nation, settling on their present farm the following January. They have about 1,000 acres of fine prairie land, all under fence. Mr. Smith is Democratic in politics, but has never sought official honors. He is a Mason and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: McDonald County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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