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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dade 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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John D. Smith, produce dealer, and express agent of Lockwood since the express office was opened in 1881, was born in Henry County, Tenn., in 1851, and is the son of John W. and Elizabeth (Haynes) Smith. John W. Smith was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in 1811, and his wife was born in Robertson County, of the same State, in 1809. They were married in Henry County, and with the exception of a few years in Carroll County, Tenn., spent the remainder of their lives in Henry County. The mother died in September, 1868, and the father in October of the same year. Mr. Smith was justice of the peace for eighteen years in Henry County, Tenn., and was constable for a number of years in Carroll County. John D. Smith is the youngest of three sons and three daughters. He received a liberal education in the common schools, and after the death of his father began farming for himself. In 1870 he went to Weakley County, where he was married, in 1872, to Miss Nicie E., daughter of James O. and Mahala Walters, natives of Carroll and Weakley Counties, respectively. Mr. Walters died in the last named county, in 1881, but Mrs. Walters is still living there. To Mr. and Mrs. Smith were born six children. In 1881 Mr. Smith came to Lockwood, where he has since been engaged in his present business. He is a good business man and a prominent citizen. He is a Democrat in politics, and his first vote was for Horace Greeley in 1872. He has a good home in Lockwood. He and Mrs. Smith have been members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for many years.

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This family biography is one of 68 biographies included in The History of Dade County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dade County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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