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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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Charles D. Smith was born in Belknap County, N. H., December 12, 1838. His father, Jeremiah Smith, was a native of the same State, and a physician by profession. His mother’s maiden name was Charlotte Drake, also of New Hampshire. There were three children in the family, of whom Charles D. was the youngest. He was reared in his native State until nineteen years of age, his time being largely occupied in attending school. In 1858 he removed to Washington County, Mo., and accepted a position with Boomer, Pride & Co., in the lumber business, remaining in their employ several years. In 1868 he engaged in business for himself. His mill is located on Lost Creek, in the western portion of the county, and he manufactures principally for local trade, having ready sale for all his products. Mr. Smith is a man of sterling business qualifications and merits the success that has thus far attended his career. He was married January 28, 1864, to Miss Lide Wallis, a native of Washington County and a daughter of George W. and Cynthia (Edger) Wallis, the former a native of Illinois, and the latter of Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have six children, viz.: Maud, Edward, George, Mary, Lottie and Ben Blewett. Maud was educated at the St. Louis Seminary, and Edward at the Manual Training School of Washington University.

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