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Smith, James T.

Posted by ceddleman 
Smith, James T.
February 24, 2007 09:28PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed.,
1886. Barren County.

JAMES T. SMITH was born in Tracy Precinct, September 18, 1835, and is
the eighth of five sons and five daughters born to James D. and Rebecca
(Higdon) Smith. James D. was born in North Carolina and reared in
Kentucky; he was a farmer, speculator and slave trader, and a soldier in
the war of 1812. He died in 1870, aged about seventy-seven years. His
father, Isaac Smith, was of Dutch descent; immigrated from North
Carolina about 1810, and settled in Barren County, Ky. James T. was
reared on the farm, and remained with his parents until arriving at
maturity, when he commenced for himself on a farm of 365 acres, given
him by his father, who, although he started life poor, had acquired a
handsome fortune, and owned 1,500 acres of fine lands in Barren County.
At the breaking out of the war, believing it to be his duty to go with
his county, James T. enlisted in September, 1861, in the company of
Capt. Isaac Smith, of the Sixth Kentucky Confederate Regiment under Col.
Lewis. In the battle of Shiloh he was wounded in the back by a shell
which disabled him from further service, and in the summer of 1862 he
was discharged. He returned home, and in the fall of that year went to
California; one year later to Idaho, where for two years he was engaged
in mining. In November, 1865, he returned home, and has since been
engaged in farming, and also deals considerably in shorthorn cattle.
February 15, 1872, he married Alice Renfro, of Barren County, Ky., a
daughter of S. M. and Sarah (Peden) Renfro, natives, respectively, of
Virginia and Kentucky. S. M. Renfro was a farmer and is now a merchant.
Mrs. Smith died in May, 1882, a member of the Reformed Church, and the
mother of two sons: Early D. and Wesley B. Mr. Smith has the old
homestead where he was born and reared, and which consists of 400 acres,
250 of which are cleared and improved, with a fine residence and
orchard. He is a member of the F. & A. M. Before the war he was a
Whig, but is now a Democrat.
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