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Smith, Daniel M.

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Smith, Daniel M.
March 12, 2007 09:55PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 2nd ed.,
1885, Butler Co.

DANIEL M. SMITH was born in Morgantown, Butler Co., Ky., December 14,
1811, and was the first white child born in that place. He is a son of
Jacob and Mary (Barker) Smith, the former of whom was a native of
Pennsylvania, and the latter of Maryland. They were of German and
English descent, respectively. When but a small boy Jacob Smith removed
with his mother to Maryland, his father, Adam Smith, being absent in the
Continental army during the Revolutionary war, where he remained
throughout the entire struggle, and was absent so long that his friends
had given him up as dead. In Maryland young Jacob received his early
education, but while yet a young man, in the latter part of the last
century, he immigrated to eastern Kentucky, coming down the Alleghany
and Ohio Rivers, first landing at Maysville, and from thence he removed
to Mercer County, Ky., where he was married in 1800. In early life he
learned the blacksmith trade, which he continued to follow, in connection
with farming, all his life. In 1808 he removed with his family to
Russellville, Logan County, Ky., where he remained some three years. In
the fall of 1811, he came to Morgantown (then just laid out), Butler
County, where he resided until his death, which occurred July 20, 1854,
in his eighty-second year. He and wife were devoted members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church for more than forty years. Daniel Morgan
Smith received such an education as the schools of the country afforded
in his youth. He was employed on his father's farm and in his shop
until he was twenty-five years old, after which he located a squatter's
claim, some seven miles east of Morgantown, Butler County, upon which he
erected a cabin and commenced to improve the farm, upon which he still
resides. Some years later he bought the land, and now owns a
well-improved farm of 180 acres. He has always given considerable
attention to the raising of stock. He has held the office of assessor,
and also of constable. He was married January 24, 1837, to Polly
Flener, a native of Butler County, Ky., who was born March 6, 1818.
Thirteen children blessed their union, nine of whom - four sons and five
daughters - are yet living, all of whom are married, except two sons.
Their names are as follows: Louisa J. Romans, Sallie Flener, Columbus B.,
Peplina Rogers, Berrilla Miligan, Powel C., Lavaga[?] A., Daniel Morgan,
Jr., and Paridine A. Flener. The maternal grandfather of our subject,
John Barker, was also a veteran in the Revolution. Mr. Smith belongs to
no church or secret order. In politics he is a Democrat.
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