John A. Smith, a prominent farmer and old resident of the Sixth District, was born March 6. 1819, in Randolph County, N.C., the second child of a family of four sons and four daughters born to Benjamin and Easter (Argo) Smith. The father was of Dutch origin, born 1790, in Richland County, S.C.; when an infant was taken to North Carolina where he remained several years and was married; in 1827 immigrated to Henderson County In the Sixth District, bought some property and carried on farming. The last twenty years of his life were spent in the Eleventh District. He died in 1861. His wife was born in Anson County, N.C., in 1792; departed this life the same year as her husband, 1861. John A. was but eight years of age when his parents came to Tennessee. He remained with them until twenty two years of age. March .4, 1841, he married a daughter of C. and Mary Robertson, Miss Mary Ann, who was born in Halifax County, Va., in 1825. To them eleven children were born: James F., William T., Joseph N., Zachariah T., Benjamin O., John P., George W., Mary C., Martha J., Christopher C. and Nancy A. After marriage, Mr. Smith bought 200 acres of land in the Eleventh District, and gave his attention to agricultural pursuits. In 1865 he purchased 700 acres in the Sixth District and settled where he has since resided. He has given 200 acres to his sons, and still has a fine tract left. Re has always been an enterprising and successful farmer, and a worthy, respected citizen. He is a Republican; gave his first vote for Harrison in 1840. Mr. and Mrs. Smith and five children are exemplary members of the Missionary Baptist Church.
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