Maj. T. A. Smith, register of Henderson County, was born in Randolph County. N.C., July 6, 1817. He was the oldest son of Benjamin and Easter (Argo) Smith. The father was of Dutch origin, born in Richland County, S.C., in 1790; was married in North Carolina to a native of that State, who was born in Anson County in 1792 and died in 1861. Benjamin came to Tennessee in 1827, located in the Sixth District of Henderson County, where he purchased some property and engaged in agricultural pursuits. The last twenty years of his life were spent in the Eleventh District. His death occurred in the same year as that of his wife, 1861. They had a family of four sons and four daughters. The subject of this sketch was about ten years old when his parents came to Tennessee. He remained with them until his twenty-ninth year and for seven years kept "bachelor's hall." March 3, 1858, he married Miss Mary J. Campbell, who was born in Henderson County in 1841. They have seven children living: Mary E., wife of John White; Thomas B., Grant. Jennie O., Elizabeth, Lettie May and James H. When the war between the North and South was declared, Mr. Smith became one of the "boys in blue." He organized for the United States Army, Company A, Seventh Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry, and was elected captain of the company serving two months in that capacity, after which he was promoted to rank of major for his brave and meritorious conduct. He was twice captured, the first time at Trenton, and taken to Camp Chase, Ohio, where he was very sick and consequently sent home. He was captured the second time at Union City, and taken to several different prisons in the South, being retained about nine months, being paroled December, 1864, and mustered out at Washington, D.C., the winter of 1865. He is a stanch Republican and one of the leading and influential men of that party. From 1840 to 1848 was constable of the Eleventh District; was elected magistrate in 1849, serving two years; was census taker in 1870, for the county. In 1884 he was elected county register, and again called to the same office two years later, holding the position at the present time. He has been a faithful and conscientious public servant for many years, always giving satisfaction. The greatest portion of his life has been spent in Henderson County where he has won the esteem of the people. Since 1878 he has resided in the Tenth District, owning 464 acres of valuable land.

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