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He was commissioned First Lieutenant of
,Captain Carrington's company, and served in
the trans-Mississippi Department; he was
later transferred to the Rio Grande country,
and his company drew the last rations issued
by the Confederate government. Before the
war he was elected County Commissioner, and
frequently held the office of Justice of the
Peace, conducting the affairs of this office
with entire satisfaction to the public. His
name was presented as a.candidate for the
Fourteenth General Assembly of the State of
Texas, to which lie was elected. Recognizing
his superior ability and unusual fitness for
the management of public business, lie was
returned to the Sixteenth, .Eighteenth, Nineteenth
and Twenty-first Assemblies. He introduced
the bill that gave Texas her magnificent
capitol; he was largely instrumental
in passing the bill creating an endowment
fund for the State University, and was especially
the representative of the agricultural
interests of the State; he labored zealously
for the passage of the laws looking to the
amelioration of the condition of farmers.
Possessing a wide and deep sympathy for the
sufferings of humanity he was every ready to
lend assistance to the needy and distressed,
and his charities extended to all classes. He
was one of the most extensive farmers of the
county, and owned besides his homestead of
700 acres lands in Travis and Hays counties,
aggregating 2,000 acres. He was a prominent
Mason, belonging to the order of Knight
Templars.
He returned to Tennessee in 1856, and
there the 23d day of October was united in
marriage to Mary S. Mann, a daughter of
Matthew Robinson Mann. Mr. Mann was a
native of Virginia, and was left an orphan in
childhood, his mother dying whet he was
three weeks old, and his father pas ng away a

few years later. He married Elizabeth Turner,
a daughter of Captain John Turner, of the war
of 1812. and of this union ten children were
born: Newton, Martha E., deceased, was
the wife of Benjamin Frame; Samira Ann,
deceased, was the wife of Charles Woods;
Judith Eveline, deceased, married John W.
Syler; John Turner, deceased; Sarah, died in .
early life; Mary S., born April 18, 1838, is
the wife of the subject of this sketch; Mattflew
R. died in military prison at Fort Donelson;
Susan, deceased, was the wife of a
Mr. Syler; Ruth, the youngest, married Joe
Syler.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith had born to them a
family of twelve children: Elizabeth Alma, /
born August 20, 1857, is the wife of Robert
F. Roundtree (deceased), and the mother of six
children; William Stark, born October 7,
1859, resides in Los Angeles, California; he
married Novella, a daughter of Dr. Stovall;
Nancy, born April 15, 1862, is the wife of
William H. Thaxton (see sketch); Matthew
Mann Smith is a graduate of the State University
and of Jefferson Medical College,
Philadelphia, and practices in Austin; James
N., a graduate of the State University, is
practicing law in Austin; John Turner, born
March 2, 1870, was educated as a civil engineer;
Wade Morris, born August 6,1872, is
a student at the State University; Mary
Leonora, born December 31, 1874, is also a
student at the State University; Felix Ezelle
was born October 31, 1876; Lewis and Lawrence,
twins, were born November 24, 1878';
Lawrence died at birth, and Lewis at the age
of two years; Georgie Ruth was born March
11, 1884.
The Rev. William S. Smith, father of the
Hon. Felix F. Smith, was born in Caswell
county, North Carolina, in 1797, the youngest
son of William and Mary Smith, natives of

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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed April 19, 2015.