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hiSTORY OF DALLAS COU.NTY. :361~~~~~~~~_
Louisiana, December -2, 1889, to Lucy A.
Oliver, a native of Louisiana and a daughter
of Theotrie and Lucy (Holloway) Oliver, natives
of South Carolina, who in 1850 emigrated
to the above parish. Mr. Oliver, a
planter, resided at his Louisiana home until his
death. His widow resides with the subject
of this sketch. Mr. Harrell has had eight
children, of whom seven are living, namely:
May L., Ella, Harmon, Anna, Willie, Belle
ARGARET S. SMITH, who resides
in precinct No. 1, Dallas county, is
the widow of Joseph L. Smith. His
father, the Rev. James A. Smith, moved to
Texas in 1847, coming from Tishomingo
county, Mississippi, and settling in Dallas
county, about eight miles north of this city.
He was a local preacher of the Methodist
Episcopal Church South, with four appointments
in the county. He was accompanied to
tlis State by his wife and three children:
Wesley, Joseph L. and Robert. Wesley
married Sarah Ann Wilbun, and they had
seven children, all of whom are now living.
Joseph L. married the subject of this sketch
in Dallas, in 1853, she being the daughter
of the late John M. Daniel, of Tennessee,
a sketch of whom will be found in this work.
They had five children, three now living,
viz.: James A-, who married Mattie M. Layton,
of Dallas, and they had one daughter,
Lillian: Fannie, who married H. B. Johnston,
of Dallas, and they have two children;
Sophronia A., who married a Mr. Moore of
Dallas; Robert Smith, the third son of Rev.
James A. Smith, married a Miss Winn, of
Before the late Civil war Joseph L. Smith
was a salesman in the city of Dallas, and was
also for some years a Justice of thie Peace,
and as such had the reputation of being a
magistrate of rare judgment, whose decisions
were relied upon as clear, equitable and just.
At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted
in Colonel Stone's Regiment, with whom
he served two years, taking part in the battle
of Elkhorn, and was also in several engagements
with hostile Indians in tile territory.
His regiment crossed the Mississippi and came
under the command of Colonel Ross, being
then mounted as cavalry. This command was
engaged at Corinth, and in several other important
battles. Mr. Smith returned homo
on account of sickness, caused by privation
and exposure, and after having recovered his
health he joined Colonel Gurley's Con mand,
Gano's Brigade, and served principally in
Arkansas and Indian Territory. In this last
command he formed and commtanded Company
I, and held a commission as Captain
when his command was mustered out. After
the close of the war he returned home, where
he died in 1867, at the age of thirty-five
years. During the last two years of the war,
while her husband was in the field, Mrs.
Smith took a few negroes and settled on a
farm five miles north of Dallas, where she
was engaged in farming. She subsequently
purchased a farm eight miles north of Dallas,
consisting of 300 acres, which she has since
divided among her children, but retains
seventy acres for a homestead. Joseph L.
Smith always took a lively interest in public
affairs, and, though not a politician, he was
active and alert in matters affecting the best
interests of the county. He was a member of
the Masonic order, being at the time of his
death a Knight Templar, and his family are
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church
Margaret S. Smith, our subject, came to
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