Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 398 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS OOUNTY.
Dallas at an early day. To them five children
have been born, four of whom are living.
William Calvin, Roburta, Eula and Earl.
James Moody died at the age of two years
and a half.
While Mr. Overton is engaged in general
farming, he gives special attention to stock,
having a fine herd of Durham cattle, and
Berkshire hogs. His political affiliations are
with the Democratic party.
R. J. B. SMOOT, a promising young
physician and surgeon of Dallas, was
born in Collin county, Texas, February
20, 1867, son of W. B. and Lizzie (Bozarth)
Smoot, natives of Virginia and Missouri respectively.
His father came from Howard
county, Missouri, to Texas in 1861, and settled
in Collin county, where he was engaged
in farming and stock-raising, being especially
interested in the latter occupation. He did
his part toward opening up the way for the
progress of civilization in this section of the
country. His death occurred in 1867, at
about the age of fifty years. His widow is
still living, and is now a resident of Plano,
this State. She is a member of the Christian
Church at Plano. She was his second
wife, and is the mother of two sons, Walter
and J. B. The former died at the age of
twenty-seven years. At the time of his
death he was engaged in the livery business
at Quanah, Hardeman county, Texas.
Dr. J. B. Smoot received his education at
Thorp's Spring; at Carlton College and at
Bonham, Texas; also attended Christian College,
at Canton, Missouri. While at Canton
he began the study of medicine under the
instruction of Dr. M. A. Atkinson, of that
place. Afterward he entered Beaumont
Hospital Medical College at St. Louis, where.
he graduated in March, 1888. He then remained
there in charge of the medical clinic
until November. Returning to Texas, he
located in Dallas, where he has since been
engaged in the practice of his profession,
meeting with marked success. Heis a member
of the Dallas Co.unty Medical Association.
Dr. Smoot was married December 9, 1891,
to Miss Marie E. Tyler, daughter of W. M.
and Dixie Tyler, the latter being a daughter
of Judge P. S. Lannaen, of St. Louis, Missouri.
To Mr. and Mrs. Tyler were born
four children, viz.: Walter, William, Mary
E. and P. L. William died in 1891, at the
age of twenty-three years. Mrs. Tyler was
married in 1890, to Joseph A. Wherry, City
Registrar of St. Louis.
The Doctor is a member of the K. of P;
order, having passed all the chairs in his
lodge up to that of V. C., which position he
now occupies. A man of pleasing address,
scholarly attainments and professional ability,
Dr. Smoot bids fair to make his mark in the
world. Although only a recent accession to
Dallas, he has gained the confidence of the
people here and, both as a physician and a
citizen, he is held in high regard by all who
LBERT C. VINING traces his ancestry
back to 1776, when his paternal
grandfather, Benjamin Vining, was
born. He served in the war of 1812 and lived
to a ripe old age, dying in 1862. Mr. Vining's
father, Cosby Vining, was born' in Murray
county, Georgia, in 1801, and remained there
until 1838, when he moved to Cherokee
county, Alabama. In 1839 he came toTexas
and located in Cherokee county, where he
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/398/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.