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 Page: 390
that church in his eighteenth year, and holdink
in the same the office of trustee. He
has also been Chaplain in the I. 0. 0. F. for
several years. Mr. and Mrs. Whittenburg
celebrated their golden wedding in 1890,
since which time the former has carried a
gold watch and gold-headed cane. Fifty
years ago, with loving hearts and an unwavering
trust in a kind Providence, these good
old people started together on life's pilgrimage,
and lovingly, hand and hand, have journeyed
on year after year, at times chastened
by affliction, then again cheered by the smiling
face and the rich blessings of their Heavenly
"Fifty years together, each faithful and true;
Fifty years together, here your vows renew;
Fifty years together, may the rest of the way
Ever prove to you a bright golden day."
(OHN A. SMITH, a successful farmer
r esid i ng near Branchvil]e, Milam county,
is a native of Texas, having been
born in Washington county, February 25,
1851, and is a son of Ruben A. Smith, who
was born in Twiggs county, Georgia, October
8, 1817. Ruben A. Smith was a son of
James B. Smith, whose parents were early
settlers of Georgia. James B. Smith married
Penelope Anderson, by whom he had six
children, of whom Ruben A. was the eldest,
the others being: Margaret, now Mrs. Delespin,
of Palestine, Texas; Mary, now Mrs.
Blankenship, of Pine Apple, Alabama; Nannie,
now Mrs. Atwater, of Thomaston, Georgia;
Amranda, who died unmarried; and John
A., who was killed in the Confederate service
at Chickamauga in 1863.
Ruben A. Smith married Julia M6eley, a
daughter of. Robert S. Moseley, of Mont
gomery, Alabama, by whom he had four
children: James A., who died unmarried
September 21, 1892, in Milam county; Ruben
A., who now lives in this county; John A.,
the subject of this notice; and Amanda, the
wife of W. 0. Willingham, of Llano county,
this State. The wife and mother died in
1854, and the father later married Miss Parmelia
Young, and to this union four children
were born: Mary, who is the wife of W. 0.
Weise, of Milam county; Susie, the wife of
G. tK. Vinson, of this county; Julia, who is
unmarried; and one child that died in infancy.
Ruben A. Smith moved to Texas in 1850,
up to which time he had resided in Georgia,
where he had been engaged in teaching
school and in bookkeeping. The first year
after moving to this State he resided in
Washington county. He then moved to
Milam county, purchasing land near Port
Sullivan, on which he settled and engaged in
agricultural pursuits. He died at his home
in this county March 10, 1870, and was buried
at the old burying-ground at Port Sullivan.
Having enjoyed exceptionally good opportunities
for obtaining an education in his
youth, which he improved to good advantage,
he became a man of wide information and
was a successful man of business. He served
Milam county as Commissioner for a number
of years, and was a faithful and popular official.
He was a member of the Masonic fraternity,
in which he took great interest, and
was buried with the honors of that order.
John A. Smith was an infant when his
father moved to Milam county. Hid childhood
was passed in the vicinity of where he
now lives, his time being divided in youth
between the labors of the farm and his attendance
at the local schools. He early engaged
in farming and stock-raising pursuits,
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