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: 478
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
his profession has been rapid and confirmed,
and he stands at this time in the front ranks,
possessing the full confidence of the laity and
the respect and esteem of his professional
The Doctor has four children, the two older
girls, the two younger boys; and these bright
children and a pleasant home presided over
with grace, dignity and kindness by an intelligent
and most estimable wife, make his
home life a source of never-failing happiness.
Dr. Pope is company surgeon at Camerun
for the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway
and the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway;
is president of the Board of Examiners
(Medical) of the Twentieth Judicial District,
and is ex-president of the Milam County
While not a politician, the Doctor has a
large influence with the voters of his county,
and his assistance is eagerly sought by those
who aspire to office in the county or district.
In 1892 he was a delegate to the National
Republican convention at Minneapolis.
A. SMITH, a farmer in Williamson
county, is a son of P. P. and Martha
J. (Berryman) Smith. The
father was born in Buckingham county, Virginia,
in 1796, was there married in 1824,
and afterward moved to Cumberland county,
that State, where he died in 1847. He was
a Baptist clergyman by profession, and attained
such a prominent position in church
circles that his life was written and published
in book form. He made a fine reputation as
a revivalist. The Berrymans wer also a
noted family in Virginia, were vei wealthy,
and prominent in professional circles.
Many members of the family were ministers
in the Baptist church. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
were the parents of eight children,-Adaline,
deceased; Susan, deceased; Decker, who
died in a Federal prison during the late war;
W. A., the subject of this sketch; George L.,
a farmer and miner of Centerville, Colorado;
Elizabeth, deceased; Martha J., wife of Captain
George W. Minor, of Columbia, Cumberland
county, Virginia; and Mary M., deceased.
After the father's death the mother
married R. R. Minor, a noted Baptist minis,
ter. She died in 1879.
W. A. Smith was born in Buckingham
county, Virginia, September 5, 1831. At
the age of twenty-one years he engaged in
mercantile pursuits in Jackson, Missouri,
where he remained four years; then taught
school in St. Louis county, that State., three
years; next followed the same occupation in
Johnson county two years, and then entered
the Missouri State troops, which afterward
became a part of the regular Confederate
army, as a member of Captain King's cornpany,
Bateman's regiment. Mr. Smith took
part in the battles of Carthage and Oak
Hill, Missouri, and Elkhorn, Arkansas, soon
after which lie was appointed hospital steward,
and served in that capacity until the
close of the struggle. He then came to this
State, taught school -in Florence fourteen
years, and in 1881 moved to his present location.
He now owns 240 acres of good
land, 140 acres of which are cultivated. In
his political relations, he votes with the Democratic
party, and during the latter part of
1870 was elected County Superintendent of
Schools, and has also served as County Commissioner
six years, for the Third district.
Mr. Smith was married in Jackson, Missouri,
to Susan Brevard, who died one year
later. They had one child, also now deceased.
He was again married, March 17,
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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, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/513/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .