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Democrat of the old school, but votes for the
man and principle. Socially he is a Royal
Arch Mason, holding his membership in Mt.
Horeb Lodge, No. 187. He has filled all
the important offices in the blue lodge, and
some of the offices in the chapter. Religiously,
he is a Deacon in the Missionary
ENRY SMILIE, an old Texan and a
prosperous farmer residing on the
edge of the Brazos bottom in the
vicinity of Baileyville, Milam county,
is a native of Montgomery county, Alabama,
where he was born August, 1834. His parents
were Henry and Matilda Smilie, the
father being a South Carolinian by birth, the
place of the. mother's nativity not being
known. Both, however, descended from old
American stock, and their parents were early
settlers of Alabama. Henry Smilie and
Matilda May were married in Alabama and
there spent their lives, the wife dying in
Montgomery county about 1838 or 1839, and
the husband in Pike county in 1844, both in
middle life. The elder Smilie was a planter,
the possessor of considerable means, a man
of plain ways and uneventful life. He never.
held any public positions, and with the exception
of some service against the Indians when
a young man never figured in public affairs.
He and his wife were the parents of eight
children, of whom the subject of 'this sketch
is the fourth in age. The others are: Eugenia,
who is now the wife of Charles Burley,
and resides in Laredo, Texas; Robert, who
died in Alabama where his descendants now
reside; James, who was killed at the battle of
Gaines' Mill during the late war; Sarah Jane,
the present wife of J. R. Jones, of Milam
county; Jacob, a farmer of this county; Williain,
who was also killed at Gaines' Mill during
the late war; and Malinda, who died in
Henry Smilie was reared in Montgomery
county, Alabama, until he was fourteen years
old. His father then moving to Pike county,
his youth was passed in that county until he
was eighteen. -At that age, in 1852, he came
to Texas, in company with an older sister and
two brothers, being a part of a caravan which
was made up from Pike and Montgomery
counties and bound for the West. Locating
in Washington county, he remained there one
year, when he went to Robertson county.
There he resided until 1861, when he became
a citizen of Milam county, settling on what
is now known as the Muldrow place, near
Caddo Church, which he improved. He has
lived in this general vicinity since, having
bought, improved, and sold several times.
He settled on his present farm in 1866.
-This farm, consisting of 400 acres lying within
the forks of Pond creek and along the
Brazos river, nearly all of which is in cultivation,
is one of the finest bodies of land in
Milam county, being well improved and
highly productive. He has devoted most of
his life to farming, at which he has met with
reasonable success. In 1870 he put a ferry
on the Brazos river, which he conducted for
about seven years, discontinuing it about 1877.
Mr. Smilie enlisted in the Confederate
army during the late war, entering Bennett's
company and Elmore's regiment, with which
he was assigned to duty in the Transportation
Department, and served till the close
He married, in Milam county, in November,
1858, Miss M. 0. W. Huson, a native
of Rush county, this State, and by this
marriage has had five children, four of whom
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