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512 HISTORY OF TEXA3.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
of her life were blended until his death. Mr.$
Le*is was born in Tennessee, January 2,
1812, and was reared in his native State. He
was a son of William Lewis, a native of Virginia
and by occupation a blacksmith, which
trade he followed in connection with farming.
He owned many slaves and was a
wealthy and prominent man. George R.
Lewis was a natural mechanic. He could
make almost anything out of wood or iron,
and did his own work of that kind on the
farm, as he was engaged in farming all his
life. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis removed from
Arkansas to Texas in 1852, arriving in
Burleson county on the 1st of June. Their
family at that time consisted of six children.
They brought with them their slaves, some
stock, etc , and here in this county Mr. Lewis
developed two farms. He sold his first farm
and some slaves and was swindled out of the
proceeds. This loss so worked on his mind
that it distracted him and led to his death by
suicide in March, 1860. At the time of his
death he had 350 acres of land. which he left
to his widow and children. Under these sad
circumstances Mrs. Lewis took upon herself
the management of the farm and the rearing
of her large family of children. These she
raised, educated and kept together until one
by one they married and left her, and as they
settled in life she gave each one of them a
start. All of her nine children grew to adult
years. They are as follows: Sarah, who was
twice mnrrried, and who died leaving an only
child; John R., a resident of Nolan county;
Christianna, wife of Paul R. Valentine, is
deceased; Jennie, who died at the age of
twenty-two unmarried; Maggie, wife of
James Lewis; Lou, wife of Silas Valentine;
George A., a prominent farmer and stockraiser
of Burleson county; Alice, #ife of
Taylor Keene, a resident of Alabama; and
Willie, wife of James W. Winn, of Tom
Green county, this State. Mrs. Lewis has
fifty grandchildren. All of her family occupy
honorable and useful positions in life.
Her son-in-law, Mr. Lewis, now has charge
of her farm, and he and his family reside
with her at the old homestead.
The religious connection of the family is
with the Baptist Church, Mrs. Lewis having
belonged to this church since 1854, and having
raised all of hei children under its influence,
and to it one of her sons and all of her
daughters and sons-in-law belong.
d P. SMITH, a well-to-do farmer and
^ stock-raiser of Burleson county, was
born in Broome county, New York,
October 2, 1824. His parents were Neomiah
and Ruth Smith, who were natives of Massachusetts.
He was the fourth-born in a family
of six children, and the only one of that
number who, so far as is known, ever became
a resident of this State. Mr. Smith had a
varied experience when a young man. leaving
home at an early age, since which time he
has lost sight of his people, and in consequence
knows but little of them. His father
being a woolen manufacturer the son was
taught that trade, spending most of his youth
in the factory and receiving but little education.
At the age of twenty-one his father
gave him $5, and, telling him that he was
now master of a good trade, suggested that
he strike out and begin the serious duties of
life for himself.
Young Smith's first trip was to Baltimore,
Maryland. He had been at that place only
a short time when he decided to visit an uncle
in Michigan. A few months were spent in
that State, when he went to the lumber
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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/m1/552/: accessed January 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .