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SMITH, HENRY MADISON (1817–1882). Henry Madison Smith, soldier, was born in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, on November 17, 1817. He was the first child of Hanna (Parker) and Gen. James Smithqv. His father returned with his family in 1819 to Lincoln County, Tennessee, where Henry spent his youth and received his education. It is thought that Henry Smith traveled to Nacogdoches, Texas, with his father on a trip to purchase land in 1835. They then returned to Tennessee to bring the family to Texas. The family moved ahead to Texas, and Henry followed with the troops that his father brought from Tennessee and Alabama to fight against Mexico. They arrived at Nacogdoches in March 1836, and Henry served in the cavalry troop of General Smith from April 11 until July 23, 1836. In the aftermath of the battle of San Jacinto, he, with his father's troops, faced the enemy in the Victoria area with Gen. Thomas J. Rusk. Henry Smith served Texas again with the mounted volunteers under General Smith during the fall of 1838 against Indians. He commanded his own company in the Army of the Republic of Texas under Maj. B. C. Waters during the battle of the Neches in August 1839, where he was severely wounded. He also served as adjutant major under Cage Douglas. Smith married Sarah S. Hall on January 9, 1840. He owned a league and a labor of land in Rusk County near Henderson and was one of the town's early businessmen. He moved to Coryell County in 1860 and was a large land holder near the site of present Oglesby. He served as justice of the peace and was a county commissioner of precinct one from 1874 to 1876. Deed records show that on March 23, 1874, he and his wife gave a parcel of land at Oglesby for a church and school. The Primitive Baptist Church, of which they were members, was to use it on the fourth Sabbath and the other denominations would be free to use it at other times. Of the fourteen children born to them only seven survived to maturity. Smith died on December 9, 1882, and is buried three miles south of Oglesby in Post Oak Cemetery.

L. L. Stevens

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