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Rev. Edward Smith

Male 1845 - 1934  (89 years)


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  • Name Edward Smith  [1
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 17 Oct 1845  Vernon Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Oct 1934  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Fairmount Cemetery, Yellowpine, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Grandson of Benjamin Garlington and Caroline Cynthia Vick of Newton County, Texas.

      SABINE COUNTY REPORTER
      June 1, 2005
      Fairmount Cemetery marker dedication set

      "Edward Smith served as a postmaster in Fairmount. He was also an ordained minister serving area churches for 31 years, including a tenure at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church located not far from Fairmount Cemetery."

      SABINE COUNTY REPORTER
      January 18, 2006
      All Things Historical by Bob Bowman

      Edward Smith deserves his own place in history. Born in Vernon Parish, LA, in 1845 he moved to Newton County, Texas with his parents as a small boy. When he reached 18, he enlisted in the Confederate Army to fight in the Civil War. When federal naval forces approached the Texas coast, Smith and others in his company pushed through the East Texas swamps to reinforce Lieutenant Dick Dowling and his Texas forces at Sabine Pass. With only 40 men, they helped beat back an invasion by federal troops. The battle, the only one ever fought on East Texas soil, saw Smith, Dowling and fellow soldiers outnumbered 100 to one. Despite overwhelming odds, the Texans had no deaths or injuries while the federal force of 27 ships had about 400 mend injured, captured or killed. The Texans were so fierce that the battle lasted only 45 minutes. Following the end of the Civil War, Edward Smith came home to Fairmount, served as its postmaster for 25 years, and became a Baptist preacher. He and his wife and many of their 13 children are buried in the Fairmount cemetery. So are his parents and his wife's mother. His descendants have another story of his bravery. Edward and his dogs were cornered by a bear in the woods near his home. Edward scrambled up a tree and when the bear started climbing after him, Edward whipped otu his pocketknife and slashed the bear's head and paws, while to dogs nipped at the bear's heels. After the dogs started to chase the bear, Edward was able to climb down and run home.
    Person ID I3125  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father John Hillis Smith, Sr.,   b. 30 Dec 1811, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1891, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Zeroine Garlington,   b. 10 Jan 1823, Copiah County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1889, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married Abt 1841  Sabine Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1832  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Jane Smith,   b. 17 Jun 1847, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1926  (Age 79 years) 
    Married Abt 1865  Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • On the 1870 Sabine County, Texas census, Edward and Mary Jane Smith also had unnamed 1 month old twins.
    Children 
     1. Mary Elizabeth Smith,   b. 9 Jan 1867, Fairmount Community, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1939, Milam, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Obediah Hillis Smith, Sr.,   b. Sep 1868, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1954  (Age ~ 85 years)
     3. Thomas J. Smith,   b. 2 Aug 1870,   d. 5 Feb 1951, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     4. Hannah Elizabeth Smith,   b. 2 Aug 1870,   d. 25 Apr 1951  (Age 80 years)
     5. Eli Elijah Smith,   b. 10 Dec 1872,   d. 11 Nov 1874, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     6. Martha Rosella Smith,   b. 29 Dec 1874, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1951, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     7. Amos Asa Smith,   b. 10 Jan 1877,   d. 16 Jul 1965  (Age 88 years)
     8. Giles Edward "Ned" Smith,   b. 20 Feb 1879,   d. 30 Aug 1966  (Age 87 years)
     9. Celia Nancy Smith,   b. 21 Mar 1881, Fairmount Community, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1963, Fairmount Community, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     10. Josh Erwin Smith,   b. Apr 1883, Yellowpine, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1968, Yellowpine, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)
     11. Minnie Caroline Smith,   b. 15 Jan 1886, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1971, Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     12. John Mikel Smith,   b. 15 Apr 1888,   d. 2 Aug 1889  (Age 1 years)
     13. Lorena Zerowine Smith,   b. 25 Jan 1890, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1958  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F1831  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Oct 1845 - Vernon Parish, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1865 - Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Oct 1934 - Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Fairmount Cemetery, Yellowpine, Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S461] White & Toole, "Sabine County Historical Sketches and Genealogical Records" c. 1972.

    2. [S430] Toole & Speights "1880 Population Census Sabine County, Texas".

    3. [S667] RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project, (The WorldConnect Project is a set of tools, which allow users to upload, modify, link, and display their family trees as a means to share their genealogy with other researchers. The program used to day has a genealogy of its own. RootsWeb announced the launch of the World Connect Project on November 10, 1999 after staff members and users submitted 5.5 million records during a four-week beta-testing period. The WorldConnect Project continues to grow, and as of January 2004 had more than 312 million records. GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunications. It is a file format developed by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). It provides a flexible and uniform format for exchanging computerized genealogical data, and allows you to share files with other researchers who may not use the same genealogy program.).