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George Washington Smith, Jr
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Birth: Jun. 30, 1860
Death: Apr. 6, 1940

George Washington Smith Jr. (June 30, 1860, Meadow Creek, W.Va./April 6, 1940, Raleigh County, W.Va.) was a son of George Sr. (Dec. 12, 1826/ Jan. 19, 1862) and Catherine (Kate) Bennett (November 1825, Greenbrier County, W.Va./Nov. 7, 1904, Raleigh County).

George had 16 children. He and first wife Emily Alice Vandall had nine children: Bertha Jane Smith Surbaugh, Bessie Smith Arthur, Glenville E. Smith, Wayne Smith, Arthur Jackson Smith, Ada Smith Martin, Ola Ernest "Oley" Smith, Charles Ota (C.O. "Smitty") Smith Sr., and Emily Mae Smith Hutchinson. He and second wife Emma Catherine Biars had seven children: Kay Golda Smith Fox, Pearl Lora Smith Gwinn, Eda Flora "Edie" Smith Ellison, Earl George Smith, Everett Abraham Smith, Carl Eugene Smith and Ernest Sidney Smith.

Mr. Smith was the first postmaster of Abraham, Raleigh County, when the post office was organized in 1907. He was the postmaster for 35 years until he turned it over to his daughter Golda Fox. Mrs. Fox, George's last surviving child, died at age 99 in June 2009.

George Jr. and his brothers Ervin and General Marion Smith operated Smith Brothers, a large general merchandise store. The family also operated a grist mill and a sawmill. (Abraham Post Office Once Site of Booming Business, Beckley Post-Herald, Aug. 9, 1974, Page 13.)

"People came (from) far away to the store. He kept about anything people needed," said his daughter Eda Smith Ellison.

Nina Vest, then married to Percy Bennett, was a neighbor to George and wife Emma in Abraham, W.Va. Nina's sister Golda was married to their son Earl George.

In March 1992, Nina wrote a letter to niece Eva Smith that contained family history including the following:

"Mr. Smith (George Washington Smith Jr.) bought a truck (pickup) before he died say 3 yrs. Every time (his son) Earl and Golda used it to go home in he would tell them to take Nina. I thought a lot of him, I often think about getting to go home because of him. I guess that (is) where your dad (Earl) got his good deeds from. Mrs. Smith (Emma Biars Smith) liked me and after he (her husband George) died she was so lonely about 3 or 4 times a week she came down to my house and (ate) the evening meal with me. I have often wondered why she would eat at my home. I wasn't a good cook, didn't have much to eat like she did, nevertheless she was a faithful visitor and I really loved her. What she thought she said and lots of people didn't like it but she wouldn't lie so they couldn't stay angry long. Ha. Mr. Smith had a mill (grind corn..) he had a grocery store and was postmaster. So they had plenty. No one could really say anything mean about them. Your Aunt Pearl (Pearl Smith Gwinn), I dearly loved and she was beautiful, kept an immaculate house…Mr. Smith was the one who would always do things for people – just like your daddy. That could have been the reason he was so prosperous. You children lacked for nothing."

Photos and more information on the Smith and Biars families are online at http://wva.homestead.com

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  George Washington Smith (1826 - 1862)
  Catherine Bennett Smith (1825 - 1904)
 
 Spouses:
  Emma Smith Biars Runyon (1878 - 1967)
  Emily Alice Vandall Smith (1864 - 1905)*
 
 Children:
  Bertha Jane Smith Surbaugh (1882 - 1941)*
  Bessie Smith Arthur (1884 - 1955)*
  Glenville Everett Smith (1886 - 1952)*
  Wayne Smith (1888 - 1911)*
  Arthur Jackson Smith (1890 - 1956)*
  Ida Smith Martin (1892 - 1970)*
  Ola Ernest Smith (1894 - 1974)*
  Charles Ota Smith (1897 - 1978)*
  Emily Mae Smith Hutchison (1902 - 1952)*
  Katherine Golda Smith Fox (1909 - 2009)*
  Pearl Lora Smith Gwinn (1910 - 1962)*
  Eda Flora Smith Ellison (1912 - 2003)*
  Earl George Smith (1914 - 1986)*
  Carl Eugene Smith (1916 - 1995)*
  Everett Abraham Smith (1918 - 2003)*
  Ernest Sidney Smith (1919 - 1978)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Ballard Smith (1848 - 1907)*
  Frances Smith Carter (1849 - ____)*
  Nancy Jane Smith Adkins (1852 - 1893)*
  William Ballard Smith (1852 - 1907)*
  General Marion Smith (1854 - 1924)*
  Irvin J. Smith (1856 - 1940)*
  Mary Ann Smith Plumley (1858 - 1934)*
  George Washington Smith (1860 - 1940)
  Jacob Smith (1860 - ____)*
  Martha Caroline Smith Richmond (1865 - 1900)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery
Abraham
Raleigh County
West Virginia, USA
 
Maintained by: E.M. Smith
Originally Created by: Barb
Record added: Sep 06, 2007
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George Washington Smith, Jr
Added by: E.M. Smith
 
George Washington Smith, Jr
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George Washington Smith, Jr
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- Sherri Johnson
 Added: Jan. 3, 2015
My grandfather.
- E.M. Smith
 Added: Mar. 20, 2010
 
 
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