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Jesse Hassell Smith
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Birth: Sep. 14, 1823
Hickman County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jun. 4, 1892
Jefferson County
Illinois, USA

Jesse Hassell Smith was born in Hickman county, Tennessee, September 14, 1823. He was a son of Isaac and Millie Smith, both of whom were natives of Tyrrell county, North Carolina. He was the youngest of nine children and the last to follow to the better world. He had lived in this county since 1832. He was married on March 30, 1847 to Miss Eliza Jane Bliss. She died July 26, 1866. This union
was blessed with 10 children, three of whom preceded the father, while seven wait to follow him. Two of those who are dead died in infancy, while the other, that grand man of men, Dexter Smith, died at the age of 31 years.
The subject of this sketch was married again April 6, 1887, to Miss Isabelle Burch. He professed hope in the Lord Jesus Christ at a very early age and united with the Baptist church at old Pleasant Green. He was an earnest and faithful worker in this church for many long years, and was the honored clerk of the church when it dissolved. It may be said of him that he lived a very useful life. He died at his home in Moore's Prairie surrounded by children and loving friends June 4, 1892 at the age of 68 years, 8 months and 20 days. He was conscious of his death, that is that he was going to die and was not at all afraid to go and died without a struggle. Deceased was one of the most prominent, if not the most prominent citizens, of Moore's Prairie township.
The seven children left behind to feel and mourn a father's loss are: Harriet, wife of Ananias Knowles, of Moore's Prairie township; Florence, wife of Francis Knowles, of Spring Garden, Illinois. H. S. Smith, member of the county board of commissioners from Spring Garden township; Cora, wife of Wm. Rohrer, of Oklahoma; Kirby Smith, of this city, loved and respected by a large number of friends; Elnora, wife of Robert Roan, Jr. of Opdyke, Illinois, and A. Clark Smith, of Moore's Prairie, Illinois, all of whom are honored and honorable citizens of our country. Deceased has held many offices in the county and township of which he was a citizen, among which are coroner, sheriff, township trustee, supervisor and assessor.
He has been a member of the Baptist church for many, many long years.
His funeral was preached by the writer at Ham's Grove Baptist church June 5, 1892, to a large circle of relatives and friends. The procession was more than a mile in length. Bro. Smith has indeed so lived that when his summons came he approached his grave "like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams."
The wife and children desire to return their heartfelt thanks to all the kind friends who have aided them in bearing up under this hard stroke, by their presence and prayers, and especially to the choir of the First Baptist church of this city for their excellent music, and Bro. Kirby Smith, being a member of the choir, appreciated their presence.
The writer will long remember the dear brother. I have had many encouragements from Uncle Jesse, as I, and many others, familiarly called him. May God's blessings rest upon the dear bereaved ones and comfort all their hearts; and may we all live the life of the righteous, so that we may die the death of the same.
Peace be with his happy memory.
J. D. Hooker
Mount Vernon, Illinois. June 6, 1892
Family links: 
  Isaac Smith (1779 - 1855)
  Millie Ann Hassell Smith (1784 - 1869)
  Anna Isabelle Burch Smith (1854 - 1933)
  Eliza Jane Bliss Smith (1827 - 1866)*
  Lyman Dexter Smith (1849 - 1880)*
  Columbia Estella Smith (1854 - 1854)*
  Cora Adelia Smith Rohrer (1858 - 1956)*
  Kirby Brooks Smith (1860 - 1935)*
  Elnora Dixie Smith Roane (1862 - 1946)*
  Anson Clark Smith (1865 - 1938)*
  Joanna Smith Harvill (1808 - 1886)*
  Anderson Smith (1814 - 1872)*
  Jesse Hassell Smith (1823 - 1892)
  John Smith (1829 - 1854)*
*Calculated relationship
Smith Cemetery
Belle Rive
Jefferson County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Scott Lee
Record added: Jun 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92625760
Jesse Hassell Smith
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