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Capt Henry Madison Smith
Birth: Nov. 17, 1817
Spartanburg County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 1882
Oglesby
Coryell County
Texas, USA

BIOGRAPHY by HM Smith's Great Grandson: Henry Madison Smith, soldier, was born in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, on November 17, 1817. He was the first child of Hannah (Parker) and Gen. James Smith. 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 his father 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 Susannah 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. Henry M. Smith died on December 9, 1882, and is buried three miles south of Oglesby in Post Oak Cemetery. Biography by Reverend L. L. Stevens


There are two sons of Henry Madison and Sarah Hall Smith that we have never been able to find out when and where they died and where they are buried:

John P. Smith is enumerated in the 1850 US Census in Rusk County, Texas as a male age 4. He is also enumerated with the family in 1860 as a male age 13.

In the 1870 US Census, he is not enumerated with his parents and siblings. There is a remote possibility that this could be him in 1870, but I have found no proof and the name is only initials:

SMITH, J P (1870 U.S. Census)
TEXAS , SABINE, HEMPHILL
Age: 24, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: TX
Series: M593 Roll: 1604 Page: 1
enumerated 27 Jun 1870
Has a wife named Lenna A., age 20 born in Texas

The other missing son is:
Thomas J. Smith born about 1856, probably in Rusk County, Texas. He is enumerated with the family in the 1860 US Census in Rusk County, Texas as a male age 4, but he must have died sometime before 1870, because he is not enumerated with the family. He would have been about 14 years old at that time. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  James Smith (1792 - 1854)
  Hannah Parker Smith (1799 - 1864)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Susannah Hall Smith (1821 - 1885)
 
 Children:
  Green Lafayette Smith (1841 - 1886)*
  James Dekalb Smith (1842 - 1914)*
  Susan Melvina Smith Ellison (1844 - 1929)*
  Joseph Marion Smith (1848 - 1915)*
  Henry Mattison Smith (1854 - 1925)*
  Helen M. Smith (1857 - ____)*
  William Lee Smith (1863 - 1886)*
 
 Siblings:
  Henry Madison Smith (1817 - 1882)
  Sarah Elvina Smith Crain (1818 - 1902)*
  Frances E Smith Timmons (1823 - 1854)*
  Joseph P. Smith (1825 - 1860)*
  Andrew Jackson Smith (1826 - 1899)*
  Isaac Newton Smith (1830 - 1886)*
  William Jasper Smith (1830 - 1894)*
  Barsheba H. Smith Morehead (1834 - 1904)*
  Birt Smith (1837 - 1863)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
CAPT. H. M. SMITH
A Texas Veteran
Died Dec. 7, 1882
Aged 64 years 20 days.
The soldier has put his
weapons down instead of
the sword he accepts the
crown. O let our grateful
hearts praise and adore him
who saves, forgives, and
every wound doth heal.
God knows it all.

 
Burial:
Post Oak Cemetery
Oglesby
Coryell County
Texas, USA
Plot: In between Donie Smith & Charlie N. Smith
 
Created by: Sandra Gwilliam
Record added: Jun 02, 2006
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Capt Henry Madison Smith
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Capt Henry Madison Smith
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