Gen Guy William Smith

Gen Guy William Smith

Birth
Jessamine County, Kentucky, USA
Death 30 Jan 1879 (aged 86)
Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
Burial Dodgeville, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 18936696 · View Source
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Crawford County, Biographical, Illinois History, Paul Selby Ed., Munsell Publishing Co, Chicago, IL, 1909, A Reproduction by UNIGRAPHIC, Inc, Evansville, IN, 1978.
"SMITH, Guy W. - At this late day it is almost impossible for the present generation to fully appreciate all of the dangers and hardships enountered by those daring souls who were the pioneers in this great State, and to whose untiring devotion to duty the State owes so much of its prosperity and its rank among the commonwealths. In the list of those who deserve special mention in connection with the pioneer history of Crawford County, is the Hon. Gny W. Smith, now deceased. Mr. Smith was born in Kentucky, and came to Illinois about 1815, while It was still a territory and he a young man. He went first to Kaskaskia, but located soon thereafter at Palestine, III.
"Always a man of prominence in public affairs, after coming to Illinois he served as the first Receiver of the Government Land Office at Palestine, and it was his duty to take his money to Louisville, Ky., whence it was transmitted to Washington, D. C., and more than once he was delegated to carry it all of the way. In politics an ardent Whig, he was chosen to represent his county as Senator in the First General Assembly and as Representative in the Thirteenth, serving with distinction and to the general benefit of the State.
"In the early '50s Mr. Smith, always possessed of the pioneer spirit, moved to the vicinity of Burlington, Iowa, afterwards locating in the neighborhood of Davenport, Iowa, where he bought a farm and died. The first wife of Mr. Smith was a Miss Brown, who died about 1821, having borne him one daughter, Mary Eliza, who was born March, 1821, and died April, 1893, having married first Robert C. Smith, by whom she had four children, two of whom died in childhood, the others being: Mrs. Barlow, widow of Dr. C. Barlow, and Robert P. Smith, of Los Angeles, Cal. Later she married James D. Price, by whom she had eight children. The second wife of the Hon. Guy W. Smith was Jeretta Wilson.
"Mr. Smith has passed away, but the good that he accomplished remains as a lasting monument to his memory. Illustrating his devotion to duty, his patriotism, and his enterprising spirit which delighted in conquering the wilderness and bringing peace and plenty out of chaos."

He was a volunteer in the War of 1812. He served in Capt Wm P Duval's Company of the 8th Ky Regiment, commanded by Col Wilcox in Gen Hopkin's brigade on a campaign in the North-West, on the Wabash River and Wild-Cat Creek, in Nothern Indiana, and in the Illinois Territory. He also served with the 5th Ky Mounted Volunteers, 3rd Brigade of Ky troops, in the army of Gen William Henry Harrison that invaded Canada in 1813, at the battle of Thames River.(added at the request of rms71@suddenlink.net)


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 18936696
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Guy William Smith (6 May 1792–30 Jan 1879), Find a Grave Memorial no. 18936696, citing Old Stone Cemetery, Dodgeville, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by No Reins (contributor 46595053) .