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 John Lewis Smith, Jr

John Lewis Smith, Jr

Death 24 Nov 1851 (aged 55)
Blue, Lee County, Texas, USA
Burial Blue, Lee County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 7025021 · View Source
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GTT [Gone to Texas]: Lives-Legends-Lore
published by Daughters of the Republic of Texas, James Butler Bonham Chapter, Dallas, Texas

Republic of Texas Ancestors of Marianne Elizabeth Hall-Little

John Lewis Smith, Jr and Hester Anne Warren Smith

John Lewis Smith, Jr. was born in England on 16 June 1796. His father brought the family to Virginia in 1802 and settled in Wythe County, Virginia. Hester Anne Warren was born in Franklin Co., VA on 13 April 1796. They were married on 1 June 1820 in Wythe Co., VA. [Douglas Register]

Their first child, John Lewis Smith, III was born 28 July 1824 in Wythe Co, VA. They moved to Tompkinsville, Monroe Co., KY where 3 children were born: Samuel A., Ellenor Jane and Elizabeth [died early]. About 1833, they moved to Dallas Co., AL and 2 children were born: a baby died young [possibly William] and Alexander Keith. By 1837, the family arrived in Mena [Bastrop], Republic of Texas settling at White's Prairie and later on Wilbarger and Piney Creeks.

On 1 July 1847, Ellen married William Hobbs and in 1848 the family moved to Yegua Springs. Samuel bought surrounding land and it was named Sam Smith Springs for some time.

When John, Jr. departed this life on 24 November 1851, he was buried in Sam Smith Springs/Lawhon Springs Cemetery, Lee County, Texas. Hester died in 1886 and was buried next to John, Jr. Citizens of the Republic of Texas bronze memorials were placed on each grave stone by their great, great, great granddaughter, Marianne Elizabeth Hall-Little, member: James Butler Bonham Chapter, Daughters of the Republic of Texas.



Lawhon Springs was never established as a registered township. Several members
of the John Lewis Smith family settled here in the 1850's and named the area
Smith Springs. A one room school and a Mason's Lodge was located here during
the mid 1800's to early 1900's at various locations and at various times.

John Lewis Smith, born in England, died in 1851 and was buried on a hill just
north of Smith Springs. His son, Samuel A. Smith donated an acre of land to
establish the location as a cemetery. The land that contained Smith Springs
and the Smith Cemetery was eventually sold to David B. Lawhon in 1878. He
renamed the area Lawhon Springs, donated an additional two acres to the
cemetery, and renamed it the Lawhon Springs Cemetery.



Lawhon Springs was first known as Yegua Springs by the Indians, then John L Smith and son Sam Smith arrived in 1848, purchased the land, built log cabins, dug out the springs and named it The Sam Smith Springs. John L. Smith died November 24, 1851 and his son Sam, we're told gave one acre of land for a cemetery and his father John L Smith was the first buried there. Sam sold the 300 acres around the spring to John A. Lawrence, who then sold to David B. Lawhon, who gave another two acres to the same cemetery changing the name to Lawhon Springs and Lawhon Springs Cemetery.


LAWHON SPRINGS, TX (from the Handbook of Texas Online)

LAWHON SPRINGS, TEXAS. Lawhon Springs, also known as Lawhon, is a rural community in northwestern Lee County fifteen miles west of Lexington on Farm Road 619. John L. Smith arrived in 1848 and was probably the first settler in the vicinity. Lawhon Springs was named for David B. Lawhon, who bought land that included springs in the area. A school was in operation by 1900 and during the 1905–06 school year had an enrollment of thirty-six. For many years the school also served as a church and meeting place for area residents. In the mid-1930s Lawhon Springs consisted of the school building, a cemetery, and a few scattered dwellings. By the early 1950s the school had been annexed to the Lexington Independent School District. In 1982 the site of the community was marked only by the cemetery.

Lee County Historical Survey Committee, A History of Lee County (Quanah, Texas: Nortex, 1974).

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"Come ye blessed"

"Lived as a Christian,
As a Christian died"

The medallion was awarded by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas

Gravesite Details The bronze medallion is for his being an original citizen of the Republic of Texas