Biography - W Smart

W. H. SMART, clerk at Insane Hospital, Anna, was born August 22, 1844, and is a grandson of Ezra Smart, a native of London, England, a lawyer there, and of a very old English family. He came to the colonies before the Revolutionary war, and served in the struggle for independence on the side of the Colonies. He was married in this country to Miss Chapman, by whom he had three children, viz.: Ezra, Edwin K. and Richard, the father of our subject. He was born in 1785, in Grafton County, N. H., and died in 1870 in Rumney, in that county. He was educated to the law under Josiah Quincy, and practiced the profession for twenty years in Haverhill, N. H.; he was a member of the Legislature for nineteen years, from 1841 to 1860. He married Ancena Chapman, born in 1784 in Grafton County, N. H., and died there in 1865; her father was also a soldier in the Revolutionary war. She was the mother of five children, of whom four are now living — Charles C., a brick manufacturer, in Rumney, N. H.; Caroline, wife of J. Greenough, a merchant, in Canterbury, N. H.; Harriet, wife of Frank A. Cushman, a merchant of Lebanon, N. H., and William H., our subject, who was educated in Dartmouth College for the law. He read with Hon. A. F. Pike, of Franklin, N. H., and admitted to the bar, in 1864, at Plymouth. He followed the profession nine years in Mexico, Mo. In 1871, he went to Charleston, S. C., where he had charge of John H. Deveraux’s plantation, until 1878, when he came North, settling at Anna, Ill., where he commenced to work as an attendant in the hospital for the insane, and in the fall of 1882 he was appointed Clerk, by Superintendent Wardner, a position he now occupies. He was married, April 19, 1872, at Sparta, Ill., to Miss Alexina A. Jacobs, a step-daughter of John E. Detrich, and who was born in St. Louis, Mo. They have one child, Willie R., born in June, 1873. Mr. Smart is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the Knights of Honor, Anna Lodge No. 1892, of which body he is now Dictator.

Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 83-84.

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