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Rev. Edward H. SMITH 12621 - Hart Co

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Rev. Edward H. SMITH 12621 - Hart Co

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Classification: Biography
Surnames: Smith, Rawlins, Anderson, Terry, Carpenter, Edwards, Lafferty
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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume I, Battle-Perrin-Kniffin, 2nd. ed, 1885.

REV. EDWARD H. SMITH was born in Cumberland County, Ky., November 30, 1811, and is the youngest and only surviving child of six sons and one daughter born to Robert and Mary (Rawlins) Smith, natives of Henry County, Va., and Maryland. Both were of English descent. Robert Smith was born sometime between 1765 and 1770, and was married in Halifax County, NB. C. In 1801 he brought his wife and family of three children to Kentucky, and first settled near the mouth of Bear Grass Creek, where the city of Louisville now stands, remaining until 1803, when he removed to Cumberland County. Here he bought wild land, and improved a farm upon which he resided until 1841, when advancing years compelled him to retire from active business. From that time until his death, August 6, 1843, he made his home with his son, Edward H. He and wife were members of the Christian Church. One of his brothers was a soldier during the war for independence, and also was a veteran in the war of 1812; served during the latter struggle in the Wabash campaign. His father, Moses Smith, the grandfather of our subject, was also a native of Virginia and was a farmer. Mrs. Mary Smith also departed this life at the home of her son, Edward H., in May, 1845. Her father, Alexander Rawlins, was born in old England. Edward H. Smith in early lift was employed on the home farm in Cumberland County, where he afterward engaged in agricultural pursuits on his own account. In 1841, he moved to Hart County, Ky., where he still resides on a farm about one and a half miles east of Horse Cave. Very early in life he joined the Christian Church, and in 1835 entered the ministry. He officiated until 1873, when he was compelled to retired from active service on account of failing health. He is still, however, the pastor of Bear Wallow Christian Church, having served that church as pastor for the past forty-four years, being probably a longer time than any other minister in the State has continuously served one church. He is also a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, having advanced to the Royal Arch degree, and was W. M. of his lodge for many years. For the past seventeen years he has served as magistrate or justice of the peace in Horse Cave, Ky. Mr. Smith married, March 1, 1836, Miss Catherine Anderson, a native of what is now Metcalfe County, Ky., and born in November, 1817. She was a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Terry) Anderson. This union was blessed with five sons and four daughters, eight of whom are yet living. They are named as follows: Aylette R., Mary E., (now Mrs. John B. Carpenter), Martha A. (now Mrs. Dr. W. T. Edwards, of Nolin), Albert T., Robert T., Joseph C., William H., Virlinder Kate (deceased) and Eugenia Hortense (now Mrs. George A. Lafferty.) Mrs. Catherine Smith departed this life October 5, 1877, in her sixtieth year. In politics Mr. Smith was a Whig, but for many years he has been a stance Republican.

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