Biography of John D. Smith of Lockwood

John D. Smith, a produce dealer and express agent in Lockwood since 1881, was born in Henry County, Tennessee, in 1851. He was the son of John W. Smith, born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in 1811, and Elizabeth (Haynes) Smith, born in Robertson County, Tennessee, in 1809. The couple spent most of their lives in Henry County, where John W. served as justice of the peace for eighteen years. After his parents’ deaths in 1868, John D. began farming. He married Nicie E. Walters in 1872, and they had six children. Moving to Lockwood in 1881, Smith became a successful businessman and a prominent citizen, active in the Democratic Party and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

John D. Smith, produce dealer, and express agent of Lockwood since the express office was opened in 1881, was born in Henry County, Tenn., in 1851, and is the son of John W. and Elizabeth (Haynes) Smith. John W. Smith was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in 1811, and his wife was born in Robertson County, of the same state, in 1809. They were married in Henry County and, with the exception of a few years in Carroll County, Tenn., spent the remainder of their lives in Henry County. The mother died in September 1868, and the father in October of the same year. Mr. Smith was justice of the peace for eighteen years in Henry County, Tenn., and was constable for a number of years in Carroll County. John D. Smith is the youngest of three sons and three daughters. He received a liberal education in the common schools, and after the death of his father began farming for himself. In 1870 he went to Weakley County, where he was married, in 1872, to Miss Nicie E., daughter of James O. and Mahala Walters, natives of Carroll and Weakley Counties, respectively. Mr. Walters died in the last-named county in 1881, but Mrs. Walters is still living there. To Mr. and Mrs. Smith were born six children. In 1881 Mr. Smith came to Lockwood, where he has since been engaged in his present business. He is a good businessman and a prominent citizen. He is a Democrat in politics, and his first vote was for Horace Greeley in 1872. He has a good home in Lockwood. He and Mrs. Smith have been members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for many years.


Goodspeed, History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade and Barton Counties, Missouri; Chicago, The Goodspeed publishing co., 1889.

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