Lewis Comer Smith & Malvina Dixon Parker
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Although LEWIS COMER SMITH places his birth in Humphreys County, Tennessee, the 1820 & 1830 Tennessee Census records show that his Father Joel was living in Hickman Co. at the time of LEWIS's birth.

Two grandchildren, Lela and Thelma Jo remember being told that their grandfather LEWIS had a saw mill in Arkansas. It is possible he carried on a lumber business between tanning and farming, or in conjunction with either or both.


In 1850 Humphreys Co., Tennessee, LEWIS C. SMITH was living with James Smith age 25 & family. It appears his father was dead and James was an older brother. A sister Caroline age 21 was also living with James.

1850 Humphreys County, Tennessee Census

HU-282-224                               HU-9-186

Smith, Brison 36 (brother)            Smith, Dicy 53 Tenn (mother)

Martha 33                                   Sarah 12 " (sister)

James 15                                    Johannah 10 " (sister)

Joel 13                                        Halcomb,  m. 17

Elizabeth 6                                   Beasly,  Thos 18

                                                    Moses, Elizabeth 50

                                                    Brigham, Thomas D. 24



Smith, James 25 Tenn (brother)

Louisa 30 Va.

Lewis T. 2/12


Caroline 21 (sister)


1870 White County, Searcy, Arkansas Census

p312 99/99

SMITH L.C. 45 M W Farming 2,000 800 Tenn

Zenobia 33 F W Keeping House Tenn

Manda V. 16 F W At Home Tenn

David J. 13 M W At Home Tenn

James L. 12 M W At Home Ark

Benjamin L. 8 M W Attended school Ark

Robert A. 5 M W Ark

Joel 3 M W Ark


1880 Hamilton County, Texas (soundex) v 15 ed 69 sh 25 ln 31


Z 40 W F wife Tenn

Benj 18 W M son Ark

Robert 14 W M son Ark

Joseph 12 W M son Ark

Jackey 9 W F dau Tex

Frank 7 W M son Tex

Emma 5 W F dau Tex

Claude 3 W M son Tex

Eugene 1 W M son Tex


1900 Hamilton County, Texas Vol 52 ed 88 sheet 2 lin3 7

(right under son Benjamin Smith)

17/18 SMITH LEWIS W M 73 July 1826 married 37 years (44 writtenfirst & then marked out) Farmer owned farm #16 free  Tenn Tenn Tenn

Zenobia Wife W F Feb 1840 60 m37years 10 ch 8 alive Tenn Tenn Tenn

Eugene son W M May 1879 21 single Farm laborer Tex Tenn Tenn

Otis son W M Feb 1882 18 single Farm laborer "

Nora G. dau W F Sep 1889 10 single attended school "


RIVER COUNTY QUARTERLY 1983 V 2 976.8005 p. 3-4

Humphreys County Wills and Inventories, continued:

Tubb - page 330 - Inventory and account of sale of Elias Tubb,

deceased,...28 Nov 1854. Buyers included:




p. 38

SMITH, LEWIS C.                      Smith, Robert A. (son of Lewis)

July 26, 1826                               Sept. 16, 1865

October 26, 1903                        Feb. 11, 1944


Smith, Zenobia (2nd wife)            Smith, Emma (Clark - wife of Robert)

February 7, 1841                         Dec. 10, 1868

December 25, 1901                     Jan. 16, 1963


Smith, Otis (son of Lewis)

1881 - 1934


Smith, Ben (son of Lewis)           Smith, J. D. (son of Lewis)

1862 - 1952 (Benjamin Lewis)    1856 - 1935 (John Daniel)


Smith, Ann (wife of Ben)               Smith, Jennie (wife of J. D.)

1867 - 1942 (Ruth Ann Gotcher) 1864 - 1963 (Jennie Harrington)


HISTORY OF TEXAS Supplemented with Biographical Mention of Many

Families. A Concise History of the State from its Earliest Settlement to the Present Date Vol II P. 196-7 Published 1896

LEWIS COMER SMITH, for more than a quarter of a century a resident of Texas and now a well known citizen and farmer of Hamilton county, dates his birth in Humphreys county, Tennessee, July 26, 1826. His parents were Joel and Lydia (Davis) Smith. At the age of eighteen he began work for his brother John, a tanner, of whom he learned the trade and with whom he was associated in business for about twenty-two years, the brothers being in partnership most of that time. In 1858 the subject of our sketch went to White county, Arkansas, where, with Mr. William Petty as a partner, he started a tannery. He remained in that business there until 1804, when he turned his attention to farming. In the fall of 1870 he left Arkansas and came to Texas, landing in McLennan county on the 8th of December. There he purchased land and farmed until December, 1876, when he removed to Hamilton county and bought three hundred and fifty acres near Carlton, which continued to be his home until 1886. His next move was to a farm two miles north of Carlton, in Erath county, and in October 1895, he came from there to his present home, five miles east of Carlton. His land purchase here comprised five hundred and fourteen acres. Recently he has divided this tract up among his children.

Mr. SMITH was first married in Tennessee, July 24, 1852, to MELVINA D. PARKER daughter of James and Anna Parker. She was born December 7, 1833, in Tennessee, and departed this life December 28, 1862. The children of their union are as follows: Amanda Victoria, born June 14, 1852; Eudora Caroline, June 14, 1854; John Daniel, January 14, 1856; James Lawrence, March 14, 1858; William Samuel, December 25, 1860; and Benjamin Lewis, February 14, 1862. All are living except William S. who died August 28, 1868. February 26, 1863, Mr. SMITH was married in

Arkansas to Miss Zenobia Kirkland, who was born in Humphreys county, Tennessee, February 7, 1840, daughter of Aaron and Nancy (Allen) Kirkland. Her father died when she was four years of age, and her removal to Arkansas was only a few years previous to her marriage, being in January, 1861. Following are the children of this marriage: Robert Adolphus, born September 16, 1865; Joel Aaron, July 2, 1867; Ida Jane, October 12, 1869, died August 20, 1870; Jackie Nora, May 18, 1871; Mary Frances February 14, 1873; Nancy Emma December 31, 1874; Claudius Comer, February 10, 1878; Eugene D., May 17, 1879, and Otis Allen, February 5, 1882.

In the various localities where he has lived Mr. SMITH's influence has ever been directed on the side of truth and right. For forty-six years he has been a consistent member of the Methodist church, of which religious denomination his family also are members. Politically, he has during the past three years been a supporter of the Populist party. His identity with the Masonic fraternity dates back to 1852, when he was initiated into the mysteries of that order in New Portland Lodge, Tennessee. On his removal to Arkansas he affiliated with a lodge in that state, and his name is on the list of charter members of two Texas lodges, his present membership being at Carlton.Hamilton County, Texas Documents


Grantor/Grantee Date Bk & Pg

Book 2

SMITH, L. C. & wife J. E. Calcius Deed 10/2/1887 V/628

Book 4 - Reverse

(Prob not ours)

Lee, J. L & Wife L. C. N. SMITH & A) Deed 10/21/1889 3/628

Exrs Est. A. Smith)

deceased )

A & F Smith & Wife L. C. N. SMITH & A Exrs) 10/21/1889 3/632

Est A. Smith Decd )

(A. Smith is Augusta Smith)

Book 5

SMITH, L. C. N. et al J. L. Flowers Release 1/8/1895 11/46

SMITH, L. C. & wife J. F. Lancaster)

F. M. Smith ) Deed 8/31/1887 13/226

SMITH, L. C. & wife J. H. Vinson Deed 1/1/1887 20/50

SMITH, L. C. & wife J. H. Vinson Release 5/21/1890 20/53

SMITH, L. C. & wife B. L. Smith Deed 1/27/1896 19/378 have

SMITH, L. C. & wife B. L. Smith Release 10/31/1900 11/292 have

SMITH, L. C. & wife P. H. Bingham Deed 12/27/1896 20/101

SMITH, L. C. & wife E. Hurst Deed 1/25/1901 8/374

SMITH, L. C. H. A. Kahler Conveyance of lien 4/23/1901 21/200

Book 5 - Reverse

SMITH, L. C. & wife B. L. Smith Deed 1/27/1896 19/378

SMITH, L. C. & wife B. L. Smith Release 10/3/1900 11/292

W. J. Hicks & wife L. C. SMITH Deed 10/24/1896 13/225

J. W. Herrington & wife L. C. SMITH Deed 10/24/1886 13/224

Newt Jones & wife L. C. SMITH Deed 11/6/1895 U/541

F. S. Taylor & wife L. C. SMITH Deed 2/14/1896 9/148

James L. Smith & wife L. C. SMITH Deed 8/17/1886 9/247

E. Hurst & wife L. C. SMITH Deed 4/20/1901 9/329

C. M. McKinley L. C. N. SMITH CVL 1/8/1898 23/331


Hamilton County, Texas Volume 19 page 318 1896

The State of Texas )      Know all men by these presents That we

County of Hamilton)      L. C. SMITH & wife ZENOBIA SMITH of theCounty of Hamilton and State of Texas in consideration of the sum of one Thousand Dollars paid and secured to be paid by B. L. Smith as follows: Six Hundred Dollars Cash in hand, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged and the Execution of two notes by B. L. Smith made payable to L. C. SMITH on order for $200 each bearing even date herewith and due respectively Nov. 1st 1896 and Nov. 1st 1897 each of which bear 10% interest and retain a vendor lien on the property hereinafter described have granted sold and conveyed and by these presents do grant sell and convey unto the said B. L. Smith of the County of Hamilton and State of Tex. all that certain parcel or tract of Land lying and being situate in Hamilton County Texas and being a part of the Jose Moutez Survey. Beginning at a S. W. cor of Mrs. G. Perdue 80 acres. Thence S. 60 W. 74 vs. to a S. M for cor. Thence S. 30 #. 469 vsto a S. M. for cor. Thence N. 60 E. 137 1/2 vs. to S. M. for cor. Thence N. 30 W. 469 vs. to S. M. for cor in S. line of Mrs. G. Perdue 80 acres. Thence S. 60 W 1297 1/2 vs. to the place of beginning containing 114 acres of Land. To Have and to Hold the rights and appurtenances thereto in anywise belonging unto the said B. L. Smith and his heirs and assigns. forever. and We do hereby bind ourselves and heirs. Executors and Administrators to warrant and forever Defend all and singular the said premises unto the said B. L. Smith and his heirs and assigns. against every person whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same & or any part thereof. But it is Expressly agreed and stipulated. that the Vendor's Lien is retained against the above described property. premises and improvements. until the above described notes. and all interest thereon are fully paid according to their face and effect and reading. when this deed shall become obsolete.

Witness our hands at Carlton, tex. This 27 day of January A. D.


1896 L. C. SMITH Zenobia Smith

State of Texas )             Before me Jas. W. McKenzie Notary Public in

County of Hamilton)      and for Hamilton County, Texas on this day personally appeared L. C. SMITH and Zenobia Smith wife of said L. C. SMITH known to me to be the persons whose names are subscribed to the foregoing instrument and acknowledged to me that they executed the same for the purposes and consideration therein expressed and the said Zenobia Smith wife of the said L. C. SMITH having been examined by me privily and a part from her husband and having same fully explained to her she the said Zenobia Smith acknowledged such instrument to be her act and deed and declared that she had willingly signed the same for the purpose and consideration therein expressed and that she did not wish to retract it. Given under my hand and seal of Office this 27 day of January A.D. 1896 Seal Jas. W. McKenzie Notary Public Hamilton County Texas

Filed for record Stpe 19th 1900 at 7:30 o'clock and Recorded

September 19th 1900 at 8:30 o'clock and By Jno Dempster Deputy

F. C. Williams Co. Clerk Hamilton County, Texas


Hamilton County, Texas 3 Oct 1900 Volume 11 page 292

The State of Texas )

County of Hamilton)            Whereas, By Deed dated Jan 27, 1896, recorded in the County Clerk's office of Hamilton County, Texas, in Book 19 page 378 & 379 L. C. SMITH and Zenobia Smith conveyed to B. L. Smith 114 acres of land fully described in Deed to which reference is hereby made retaining therein a Vendor's Lien securing payment of Four Hundred Dollars, for which said B. L. Smith executed two promissory notes as follows:

1st Note for Amount of $200. Due Nov. 1, 1896

2d Note for Amount of $200. Due Nov. 1, 1897

each bearing interest from date at the rate of 10% per annum and payable to the order of L. C. SMITH and Whereas said B. L. Smith has paid the said notes in full satisfaction of said incumbrance Now Therefore I L. C. SMITH being the legal owner and holder of the above described notes at the time of their payment do hereby release the above described property from the vendor's lien aforesaid.

In Witness whereof, I have hereunto set my name at Hico, Texas this 3 day of Oct. 1900 L. C. SMITH


The State of Texas )

County of Hamilton)      Before Me, J. C. Rodgers a Notary Public in and for Hamilton County, Texas on this day personally appeared L. C. SMITH known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument and acknowledged to me that he executed the same for the purposes and consideration therein expressed.

Given under my hand and seal of office, this 3 day of Oct. A. D. 1900 J. C. rodgers Notary Public 10 cents U. S. Internal Rev. stamps duty canceled SEAL Hamilton Co. Texas Filed for record the 15th day of October 1900 at 12 o'clock m. and recorded the 24th day of October 1900 at 8:30 o'clock p.m. F. C. Williams by J. F. Dempster Deputy F. C. Williams County Clerk Hamilton County, Texas


The Hico News Review "Your Home Newspaper"

Volume 98 Hico, Texas * Thursday, July 28, 1983 Number 17

Pioneer Days of Carlton Reviewed

by Mrs. Marie Sharp

Carlton Community Correspondent

(Editor's Note: Mrs. Marie Sharp, News Review Carlton Community Correspondent, has compiled the following information about the Carlton community and collected the photos shown in this issue from area residents. Our sincere thanks to Mrs. Sharp and everyone who shared their pictures with our readers.)

Several families first settled as a group on a small branch or creek on the land now owned by Bailey Sharp.

After a few years had passed, the families moved to where Carlton is now located. Carlton was named for the Carlton brothers.

Old settlers talked of trouble with rustlers and Indians.

The first school was located somewhere west of the Church of Christ church. The children sat on split logs with no desks. Splinters in the logs were a problem, because young boys wore dresses, the same as their sisters.

The town grew. At one time there were three doctors, a lawyer, a dentist, two drug stores, a telephone company, a lumber company, a tin shop, a tannery, a blacksmith shop, cafe, hotel, two grocery stores, a dry good store, a mercantile business (at one time a salon), a funeral parlor, two churches, a printing office, the railroad and the post office.

Once a year the Carlton Fat Stock Show was held with a parade, band concerts and other entertainment. Once a year, a traveling medicine show came, with medicines to cure anything.


(Following is an article from the "Parade of Progress, Hamilton County, Centennial Edition (1858-1958) from the Hamilton Herald-News.) Pioneer Days at Carlton Reviewed by R. A. Smith of Carlton, Son of a Pioneer (Written in 1938)

In 1876 Carlton had not had its beginning, for it was in this year that two large families moved from Coryell County and located near where the village of Carlton now stands. The families of LEWIS C. SMITH and Dr. F. M. Carlton had known each other in Arkansas, and after stopping awhile in Coryell County, immigrated to this section, which was then very sparsely settled. J. M. Evans, A. G. Britton, J. H. Everett, E. L. Deaton, and L. E. Sheridan were among those found here at that time.

In 1877 H. R. Armstrong moved a small frame building on ox wagons from Honey Creek and put it down where the little town now stands. The post office was then kept in a private residence and went by the name of Honey Creek, but just at this time it took the name of Carlton in honor of Dr. Carlton.

The pioneers of those days underwent many privations and hardships. Waco was our principal market, where we went to sell our farm products and buy our family supplies. There were no established roads then, and streams were not bridged, and for these reasons the people went to market in companies so they could double team to get through the bog holes under these adverse circumstances my father, L. C. SMITH, hauled lumber on ox wagon from Waco to build the first pine lumber house erected in this section of the country.

I shall now name a few settlers who came soon after the town was started: J. F. Pinkerton, F. M. Richbourg, W. D. Thornton, J. W. McKenzie, J. D. Clark, the Gibsons, J. C. Finley, J. W. Porter, Dr. N. B. Bowie, J. T. Curbo, J. W. Hill, Dr. J. H. Tull, J. A. Rowland, Capt. C. E. Walker, J. B. Curry, and other substantial citizens who did much to develop this corner of the county and secure for the people the high type of citizenship for which we have been noted.

Allow me to name a few things that helped to develop these lofty ideals among our people. From the beginning our people took an interest in the cause of education. The school was first taught by Prof. I. E. Sheridan in a small log house with a dirt floor and split log benches. Later Prof. J. E. Corrigan followed by Prof. J. O. Morrison, both from the state of Wisconsin, taught here. They introduced new methods, giving a strong emphasis to discipline and thoroughness, and had remarkable success. In 1892, R. A. Smith, a former pupil of theirs, was called to the head of the school where he remained for nine years.

Back in those days school funds were so limited the school term ranged from four to five and a half months. In 1876 the per capita was only $1.47. It varied from this startling low figure to $5, with no special tax and no state aid and very poor equipment so far as buildings were concerned; but in spite of these adverse conditions, boys and girls went out from the school fired with a zeal and determination to make good and they have succeeded.

Our first newspaper came out early but was never put in print. The people contributed the articles, which were handed to the editor, H. F. McKearge. They arranged them, and on Friday night would come before large audiences at the school house and read the paper from the manuscript.

At an early date in our territory our young people, directed by some older heads, were organized into a temperance order known as the United Friends of Temperance. Here all members took a binding obligation never to take any intoxicants as beverage. Their moto was "Touch not, taste not, handle not." The influence is felt in our community today, and this accounts for the "dry" sentiment found here.

About 60 years ago the Methodist and Baptist churches were organized here, with Rev. Graham as pastor of the former and R. M. Cumbie, we think, as pastor of the latter. Besides these, we think of other pioneer preachers, W. J. Hicks, J. H. Vinson, R. H. Gibson, J. C. Carter, J. R. Elder and others.


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