MRS. ELIZA SMITH. The respected and revered mother of the two prosperous young farmers located on section 9, Western Mound Township, is a lady whose German parentage and varied experiences in the different localities in which she has lived, fits her for the high position among those who are regarded with esteem and consideration. She is the widow of Solomon T. Smith, who was born in the early part of this century in Virginia and there received the advantages of boys common to his district.
Mrs. Smith's parents were Garret and Elizabeth Brown, both natives of Germany, who emigrated to this country in 1837, locating first on the James River in Virginia. There they lived and died, finding the genial climate and warm Southern manners very pleasing to their social German natures. They were the parents of eight children, of whom our subject was the eldest. She was born in Germany, November 1, 1826, and was married after her arrival in this country, in Bedford County, Va., December 3, 1840. Her husband, Solomon T. Smith, was born in Accomack County, Va., August 10, 1840.
Immediately after their marriage the young couple settled in Bedford County, Va. They soon removed, however, to Rockbridge County, and there resided until the fall of 1857, when they emigrated to Illinois and settled in Western Mound Township, where Mr. Smith died October 9, 1872.
Our subject's husband was a public spirited man and took delight in maintaining his part in every measure that affected the public good. At the time of his death he was a member of the Christian Church in which he was in good standing. Mrs. Smith is the mother of five children - James H., Thomas E., George W., Ezekiel Y. and John W. The eldest son is a merchant in Greenfield, Ill., where he carries on a successful and lucrative business; George W. died in Texas; Ezekiel Y. was taken away from earth when about twelve years of age.
After the death of their father, Thomas and John Smith assumed the care of the farm. It aggregates two hundred and eighty acres and under the energetic care of the two young men affords a good income to both proprietors and their respected parent. They have erected a comfortable home on the place and put thereon many valuable improvements. Mrs. Smith, who has reached a good old age, lives happy in the consciousness of the affection and dutiful care that her sons are happy in giving her. She is a member of the Christian Church. Thomas and John Smith are adherents of the Democratic party.