HISTORY
OF
MENARD & MASON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
1879

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W.S. SMOOT, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 27; P.O. Greenview; was born in Fleming Co., Ky., Feb. 13, 1830, and is the youngest of a family of three children, born to Colman Smoot and Rebecca (Wright) Smoot. The former was born Feb. 13, 1791, and the latter Aug. 3, 1795. They were married March 17, 1817, and, in 1832, came to this county, and settled on the land now owned by William. Colman Smoot died March 21, 1876. His wife died March 27, 1864. July 17, 1851, William was united in wedlock to Catharine A. Engle, who was born in Sugar Grove Nov. 5, 1830. She was a daughter of William Engle, a prominent citizen in his time. Her mother was an Alkire, sister of Milem A. After their marriage, they lived with his parents until he came to the place on which he now lives. Seven children have crowned the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Smoot - Colman; Mary E., born Dec. 2, 1854; Charles E., July 30, 1856; John M., May 14, 1860; Anna M., Aug 13, 1865, and Edward E., June 23, 1870. Their second child was Rebecca, died Nov. 19, 1860. Mary is now the wife of John W. Terhune, married March 26, 1879. Charles married Tempa Clark the day previous. Mr. Smoot has been unusually successful in his business, and is one of the best financiers in the county, is shrewd, long-headed, and a man of untiring industry, religiously honest, conscientious and just. He has a large and commodious a farmhouse as any in the county. He is Democratic in sentiment, and is now serving as County Commissioner for a second term.


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