Mrs. Louisa E. Smith, of Pleasant Township, was born in Gallatin County, Ky., July 30, 1827, and was the daughter of Isaac and Nancy (Shepherd) Clem, the former of whom was born in Honey County, Ky., and was the son of Philip and Phebe (Miller) Clem. The latter was the daughter of James and Elizabeth (Hill) Shepherd. Isaac Clem was born July 18, 1794, and died in Miami County, this state, in December, 1880. Nancy Shepherd was born March 17, 1791, and died in Pleasant Township, September 3, 1847. When our subject was four years old her parents came to Johnson County, and located in Pleasant Township, where she grew to womanhood, and where she was married to Robert Smith, April 21, 1852. He was born in Grayson County, Va., June 26, 1808, and was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Black) Smith, both of whom were born in Grayson County, Va., the former in 1760. After their marriage they settled on a part of what is now the Smith farm, and in that vicinity Mr. Smith pursued the vocation of a farmer until his death. In his early manhood he taught school a number of years. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he was a local preacher for over twenty-five years. He was a republican in politics, and died May 4, 1873. Mrs. and Mrs. Smith’s marriage resulted in the birth of five children: Isaac F., born March 11, 1853; Sarah E., August 11, 1855, deceased; and three others, two sons and one daughter, died unnamed. Mrs. Smith has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church ever since she was fourteen years old. She still resides on the old homestead.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 818.