Allen N. Smith Biography
Source: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi,
Volume II Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1891.
Allen N. Smith, the popular sheriff of Issaquena county, was the elder
of two children born to John and Esther (Mills) Smith, natives of Louisiana.
The parents were married in their native state, and at an early day emigrated
to Madison county, Miss., where Mr. Smith died when Allen N. was but a
small boy. The other child, Rufus, died at the age of thirty-eight years.
Mrs. Smith was a passenger on the first steamboat that plowed the waters
of the Mississippi river. After her husband's death she married J.L. Mitchell,
of Kentucky, a school teacher by profession. They became the parents of
one child, Joseph, who now resides in Holmes county, and is a planter by
pursuit. Mrs. Mitchell died at the age of forty-five. Allen N. Smith, who
was born in Madison county, Miss., February 22, 1834, was fairly educated
in the common schools of his native county, and at the age of seventeen
years started out to follow the occupation to which he had been reared,
farming, and this he has continued the principal part of the time since.
He has been a resident of Yazoo and LeFlore counties, but came to this
in 1887, and in 1889 was elected sheriff and tax collector, the duties
of which office he is filling in a manner highly creditable to himself
and to the satisfaction of the community at large, and was re-elected July
6, 1891 for the term of four years. He has been inspector of the levee,
and is a man of intelligence and influence. He has a fair complexion, is
about six feet tall, weighs about two hundred and ten pounds, and, although
very gray, is still erect and dignified. In 1866 he was married to Miss.
Sidney Skidmore, daughter of C.S. Skidmore, of Madison county, and the
fruits of this union have been four children: Clifton B. (deputy
sheriff and a merchant of Mayersville, of this county), Sidney, Allie May
and Rosa Lee.