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David B. Smith, engaged in real-estate and abstract business at Mt. carroll, has for a number of years been quite prominent in local affairs, having held for three consecutive terms the offices of Clerk of the Circuit Court and Recordeer. He was born in York Co. PA Dec. 29, 1838, and lived there until after he attained his majority. He came to Dixon IL (Lee County) in the fall of 1860, and in the following fall to this county. Not long afterward the Civil War having broken out, he enlisted as a Union soldier Company H, 55th IL Inf. and participated in the battle of Shiloh, where he was wounded in the left shoulder. He remained in the service until december, 1862.

Mr. Smith was appointed Deputy Clerk of the Circuit Court under J.F. Allison in 1870, and the year following was regularly elected to this office and that of Recorder. He was married in October 1863 to Miss Catherine Teitge, of Pennsylvania, who became the mother of four children; Jennie M., Benjamin L., William L. and Harry O. and died at her home in Mt. Carroll in April 1873. Mr. Smith was then married, Oct. 27, 1875 to Miss Etta J. Cooper at Oskaloosa Iowa. This lady was born in Muscatine Iowa April 5, 1852, and when a child removed with her parents to a farm in Black Hawk County in the central part of the State, where she lived until a maiden of eighteen years. Of this union there have been born three children; George P., Edna J., and Eva M.; of of whom are living and making their home with their parents. Mrs. Smith is a member in good standing of the Christian Church.

John P. Cooper, the father of Mrs. Smith, was born in Lancaster Co. PA Aug. 13, 1817 where he lived until reaching manhood. His parents were members of the Society of Friends. He then emigrated to Ohio, and was there married to Miss Juliet Anson, March 25, 1850. They became the parents of two children only; Etta J., and a son, George H., the latter of whom is a resident of Adel, Dallas Co Iowa. After their marriage MR. and Mrs. Cooper settled on a farm in Black Hawk County, where they sojourned many years. Mrs. Juliet (Anson) Cooper, the mother of Mrs. Smith, was born near Rochester NY May 14, 1812, and went with her father Elias Anson to Ohio settling in Summit county during its pioneer days. Mr. Anson spent hislast days at Akron in that county. He had married Miss Esther Coe, in Dutchess County, NY who was born Sept. 5, 1787. They became the parents of seven children, and Mrs. Anson died in Eldora, Hardin Co Iowa about 1873.

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