ELIJAH SMITH, of Belleflower Township, towns and occupies a comfortable homestead on section 1. He is a native of the Prairie State, born June 29, 1840, and the youngest child of William and Sarah (Cline) Smith. Elijah Smith was reared upon his father's farm and took advantage of the opportunities afforded to secure an education in the district schools, where he applied himself industriously and acquired a fund of useful information. He made his home with his parents some time after reaching manhood, and later operated on rented land which belonged to his father. In 1865 he purchased a tract of timber land six or seven miles west of Bushnell, upon which he worked for three years following and then coming to McLean County purchased eighty acres of wild prairie on section 1, Belleflower Township. In addition to this he rented an eighty-acre tract of which he afterward broke forty acres, and in 1873 built a part of the house which he now occupies. All of his land is improved and he has a good set of frame buildings.

The first marriage of our subject occurred Oct. 26, 1863, the maiden of his choice being Miss Rachel A. Wright, who died in September, 1869, aged twenty-five years. His second wife was Miss Maggie Carey, to whom he was married Sept. 7, 1873. By the first marriage there were three children, two now living—Mary A. and Wesley W. Of the second marriage there were born, Lena, Oradell, Florence and Carl L.

Mrs. Smith is a member of the Christian Church and our subject belongs to Mansfield Lodge No. 773, A. F. & A. M. He is Democratic in politics and in all respects a worthy and useful citizen. The father of Mrs. Maggie Smith, the wife of our subject, was Dawson Carey, a native of Ohio, whence he removed to Illinois in about 1846, and located in Scott County, where he spent the remainder of his life. Her mother, formerly Miss Mary Six, who was also born in Ohio, is now living in Scott County.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 728. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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