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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography Volume III, Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 2nd ed., 1885.
WILLIAM J. SMITH a native of Ohio County, was born September 28, 1825, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Stewart) Smith, natives of Shelby County, Va., and who were of Irish descent. He received but little schooling, and resided with his parents until the age of eighteen, when he commenced farming for himself; was but three years old when his father lost his life by drowning. He was married May 4, 1848, to Mahala Stewart of Ohio County, a daughter of Carter S. and Lydia B. (Malin) Stewart, natives of Woodford and Ohio Counties, Ky. They have had four children: Carter Z. (deceased), William W., Carter W. and John L. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members of the Baptist Church; moved from Ohio County, Ky., in 1874, and located where they now reside, on 250 acres of land; he has added to it until he now owns 302 acres, accumulated by his own industry. He is rearing three orphan children: Robert L. Stewart, son of Jacob and Louisa A. Stewart, and Lavina and John G. Hill, children of James W. and Nannie (Gillian) Hill, of Crittenden County.