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Joseph Smelser of Greene Co, Arkansas
submitted by Kathleen Minion (author unknown)

Joseph P. Smelser is classed among the worthy and leading tillers of the soil of Greene County, of which he is a native, having been born in 1858.

He was a son of John W. and Nancy (Clark) Smelser, who were born on Kentucky soil and in Tennessee, respectively.  They came to Greene co, Ark on the 6th of May 1836.  They located in Cache Township, where the paterernal grandfather, Abraham Smelser settled on a tract of wild land and opened up 100 acres.  He and his wife reared a large family of children and both died of smallpox in 1863. 

John W. Smelser, their oldest child attained his majority of land in this section of the country.  In 1864, he joined Price in his raid through Missouri, but since the war has given his attention to farming and merchandising at Crowley.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at that place.  To them were born seven children, three of whom are deceased. 

Joseph P. Smelser is their fifth child and grew to manhood in Cache Township, receiving a very limited education in his youth.  At the age of twenty years, he began earning his own living and was married to Miss Margaret Adams, residing on the old home place for eight years.  He then came to his present location, which was then a tract of wild land and now has fifty acres under cultivation, improved with good buildings etc.

Although not active in politics, he votes the Democratic ticket and he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.  They are the parents of two children: John William Smelser and Nancy Ann Delvada who died at the age of seven years, after a brief illness of five days.