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.