A Tribute to Elder Henry Smith
1795-1875

DIED--At his residence, near Warren, Jo Daviess Co., Illinois, on the evening of July 20th, 1875, Elder Henry Smith, (colored). In consequence of his being born in slavery, his age is not known, but he was nearly eighty years of age.

The subject of this notice was indeed a mystery to himself, and also to others, not having any education, yet with that wisdom which cometh from above he was able to confound the wise of this world.

I have not the particulars of the early life of Brother Smith. He was born in Kentucky. was made to see his lost condition by nature, and received an evidence that his sins were pardoned by his blessed Redeemer. He was called to the work of the gospel ministry, and was ordained by a presbytery of Elders (white) at or near Lexington, Kentucky. His master set him at liberty, and then by industry he bought the freedom of his wife. They went to St. Louis, Mo., and from thence to Jo Daviess County, Ill., where he remained a worthy member until his death. He was a firm believer in the Old School Baptist doctrine, and preached it with simplicity and power. He was a great peacemaker in the churches, and in settling difficulties he had few equals. We feel that our loss in the churches is great.

His last days on earth were his happiest days, wanting to see his brethren, and he died in the triumphs of faith.

May the Lord sustain his companion who survives him, and is a worthy member of the church, and his children, some of whom have also made a profession, and keep us all, is our prayer.

J. W. ROUSE.
Polo, Ill.



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