John H. Smith was born near Conyers, GA. on February 25, 1837. The son of James Henry Smith and Elizabeth Johnson, he was the oldest of 9 children. His parents were both originally from South Carolina. On April 25, 1861 John enlisted in the 3rd GVI in Covington, GA. as a Private and was assigned to Company H. He was with the regiment for the duration of the war and was present on the company rolls at the surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. It is unknown if John was wounded during the war but he was furloughed several times for periods of 30 days for having dysentery. He first appeared on the morning report of General Hospital No. 1 in Richmond, VA. between October 31 and November 27, 1862. He shows up again at the Jackson Hospital in Richmond through July & August of 1864. He was present and accounted for on the several rolls taken during the war and it can only be assumed that he was available for duty. In October of 1865 he married Anna Jane Christian who was the daughter of a Confederate soldier that had died in service in June 1864. They would have 11 children that lived to adulthood and eventually ended up in Gilmer, TX in 1884 after living in Georgia and Arkansas. John was a farmer and he worked 600 acres of land outside of Gilmer until about 1900. By then, with most of their children grown, the Smith's sold their farm and bought a house in town. John's wife, Anna Jane, died in 1906 and he then lived with his older children until his own death on December 7, 1920.