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Ansley Smyer

Obituary of B. T. Ansley, Plainview, Texas.

After an illness of several weeks, B. T. Ansley, Sr., died at his home on December 29, 1915. He was born in Upson County, Ga., in 1840. His parents had started to Texas in 1854; but upon reaching New Orleans they were smitten with Asiatic cholera, his father and several other members of the family dying from the dread disease.

Mr. Ansley was married to Miss Martha Smyer, of Smith County, Tex., in 1869. She survives him, with seven of their eight children-four sons and three daughters.

Mr. Ansley served the Confederacy as a member of the 17th Texas Regiment during the war and took part in a number of important engagements. He was a member of Camp 1548, U. C. V., at Plainview, and was always interested in the welfare of his comrades. He had been a devout member of the Methodist Church for more than forty years. His was a long and useful life. A true pioneer in spirit, he moved from county to county as civilization encroached upon the boundless prairies of the West.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, February, 1916.

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