Fannin County TXGenWeb
Historical Marker

Site of Smith Plantation
From Bonham take SH 78 North 10 miles to FM 274; then
West on FM 274 four miles to marker.

    "Gideon Smith (b. 1815), a native of Alabama, moved 
    to Fannin County in 1851 and purchased a 3000-acre tract. 
    He deeded half of the property to his brother John C. Smith,
    who joined him in 1855. Gideon smith served one term in the
    Texas Legislature (1857-1858) and participated in the Civil War
    as a colonel in the Confederate Army. John Smith became a doctor 
    and practiced medicine in the area. Both men were successful planters. Part of the plantation, one of the earliest in the area, has been continuously in production of grain and cattle since 1851. 

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