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Sam Houston’s secretary buried in Ennis


J. Carroll Smith, important figure in the history of Texas, and his family are interred at Myrtle Cemetery. About a week ago I received an email from a distant relative of J. Carroll Smith, a former secretary and adviser to Sam Houston, asking about his grave in our city’s Myrtle Cemetery. I was able to provide directions to as well as a photo of the gravestone. Some time ago I wrote about Carroll, and I have edited and updated the piece for inclusion on today’s Memories page. Although his name isn’t included on the marker erected at Myrtle Cemetery by the Texas Historical Commission in 1980, Carroll is one of the most distinguished early Ennisites buried at Myrtle. James Carroll Smith, a private secretary and legal advisor to General Sam Houston when he was governor of Texas (1859-1861), was one of Ennis’ pioneering residents, along with his wife and daughter. Generally known as “J. Carroll Smith,” he was born in Tennessee in 1815. At age 20 he enlisted with the First Tennessee Regiment of Mounted Volunteers to fight in the Florida War of 1836. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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