HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
AND

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.

Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879

Page 190

JOHN B. SMALLEY was born in Somerset county, New Jersey, Sept. 26th, 1808. David D.Smalley, his father, was a native of the same state. He married Mary Blackford, who was also a native of New jersey. The brothers of David D. were soldiers of the war of 1812. The subject of our sketch attended the common schools of his native state. He remained at home until he was in his twentieth year, when his father died. He then went to Allegheny county, New York, where he remained one year, then returned home and stayed one year. The next year he again returned to New York, and in the following spring went down the Ohio river to Cincinnati. In the spring of 1831 he engaged in general merchandize, and also kept a wood yard for boats. In the winter of 1831-32, ice destroyed his boats, and the following spring the freshet destroyed his wood-yard. From these causes he was compelled to suspend business. He then wen to Greenville, where he attended school for sometime, after which, he returned to New York and then to New Jersey, and remained there until 1838. During this time he was engaged for the greater part of the time in teaching school. In the year, last above mentioned, he came to Illinois and stopped in Greene county, where he taught school for a short time, when he in connection with his brother went into the hat business. He continued thus engaged for several years, when he sold out and went back to school teaching, at which he continued until 1846. In the spring of that year, he came to Woodburn, in Macoupin county, where he taught school for one season. In the spring of 1847 he married Sarah Wood, and the same year went to farming. His wife died in 1849. In 1852 he married again. His second wife died in September, 1854. In 1856 he married Sophreina Arnold. She died in April 1878. Six children living by the last wife and one child, a girl, by his second wife. In 1850 he entered a quarter section in section 27-12-6, and in 1858 moved into Girard, and engaged in general merchanizing, selling out a stock of goods that he had traded a farm for in Montgomery county. He removed the stock from Litchfield to Girard. He closed out the stock in 1859, after which, he commenced improving his farm. He lived on his farm temporarily until 1874, when he moved to his present residence. The Smalley family are of Scotch descent, the ancestors of whom came to America as early as 1660. The grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a captain in the continental service under Gen. Washington, during the revolution. In politics Mr. Smalley is an old Jacksonian democrat. He voted for Old Hickory in 1832, an ever since has voted the straight democratic ticket. Mr. Smalley is an old resident of the county. He enjoys the respect and esteem of his large circle of acquaintances and friends.


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