JEREMIAH W. SMITH, a citizen of Pleasant Township, was born in White River Township, this county, June 25, 1840, and was the son of Joseph and Nancy (Lacy) Smith, both of whom were natives of Fayette County, Ind. Nancy Smith was born in Fayette County, Ind., May 2, 1812, and is the daughter of Charles and Martha Lacy, natives of North Carolina and South Carolina, respectively. They were early settlers of Indiana. Mrs. Smith was married to Abner Liones. One child, a daughter, named Martha, was born unto the marriage. The father died in 1831, and in 1835, the mother married Joseph Smith, the son of Tobias and Martha Smith. He was of Virginia parentage; he was born in Fayette County, Ind., in 1813, and died in Johnson County, Ind., in 1882. The following are her children: Mary, Rebecca, Jeremiah W. and Nancy J. He grew to manhood on the old homestead, and was married in Marion County, Ind., October 4, 1860, to Martha A. Ballenger. She was born in Wayne County, Ind., September 27, 1837, and was the daughter of Edward B. and Margaret (Thompson) Ballenger, natives of Virginia and North Carolina. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The former is a member of the F. & A. M., I. O. O. F. and K. of H. lodges, and is a republican in politics. In 1884, he was the candidate of his party for county commissioner. He is an influential man, and he and wife are highly respected.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.