JOHN C. SMITH, one of the venerable and highly respected citizens of Knox township, was born in Washington county, Penn., June 22, 1809. Of that county his parents, Benjamin and Jane (Berry) Smith, were also natives. Benjamin Smith was a blacksmith by trade, which occupation he followed until 1828, when he removed to Holmes county, Ohio and engaged in farming, at whcih he was occupied during the remainder of his days. He was married about 1805 to Jane Berry, and in 1817 came to Knox township, where he lived several years. His wife died in 1862 and he in 1860. Of the eight children born to them, there are four living, including the subject of this sketch, John C. Smith. The latter in early manhood took up the trade of his father, and followed it until 1860. In 1864 he settled upon the farm which he now occupies. He has prospered in his undertakings, and is respected as a capable and worthy man of business, and highly esteemed for his long life of industry and integrity. Mr. Smith was first married in 1837 to Sarah Ridenour, by whom he had ten children, six of whom are living. The mother died in 1861, and in September 1863, he was married to Margaret J., widow of John Woodruff, of Knox township. Two children have been born to this union: James C. and Castlebar B., both of whom are living. Mr. Smith and wife are members of the Lutheran church of Bowling Green.
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