JOHN SMITH, is among the intelligent and enterprising farmers of Knox township, who though a native of Westmoreland county, Penn., has been a valued citizen of Jefferson county since 1879. He was born September 27, 1830, the son of Robert and Martha (Vance) Smith, natives of Pennsylvania. THe father, a farmer by occupation, was married in 1829, and by this union had seven children, six of whom are living. His wife died about 1861 and he in 1881. The subject of this mention was reared and educated in Washington county, Penn., and engaged in farming until 1869, when he embarked in the lumber business, which he followed for ten years at East Liverpool, Ohio, having removed from Pennsylvania to Ohio in 1860. In 1879 he settled upon the farm in Knox township which he now occupies and resumed farming. In 1863 Mr. Smith was married to Margaret M., daughter of Jonathan Berry, deceased, of Knox township. To this marriage have been born six children: Robert P., John B., Herbert V., Nellie G., Carl N. and Ina, the latter of whom died at the age of eighteen months. He and wife are members of the United Presbyterian church of Knoxville, and in politics, he is a prohibitionist.
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