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Village founder John Jackman Smith

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To the union of John Jackman Smith, Jr. and Rachel Alkire Smith were born six girls and six boys whose heritage will be discussed later in this presentation.
*From The History of Madison County, Ohio - published by W.H. Beers & Co. of Chicago in 1883----John J. Smith, a native of Kentucky, married Rachel Alkire and with his father-in-law, Mr. John Alkire, about 1805-06, came to Ohio and Mr. Smith settled where A.R. Alkire now lives. Mr. Alkire settled on the east bank of Deer Creek just in the edge of Pickaway County and a few years afterward, probably 1810-12, erected a grist-mill on the west bank of Deer Creek in Pleasant Township, just opposite to his tract of land. The mill was built of logs with "raccoon buhrs" and run by water power with a bolting attachment operated by hand. This mill he ran several years when it came into the ownership of Mr. Smith. Subsequently Mr. Alkire removed to Sangamon County, Illinois, became wealthy and there resided till his death. Some of his children still reside in that county. Mr. Smith subsequently rebuilt the grist-mill and attached a saw-mill; finally he sold the mill to Otho Williams and William Leach; they were succeeded by William D. Wood and he by Elijah Atkins, who died and the mill is now owned by his heirs. This was one of the first and doubtless the first grist-mill erected in Pleasant Township. Mr. Smith resided where he first settled till about 1838 when he removed to Iowa where he died about 1879 at the advanced age of nearly one hundred years. He was a very active, robust man, shrewd and quick in business, taking an active interest in all the secular affairs of his community and filled some of the township offices prior to moving West.
Supposedly, when he was 23 years old, he made plans to join the Lewis and Clark expedition on their adventure up the Missouri River and to the Pacific Coast. But he soon became very ill and had to give up the trip. Luckily for our town he wasn't able to go with them.
*From "Welcome to Mount Sterling" a pamphlet compiled by P. Alfred Cartmille, circa the 1970's. ----John J. Smith and his wife, Rachel Alkire Smith, came into this area about 1814. Mr. Smith became a miller by trade and owned the local grist-mill. In 1827, he purchased the land which included our town's southern hill-like terrain and determined to build a small town atop this mound of earth which stretched into a flat plain. With the aid of John Oxford and young Elias Busic, Mr. Smith laid the plat and began selling lots despite the local farmers' objections. John Smith named the early hamlet after his favorite village in Kentucky, Mt. Sterling. He recorded the plat in London (Ohio) June 26, 1829. He never actually resided within the early town. He subsequently relocated west and ultimately settled in Illinois with several of his children.
A source from Iowa regarding his later life stated that the records of his activities in Ohio are vague but indicate that he operated a grist-mill and studied medicine and practiced it to some extent and that he was financially able to provide amply for his large family of children. Another source stated that he was a Justice of the Peace in Pleasant Township.

JOHN JACKMAN SMITH was born 2/23/1780 at Old Dominion. He was the son of John Jackman Smith, Sr. and Elizabeth Stewart Smith. He died 10/18/1873 in Jefferson Co., Iowa. His second marriage was to Sarah Riddle.
He first married Rachel Alkire 1/26/1805 in Mt. Sterling, Montgomery Co., KY. She was the daughter of John Alkire and Susannah (Nation) Nave/Neff. Rachel was born 12/13/1783 at Moorefield, Hampshire Co. VA, now Hardy Co. WV. Rachel died 11/23/1825 in Madison Co., OH.

John and Rachel had 12 children who were all born in Pleasant Township, Mt. Sterling, Ohio.

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1. William born 4/15/1806 in Madison Co., OH and died 10/17/1806 in Madison Co., OH.
2. Elijah Lafayette born 8/15/1808 in Mt. Sterling, OH and married Ruanna Riddle 11/28/1828 in Mt. Sterling, OH. He died 7/22/1893 MacLeay, OR. Buried Stipps Cemetery. Ruanna was d/o John and Isabell Hueghey Riddle. Ruanna was born 1807 and died 1885.
3. Elias born 1/8/1810 in Mt. Sterling, OH. and died 8/27/1892, buried in Dickens Cemetery in Iowa. Married Elizabeth Busick (7 children) and Mrs. Angelletta Warner (widow) (3 children).
4. Lydia born 3/15/1811 in Mt. Sterling, OH. She married John Sullivan 1/28/1830 in Madison Co., OH. She died 5/23/1873 place unknown.
5. Rebecca Mae born 10/15/1812 and died 11/27/1812 both in Mt. Sterling, OH.
6. Carlisle born 10/13/1813 in Mt. Sterling, OH. Married Margaret Ruckman 1/29/1849 in Jefferson Co., IA. (3 children). Carlisle died 1/16/1875 Jefferson Co., IA. Buried in Smith Cemetery.
7. John Smith III born 8/21/1815 in Mt. Sterling, OH. Died 9/11/1822 in Mt. Sterling, OH.
8. Susannah born 3/17/1817 in Mt. Sterling, OH. She married Henry Davis 5/18/1848 Jefferson Co., IA. Her death information unknown.
9. Hiram born 5/2/1819 in Mt. Sterling, OH. Married Hannah Ruckman 5/4/1843 in Jefferson Co., IA. He died 5/2/1890 at Magnolia, IA.
10. Lucinda born 3/18/1821 in Mt. Sterling, OH. Died 8/31/1822 Mt. Sterling, OH.
11. Eliza born 9/25/1823 in Mt. Sterling, OH. Death unknown.
12. Rachel born 10/28/1825. Married Alfred B.Fitzgerald. Wed ?? Jerrels. She died 1/9/1902 Independence, OR. Alfred was born in NC 1820. Moved to IN as a boy. Wed Rachel 10/10/1850 Iowa. In 1850 they crossed the plains to Oregon arriving in Portland 8/26/1852. They moved to Marion Co. 1858, settled near Sublimity where they lived for 8 yrs. then moved to Jefferson for school purposes. Then to Independence. Alfred's dad was born in VA & mother in NC. Their children: John J. 1851 in Iowa, Sarah A. 1854, Milton A 1855 in Or., Mary Susan 1858, Ellen M. 1859, Thomas C. 1861, Albert Lincoln 1865, Emily R. 1866
Rachel Alkire Smith's parents were Rev. John D. Alkire and Susan (Susanna) Nation/Nave/Neff Rachel's father was born 1759 and died 10/1/1836 in Greenview, Menard Co., IL. Her mother was born 1768 and died 7/12/1832 in Greenview, Menard Co., IL. Rachel Alkire Smith's siblings: 1.Leonard Alkire 12/24/1785 S. Branch Potomac, Fredericks,VA Hampshire Co. VA - 1/16/1877 Sweetwater, Menard Co., IL. He wed Cathrine Davis 10/14/1811 in Madison Co., OH. 2.Sarah Alkire (Joseph L. Powell) 12/24/1786-1845 Menard Co., IL. 3.Silas Alkire 9/20/1788 - ??, VA Wed Rebecca Davis 6/23/1808 in Ross Co., OH. Rebecca 6/23/1808 Ross Co., OH - 6/18/1845 Deer Creek, Pickaway Co., OH. Silas died 9/4/1859 in Ross Co., OH. 4. Elizabeth Alkire 6/16/1791-6/8/1855 Fulton Co., IL. Wed Samuel Powell 9/25/1825 in Franklin/Madison Co., OH. 5. Dollie Alkire 10/28/1793-2/20/1867 White Co., IN. Wed Samuel Alkire. 6. John Nation Alkire 4/19/1796-8/20/1877 Menard Co., IL. Wed Ellender Swank. Wed Jane Elizabeth (Jennie) Henderson 7/2/1821 Darby Twp. Pickaway Co., OH. 7. William Nave Alkire 1/11/1802-6/3/1885 Greenview, Menard Co., IL. Wed Elizabeth Denton. Wed Margaret Powell. Wed Jemima (Crail/Goff) Whitton. 8. Mary Madaline Alkire 1803-4/18/1874 Greenview, IL. Wed George Blane 12/28/1826 Petersburg, Sagamon Co., IL.Rachel Alkire Smith died just days after the birth of her daughter Rachel on November 23, 1825 in Madison Co., Ohio. (All local burial sites have been searched and proof of her burial here in Pleasant Township can't be found.)

John was much opposed to slavery and when his father died in 1835, he at once disposed of his portion of land and 200 slaves, giving the slaves their freedom and planed a big barbeque for them. The slaves were thrilled at their good fortune. A source indicates that John was so opposed to slavery that he helped many of them to freedom by way of the Underground Railroad. He was proud to say he had done this.
Sources indicate that April 4, 1827 he married Sarah Riddle (circa 1773-1869). There were no children of this union.
The desire to go West was still with him. In 1837, he and his family started out on an unknown journey. They had several ox teams and covered wagons plus items needed for such a dangerous, long trek. They traveled for 3 months and came to Jefferson Co., Iowa. They settled about 41/2 miles southwest of what is now Fairfield on Cedar Creek in Liberty Township, Jefferson Co. They made friends at once with the Indians. It's said he entertained Chief Black Hawk and Chief Wapello.
They built their first home, a one room log house. Later, two more homes were built near by, each larger than the other. The last house was an up-to-date 2 story frame. The married children occupied the smaller houses. A source states that when they first got to the area they built an ash hopper to make their own soap. Clothing and linens were washed in the creek. They built a ford with rocks next to the first house so they and the ox teams could cross over. The ford was used for many years and was called Smith's ford.
John Smith practiced medicine and was referred to as Dr. Smith. He used herbs and bleeding. At the first election of Jefferson Co., John was elected as a County Commissioner along with three other men. Under this group a survey of 25 blocks was made for the city of Fairfield, the county seat. Records state that these commissioners followed the surveyors and drove in the stakes at the corners as they were done in April of 1839. The survey was never altered.
John Smith owned over 5,000 acres of land in the area which he bought from the Government for $1.25 an acre. He never owned property in Fairfield. A source shows 160 acres in Polk Twp., 427 acres in Locust Grove Twp., 360 acres in Liberty Twp., and 80 acres in Des Moines Twp.
He loaned money to others who came and wanted to buy land near his.

John's second wife, Sarah Riddle Smith, died May 10, 1869. Her birth was about 1773. When she passed, she was interred in the Fell Cemetery in Libertyville, Iowa. Sources don't record anything additional about her but states that her grandchildren remembered her as a loving grandmother.
At some point prior to his death, John Jackman Smith, Jr. became blind and quite helpless. Two maiden daughters lived at home and took care of him. He passed October 18, 1873, at the age of 93 years. He is buried next to Sarah Riddle Smith in the Fell Cemetery in Libertyville, Iowa.
*From a sketch by Seldon L. Smith in 1940--During the years of 1936 and 1937 I wrote these short stories of the lives of four of my past ancestors and stories and also my own up to January, 1937 and finally put the life stories in this form of a book in June, 1939. This book being my first experience of such work I find it quite a task and also find places here and there that now I would like to go back and add more than was written at first, especially in the second and fourth generations. At this time I will add to the history of John Jackman Smith, Jr.'s life, a story concerning a cane.
As is told in his life history, John Jackman, Jr. started from Ohio in the spring of 1837 and settled in what is now Jefferson Co., Iowa about 3 months later in the summer. Only a few years later war broke out between Mexico and the United States, through which the United States gained control of northwest Mexico. General Zachary Taylor was at the head of the United States forces and was stationed in a narrow mountain pass called Anglostura Heights, here, on February 22 and 23, 1847, General Taylor with a force of 5000 men protected by high cliffs on one side and deep ravines on the other, fought for 2 days a Mexican army of 20,000 men under Santa Anna who made desperate attempts to drive the Americans from the heights but they were beaten back in every charge and finally were driven from the field with 750 killed and wounded in the American forces and 2000 of the Mexican army lost. This battle made Taylor a national hero and the next year he was elected president. This battle was always known as the battle of Buena Vista.
Sometime between 1837, when great-grandfather settled in Jefferson Co., Iowa and February 22-23, 1847, when the battle of Buena Vista was fought, the cane in question was cut. I have heard father tell the story about the cane many times but through my unthoughtfulness I never asked him who, or if great-grandfather cut it himself but it was cut on the same ground where afterward the battle of Buena Vista was fought. Soon after great-grandfather got the stick he decided he would finish it as a cane, so did, with 16 small narrow silver mountings on the sides of the head and one round on top about the size of a five cent piece. The cane itself is Lignumvitae wood, is very heavy for its size and is quite a little larger than the stick and is of a different kind of wood, very much like mahogany or dark walnut and also the appearance of a knot or knarl.
Great-grandfather even after he had the stick made into a cane and knew where it came from, at that time never gave it much thought until General Taylor had won his victory on the same ground where it was grown and cut and next year was elected president. At this time great-grandfather prized his cane very highly and called it his presidential cane as he was a great politician in those days although he never did run for any kind of an office.
In 1848, when Zachary Taylor was elected president, great-grandfather carried the cane to that election and was proud to tell his many friends that it was his presidential cane and how it came to be. After he had taken it to this election it was his wish that from that time on for all time and that whoever carried it and heard anyone say a word of harm against our country to knock him down with it. From that time on it is supposed to have never missed a presidential election but never has been used as a weapon.
It was also his wish that the cane would be handed down from one generation to the oldest son of the next, providing it was one that would follow his wish and cared for it, also, it was his wish that it should never leave the Smith family in name. So far as is known, to this day, great-grandfather's wishes have been carried out. Quite a number of years ago, even before my father came into possession of it, the state tried to get it to put in the state historical building at Des Moines, Iowa with thousands of other relics of various kinds of the past but on account of great-grandfather's wishes their wishes have never been granted and the cane still remains in the Smith family and name.
My first knowledge of the cane was in the spring of 1910 when my uncle Marion Smith, known to everybody as Jack, died March 21, of that year in Kirkville, Iowa. While my father was at the home after the funeral, Aunt Carrie Landers Smith, his second wife, gave the cane to my father and told him it was Uncle Jack's wish for him to have it. How he came to be in possession of the cane no one living knows but it is supposed by the relatives that it was given him by his father, Elias. Father brought the cane home and told his family and many friends about the cane and was always very proud of it. It was his misfortune never to carry the cane to but one presidential election, that was in 1912, while he was serving as police in the House of Representatives at the state capitol at Des Moines, Iowa.
In May, 1913, when the legislature adjourned, father not being well for sometime, came to my home and brought the cane. He many times mentioned its history and during the summer gave it to me with the understanding that I would see that great-grandfather's wishes were carried out. Up to this time they have continued to carry out great-grandfather's wishes.


1. Elijah Lafayette Smith, s/o John and Rachel wed Ruann Riddle. Children:
A. John Riddle Smith b. 1830 Madison Co., OH. Died 1912. Wed Eiza Ann Peebler in Oregon.
B. Hiram Jackman Smith b. 1832 Madison Co., OH. Wed Emily McCaljein. Lived Sublimity, OR.
C. Sarah Jane Smith b.1835 probably in OH. Wed Robert Irvine.
D. Wm. Marion Smith born 1837 Iowa. Died 1897 Salem, OR. Wed Missouri C. Jones.
E. Susan Rachel Smith b. 1840 Iowa. Wed Wm. David Peebler Lebanon, OR.
F. Elijah Lafayette Smith b. 1842. Died 1915 Lincoln, OR. Wed Julia.
G. Mary Ann Smith b. 1843 Iowa. Died 1919 Fossil, OR. Wed George Jackson Matteer.
H. Abner Huysen Smith b. 1846 Iowa. Wed Ellen.
I. Zachary Taylor Smith b. 1848 Iowa. Wed Margaret Forgey.
J. Elizah Jane Smith b. 1850 Iowa. Wed John Royce.
K. Ann Amanda Melvina Smith b. 1851 Iowa. Wed George Taylor and J.S. Bosler.
2. Elias Smith, s/o John and Rachel wed Elizabeth Busick Madison Co., OH. Children:
A. Samuel Smith b. 1834.
B. John Smith b. 1836.
C. Rachel Smith b. 1838. Wed Wm. S. Widger.
D. Edward James Smith b. 1840. Wed Ailey Jane Glenn.
E. Marion Smith b. 1842.
F. Carlisle Allen Smith b. 1844. Died 1913. Wed Elizabeth Ann Stephenson.
G. Sarah Smith b. 1846. Wed M. Dunning.
H. Elizabeth Smith b. 1847 Iowa. Buried Cumberland Cem. Jefferson Co., Iowa.
Elias's wife Elizabeth died 1847. He married Angelletta (Anzolette) Warner in 1850.

S/O John Jackman Smith, Jr. Second wife of Elias Smith

3. Carlisle Smith s/o John Jackman and Rachel Alkire Smith wed Margaret Ruckman. Children
A. Lorenzo Dow Smith 1850-1931 Iowa. Fell Cemetery. Wed Mary A. Cool.
B. John Ruckman Smith 1867-1946 Iowa. Fell Cemetery. Wed Edna J. Potter.
C. Adella Smith 1869-1923. Wed Charles M. Leggett.
4. Hiram Smith s/o John Jackman and Rachel Alkire Smith. From Smith family history: In 1837 his father took him with his family and moved to south east Iowa in the covered wagon caravan. Their towns were Fairfield and Libertyville in Jefferson Co. There were many Indians of the Fox and Sac tribes in that area. Hiram fished and played with the Indian boys. As he grew to manhood he did all he could to help his father with the work. In 1842 he married Hannah Ruckman who had moved with a married sister to that area when she was a girl. She was the daughter of James and Margaret Boorsh/Boonet Ruckman. It was said that she was a cousin, by marriage, of Abraham Lincoln. Hiram owned 220 acres of land and became owner of a body of land near the town of Magnolia in Harrison Co. and moved there in 1869. There he and his family built a large, two story house, the first story being of brick construction. Their first home was a little log cabin built in a clearing near Libertyville, Iowa. One by one the children were married. Hiram died May 2, 1890 Magnolia, Harrison, Iowa.
From the Missouri Valley Times, May 8, 1890, Thursday - The burial of father H. Smith occurred Saturday. Funeral services at the Congregational Church conducted by Rev. Hoff of the M.E. Church. But few of his old neighbors even heard of his death till his burial was over, hence not so many in attendance as would otherwise have been. He was a good neighbor and a man whose honesty was not questioned.
From Logan Observer, August 24, 1916, Thursday - Hannah Ruckman Smith Winter was born in Pike co., Ohio, April 1, 1821 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ozias Walker at River Sioux August 16, 1916, age 95 years, 5 months, 15 days, as a result of a broken hip caused by a fall five weeks preceding her death. She came to Jefferson Co., Iowa in her young womanhood and there married Hiram Smith in 1843. To this union ten children were born. Four are living: Zack of Crawford, Nebraska, James of Hemingford, Nebraska, Merrill of Oregon and Mrs. Ozias Walker of River Sioux. She came to Harrison Co. with her husband in 1869. He died at Magnolia in 1890. Some years later she married Robert Winter. He died in 1911. She lived in and near Magnolia for some 35 years and in the county 47 years. A brief funeral service was held at the Walker home August 17th. Internment in Magnolia Cemetery. An honorable and industrious life closed in a desired rest.

Children of Hiram and Hannah Ruckman Smith:
A. James Asbury Smith 1844-1937. (More to follow)
B. John Jackman Smith 1845-1926 Iowa. Wed Sarah J. Donaldson, Matilda, Elizabeth Ross
C. Zachary Taylor Smith 1847-1926. (More to follow)
D. Zephaniah Smith 1849-
E. Millard F. Smith 1851-1917.
F. Elisabeth Smith 1852-
G. Alice Orminda Smith 1853-1903.
H. Albert Sylvester Smith 1855-1906. Wed Martha McIntosh.
I. Margaret Eliza Smith 1857-1857.
J. Mary J. Smith 1858-
K. Mahala Jane Smith 1858- . Wed Ozias Walker.
L. Hiram Jefferson Smith 1860-1861.
M. May H. Smith 1872-

5. Rachel Smith, d/o John Jackman and Rachel Alkire Smith, was born 10/28/1825 in Madison Co., Ohio. She died 1/9/1902 in Independence, Oregon. She wed twice. Once to unknown Jerrels and once to Alfred B. Fitzgerald. Alfred Fitzgerald was born in NC 1820 and moved to Indiana as a boy. He and Rachel wed 10/10/1850 in Iowa. That same year they crossed the plains to Oregon arriving in Portland 8/26/1852. They moved to Marion Co. 1858, settled near Sublimity where they lived for 8 yrs. and then moved to Jefferson for school purposes. Then they went to Independence. They had 8 children all born in the West.


James Asbury Smith, s/o Hiram and Hannah Ruckman Smith, was born 1844 near Libertyville, Iowa. In 1869 he, with his parents and brothers and sisters moved to Harrison Co. near Magnolia where his father had obtained property. His father (Hiram Smith) gave him a nice piece of land. In 1924, the last time my father visited me, he wrote a sketch from which part of this information regarding him and his father was taken: "That was a goodly land, living springs and running water, timber and grassy clad hills and rich, loamy valley and uplands." On May 4, 1870 he married a young lady by the name of Elizabeth Hughes who lived near Blenco, Mennon Co., Iowa. She was born in New York State. In his sketch, father wrote regarding her, "I saw in her beauty and real worth. I never saw anyone with a more lovely character, so meek, so gentle. Her descendants have reason to be proud of such an ancestor." On May 13, 1871, their first child, Hannah May, was born while they still lived in the big house which grandfather built. On August 12, 1872, Clara Ella was born in their own home at Lion Grove, Iowa. On May 28, 1874, Millie Edith was born in the same house. I, Rosa Estella, was born on January 18, 1876, in the big "brick basement home" built by grandfather Smith. On May 16, 1877, my father and his family, grandfather Hughes and a neighbor started with their caravan of six teams and covered wagons to move to the Pacific Coast. Father drove a mule team. Other wagons joined them until there were about 40 wagons in the caravan. They camped in a circle for protection from the Indians but the hostile Indians did not come close enough to bother them. Friendly Indians visited them now and then along the way. Father wrote "Finally we reached Walla Walla Valley, Washington. There we saw the bright running waters of the Walla Walla River and the fruit laden trees, so decided that was good enough for us."


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Grandson of John Jackman & Rachel Alkire Smith

James Asbury's wife, Elizabeth Hughes, was born 1852 Steuben, NY. Died 1878 in Milton, Umatilla, Oregon. She was daughter of John Jehu Hughes and Hannah Smith Hughes. Children of James Asbury and Elizabeth Hughes Smith:
A. Hannah May Smith 1971-1950. Wed John Hewitt Lambert.
B. Clara Ella Smith 1872-1898. Wed Thomas George Johnson.
C. Millie Edith Smith 1874-1945. Wed Harry William Garner.
D. Rosa Estella Smith 1876- . Wed Jesse Cornish.
E. Lizzie Vienna Smith 1878-1878, Milton, Umatilla, Oregon.

From Genealogy & Life Sketches of the Smith Family 1720-1959 compiled by Rosa Smith-Cornish:
....."That was good enough for us." He said, "Here we were quite happy until Elizabeth passed away on April 19, 1878 and baby Lizzie, who was born March 19, 1878, passed away August 23, 1878. This left father alone with 4 little girls. In December 1880, he took us girls and went back to Iowa at the earnest invitation of relatives who wanted to help care for us. He sold his home and we traveled down the coast by boat to San Francisco, during which time we were all very seasick. From there we went by train to Logan, Iowa. In 1881, father married Mary Ellen Caviness, who had been educated to teach school but seemed glad to step in and be a mother to his girls. Two children were born to them but both passed away in early childhood due to diphtheria which caused great sadness in the home."
"In the spring of 1886, when I was 10 yrs. old, we moved to a new country in far western Nebraska where father and some friends took up government land, settling near Hemingford where there was a post office, hotel and store but no railroad. The men helped each other build sod houses for homes. We lived in our small sod house for a year then a larger, 4 room sod house was built. These houses were plastered inside with mud. Millie and I helped father improve and farm the land and did the work of men as he could not afford a hired man. We all suffered much hardship and deprivation while pioneering there. He was not a man to have debts so waited until he had money to buy things. Many years later a new frame house was built. Father hated to see the old soddy torn down because of the many memories in connection with it. There had been births, deaths and weddings there. After Ella was married and had 2 boys, she passed away. Father and stepmother took the boys, Allen and James, to care for. Allen grew up, married and his children were born there. After stepmother passed away, April 17, 1922, Allen and his family continued to live on the home place and father made his home with them until he passed away suddenly in the back seat of the automobile on the way to town on February 28, 1936 at the age of 92 yrs. He was a man with strong Christian character, had a patient, gentle manner and was conscientious and honest. He war respected by everyone who know him. Since the age of 15 yrs. he had been a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He often studied the Bible with neighbors and friends and in later years I was told by someone who had known him for many years that he had been the means of raising up a large church."


John Jackman Smith s/o Hiram and Hannah Ruckman Smith had 4 children by wife Sarah J. Donaldson:
A. Marion H. Smith b. about 1867 and died in infancy.
B. Mina Smith b. about 1871.
C. Minus Eaton Smith 1875-1955. Wed Arabelle Tupper.
D. Margaret Smith b. about 1878

Zachary Taylor Smith s/o Hiram and Hannah Ruckman Smith was born 10/8/1847 Libertyville, IA and died 9/3/1926 in Crawford, Dawes, Nebraska. He married Adaline L. Townsend 9/14/1868 Jefferson Co., IA. She was daughter of James Dallas and Mary Collins/Collier Townsend. She was born 1846 and died 1882. Their children:
A. Mary Alice "Mollie" Smith 1869-1959. Wed Samuel Franklin Parrish.
B. Abbie Lydia Smith 1873-1950. Wed James Hiram Barnum.
C. Dallas H. Smith 1874-1954. Wed Susie B. Sieperda.
E. Risk Herschil Smith 1876-1963. Wed Florence A. David and Florence Morrison.
F. Sarah E. "Sadie" Smith 1878-1947. Wed Jake Harmon.
G. Allen Taylor Smith 1882-1958. Wed Hazel C. Haken, Emma C. Shipley, Ruth E. N. Bonney,Ardis Arbold.
Zachary was one of the first photographers in Nebraska. He had two farms-sold one and the last was sold when he came to Nebraska.
James D. Townsend acquired land in Libertyville, near Hiram Smith. Here Adaline and Zachary met and were married. Immediately after marriage they emigrated to western Iowa and settled near Magnolia. Records indicate that they were soon followed by the rest of the Smith family from Jefferson Co., IA. All acquired land near Magnolia, Iowa.
Some time during the first few years of their residence in western Iowa, a sister and some cousins of Hiram Smith had moved from eastern Iowa to Oregon and wrote in such glowing terms of that country that Zachary and James sold their Iowa land and with their families went to Oregon via rail to San Francisco, then by boat.
After about 3 months in Oregon they so disliked it that they moved back to Harrison Co., IA. Having sold their land, they became renters. After a few years farming, Zachary had accumulated enough money to buy back his land but just before the deal was closed, a letter came from Adaline's parents in Jefferson Co., IA requesting that Zach and Ada come back there and take charge of James Townsend's farm as they were alone and James was a cripple from rheumatism. They decided to accept the offer, which proved rather sad and a fateful decision. The time there (1881-1882) proved a period of crop failures and disappointments. So they moved back to Harrison Co., "homeless". Adaline died the following October.

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