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S M I T H
By: William Levanti & Diana Bryson-Brooks & Marci Lamar Kasen
unless otherwise noted.

-1-John and Mary (nee ROSS) SMITH
Child of John & Mary SMITH :
    James SMITH

 
 
-2- James SMITH         "One of the Founding Fathers Of Ashley, Illinois"
Son of John and Mary (nee ROSS) SMITH
James SMITH was born in 1806 in Cumberland County, Kentucky
He married Laura J. TAYLOR
and died in 1888 in Ashley Village, Washington County, Illinois.
He is buried in the Ashley Cemetery (I.O.O.F.) just west of Ashley, Washington County, Illinois.
See: Article from "1879 Washington County History"
 
  Laura J. (nee TAYLOR) SMITH
Born : 1810
Died : 1898
Burial in the Ashley I.O.O.F. ( Oddfellow ) Cemetery, along with her husband

Photo furnished to the family by : Edith BOWEN and provided here by : Marci Lamar Kasam

Photo Of Laura Smith
  Children of James & Laura J. SMITH
    2a. James Taylor SMITH - 1835
    2b. Frederick Grider SMITH - 1836
    2c. Frances Jane SMITH - 1837
    2d. John Lockard SMITH - 1839
    2e. Samuel Ross SMITH - 1840
    2f. Martha Ann SMITH - 1843
    2g. Charles Thomas SMITH - 1846
    2h. William Uriah SMITH - 1848
    2i. Mary A. SMITH - 1852
    2j. Madison Taylor SMITH - 1854
 
 
- 2d- John Lockard SMITH
Son of James & Laura J. (nee TAYLOR) SMITH
Born : May 14, 1839, Washington County, Illinois.
Married : Sarah Ann FLANAGAN, on Februrary 8, 1866, in Washington County, Illinois.
Died : March 31, 1899, Ashley, Washington County, Illinois.
Burial : I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Ashley, Washington County, Illinois.
 
  Sarah Ann FLANAGAN
Daughter of James & Mary (nee PIERCE) FLANIGAN
Born : September 22, 1847, Washington County, Illinois.
Died : January 27, 1906, Ashley Township, Washington County, Illinois.
Burial : I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Ashley, Washington County, Illinois.
 
  Child of John Lockard & Sarah Ann SMITH :
        2d1. Thomas Franklin SMITH
        Born : October 24, 1883, Ashley, Washington County, Illinois.
        Married : Lula KELLER, January 29, 1907, in Ashley, Washington County, Illinois.
        Died : June 12, 1955, Marshall Browning Hospital, DuQuoin, Perry County, Illinois.
        Burial : Zeigler Cemetery, Zeigler, Franklin County, Illinois.
 
 
- 2e- Samuel Ross SMITH
Son of James & Laura J. (nee TAYLOR) SMITH
Born : December 8, 1840, Washington County, Illinois.
Married : Sophia H. BROOKS, on November 12, 1868, in Washington County, Illinois.
Died : February 17, 1908, Washington County, Illinois.
Burial : I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Ashley, Washington County, Illinois.
 
  Sophia H. (nee BROOKS) SMITH VAUGHN
Daughter of Joshua William & Margaret (nee HARPER) BROOKS
Born : January 20, 1847,............ "Hart" County, Kentucky
Married (1) :Samuel Ross Smith
Married (2) : James W. Vaughn
Died : October 6, 1930, Richview Township, Washington County, Illinois.
Burial : I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Ashley, Washington County, Illinois.
  Two of Sam & Sophia son's married FRED sisters,
daughters of William Henry & Sarah Jane (nee WOODROME) FRED.

    2e1. Edward E. SMITH, married as his second wife, Maud FRED,six known children.

    2e2. Robert Calvin SMITH, married Ada Florence FRED, six known children.
      Two of his boys went to Montana.

 
 
- 2h- William Uriah Smith
Son of James & Laura J. (nee TAYLOR) SMITH
Born : December 7, 1847, Washington County, Illinois.
Married : Permelia E. BLEDSOE on February 13, 1872, in Washington County, Illinois.
Died : 1929, Ashley Twp., Washington County, Illinois.
Burial : I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Ashley, Washington County, Illinois.
 
  Permelia E. BLEDSOE
Daughter of Hugh & Menerva (nee HOWELL) BLEDSOE
Born : 1853, Jefferson County, Illinois.
Died : 1913, Ashley Township, Washington County, Illinois.
Burial : I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Ashley, Washington County, Illinois.
 
  William Uriah Smith Family

See larger photo with Names --
W. U. SMITH Family
 
 


James SMITH
One of the Founding Fathers Of Ashley, Illinois
My GGG-Grandparents By : Marci Lamar Kasen

   
The Washington County History - printed in 1879 states:

      "Mr. Smith may be justly regarded as one of the pioneers of Washington
Co. He encountered the hardships of the pioneer era of the state, and right
manfully did he bear his portion of the burden. The first two years of his
residence in the county was full of trials and difficulties.

      He was compelled to haul all his supplies of every kind from St Louis
to Shawneetown. This occasioned trips of considerable lenghth and through
a country unsupplied with roads and bridges. To give the reader some idea
of the state of the roads and the difficulty of crossing streams in those
days, it may be mentioned that Mr Smith was no less than seven days in coming
from Mt. Vernon to Ashley, a distance of only 15 miles. If space would permit,
it would be our pleasure to recount more fully the trials and tribulations
through which this hearty old pioneer passed, to safely emerge at last, and now
as he glided serenely down the veil of life he sees the land around him filled
with wealth, posperity, and the enlightened intelligence of the nineteenth century.
Which but for him and those like him might yet be a barren waste. All honour to
the sturdy honest pioneer of by-gone days." .

. . . . .

Also stated is :

"Mr Smith is a Republican in politics. He, however, was formerly a Democrat.
He cast his first vote for Andrew Jackson in 1828. He had a personal
acquaintance with "Old Hickory", whom he admired and regarded as the first
statesman of the age. He remained steadfast to the party of his first choice
until 1860, since which time he has voted the Republican ticket.

      He has occupied offices of trust in the gift of the people and is one of
the oldest justices of the peace in the county. It is with great pleasue that
we thus breifly outline the life of James Smith. In the community when he resides
none stand higher in the estimation of the citizens than he does.
He is regarded as an upright, honest, and honorable man."

To this date, some of the surrounding area of Ashley, Illinois is known as
the Smith Addition.


James SMITH's Mother :
      Mary Ross Smith and her children arrived in what was then known as the
Woodrome Settlement, later to be called Ashley on 15 Sept 1828.

The Washington County History of 1879 states:
      "The widow Smith came to the area with the first iron-tire and
spoke wheeled wagon that the settlers in that area had seen."

      Mary Ross Smith lived in the household of her son,
Frederick Grider Smith in her age and lived just past the 1855 census.
 
 

 


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