Monday, October 17, 2011

John B. Smith, Son of James Simpson Smith

John B. Smith, son of James Simpson Smith, born 1805 in Kentucky.  In 1850 he lived at home with his father, who by that year was quite elderly, and John's occupation was shown in the census records as blacksmith.  Ten years later the 1860 census shows a John B. Smith, 51, whose age corresponds with that of John, who was a farmer.  His wife was Nancy J., then 33 (born 1826 or 1827).  This family is found in the 1860, 1870, and 1880 census.  The children were: 
            Margaret E.,               b. 1852 or 1853, in Tennessee
            Mary F.,                      b. 1854 or 1855, in Kentucky
            William M.,                 b. 1856 or 1857, in Kentucky
            George A.,                 b. 1858 or 1859, in Kentucky
            James Henry,           b. 1864 or 1865, in Kentucky
            Luella B.,                   b. 1866 or 1867, in Kentucky
            Harriett A.,                 b. 1869 or 1870, in Kentucky

John B. Smith's will is found in Muhlenberg County Will Book 4, page 64.  It is dated December 30, 1884.  I failed to note the date of probate.  (See Appendix E.) To each of his three younger children, James Henry Smith, Luella Bell Smith, and Harriett A. Smith, he left a horse and a cow.  The remainder of property he willed, to his wife, Nancy Jane Smith.  As executor he appointed his son-in-law John W. Stuart.  This would indicate that John W. Stuart was the husband of one of the two older girls, Margaret E. or Mary F.

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