Friday, June 26, 2015

John Everett Vaught Smith, son of Elias Guess Smith

John Everett Vaught Smith, son of Elias Guess Smith, born September 27, 1812; died March 23, 1895.  He married Elizabeth Brumley Kimbley, daughter of Francis E. and Easter (Vanlandingham) Kimbley, April 15, 1834.  She died May 30, 1883, at the age of 67.

John E. V. Smith & Elizabeth B. Kimbley

John E. V. and Elizabeth Bromley (Kimbley) Smith were the parents of eight children, as follows:

Francis E. Smith, born April 4, 1835; died 1836
Martha J. Smith, born October 15, 1842; died January 21, 1862

John Everett Vaught Smith was educated and married in Muhlenberg County.  Soon after his marriage, he moved to Ohio County and bought a farm on Green River near Ceralvo.  There he remained until 1848, when he moved to McLean County.  He returned to Ohio County in 1856 and bought the farm he had owned before going to McLean.  After his wife's death in May 1883, John Everett Vaught Smith sold his farm near Ceralvo, in September of the same year, and bought property in Centertown.[1]

Elizabeth Brumley Kimbley Smith went away to boarding school when she was a young girl.  When my sister and I visited Mrs. Ida Morton Barnard in Island, Kentucky, in 1959, she showed us a sampler made by "Betsey Brumbley Kimbley, Hir work Done to the year 1829."

Elizabeth would have been 13 in that year.  Mrs. Barnard had a tooled leather trunk, with three rows of what appeared to be brass heads across the top, that had belonged to Elizabeth B. Kimbley and contained her trousseau.  On the same trip, we met Mrs. Hattie (Kirtley) Brown, a granddaughter of John E. V. and Elizabeth.  In Mrs. Brown's home we saw the John Everett Vaught Smith Bible in which was written a lot of family information.

According to Mrs. Barnard, Elizabeth Kimbley had been a Baptist and John E. V. Smith had been a Presbyterian.  No churches of these denominations were near where they lived, so both joined the Equality Methodist Church.  Both were buried in the Nellie Davis Cemetery near Equality (sometimes called Kronos).  My sister and I had on another trip found the cemetery, which was located on top of a rise in the middle of a cornfield.  It was surrounded by wire and was overgrown with weeds and honeysuckle vines.  We attempted to make a search for the Smith graves but had to give up.  Mrs. Barnard told us that Elizabeth had a tombstone, but that John E. V. did not.

As John E. V. Smith's descendents are the ones with which I shall be concerned at the greatest length, I shall here briefly interrupt the narrative concerning his family and pick it up after the rest of his siblings are recorded.

[1]   Kentucky, A History of the State, J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin, G. C. Kniffin, Louisville, Kentucky, 1885, p. 1002

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