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
and bought a farm
County Green River near Ceralvo. There he remained until 1848, when he moved to
He returned to McLean County in 1856 and bought
the farm he had owned before going to Ohio
County 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.
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
in 1959, she showed us a sampler made by "Betsey Brumbley Kimbley, Hir
work Done to the year 1829." Island, Kentucky
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
Both were buried in the Equality
Methodist Church 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 Nellie Davis
had a tombstone, but that John E. V. did not. Elizabeth
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.