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John Smith
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Birth: 1790
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 25, 1875
Morgan County
Illinois, USA

Smith, John Died 25 Oct 1875 Age 85 Yr 22 Da
The following obit appeared in the Jacksonville Daily Journal of Thursday, Oct. 28, 1875: DEATH OF AN OLD CITIZEN. John Smith, one of the first settlers in the county, died at his home in Buckhorn Prairie, last Monday night, at the advanced age of 86 years. He was stricken with paralysis Friday night, and was found in bed Saturday morning unable to speak, and utterly helpless. He was buried yesterday, Wednesday, at Lewis graveyard. He had lived on what is
now Buckhorn Prairie for 51 years. His wife died about four years ago.)

Obituary for wife Dulcenda Smith:

Smith, Dulcenda Wife of John Smith Married 15 Feb 1816 -- 17 June 1793 - 29 Aug 1871 Aged 78 Yr 2 Mo 12 Da
(Her obit appeared as follows in the Jacksonville Daily Journal of Wednesday, Aug. 30, 1871: DIED--AN OLD SETTLER GONE--Mrs. Smith, consort of John Smith, died on Monday last, at
the old homestead, six miles south of the city, at the advanced age of 79 years. Mr. Smith is one of the oldest settlers in this county, coming here with his wife, now deceased, among the very first. The venerable couple continued in married life for fifty-eight years, and now among the last days of the winter of their lives, death finally comes and severs the connection, by taking the aged wife. For about forty-five years have they lived in this county, and watched its progress from the earliest days to the present state of prosperity.)

Son of John & Dulcenda Smith:
Smith, George W. Died 12 Aug 1891 70 Yr 5 Mo 4 Da
(The large obelisk marking his grave is engulfed by a sickly looking evergreen tree. The following biography is copied from pages 673 and 674 of "History of Morgan County, Illinois 1878": SMITH,
GEORGE, Farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 28, Post Office Woodson. The gentleman who heads this sketch was the son of John and Dulcina Smith. His father was a native of Pennsylvania, who
moved from there to Kentucky; there married about 1820; he moved to Lawrence Co., Ill., there the subject of our sketch was born. When four years old his parents moved to Morgan County
and settled near Jacksonville on government land. At that date Jacksonville consisted principally of a store and a tavern. In those days there were no school funds, the schools being supported by
subscription, the seat of learning being a log cabin. In 1845 he married to Miss Celia Hatcher. Mr. S. has held the office of school trustee, school director, etc. At this writing is living on his farm, and is owner of 208 acres. Four children: John R., Francis M., Sarah, and Amelia.) 
Family links: 
  Dulcenda Smith (1793 - 1871)*
  James Philip Smith (1806 - 1844)*
  George W Smith (1821 - 1891)*
*Calculated relationship
Buckhorn Prairie Cemetery
Morgan County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Cynthia K. Fisher Smith
Record added: Jun 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71661487


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