John was born in Pleasants County, West Virginia. He was the son of Jeremiah Edgar Smith and Mary Jane Ward. Jeremiah and Mary Smith lived most of their life in Pleasants County, WV and Jefferson County, OH.
John was the third husband of Queen Victoria Jack. They were married in Pocahontas, WV. Queen was a twice widow with 5 children when they married.
Queen and John had 4 children together:
Helen Lenora Lucille Pauline Gray Campie Virginia Mary Victoria Smith