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 John Alex Smith

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John Alex Smith

Birth
Georgetown, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Death 24 Jul 1879 (aged 87)
Adelphi, Ross County, Ohio, USA
Burial Adelphi, Ross County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 206696405 View Source
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John Alex Smith was born in Georgetown, District of Columbia on 14 Feb 1792. His full middle name may have been Alexander since he had a son named John Alexender.

His birth year differs depending on the record.
• The 1850 U.S. Census shows his age as 52 (1798), married to Sarah, with an occupation as a Shoemaker
• The 1870 U.S. Census shows his age as 75 (1795), married to Sarah, with an occupation of Works in Shoe Shop
• His Death Record shows his age at  87 year 5 months and 10 days when he died on 2 Jul 1879 which calculates to 14 Feb 1792

In addition, his place of birth is reported differently on different records.
• The 1850 U.S. Census shows his birth place as Pennsylvania
• The 1870 U.S. Census shows his birth place as Pennsylvania
• The 1880 U.S. Census shows "D.C" as father's birth place for his daughter, Sarah Ann Smith
• The 1880 U.S. Census shows "D.C" as father's birth place for his son, Joseph T. Smith
• The 1880 U.S. Census shows "D.C" as father's birth place for his son, John Alexander Smith
• His Death Record shows "Georgetown, D.C" as his birth place
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About 1815, John married Sarah Truex , the daughter of Joseph Truex and Sarah Stilwell. Sarah was born in Pennsylvania.
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Per the 1830 U.S. Census, John and Sarah Smith resided in Adelphi, Ross County, Ohio.

Head of Family: John A Smith
-----Age Groupings-------------Birth Years------Assumed Names
Males - Under 5----------1 [Born 1826-1830]--John Alexander Smith
Males - 5 thru 9 ----------1 [Born 1821-1825]--Joseph T. Smith
Males - 10 thru 14 -------1 [Born 1816-1820]--Unknown
Males - 30 thru 39 -------1 [Born 1791-1800]--John Alex Smith
Females - Under 5-------1 [Born 1826-1830]--Sarah Ann Smith
Females - 10 thru 14----1 [Born 1816-1820]--Mary Ann Smith
Females - 30 thru 39----1 [Born 1791-1800]--Sarah Smith
Total - All Persons-------7

Per the 1840 U.S. Census, John and Sarah Smith resided in Adelphi, Ross County, Ohio.

Head of Family: John A Smith
-----Age Groupings-------------Birth Years------Assumed Names
Males - 10 thru 14-------1 [Born 1826-1830]-- William Smith
Males - 15 thru 19-------1 [Born 1821-1825]--John Alexander Smith
Males - 40 thru 49-------1 [Born 1791-1800]--John Alex Smith
Females - Under 5 ------1 [Born 1836-1840]--Julia Smith
Females - 10 thru 14 ---1 [Born 1826-1830]--Sarah Ann Smith
Females - 40 thru 49----1 [Born 1791-1800]--Sarah Smith
Total - All Persons ------ 6

Per the 1850 U.S. Census, John and Sarah Smith resided in Adelphi, Ross County, Ohio. Listed are:
-John A Smith, age 52, born Pennsylvania, Shoemaker
-Sarah Smith, age 52, born Pennsylvania
-Sarah Smith, age 22, born Ohio
-John Smith, age 20, born Ohio
-Julia A Smith, age 13, born Ohio

Per the 1870 U.S. Census, John and Sarah Smith resided in Adelphi, Ross County, Ohio. Listed are:
-John A Smith, age 75, born Pennsylvania, Works in Shoe Shop
-Sarah Smith, age 73, born Pennsylvania
-Sarah A Smith, age 43, born Ohio
-Sarah J Tomblison, age 9, born Ohio [granddaughter]

Per John's death record, he was widowed. It is presumed that Sarah died between 11 Jul 1870 (date of 1870 Census) and 24 Jul 1879 (date John died).

Based on the Census Records from 1830-1870, John and Sarah Smith lived most of their lives in the village of Adelphi, Ross County, Ohio. From the 1875 map , there were other Smith families living close by. In addition, Mary Ann Smith, daughter of John and Sarah, and her husband Abraham Grim Neff lived in the same village.
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The 6 known children of John and Sarah Smith are:
Mary Ann Smith (Abt 1817-1884) - married Abraham Grim Neff
Joseph T. Smith (Abt 1822-Bef 1900)- married Ruth Byers
Sarah Ann Smith (1826-1892) - did not marry
John Alexander Smith (1828-1985) - married Martha Jane Mauk
William Smith (1832- ? )
Julian Smith (1836-1872) - married John C. Tomlinson
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Ohio Death Records, Ross County, 1867-1883, Vol. 1-2, Page 33, Line Number 25
-Name: John Alex Smith
-Gender: Male
-Death Date: 24 Jul 1879
-Age: 87y 5m 10d
-Residence: Adelphi
-Marital Status: Widowed
-Occupation: Shoemaker
-Birthplace: Georgetown, D.C.
-Cause of Death: Rupture
-Death Place: Adelphi, Ross County, Ohio

It is very likely that John A. and Sarah Smith are buried in Belleview Cemetery, located at the intersection of High Street and Market Street in Adelphi, Ross County, Ohio. This is 3 blocks away from their home in Adelphi. Many related family members are known to be buried there. Many of the older stones have disintegrated or worn smooth where the names were inscribed. In addition, Belleview Cemetery suffered a catastrophic collapse in which a portion of the cemetery sank about fifteen feet over the hill toward the east. Burials were not recovered and the stones were not recorded.


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