Biography of Job Smith
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Job Smith, born in New Jersey in 1813; he is the son of Job and Rachel (Rodgers) Smith, father of English and mother of German and English descent. They were natives of New Jersey. He never attended school a day. in his life, but can read, and says he could have made himself a good scholar after he was grown up. His mother died in 1815. When he was 14 years old he started out to make his own way through the world, but was to give his father all he made except what it took to clothe him till he was 21 years old, which was about one half of what he could make. He came to Indiana when he was 19 years old, and worked in the country the first year, the next yearn he worked for John Rush, the net summer came to Terre doupee Prairie, where he has lived ever since. He was married in 1834, to Elizabeth Lancaster; they commenced to keep house with $12 worth of household furniture, and slept on a one legged bedstead made by building in the corner of the house. They have one child, a girl, married and living in Missouri at present. Mrs. S. died in 1844. He was again married in 1851, to Mrs. Little, whose maiden name was Martha Ann Green, and they have 9 children, 5 of whom are married. Mr. S. is a farmer, and owns 255 acres of good land. He was here when all the wheat was cut by hand, all grass cut with a scythe, single shovel plows, all the houses made of logs, clapboard roof and puncheon floors; if a man was more than two days building, he would be called lazy or very slow. He was formerly a Whig, but is now a Republican in politics, has been Supervisor; never wore any clothing except home made till he was 17 years old. It was 25 years after he came to this county before he saw any of his relatives, then he went back among them. He is a liberal and kind hearted man, and is much respected by his neighbors.

From:
History of St. Joseph County, Indiana
Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Publisher
Chicago 1880.


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