Biography of John H. Smith
Pitt Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies

JOHN H. SMITH, born in Richland County, Ohio, November 13, 1817, is a son of John H. and Elizabeth (Kiefer) Smith, natives of Maryland, and of German descent. His parents were married in Harrison County, and moved directly to Bichiand about 1815, entering 160 acres. Their children were John H., Henry, Elizabeth, Solomon, Margaret, Maria, Sarah and Jacob. The family removed in 1865 to Wood County, where the father died. in 1875, aged eighty.six years; the mother in 1866, aged seventy four. Mr. Smith rented land several years, coming in 1849 to this county, where be purchased his present farm in 1851. This farm contains 160 acres, all well improved, provided with a good residence erected in 1859, at a cost of $1,000. He also owns ninety one acres in Wood County. He was married, April 22, 1841, to Miss Sarah Wirick, daughter of Henry and Catharine (Spade) Wirick, natives of Pennsylvania, and of German ancestry. Her parents settled in Richiand County in 1821. Her father died January 7, 1879, aged ninety years; he was a soldier in the war of 1812, fighting in the battle of Fort McHenry. Her mother died January 9, 1878, aged seventy seven. Mr. and Mrs. Smith had five children Mary E. (wife of William B. Wolsey), Franklin H., Lodemie (wife of S. P. Balliet), Samantha (wife of Samuel Suder, deceased), Almarine A. (wife of Samuel Bowman). Mrs. Smith was born March 18, 1822. In politics, Mr. Smith is a Democrat, voting first for Van Burén.

The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884

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