Biography of John M. Smith
Ridge Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies





JOHN M. SMITH, born in Ridge Township August 20, 1849, is a son of John and Rebecca (Moor) Smith, natives of Maryland and West Virginia respectively. His parents married here, and had six children, viz., Elizabeth A., Jerome, George, Sarah L., John M. and Josephine R. His mother died August 22, 1880; his father is still living. John M., our subject, was reared on a farm, and engaged in that occupation till 1869, when he embarked in the tin and hardware business in Mount Blanchard, where he was thus engaged till 1875, when he again returned to the farm. Mr. Smith owns seventy eight acres, the old homestead of his wife's parents, and is one of the most successful farmers in the township. He was married, November 19, 1874, to Elizabeth A. Grindle, who was born in this township July 23, 1850. She is a daughter of Jacob and Catharine (Harbaugh) Grindle, who were born and reared in Pennsylvania. They settled in this county about 1832, their children being Rebecca, Margaret, Lydia, Susan, Mary, Amanda, Catharine, John J., Jacob S., William H., Daniel H., Simon P. and Elizabeth A. The father died April 15, 1877; the mother is still living in her eighty first year, under the care of Mrs. Smith. The chil. dren born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith are Carol, August; 31, 1875, died October 26. 1875; Lycurgus E., born August 30, 1876; Wheden P., July 22, 1877; Merril, December 6, 1878; Owen E., December 21, 1880; and Orange J., April 3, 1883. In politics, Mr. Smith is a Republican; he is recognized as one of the progressive farmers of the county, conducting his agricultural pursuits on a scientific basis. Mrs. Smith is an artist of no ordinary skill, and has received instructions in portrait and landscape painting from one of the best artists of Cincinnati. Several excellent pieces of her work now adorn the walls of her comfortable home.

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


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