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John E. Smith, Obituary

John E. Smith was my great-great-grandfather.  I am descended from his first wife, Ellen Lyons, who died in 1859.  John and Ellen had 5 children.  In 1860 he married Frances Harriet Carrico; they had 7 children.


The Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Thursday, February 28, 1907


John E. Smith, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Washington County, died at the home of his son, J. Rich Smith, last Saturday.  Mr. Smith had been in failing health for several years and for the past two years had been a confirmed invalid.  He was seventy-seven years old and had been a resident of the county all his life.  Mr. Smith at one time was one of the largest land owners in the county, but several years ago he divided his land among his children.  He is survived by six children, sixty-three grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.


The Springfield Sun, Springfield, Kentucky

February 20, 1907

Death of Jno. E. Smith

One of the County’s Best Known Citizens

Mr. John E. Smith, one of the county’s best known citizens, died at the home of his son, Mr. J. Rich Smith in the St. Rose neighborhood last Sunday morning, aged seventy-seven years. Deceased had been in declining health for a number of years, and his death came as no surprise to his family and friends. Mr. Smith was a devout member of the Catholic Church and was an excellent Christian man. He was born in Marion County March 10, 1830, and at one time owned a distillery in that county, and made considerable money while engaged in that business. In this connection it might be well to say that Mr. Smith was a remarkably temperate man. At the age of seventeen he signed a pledge to never again touch intoxicating beverages of any kind, and we are informed that this pledge was never broken.

The deceased was twice married but both wives preceded him to the grave. Six children, all of this county, survive him. They are, Mrs. J. B. Carrico, J. Rich Smith, Mrs. F. M. Carrico, Jas. E. Smith, Mrs. Barton Mattingly, and G. W. Smith. Besides these Mr. Smith leaves sixty-three grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

The deceased at one time was an extensive land owner in this county, owning 500 or 600 acres of good land, but this he divided among his children when he became incapacited for business.

Mr. Smith was a liberal and kind-hearted man; he was a good neighbor and a kind and considerate father.

Funeral services were held at St. Rose Monday, interment occuring at that place.


Obituary taken from “The News Leader”, Springfield, Ky:

Mr. John E. Smith, one of the county’s oldest and most respected citizens died at the home of his son, Mr. J. Rich Smith in the county Southwest of Springfield on last Sunday. Mr. Smith had been in failing health for several years and for the past two years had been a confirmed invalid both in mind and body. He was 77 years of age and had been a resident of the county for about 40 years having moved here from Marion County where he was born. The deceased was a man of the highest integrity and always commanded the respect of those who knew him. He had been a successful farmer and reared a large family of children to manhood and womanhood.

Mr. Smith was twice married, he at the early age of nineteen years having married a Miss Lyons of which union there are two daughters and one son to survive. His last wife who died about seven years ago was a Miss Carrico. Those sons and daughters who survive are as follows: Mrs. Joe B. Carrico, J. Rich Smith, Mrs. F.M. Carrico, James E. Smith, Mrs. Bart Mattingly, and George W. Smith. Mr. Smith is also survived by 63 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, nearly all of whom live in this county.

The funeral took place on Monday morning from St. Rose Church of which the deceased was a devout member

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  1. John E. Smith is your great great grandfather, and he is an uncle to my grandfather, Joseph Louis Young, and according to Family Treemaker he is my 1st cousin once removed. Can you please send me a list of his children by both of his marriages, I have only one son and one daughter by his first marriage, and do not have the names of the children by his 2nd marriage.
    I am also related to John E. Smith and his wife, Ellen Lyons. Thanks in advance. Dottie Porter himes Thanks

    • John E. Smith and Ellen Lyons had the following children: Melvina Ann Smith (my great-grandmother), Mary Isabella Smith, Thomas Henry (Harry) Smith, John Richard Smith and Mary Ellen Smith.

      John and his second wife, Harriet Carrico, had the following children: James Smith, Mary Catherine Smith, Ann Elizabeth Smith, George Robert Smith, Cecilia Jane Smith, George Washington Smith and Victoria Mary Jane Smith.

      Do you have any information about the ancestors of Ellen Lyons? I know her father was Augustine Lyons, but that’s all I have.

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