John E. Smith was born 182 years ago – March 10, 1830 – in Marion County, Kentucky. John was the son of Samuel E. Smith and Nancy Cusick. John married Ellen Lyons about 1849. They had 5 children: Melvina Ann, Mary Isabella, Thomas Henry, John Richard and Mary Ellen Smith. Ellen died in 1859. For his second wife John married France Harriet Carrico. They had 7 children: James, Mary Catherine, Ann Elizabeth, George Robert, Cecilia Jane, George Washington and Victoria Mary Jane Smith. Although born in Marion County, John lived most of his life in Washington County, Kentucky.