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John W. Smith    

JOHN W. SMITH, farmer, post-office Sandy Lake, was born April 15, 1852, in Venango County, Penn., to Samuel and Eliza (McMillen) Smith, natives, the father of some portion of Eastern Pennsylvania, and the mother of Venango County. The father died August 21, 1880, and the mother is living on the old home in Venango County. They had nine children: John W., Marion V., farmer of Venango County; Willard F., also a farmer of that county; Sarah E., married Lybner Riddle, of Venango County; David, deceased; Clayton, farmer of Venango County; Sherman, a farmer of Venango County; Alice, married Riley McDow; Mary, married D. W. Walters. The father was a justice of the peace, and a member of the Church of God, to which organization the mother belongs. The father was a very successful farmer, and gave to each of his sons 100 acres of land, and to his daughters $1,000 each. Our subject was educated in the common schools, and was married, in 1872, to Angeline Henderson, of Venango County, Penn., by whom he has four children: George, Laura, Myra and Sherman. He came to Mercer County in 1882, having traded his farm in Venango County for one in this. He is at present one of the school directors of the township. He is a member of the A. 0. U. W., and with his wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Although a newcomer to the county, he is to be found encouraging everything that goes to build up the community in which he resides. He has an excellent farm, and is raising sheep and other good stock. In politics he is a Republican.

History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania : its past and present : including its aboriginal history, its early settlement and development, a description of its historic and interesting localities, sketches of its boroughs, townships and villages, neighborhood and family histories, portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc. : also, a condensed history of Pennsylvania. Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1888, pages 1066-1067.  Read this book on line - Free Trial  Search Hundreds of 1880s-1890s Pennsylvania County History Books for biographies and historical information on your ancestors.  View the book page images on line and print them out for your genealogy file!  Free Access to the old history books - plus birth & death records, census images and ALL other records at ancestry.com.

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