Death of a Prominent Citizen
John Smith Passes Away in His 88th Year at the Home of His Daughter Mrs. Samuel Milliken.
John Smith, an aged and prominent citizen of Greene county, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Milliken, East Street, Waynesburg, Sunday morning, January 26, at ten o'clock, aged 88 years, 8 months and 19 days. He had been in poor health for about three weeks, his death resulting from heart failure. Deceased was born on Smith creek, in Franklin township, May 7, 1824, being a son of Vincent and Elizabeth Bell Smith. When he was eighteen his parents removed to Tom's Run, in Jackson township. John Smith spent the remainder of his life, excepting the past few years, there. He was engaged in farming and stock-raising, and for some years was also a merchant. He was successful in all of these vocations and was one of the substantial business men of the western part of the county.
In politics he was a Repbulican and had been one of the organizers of that party, having been a member of the first Republican county committee in Greene county. He had voted seventeen times for president of the United States and had filled local offices in Jackson township, such as school director and supervisor, at different times.
Mr. Smith was united in marriage Oct. 19, 1848, to Miss Eliza A. Fordyce, this union lasting nearly fifty-four years. Mrs. Smith died July 20, 1902. Of their eight children, six are now surviving: Mrs. A. P. Donley, of Liberal, Kansas; Mrs. W. P. Core, Buckhannon, W. Va.; Mrs. Samuel Milliken, Waynesburg, Pa; Mrs. M. L. Core, Morgantown, W. Va.; Mrs. S. K. White, Monmouth, Ill, and J. B. Smith, Pine Bank, Pa. One sister, Miss Maggie Smith, of Parkersburg, W. Va., survives. About fifteen years ago Mr. Smith retired from active business and had resided during the past five years with his daughter, Mrs. Samuel Milliken, here, where he received every attention during the evening of his life.
On Monday evening, at 6:30 funeral services were conducted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Milliken by Rev. Dr. Bash, of the M. E. church. The remains were taken to Pine Bank, on Tuesday morning, where services were held in the M. E. church and interment took place there.
Waynesburg Republican, January 30, 1913 (Greene County, PA)
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