Elizabeth (Montgomery) Smith

Elizabeth (Montgomery) Smith (1826 - 1914)

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Elizabeth Smith formerly Montgomery
Born in Southend, Argyll and Bute, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Winnebago County, Illinois United Statesmap
Died in Rockford, Illinoismap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Apr 2018 | Last significant change: 3 Dec 2018
03:38: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for Elizabeth (Montgomery) Smith. [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Kintyre, Argyll | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Gleaner, sailed June, 1842 | Argyle, Illinois | 1850 US Census, Guilford Township, Winnebago, Illinois | Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Illinois | First Presbyterian Church, Rockford, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



Elizabeth came to the US from Kyntrye Scotland in 1842 on the Gleaner

Elizabeth was born in 1826. She was the daughter of James Montgomery and Jane Caldwell. [1]

They came to the US with her family in 1842 on the Gleaner. [2]

She married John Smith in 1851. [3]

She passed away in 1914.


Daniel M 1852–1916
Jane (Reid) 1853–1929
Mary Agnes 1855–1857
Flora White 1857–1942
James M 1860–1916
Mary Elizabeth (McKerrall) 1869–1942


From FindAGrave:

Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, February 10, 1914


Old Resident Of Argyle Died Sunday At Home Of Daughter In Rockford

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith passed from this life at 7:30 o'clock Sunday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Reid, 837 Haskell Avenue. She was the last surviving charter member of the Willow Creek Presbyterian church.

Since the death of her husband which occurred five years ago Mrs. Smith had resided in Rockford with her daughter.

She was born in Scotland, Nov. 25, 1826, and came to America in a sailing ship fifteen years later. The voyage consumed a month and another month was required to reach the new home in the "far west" at Argyle, where much of her life was spent.

Owing to the death of her mother which took place within a year of their settlement in the new home, Elizabeth Montgomery was compelled to assume the care of her younger brothers and sisters. Her marriage to James Smith occurred a few years later.

Death was the result of the general breaking down of extreme age, as Mrs. Smith was nearly 88 years old.

She leaves two sons, Daniel Smith, who lives on the Montague road, and James Smith of Rockford, three daughters, Mrs. James S. Reid and Miss Flora Smith of 837 Haskell Avenue, and Mrs. Hugh McKerrall of 930 North Winnebago street, besides a brother, James Montgomery of Poplar Grove.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Reid home with Rev. M.L. Pearson of the Willow Creek church and Pastor Fulton of First Presbyterian Church of Rockford officiating. Interment will be at Argyle.

The death of Mrs. Smith occurred within a few hours of that of a lifelong neighbor and friend, Mrs. James Greenlee.


  1. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTJS-S4V : 10 February 2018), Elisabeth Montgomery, 25 Dec 1826; citing , reference 2:16BKRSQ, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  2. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVPF-7HB3 : 11 March 2018), Elizabeth Montgomery, 1842; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .
  3. "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK9L-X57M : 14 October 2017), John Smith and Elizabeth Montgomery, 12 Dec 1851; citing Winnebago, Illinois, United States, county offices, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,914,041.

See also

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #53386156 Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 21 July 2018), memorial page for Elizabeth Montgomery Smith (25 Nov 1826–8 Feb 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53386156, citing Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Amelia Crombie-Christy (contributor 46861625) . --Baptism records birthday as December 25.
  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M854-T6Z : 12 April 2016), Elizabeth Montgomery in household of James Montgomery, Guilford, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing family 150, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Gravestone for John Smith and Family
Gravestone for John Smith and Family


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