John Smith

John Smith (1826 - 1908)

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John Smith
Born in Southend, Argyll and Bute, Scotlandmap
Husband of — married in Winnebago County, Illinois United Statesmap
Died in Argyle, Winnebago County, Illinois, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 15 May 2018 | Last significant change: 10 Nov 2018
15:01: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for John Smith. [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Kintyre, Argyll | Gleaner, sailed June, 1842 | Argyle, Illinois | Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Illinois | 1870 US Census, Harlem Township, Winnebago, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



John was born in 1826 in Scotland. He was the son of Daniel Smith and Mary Montgomery [1]

He came to the US with his family in 1842. [2]

They were one of the early residents of the Scotch Settlement at Argyle in Illinois.

He married Elizabeth Montgomery in Illinois in 1851. [3]

He passed away in 1908.


Rockford Republic, Saturday, November 14, 1905


Pioneer Passed Away Yesterday Afternoon of Old Age - Funeral Services Sunday John Smith, aged 82 years, a pioneer at Argyle, died yesterday afternoon of old age. For the past year, he had been in failing health incident to advanced age.

Mr. Smith was one of the early pioneers who founded Argyle and gave it its name. Like many who settled in that section, he was born in Argyleshire, Scotland. He came to this country in 1842 and lived on a farm about two miles south of what is now the village of Argyle.

He had served on the board of supervisors for a dozen years and also held several township offices. Mr. Smith was a sturdy Scotchman of unquestioned honesty, a man who was respected by all his neighbors.

Those who survive him are His wife and the following five children: Daniel M. Smith of Centerville, Mrs. James S.Reid of Rockford, James and Flora Smith of Argyle, and Mrs. James McKerran of Battle Creek, Mich. Robert Smith of North Second Street and Daniel Smith of Winnebago are brothers and Mrs. Greenlee of Charles City, Iowa, is a sister. He was a charter member of the Presbyterian Church at Argyle.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home. The Rev. Mr. Pearson of Argyle will officiate.


  1. Original data: Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Name: John Smith Gender: Male Birth Date: 21 Jul 1826 Baptism Date: 23 Jul 1826 Baptism Place: , Southend, Argyll, Scotland Father: Daniel Smith Mother: Margaret Montgomery FHL Film Number: 1041076 Reference ID: 2:16BKR5S
  2. Came with father Daniel Smith on Gleaner Passenger List
  3. "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 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 #53387553 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 27 July 2018), memorial page for John Smith (21 Jul 1826–13 Nov 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53387553, citing Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Boone County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Amelia Crombie-Christy (contributor 46861625) .

1870 US Census

"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), John Smith, Illinois, United States; citing p. 3, family 19, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,793.

John Smith M 44 Scotland
Elizabeth Smith F 44 Scotland
Daniel Smith M 18 Illinois
Janet Smith F 16 Illinois
Flora Smith F 12 Illinois
James Smith M 10 Illinois
Mary Smith F 1 Illinois
Peter Landgreen M 25 Sweden

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