He came to the US with his family in 1842. 
They were one of the early residents of the Scotch Settlement at Argyle in Illinois.
He married Elizabeth Montgomery in Illinois.
He passed away in 1908.
Rockford Republic, Saturday, November 14, 1905
JOHN SMITH OF ARGYLE DEAD
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.
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