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Robert Smith (1824 - 1910)

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Robert Smith
Born in Southend, Argylshire, Scotlandmap
Husband of — married in Boone County, Illinoismap
Descendants descendants
Died in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 17 Jun 2018 | Last significant change: 14 Sep 2018
14:22: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for Robert Smith. [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Kintyre, Argyll | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Gleaner, sailed June, 1842 | Argyle, Illinois | 1870 US Census, Harlem Township, Winnebago, Illinois | Charter Member, Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Illinois | Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



Robert was born in 1824. 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 one of the early residents of the Scotch Settlement at Argyle in Illinois.

He married Agnes Greenlees in 1856 [3]

He passed away in 1910.[4]


Mary Jane 1856–1929
Martha 1858–1929
Agnes Brown 1863–1950
William Greenlee 1870–1950
Daniel 1873–1932


Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, Saturday, January 8, 1910

DEATH TAKES ROBERT SMITH Prominent Scotch Resident And Director Of Winnebago National Bank. WAS A RETIRED FARMER

Lived in Harlem for 60 Years - Was Charter Member of Willow Creek Church. Robert Smith, charter member of the Willow Creek Presbyterian church of Argyle and a director of the Winnebago National bank of this city, died this morning at 11:30 o'clock at his home, 520 North Second street. Death came as a result of diseases incident to old age, Mr. Smith being 85. Although he had not been seriously ill until this last week, his real sickness dates back many months. He was forced to his bed last Monday and though everything possible was done it was evident that his vitality was too low for him to rally.

Mr. Smith was born in Argyleshire, Scotland, August 22, 1824. In his seventeenth year, he came with his parents to this country, making his home on a farm near Harlem, where sixty years of his life were spent. Eight years ago he moved to Rockford. In 1855 he was married to Mary Greenlee, who passed away thirteen years ago.

He leaves five children, Mary Jane and Martha, who reside at home, D, A. Smith of North Court Street, Mrs. William Brown and William G. Smith of Argyle; John R. Smith and Edward G. Brown, both of Argyle, are grandsons. He is survived by a brother, Daniel Smith of Winnebago, and a sister, Mrs. John Greenlee of Charles City, Ia. Arrangements for the funeral await the coming of relatives.


  1. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Robert Smith, 22 Aug 1824; citing , reference 2:16BKN59, 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 ( : 11 March 2018), Robt Smith, 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 ( : 6 November 2017), Robert Smith and Agnes Greenless, 1856; citing Boone, Illinois, United States, county offices, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,914,107.
  4. "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 March 2018), Robert Smith in entry for Martha Smith, 20 Feb 1929; Public Board of Health, Archives, Springfield; FHL microfilm 1,643,028.

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #53387772 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 12 August 2018), memorial page for Robert Smith (22 Aug 1824–8 Jan 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53387772, 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), Robert Smith, Illinois, United States; citing p. 3, family 18, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,793.

Robert Smith M 45 Scotland
Agness Smith F 38 Scotland
Mary Smith F 13 Illinois
Martha Smith F 12 Illinois
Agnes Smith F 6 Illinois
Peter Morrison M 26 Scotland
Margaret Morrison F 21 Scotland
Mary Smith F 71 Scotland

1880 US Census

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 August 2017), Robert Smith, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district ED 220, sheet 59C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0261; FHL microfilm 1,254,261.

Robert Smith Self M 55 Scotland
Agnes Smith Wife F 48 Scotland
Mary Smith Daughter F 23 Illinois, United States
Martha Smith Daughter F 21 Illinois, United States
Agnes Smith Daughter F 16 Illinois, United States
William Smith Son M 9 Illinois, United States
Daniel Smith Son M 7 Illinois, United States
Jane Blair Other F 25 Illinois, United States
Arch Hill Other M 24 Scotland

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