John Smith

John W. Smith (1803 - 1865)

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Rev. John W. "Preacher John" Smith
Born in Bedford, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married before 1831 [location unknown]
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Died in Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Biography of Rev. John W. Smith

John was born on Jul. 17, 1803. He was the first child of James Smith andNaomi Deneen of Bedford County Pennsylvania, He was married twice. His first wife's name is unknown. They had the following children: Delilah, Maria, and Levi. His second wife was Sophia Deshong. They had Elisha, Sarah, William, Catherine, Dennis and Elizabeth. Preacher John, as he was called, was active in preaching and also organizing and starting new churches. [1] Preacher John passed away on Jun. 19, 1865. He is buried in the Bethel Christian Church Cemetery. [2]


  • 1850 United States Federal Census Year: 1850; Census Place: Southampton, Bedford, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_751; Page: 145B; Image: 293
    • Name John Smith
    • Age 45
    • Birth Year abt 1805
    • Birthplace Pennsylvania
    • Home in 1850 Southampton, Bedford, Pennsylvania
    • Gender Male
    • Family Number 39
    • Household Members
    • Name Age
    • John Smith 45
    • Sophia Smith 35
    • Levi Smith 21
    • Elisha Smith 19
    • Sarah Smith 17
    • William Smith 12
    • Catharine Smith 10
    • Dennis Smith 7
    • Elizabeth Smith 0
  • 1860 United States Federal Census Year: 1860; Census Place: Bethel, Fulton, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1113; Page: 51; Image: 55; Family History Library Film: 805113
    • Name John Smith
    • Age 50
    • Birth Year abt 1810
    • Gender Male
    • Birth Place Pennsylvania
    • Home in 1860 Bethel, Fulton, Pennsylvania
    • Post Office Spursville
    • Family Number 344
    • Household Members
    • Name Age
    • John Smith 50
    • Sophia Smith 48
    • Catherine Smith 15
    • Dennis Smith 13
    • Elizabeth Smith 10
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  1. James Smith, Esq., 1780-1861, of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, and his descendants

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Rev. John W. Smith first wife, Polly Unknown is the mother of

Delilah Smith-born April 25, 1824, Maria Smith-born-April 9, 1826, and Levi Smith-born- March 8, 1828. From the file of my late wife, Neva Elnora Layton Harvey. WikiTree-Harvey-2679. (Source-James Smith And His Descendants by Warren Scott Smith.)

posted 27 Apr 2018 by Charles Harvey   [thank Charles]
In the 1850 U.S. Census for Southampton, Bedford County - John Smith and wife Sophia Smith and son Elisha Smith are neighbors of Abram May & Mary May and son George Sephus May.

Elisha Smith is only four years older than George Ford May in 1850.

posted 3 Feb 2012 by Roger Wehr   [thank Roger]
REV JOHN W.3 SMITH (JAMES2, JOHN1) was born July 17, 1803 in Bedford Co., PA, and died June 19, 1865 in Bedford Co., PA. He married (2) SOPHIA DESHONG. She was born February 14, 1812 in Wayne County, New York, and died September 17, 1901 in Bedford Co., PA.

Children of REV JOHN W. SMITH are: 19. i. DELILAH4 SMITH, b. April 25, 1824, Bedford County, PA; d. May 11, 1899, Belfast Twp, Fulton Co, Pennsylvania;. 20. ii. MARIAH SMITH, b. 1825, Buck Valley, Bedford, Pennsylvania; d. Aft. 1880. 21. iii. LEVI SMITH, b. March 08, 1828, Whips Cove,Bedford Co,Pennsylvania; d. April 23, 1914, Fulton Co, PA.

Children of JOHN SMITH and SOPHIA DESHONG are: 22. iv. ELISHA4 SMITH, b. May 09, 1831; d. March 02, 1916. 23. v. SARAH SMITH, b. 1832. 24. vi. WILLIAM F. SMITH, b. 1838, Whips Cove, Bedford ( Now Fulton Co.), Pa.. vii. DENNIS SMITH, b. 1843.

Notes for DENNIS SMITH: Dennis Smith lived in Virginia in 1914. He served in the American Civil War according to a note in the Descendants of James Smith Esq. published in 1961 by Adams Letter Service, Inc., Rockford, Illinois. Author: Warren Scott Smith.

viii. CATHERINE SMITH, b. March 23, 1845; d. September 03, 1864. 25. ix. ELIZABETH ANN SMITH, b. April 03, 1850, Pennsylvania; d. June 10, 1932.

posted 3 Feb 2012 by Roger Wehr   [thank Roger]
John Smith (Preacher John) was the first born of James and Naomi Smith, June 19, 1803. His first wife, whose name we do not know, was the mother of Delilah, Maria, and Levi. His second wife was Sophia Deshong and she was the mother of Elisha, Sarah, William, Catherine, Dennis and Elizabeth. Catherine died Sept. 3, 1884, age 19 years, 5 months, 11 days.

The 1850 census showed daughter Maria married to William Crawford, in house No. 41, close to the balance of the family living in house No. 39, and John Smith's father, the patriarch James, in house No. 43. Daughter Delilah married Jeremiah Hess and lived in the vicinity.

The 1843 tax records show John Smith owning 271 acres of land and paying $2.66 in taxes. In 1844 his tax liability was reduced to $1.06.

John Smith was active in organizing and conducting services of the Christian Churches in this area for more than 27 years. He assisted in organizing the following churches: Fairview, 1838; Mt. Hope, 1840; Prosperity, 1843; Pleasant Grove, 1843; Bethel, 1845; Greenfield, 1854. He was active in the Southern Pennsylvania Christian Conference, serving on the Committee of Ordination in 1847, and as Conference President in 1852. The Conference Centennial in 1944 celebrating 100 years of Conference history commented in their report as follows: "John Smith. One of the best known of the early ministers."..the Conference over twenty years, passing away in 1865. A number of his descendants still live in the community. His bible is still to be found in which it is said he marked each text to be preached from."

In the 1852 Conference record reporting on church subscriptions to the travelling preachers, the following comments were recorded: "Elder Miller travelled 1200 miles, received 50 dollars. Elder John Smith reported travelled considerably, received trifling."

Rev. John Smith, born July 17, 1803; died June 19, 1865. Age 61 years, 11 months, 2 days. Buried Bethel Cemetery; m. 1st: Ax. Unknown; m2nd: Axx. Sophia Deshong, born Feb. 14, 1812; d. Sept. 17, 1901; bur. Bethel Cemetery.

According to 1850 census of Bedford Co., Pa. House No. 39: John W. Smith, age 45; Sophia Smith, age 37; Levi Smith, age 21; Elisha Smith, age 19; Sarah Smith, age 18; William Smith, age 12; Catherine Smith, age 10; Dennis SMith, age 7; Elizabeth Smith, age 4.

Children (by 1st wife): A1.) Delilah Smith married Jeremiah Hess. A2.) Maria Smith, house No. 41, 1850 Census, born 1827 (according to census); m. William Crawford, b. 1820 (according to census). A3.) Levi Smith, m. Jane Mills. Children (by 2nd wife): A4.) Elisha Smith, born 1836 (census says he was 19 in 1850), served in Civil War; d. 1916; m.1st A4x. Sarah Smith, 2nd A4xx. Eliz. Smith. A5.) Sarah Smith (18 in 1850); m. William Fletcher. A6.) William Smith (12 in 1850); m.1st A6x. Hoopingardner, 2nd A6xx Mellott. A7.) Catherine Smith (10 in 1850) Bethel Cemetery tobstone: "Daughter of Rev. John and Sophia Smith, died Sept. 3, 1864, 19 years, 5 months, 11 days." A8.) Dennis Smith (7 in 1850). Guardian in 1862 was Ed Kerr, Esq., according to settlement of John Smith Estate: Bedford Co. Orphans Court. Served in Civil War; m. A9x and also J2. A9.) Elizabeth Smith (4 in 1850 census); m. Joseph Smith.

posted 23 Oct 2011 by Roger Wehr
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