Johannes Smits was born June 22, 1859 in Sint Philipsland, Zeeland, Nederland. 
His father is Daniel Cornelis Gijsbertus Smits (1822 Nieuw-Vossemeer-1896 Sint Philipsland).
His mother is Maatje van de REE (1827 Sint Philipsland-1920 Sint Philipsland).
Johannes Smits, a 25 year old arbeider (laborer), married Sara de Rooij, 27 years old, in Sint Philipsland, Zeeland on March 6, 1885. She was born in Sint Philipsland, Zeeland and is the daughter of Johannes de Rooij and Tannetje Dekker.