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John F. Smith

John F. Smith

Male 1869 - 1913  (43 years)

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  • Name John F. Smith 
    Born 29 Dec 1869  Airdrie, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Oct 1913  Marysville, Fremont, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Oct 1913  Marysville, Fremont, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • John F. Smith died in October 1913 at the age of 43 by overdosing on Laudanum. My grandfather (Harold West Smith) was 3 at the time.

      His wife Lillian apparently went crazy after his death and died less than 2 years later in the mental hospital in Blackfoot, Idaho. They left several young children. See her record for more details.

      John Smith was buried in the Pineview Cemetery in Marysville, Idaho. http://files.usgwarchives.org/id/fremont/cemeteries/pineview.txt shows:
      Smith, J. F.
      Male
      Date of Burial:
      Burial No. 7
      Lot No. 11
      Block 2

      Lillian was buried adjacent (Burial No. 6) to John with the record being listed as "Smith, Mrs. J. F."

      Either the graves were unmarked or the headstones have been removed or lost, because neither is currently found in the cemetery. Rumor says that a flood wiped out part of the cemetery, but I find this unlikely considering the location and can find no record of such a flood. Because of the missing headstones, neither John nor Lillian appear on any modern cemetery listings.
    • John & Lillian's marriage record - http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/westernStatesRecordDetail.cfm?recordID=13709

      Note that her name is listed as "Lillie", instead of "Lillian" and last name spelled "Arehart". Residences listed both as Rexburg. John was 31 and Lillie was 22.

      They were married almost 12 years at the time of John's death.
    • John F Smith's death notice (searchable here) indicates his death in October 1913 in Marysville, Idaho. The notice is from St. Anthony Chronicle, St. Anthony, Idaho, 30 Oct 1913, pg 2. No official death certificate can be found.

      The text of the notice, posted under "Marysville Items" reads:

      John F. Smith of this palce (sic) committed suicide last Monday by drinking laudanum. He moved here last fall from Plano and took up the profession of veterinary surgeon and had a good practice. He wrote a ltter to his mother and other relatives stating that the pain in his stomach was unbearable and assigning this as an excuse for his rash act.

      He was owing about $150 on his home here and was afraid he could not meet it, and this seems to have bothered him a great deal, and it is understood that he had threatened to take his own life a good many times during the past six months, in fact so often that his friends thought it only and (sic) idle threat.

      He sent an old gentleman down to Ashton to get the drug, representing that it was for a sick horse, and when the poison was delivered to him he drank it, about four ounces, then went and laid down on the bed telling the old gentleman goodbye; his wife was away to a neighbors and nothing was known of it for two hours. When he was found a doctor was sent for but the poison had permiated the entire system; all that was possible was done but he never rallied and died at 2:30 Tuesday morning.

      He leaves a wife and four children in very strengent circumstances, but kind neighbors have assisted them and are doing everything in their power for them. His mother and brother-in-law came up from Provo, Utah, to attend the funeral also a brother-in-law came from Idaho Falls and several friends from Plano. The body was interred in the City cemetery Thursday after a short service in the ward meeting house under the supervision of the ward authorities, Arthur Gifford and T.W. Murphy were the speakers.
    Person ID I7  Smith/Park
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2009 

    Father George Smith,   b. 09 Apr 1836, Airdrie, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1871, Airdrie, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Mother Agnes Wark,   b. 28 Dec 1840, Airdrie, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1918, Ophir, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 04 Jul 1862  Airdrie, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F130  Group Sheet

    Family Lillian Myrtle Arehart,   b. 14 Sep 1879, Willmathsville, Adair County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1915, Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 04 Oct 1901  St. Anthony, Fremont, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Myrtle J. Smith,   b. 3 Aug 1902, Plano, Fremont, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1902, Plano, Fremont, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Madge Marie Smith,   b. 08 Oct 1903, Plano, Madison, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 2000, Saint Helens, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     3. Lawrence Gasner Smith,   b. 14 Sep 1905, Plano, Fremont, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1921  (Age 15 years)
     4. Lloyd Lorenso Smith,   b. 22 Sep 1908, Plano, Fremont, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1962, St. Anthony, Fremont, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     5. Harold West Smith,   b. 22 Aug 1910, Marysville, Fremont, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1991, Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     6. Nina Mae Smith,   b. 19 May 1912, Marysville, Fremont, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1912, Marysville, Fremont, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 7 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Dec 1869 - Airdrie, Lanark, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 04 Oct 1901 - St. Anthony, Fremont, Idaho Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Oct 1913 - Marysville, Fremont, Idaho Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Oct 1913 - Marysville, Fremont, Idaho Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    John F., Lillian, and Madge Marie Smith
    John F., Lillian, and Madge Marie Smith
    Photo was taken 1904 or 1905.

    Documents
    John F Smith family on 1910 Census
    John F Smith family on 1910 Census
    Census record shows:

    John, age 39, Farmer
    Lillie, age 30
    Madge, age 8
    Lawrence, age 5
    Lloyd, age 2

    Note that "Lloyd" is often transcribed as "Floyd".
    Agnes Smith & Family Ship Manifest
    Agnes Smith & Family Ship Manifest
    Passenger list for the ship Idaho, departed Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland and arrived New York on 29 Oct 1877.

    Aboard:
    Agnes Smith, age 36
    Mary, 11
    George, 9
    John, 4 (his actual age was 7)
    James, 1
    Walter, 2 months
    Agnes Wark Smith Jensen - 1880 Census
    Agnes Wark Smith Jensen - 1880 Census
    Shows Agnes Jensen (39) with children Mary Smith (14), George Smith (12), John Smith (10), James H Smith (5), Joseph W Smith (3), and Sarah A Jensen (9 months). Location is Orderville, Kane County, Utah.

    She states her mother was born in Ireland.

    The next record is her husband Lars R Jensen with his other first wife Elizabeth and their children.
    John Smith and Lillie Arehart Marriage Certificate
    John Smith and Lillie Arehart Marriage Certificate
    Shows both living in Rexburg. Marriage certificate provided in St. Anthony, Fremont, Idaho on 4 October 1901.