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Re: Smathers in Civil War - North and South
Posted by: NSmothers (ID *****6357) Date: September 03, 2003 at 00:20:16
In Reply to: Smathers in Civil War - North and South by John Phillip Smathers of 350

I have this on John Marion Smathers-I dont have yr he was b
if you have more info would appreciate it. His ggrandfather would be Christian Smithers/Smathers Thanks NS

Children of Dr Wilson Jones Smathers/Maggie C Fulton
had 11 kids -5 alive in 1898 to inc:
a. Francis Clifford Smithers b Mar 23 1878
b. Margaretta Smathers
c. John Marion Smathers b Jun 3
d. Bess Fulton Smathers
e. Dorethy Ruth Smathers

Dr Wilson Jones Father:
JOHN4 SMATHERS (CHRISTIANjr4, CHRISTIANsr3, JACOB SMITHERS2, WILLIAM SMITHER1) b Jan 4 1828 Clarion Co Pa d Aug 25 1895. He md ANNA JONES Jan 30 1850. She b Mar 29 1829 Huntington Co Pa d May 10 1915.
Source : Commemorative Biographical Records of Central Pennsylvania including the counties of Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson, & Clarion
John Smathers, who passed away August 25, 1895, through his own exertions attained an honorable position and marked prestige among the representative men of Jefferson county, and with signal consistency it may be said that he was the architect of his own fortune, and one whose success amply justified the application of the somewhat hackneyed, but most expressive term, "a self-made man."
Mr. Smathers was born in Clarion county, Penn., January 4, 1828, and was a son of Christian and Susan (Harriger) Smathers, who came from east of the mountains, and located in Clarion county at an early day. There they successfully engaged in farming, and reared their family of eight children, namely: Sarah, who married Henry Milliron, but both are now deceased; Eliza, wife of John Nigh; Margaret, wife of John Jones; John, of this sketch; Susannah and Rosanna (twins), the former the wife of William Shingledecker; Jacob, a farmer of Clarion county; A. J. Smathers, of Stanton, Penn., deceased; and William Smathers, deceased, of Clarion county, Pennsylvania. On January 30, 1850, John married to Miss Anna Jones, and they became the parents of seven children, namely: Wilson J., born March 28, 1851, married Maggie Fulton, and is now a leading physician of Du Bois, Penn.; M. Fillmore, born September 8, 1853, married Maggie Wilson, an ex-school teacher, and is engaged in farming and stock raising in Ringgold township; Emily A., born May 25, 1860, died at the age of two years and nine months; Winfield S., born April 1, 1858, married Amanda Yaney, and is engaged in merchandising in Worthville, Jefferson county; J. Curtis, born June 23, 1863, married Mattie Campbell, and follows farming in Indiana county, Penn.; Charles, born September 10, 1866, wedded Mary Buck, and operates the old homestead farm; and Anna A., born March 7, 1870, died April 16, 1870.
Dr. Wilson Jones Smathers b Mar 28 1851 [11 kids]
+ Maggie C Fulton Jul 22 1875 Indiana Co Pa b Feb 16 1851 Indiana Co Pa-dau/o Samuel M and Frances L. (Simms) Fulton, natives of Centre co Pa and Wheeling WV respectively
early settlers of Indiana county, where the father died April 26, 1896, at the age of eighty-one years, and where the mother sill makes her home. For two years during the Civil war he served as a member of the 78th P.V.I. Dr. W. N. Simms, the maternal grandfather of Mrs. Smathers, born April 27, 1798, was a pioneer physician of Smicksburg, and of the surrounding country for a radius of twenty miles, and there he spent his remaining days, dying March 9, 1872. The paternal grandmother of Mrs. Smathers was Mattern, a relative of the Matterns and Grays of Half Moon Valley, Centre Co. Pennsylvania
NOTE: Doctor/Author of "The History of the Smathers Family in America"
from: "Patrick J. Henry" <> To: Subject: [PACLARIO-L] WJ Smathers, pioneer physician and surgeon of Du Bois:Copyright 1898 Source:Commemorative Biographical Records of Central Pennsylvania including the counties of Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson, & Clarion W. J. Smathers, M.D., is the pioneer physician and surgeon of Du Bois, where he has made his home since the 5th of June, 1873, and during the time that has since elapsed he has seen the rise and progress of the "Mountain City," the metropolis of Clearfield county. On locating here not more than twenty-six families constituted the entire population, which today numbers over ten thousand. It was a hamlet in the midst of the forest, inhabited by a few sturdy pioneers, and the country round was a perfect wilderness. There was neither hotel, post office nor trains, the Allegheny Valley railroad was not completed until 1874, and no passenger trains were running until the fall of that year, The place was then known as Rumbarger, the nearest post office, Jefferson Line, was four miles distant, and the roads that had been laid out through this region were very poor. Gradually a thriving city has unfolded and developed from logs, stumps, mud and swamps, almost innumerable, lofty pines and the solemn sough of the forest, while miles of pavement have been laid, and churches, schools and homes have sprung up everywhere. As the country developed, and Dr. Smathers grew into a large practice, and used to ride away up the creek a score of miles or so, back into the log camps. For a long time he had no competition. Finally other physicians located here, but all of them have the profoundest respect for the pioneer who preceded them. Dr. Smathers was born March 28, 1851, near Greenville, in Clarion Co., Penn., and is of English, German and Scotch-Irish extraction. His paternal gggrandfather came to this country from England, and located in Luzerne county, Penn., about the year 1750, where he married a German lady. While serving in the Revolutionary war he had one of his hands shot off by an Indian. The grandparents, Christian and Susannah (Hariger) Smathers, spent their entire lives in Clarion county, this State.
Dr. Smathers spent his boyhood days upon his father's farm, and in the public schools of Jefferson county acquired his elementary education, later being a student for three years and as half in the Union Academy, Dayton, Penn. During the winter of 1870-71, he engaged in teaching at Fairview, Jefferson county, and in the following spring began the study of medicine under Dr. R. B. Brown, at that time an eminent practitioner in Summerville, Jefferson county. In the fall of 1871 he entered Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and was graduated with the class March 12, 1873, immediately thereafter locating in Du Bois, where he has since successfully engaged in practice. He is a great student in his profession, pays close attention to its interests in every particular, and is a very close observer of the code of medical ethics. It has always been his ambition to stand at the head, even back in his school days, and in this regard his hopes have been realized as he is today one of the most prominent and skillful physicians in Clearfield county.

John Smathers father:
CHRISTIAN SMITHERS JR (CHRISTIAN6 SMITHER, SR., JACOB5, WILLIAM4 SMITHERS I) born April 15, 1794 in Luzerne Co Pa, and died March 01, 1865 in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
+ Susanna Harringer Abt. 1817 Pa, dau of MICHAEL HARRIGER and ANNA ELIZABETH SMITHER. She was born Bet. 1797 - 1798, and died 1857. He married his double cousin, Susannah Harriger, born 1798 in Luzerne County in what is now Monroe Township, Clarion County, 1817. He was the second child of Christian Sr. and a nephew of Elizabeth Harriger his wife's mother. They had born to them six sons and six daughters.
Notes for CHRISTIAN SMATHERS: Christian last name Smithers and change it to Smathers. Christian was a noted hunter; he killed nineteen bears one autumn about his Kingsville home, Clarion County. He used to take his gun and dog and disappear in quest of game, because so interest that he was sometimes absent for several days

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