SMITH J. P., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 1, P.O. Greenfield, was born in Greene County August 29, 1834; was married in 1853 to Martha A. Smith, who was born February 8, 1834; is the daughter of James and Peninah H. Smith; have five children, four living: Virginia A., James E., Caroline E., Robert L., and Albert E., deceased. Mr. Smith owns 211 acres of land, all fenced, which he has made by his own exertions. His father, Daniel Smith, was married to Lucy A. Pace, and they emigrated to Greene County in 1834, and entered land from the government, to the amount of 160 acres.
Source: [Anonymous], History of Greene County, Illinois; Its Past and Present (Chicago: Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd, Publishers, 1879), p. 627.