Biographical / Big Creek Township [Cass County] 


John C. Smith / farmer and blacksmith, section 22, was born in Hart County, Kentucky,

February 17, I833. His parents, George P. and Susan R. Smith, were natives of the same state,

the latter having been born in Barren County.

John C. spent his youth on a farm, and was educated in common subscription schools. When in

his sixteenth year he went to learn the blacksmith's trade, and worked under an instructor some

three years. In 1857 he came to Missouri and located on a farm in Cass County, where he

followed farming until I862.

He was married January 17, 1861, to Miss Nancy A. McIninch [sic] [9], daughter of

Jonathan McIninch [sic] [10]. She was born in Kentucky.

In the fall of 1863, Mr. Smith moved to Iowa and settled in Monroe County, and the following

spring went to Hannibal, Missouri, and was engaged in working his trade until the fall of 1865,

when he returned to Missouri and located at Pleasant Hill. Here he worked at his trade some

nine years.

In the spring of 1876, Mr. Smith moved on his present farm, some four miles southwest of

Pleasant Hill, and has since been carrying on a farm and laboring at his chosen avocation.

He has ninety acres of land, with sixty acres fenced, [hard to read] fine house, orchard and


Mr. and Mrs. Smith have four children: Telitha S., George P., Lucy E. and Nannie O.

They are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and Mr. S. belongs to the

Unit Workmen. [page 545]


Biographical [Cass County]


John C. Hon / one of the pioneers of Cass County, was born in Kentucky, October 27, 1819.

Rev. Peter Hon, his father, was born in Kentucky, and was a minister of the Christian Church.

His mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Clark, was also a Kentuckian by birth.

J. C. spent his youth on his father's farm in Bath County, and was educated in the common

subscription schools.

He was married in February, 1838, to Miss Elizabeth L. Hawkins, daughter of Isaac and

Sarah Hawkins. She was born in Bath County, Kentucky, where she was married. Her father,

Isaac Hawkins, was one of the wealthy agriculturists of Bath County.

After his marriage Mr. Hon was engaged in farming for some seventeen years. In the fall of

1855 he moved to Missouri and located in Cass County. In the following spring he settled on

his present farm in Big Creek, Township, where he now has 100 acres of good land, with a

good brick dwelling, orchard and improvements. He resides on section 36. Mr. H. has given

to his children some 350 acres of land.

They have seven children: Isaac H., Mrs. James Parker, Mrs. James Neal, J. V.,

Mrs. Harry McAninch [11], Rice F., William H. and Mrs. Thomas Farmer. One is deceased.

Mr. and Mrs. Hon and children are members of the Christian Church. [page 538]




McAninch Family History NL v.XVI n.1 / January 2008 / Frank McAninch, Editor / page 2008-07


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