Benton Smith (1796-1846)
Father Benjamin Smith (?-1812)
Mother Rachel
Vital Information
Born before 1796 in Maryland or Kentucky
Married (1) Fanny Manahan - December 22, 1814 in Clermont County, Ohio
Married (2) Susannah Jolly - July 10, 1834 in Brown County, Ohio
Died 1846 in Spencer County, Indiana (estimated)
1 son (born 1815-1820)
2 daughter (born 1820 or 1821
3 son (born 1825-1830)
4 John W. H. Smith (born 1831) m. Rosanna Holt
5 three additional sons born between 1830 and 1835

Benton Smith was born in about 1796, the son of Benjamin Smith and his wife Rachel. He was married to Fanny Manahan by Daniel Kain, Justice of the Peace, on December 22, 1814 in Clermont County, Ohio and is found in the town of Clark, Brown, Ohio in the 1820 census. This census also shows that a son was born to them by that time. In the 1830 census he is found on B. C. Scott Township, Brown, Ohio. His eldest son was again tallied and a new son under the age of 5 was noted along with a daughter who was as much as 10, but was not listed in the 1820 census, so must have been born shortly afterward. His first wife died in the early 1830's and he remarried July 10, 1834 in Brown County, Ohio to Susannah Jolly. He moved to Spencer County, Indiana in 1837, his last known address. He is listed in Spencer County in the 1840 census were four sons are tallied as being between the age of 5 and 10, a short short time frame. At least one of these was John W. H. Smith, born in 1831.
It is believed that he died in Spencer County in 1846, according to a biography later written about his son John, who became a wealthy merchant in Ohio and Michigan.



  1. 1820 Census: Clark, Brown, Ohio
  2. 1830 Census: B. C. Scott Township, Brown, Ohio
  3. 1840 Census: Spencer County, Indiana


  1. American Biographical Sketch of Self-Made Men of Michigan, Cincinnati 1878: John W. H. Smith