John Morgan Smith: Bachelor Uncle?

This entry is part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series.  This week’s prompt is BACHELOR UNCLE.  To see other posts in this series, view my 52 Ancestors in 2019 index

Our family histories are often focused on ancestors who married and had children — after all, that’s how we got here. But what about the bachelors and maidens in our family trees? They deserve to be remembered, too.

Photo of John Morgan Smith, late 1940s¹

John Morgan Smith — known as “Uncle Johnny” — lived with my mother and her family in their dog trot-style farmhouse during her early childhood. He was my mother’s great-uncle. Without a family of his own, Uncle Johnny lived at Smith Hill for many years — first with his brother Leo Smith and Leo’s wife Dena, and then with my grandparents James Paul and Dorothy Smith when they took over the farm. Uncle Johnny’s room was the small one, second on the right, walking down the breezeway.

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