When James Arthur Smothers was born on 25 December 1840, in Tennessee, United States, his father, John Richard Smothers, was 60 and his mother, Mima Ridley Bailey, was 25. He married Mary Elizabeth Dickey on 29 November 1861, in Nashville, Washington, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Mallory Township, Clayton, Iowa, United States in 1885 and Richland Township, Delaware, Iowa, United States in 1920. He died on 15 July 1932, in Iowa, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in Elkader, Clayton, Iowa, United States.
English (Cheshire): variant of Smithers . This form of the surname is now rare in Britain.
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