Thank YOU!I am very excited at the prospect of giving this as a Christmas gift, even partially.
Yes, I have some info - from the 1880 census, I think I located his birth family (but not sure).I feel certain the census data I got applies because the John Smith I am looking for was born on a farm (dairy).John married Marjorie (maiden name ?) who he met in New Zealand.He was working on another farm (dairy?) there.It is not known exactly when he returned to the states.They had two boys (one named John, another name unknown, and a girl named Marjorie Lois.)Marjorie Lois Smith married Kevin Barry.
Here is the census:
1880 US census:Arcata Humboldt CountyCAFHL film 1254065Nat'l Archives Film T9-0065pg.343A: HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD: JOHN SMITHfarmer age 45 yearsb. New Brunswick, father b. in Scotlandmother b. in Ireland Margaret Smithwife - keeping house age 34 yrsb. New Brunswick, fa. b. in Scot,mo. b. in Ireland Herbertson-going to school age 8 yrsb. Calif., fa. b. New Bruns.,mo. b. in New Bruns. Flora daughter-going to school age 7 yrs same Maggie same age 5 yrs same Bertha dau. - at home age 4 yrs same John son - at home age 1 yr same.