A Biographical Sketch from the Book "COUNTIES of WHITE and PULASKI, INDIANA" "HISTORICAL and BIOGRAPHICAL". Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. BATTEY & CO., Publishers. 1883. page 241, City of Monticello, White County, Indiana.
"REV. J. B. SMITH, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Monticello, was born in Union County, Indiana, August 29, 1836. His parents, WILLIAM and MARY (BUCK) SMITH, are dead. He was reared on the home farm until sixteen, when he entered Miami University at Oxford, from the classical course of which he graduated in 1858. The fall of the same year, he entered the Western Theological Seminary at Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, and graduated therefrom in 1861. The spring of 1862, he was made Chaplain of the Nineteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which position he resigned in August, 1865. During his Army career, MR. SMITH served as Adjutant General during the race between BRAGG and BUELL from Battle Creek Tennessee, to Louisville, Kentucky, in the fall of 1862; he also served as Provost Marshall of the Third Brigade, Third Division, Fourth Army Corps, of the Army of the Cumberland, three months during the summer of 1863, while the army lay at Murfreesboro. After resigning, MR. SMITH went to Edinburgh, Scotland, where he continued his theological studies a year, since when, with the exception of seven years passed in Ohio, he has been actively engaged in ministerial work in Indiana. For two years preceding his settlement in Monticello, in 1879, he was President of Farmer College, College Hill, Ohio."