Our Family History Page

created and maintained by

Thomas Stillman Cook




The purpose of this page is to share information and photographs with relatives and descendants of Stillman and Margaret Cook. You are welcome to copy and keep any of the photographs we post! If you have any information, corrections or photographs to share, please send them along!


John A. Smith is an important link in our research into the Smith Family. We are reasonably sure that he is the brother of our Joseph Smith, who became President of the Smith Sash and Door Company after John's death. (See Joseph Smith's obituary). John Smith's death certificate identified his Father as "Valentine" and his Mother as Anna M. Seltzer - important clues of reaching back on the Smith line.

John A. Smith's Obituary

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester NY
December 10, 1917, page 12

Smith ­ In this City, Sunday Morning, December 9, 1917. John A. Smith, aged 67 years. He is survived by his wife, one brother and one sister. He was a member of the Builder's Exchange and a life member of Genesee Falls Lodge No 507 F and A.M. -Funeral from the family residence No 1239 Lake Avenue, Tuesday afternoon, at 3 o'clock Interment at Riverside Cemetery."



(The following article is found on the top of the same page. )

"Death of John A. Smith"

"Was in business more than Forty Years- Born Here"

"John A. Smith, long a businessman of this city, died yesterday at his home, No 1239 Lake Avenue, at the Age of 68 years. He had been in poor health for some time, but had been confined to the house only a few weeks.

Mr. Smith was in business more than forty years and had been president and treasurer of the Smith Sash and Door Company, No 175 Exchange Street, since the formation of the Company. Rochester was his native city. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Ida Smith.

The funeral service will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home, under Masonic Auspices. Burial will be made in Riverside Cemetery."


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