Dr. James Martin Smith was born in 1830 in Brockville, Ontario. His parents were Philander and Mary Smith. He had a younger brother also named Philander.
Dr. Smith’s education is not documented with certainty. According to the 1872 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Smith was practicing medicine prior to January 1st, 1950. He joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 25th of September, 1869. He settled in Morpeth in 1858.
Dr. Smith married Mary Ellen Scott on the 10th of January, 1860 in Kent County. She was born in Quebec on the 1st of December, 1833, the daughter of Robert and Ann Scott. By 1851, the Scott family lived in Norwich Twp, Oxford County. Mrs. Smith was the eldest of 8 children. Her siblings were; Lucy, William, Gideon, John, Elizabeth, George and Robert.
Dr. and Mrs. Smith had 3 children, all born in Morpeth. Frederick was born in 1860, Ann Lucinda was born in 1862 and Robert Scott was born in 1863. Dr. Smith had a busy practice in Morpeth and he was a coroner. He also issued marriage licences. Dr. Smith is listed in the 1867, 1869 and the 1875 Kent County Business Directories.
By 1881, Dr. and Mrs. Smith had moved to London, Ontario.
Dr. Smith died in London on the 8th of February, 1892. He was buried at Woodland Cemetery in Section U, Lot 92 NE. After the death of Dr. Smith, his wife Mary Ellen lived in London with their son Dr. Robert Scott Smith, a medical physician who practiced in London. They lived at 151 John Street.
*In 1865, Dr. J. M. Smith of Morpeth appeared on University of Michigan Medical School documents as a preceptor for Dr. Hugh Edwin Winter. Dr. Winter practiced medicine in Dresden and is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.