We Mourn the Death of Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith

On Friday, November 14, 2014, we lost a fellow genealogical researcher, historian, author, and educator: Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith.   There is no way to calculate the number of people he has helped, both personally and through the publishing of his genealogical and historical abstracts, vignettes, anecdotes, and narratives.  The Tennessee Room has over 100 of his works.  He is particularly well-known in the genealogy community for his abstracting of original public and private records and for his transcribing of cemetery gravestone inscription.  The integrity of his research and the scholarship of his writing was always uncompromising.  He was a public servant in the true sense of the word, for he produced and shared his work, not only without monetary gain, but almost always great personal expense.   Although we miss his physical presence among us, we can be joyful about the gift of knowledge he left with us.  Thank you, Jonathan, for all you gave us.

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