John Q Smithwick has an estimated birth date of 1830 in Craven County, North Carolina. He was the son of Redding Smithwick and Nancy Norman. He married Jehosheba 'Jehosbey' Rowe, daughter of David Rowe and Mary 'Polly' Tuten, 19 December 1852 in Beaufort County, North Carolina. Their names were recorded as "John Q. Smithwick and Jehochaby Roe." During the year 1861, John enlisted in Company K, 2nd Regiment North Carolina State Troops, to serve in the armies of the Confederacy during the War Between the States. Company K was known as the Elm City Rifles and Elm City Cadets. He was wounded 3 May 1863 during the Battle of Chancellorsville and died of those wounds. He died 5 May 1863 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
Children of John Q Smithwick and Jehosheba 'Jehosbey' Rowe
- Mary A Smithwick
- David Rowe Smithwick
- Joseph Festus Smithwick