20 April 2015

William M. Smith, Continental Line -- Died at 81 or 101?

Here's an interesting discrepancy between a written history and what is "written" in stone.

William M. Smith was a soldier of the American Revolution from North Carolina. He is mentioned by Lucian Lamar Knight on page 489 of Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials and Legends (published 1914):
From an obscure grave in the county [Coweta] the remains of William Smith, another soldier of the first war for independence, were brought to Newnan some time ago and re-interred in the Confederate burial-ground, in the southeast corner of Oak Hill. He was given the sobriquet of "Hell Nation", a somewhat descriptive title which may indicate the fiery quality of his valor. Mr. Smith died at the age of 81. He enlisted in Moore County, N.C., and was granted a pension on September 3, 1832.
I visited the final, final resting place of Mr. Smith in October of last year. When putting an image of the stone with the history by Mr. Knight, I noticed a bit of an issue. The older military stone for Mr. Smith, complete with a recessed shield, simply provides he was a member of Alston's N.C. Mil., Rev. War. The newer military stone adds the phrase "Continental Line" with a birth year of 1751, and a death date of 8 May 1852.


Uh Oh! There's more research to be done! ;-)

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