GENERAL W. SMITH was born in 1784 in North Carolina, his parents’ names are not known at this time. It is believed, but not proven, that he may have been married twice. It is recorded that a General SMITH married a Margaret WHITE in Bulloch Co., GA on June 23, 1814. It’s possible that Margaret died shortly afterward, perhaps in childbirth. General married Laney WIGGINS on July 5, 1818 in Liberty Co., GA. General served in the 1st Seminole War in Captain Andrew F. Fraser’s Company. The men of Fraser’s company were signed up at Darien or Ricebourrough for a period of 6 months, beginning January 2, 1818. General and his family were living in Wayne County, Georgia in 1850. The 1850 Census of Wayne County, shows General’s occupation as “Wheelwright”. It is pretty certain that General and Laney had more children than those listed below. These were found on the 1850 Census of Wayne County. Most likely, older children were already living on their own.
3. Sampson Smith b. abt 1835 (nothing more known) CSA 26th Infantry Regiment
4. Lucy Smith b. abt. 1837 (nothing more known)
5. America Smith b. abt. 1838 (nothing more known)
Living next door to General Smith was a Simon Smith and his wife Dorcas Warner, Simon is listed as age 43, and Dorcas is age 27. They were married in 1846 and have no children. It's possible that Simon Smith is an older son of General's from a previous marriage or possibly a relative. There also might be a connection to General George Matthew SMITH, born in 1831, he is not found on he 1850 census of Wayne County, but is found on the 1860 Census. He married Sarah WARNER, daughter of William Warner and Sarah AMMONNS and he served in the same regiment as Sampson SMITH. I list him here only as a possibility, there is no proof.
*GENERAL “GEORGE” MATTHEW SMITH* (General1) was born April 7, 1831. He married Sarah Warner, daughter of William Warner and Sarah Ammons. He served in the 26th Infantry Regiment, GA CSA, and was captured at Spotslyvania, Virginia on May 20 1864. He died of pneumonia while imprisoned in Elmira, New York. He is buried at the National Cemetery in Elmira. General M. and Sarah had the following children
i. Emmiline b. July 24, 1856 m. George Washington Parrot ii. Franklin Layfette b. October 27, 1858 m. Mary M. Purdom iii. Arra Ann b. August 4, 1861 m. Curtis Highsmith
ARCHIBALD SMITH was born about 1833, he married Mary Ann Hatcher. In 1860 he and his family are living in Pierce County, GA. In the book “The History of Pierce County”, it states that Archibald is listed as eligible for duty for the War Between the States. Archie was killed while in service, July 30, 1864 while in battle at Newnan, GA. Mary Ann remarried after his death to a Mr. Henry Lloyd, November 4, 1878. Archibald and Mary Ann had the following children:
i. Elizabeth SMITH b. about 1853 m. Nathan GWINN (Guinn) (In the “History of Pierce Co. GA, it says that Elizabeth married Nathan GAVIN, but after further research, this is proved to be incorrect). Elizabeth actually married Nathan GUINN/GWINN son of Elijah GUINN.
ii. Mary Jane SMITH b. about 1855 m. Tillman ADAMS
iii. Ebenezer SMITH b. about 1858 died young
iv. William M. SMITH b. January 13, 1860 m. Sarah E. DAVIS
v. Frances Smith b. 1863 m. James JOHNS
Notes on Archie Smith
He served with 24th Battalion GA Cavalry Co. A, may have been with another unit previous to this, as he was recorded as being hospitalized in Aug. 1862.
The 24th Cavalry Battalion was formed during the early spring of 1863 with three companies, later increased to four. The unit served in the Savannah River area and in January, 1864, totalled 298 effectives. In the spring it merged into the 7th Georgia Cavalry Regiment. Major Edward C. Anderson, Jr. commanded the battalion.
Chimborazo Hospital No. 5 Richmond, Virginia Disease: Rheumatism Aug, 7, 1862- Aug. 20, 1862 (not sure the year is correct on records) As he was not with the 24th Battalion unil 1863...and the 7th in 1864..(this is included in his record with the 7th)
The 7th Cavalry Regiment was organized during the spring of 1864 at Rome, Georgia. It was formed by consolidating the 21st and 24th Georgia Cavalry Battalions and J.L. McAllister's Hardwick Mounted Rifles. The men were recruited in Augusta and Hardwick and the counties of Miller, Randolph, Banks, and Wayne. Ordered to Virginia, the regiment was placed in P.M.B. Young's and Gary's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It participated in The Wilderness Campaign and later the battles about Cold Harbor and conflicts south of the James River. Sent to Georgia, the 7th Cavalry was dismounted and with 200 men took part in the defense of Savannah. It returned to Virginia and continued the fight around Petersburg and Appomattox. The unit surrendered 3 officers and 39 men. Colonel William P. White, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph L. McAllister, and Majors Edward C. Anderson, Jr. and John N. Davies were in command.
Transferred to 63rd Regiment, GA Volunteer by order of Brig. Gen. Mercer, April 17, 1864
NOTE: Found old notes of an ARCHIE SMITH, Co I 63rd Regiment, GA buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newman GA. I believe this may be the grave of our ancestor. At this point, I have confirmed to my satisfaction that this is our ancestor.
Newnan, during the Civil War, was known as the "hospital city" of the Confederacy," having seven field hospitals. It was located on the Atlanta and West Point Railroad during the War. A cavalry battle, the Battle of Brown's Mill, was fought near here on July 30, 1864, between Union Brig. Gen. E.M. McCook's 3,600 men and Confederate Maj. Gen. "Fighting" Joe Wheeler's 1,400 men. Wheeler routed the Union forces, capturing 2,000 (a full battery) and releasing 500 Confederate prisoners who had been captured days earlier by Gen. Edward McCook in Fayetteville. Wheeler's message Interior Hospital View. to Gen. John Bell.
A large Confederate cemetery with 268 soldiers, many of whom died in the hospitals located here and some whom died at the Battle of Brown's Mill. All but two are identified, a testament to the efficiency of local hospitals.
* I-85 south to exit 47. Turn right off of the exit ramp onto Bullsboro Dr. Bullsboro becomes Jackson St. Cemetery on both sides of Jackson.
WILLIAM M. SMITH (Archibald2, General1) was born January 13, 1860 in Pierce County, Georgia. It is believed that he moved to Florida with his mother and siblings after the death of his father. William married Sarah E. DAVIS on June 9, 1881 in Nassau County. Sarah Davis was a daughter of John DAVIS. Her siblings are believed to be, Daniel, Theresa, Monroe, Deloniga, Levi, John W. and Ella. William was known as being a an expert fisherman. “ He could catch them when all others failed, and his services were always in demand. “ Shorty after 1900, William and his family moved to Folkston, GA, where he spent his remaining years. William married 2nd to Lugenia Westbury after the death of Sarah. William died October 29, 1952 and is buried at Pineview Cemetery in Folkston, Ga next to his wife, Lougenia, who died in 1960.
William and Sarah had the following known children:
i. Mathew Smith b. abt 1883 m. Gussie Minchew ii. Frank Smith b. May 5, 1886 m. Ellie Barber iii. Sallie Smith b. abt 1889 (nothing more known) iv. Henry Smith b. October 7, 1891 m. Donnie I. O’QUINN v. Louisa Smith b. abt. 1894 (nothing more known) vi. Willie Smith b. abt 1896 vii. Clara Smith b. abt. 1898 vii. Harley Smith b. abt. 1904 m. Bertha (unknown) moved to Savannah
William and Lougenia had the following known children, there may be others:
1, James Randell Smith b. January 5, 1910 d. Sept. 1950 James had a daughter: Sherry Smith m. T. R. May
2. Nellie Lee Smith, born 1912 m. James Corbitt
4th Generation of General W. SMITH
HENRY SMITH, (William3, Archibald2, General1) Henry was born October 7, 1891 in Nassau County, Florida, the son of William SMITH and Sarah E. DAVIS. He married Donnie Isadora O’QUINN in Charlton County, GA, October 14, 1916. Donnie is the daughter of Samuel Mance O’QUINN and Rosa Lee DRURY. Henry and Donnie lived in Folkston until the early 1930’s and their first nine children were born there. Their hardships were many. In 1918 they lost their first son, Pohmlee, at the age of 18 months to cholera. Their son Glen was born with Hydrocephalus, and died at the age of nine years in 1938. Their third born son, R.V. was reported missing in action during World War II. It wasn’t until much later and after many letters to Congressmen and Senators that it was determined that he had been killed. R. V. was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, he had been injured and was being evacuated to England on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The ship that he and others were evacuated on never reached England, and it was presumed to have hit a mine in the English Channel. All aboard were lost.
Henry moved his family to Brunswick, Georgia in the middle 1930’s. He worked for Hercules Powder Company for many years as a security guard. He had a stocked fish pond on his property that he dug himself, beginning with a shovel. When it became bigger than he could handle, he had to resort to a backhoe. Henry was also a good “farmer , growing most, if not all of his family’s fruits and vegetables. There was a large cornfield on the property and well as huckleberry bushes, a watermelon patch, and a vegetable garden. The family also had pigs, chickens and a mule. Henry lost one eye due to a disease that caused his eye to harden, a clear glass eye replaced the one that he lost. He used to tease all his grandchildren, by taking his eye out and pretending to put it in his mouth. He would roll his tongue around his mouth, making all of us believe that it was in there. We were all fascinated! He was always doing little tricks like that to entertain us.
Henry and Donnie had the following children:
i. Pohmlee SMITH b. Dec. 9, 1917 d. June 4, 1919 (Cholera)
ii. Carnell SMITH b. Dec. 7, 1920 d. August 22, 1978 m. Vivian WISE
iii. R.V. SMITH b. June 23, 1922 d. June 6, 1944
iv. Calvin SMITH m. 1. Jewell BOWERS, 2. Julia Strickland 3. Rose GUEST, 4. Thelma (Collins) Phillips
v. Henry Harrell SMITH b. March 23, 1926 d. Jan. 19, 1985 m. Betty (?)
vi. Glen F. SMITH b. April 19, 1928 d. Jan. 26, 1938 (Hydrocephalus)
vii. Cleo P. SMITH b. Feb. 28, 1930 m. Oris USHER
viii. Albert L. SMITH b. Oct. 23, 1933 d. Feb. 10, 2000 m. Dorothy GUEST
ix. Franklin C. SMITH m. 1st. Eva WILLIAMS, 2nd. Gwendolyn MARR Tillman
x. Rosa Winnell SMITH b. Feb. 6, 1937 d. June 17, 1994 m. 1st. C. Patrick HARVEY 2nd. Raymond NOVAK
xi. Edward Vincent SMITH m. Frances RIDENOUR Smith d. Dec. 11, 2009
xii. Geraldine A. SMITH b. May 28, 1940 d. Feb. 14, 1997