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  • Name Thomas Smith 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I15287  Smith Smyth Schmidt Smythe Smitt
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    Smith DNA GRP-R-M152-13 Smith Branch: Robert Smith m Sarah Clements (Kit# 3894****/YDNA))
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    Father Robert Smith 
    Mother Sarah Clements 
    • From Georgia Sons of the American Revolution- "Reuben Smith was an "overmountain" settler that became participants in the Revolutionary War when the British threatened to lay waste to their land and hang their leaders. Reuben Smith was most likely recurited by Colonel Benjamin Roebuck or Colonel James Williams about 1780. He served as Lieuenait under Captain John Mapp and Colonel Roebuck." Thanks to contributor rhondajo for info

      Greene County,Georgia Hertiage Book 1786-2009 page 160/161
      " Reuben Smith was born July 17, 1756, probaly in Cumberland County, Virginia, son of Robert and Sarah Clements Smith. Reuben had at least three brothers, elder brother Thomas mentioned by name in Robert Smith's will, younger brother, John, whose post-revolution pension application reveals much of what is known about Reuben Smith himself, and at least one younger brother.When Reuben was twelve, his father died, orphaning him and the other minor children. In 1773, the family , including Sarah Clements Smith, Reuben, now seventeen, and his brother John, fourteen, moved to Surry County, North Carolina. There the brothers grew into adulthood as the Revoluntionary War approached. John Smith served in the Surry County, North Carolina miltia and the North Carolina Line from 1776-1780. Reuben himself cannot be located at an early years. Likely on his own at an early age, Reuben probaly crossed over the mountains like many of his contemporaries, living the life of a rough and ready frontiersman in extreme northwestern North Carolina, prehaps in what later became Upper East Tennessee. In 1780 he was 24 and still unmarried.
      The "overmountain" settlers were uninvolved in the War, save for Indian warfare encourged by the British. This abrubly cahanged when the British Major Patrick Fergurson threatened the overmountain men, that " if they did not desist from their opposition to the British arms,he would march his army over the mountains, hang their leaders, amd lay their country waste with fire and sword." Answering resolutely, Patriot leaders Sevier and Shelby raised a force which marched southward to confort Fergurson at King's Mountain. There is no record of Reuben Smith being at King's Mountain, but not everyone who followed Sevier and Shelby ended up at King's Mountain itself. Many fought in other actions, as the entire up-country of South Carolina was mentioned by Tories. Reuben Smith could have come down with Sevier and Shelby, but more likely he was recurited by Col. Benjamin Roebuck or Col. James Williams. North Carolina Govenor Nash had given Williams, a South Carolinian, approval to organize a corps of mounted men within North Carolina. On September 23,1780- 14 days before King's mountain- the call for recruits went forth:" A call to arms!-- Beef, bread, and potates", implying plenty of good food and , still better, plundering Tory farms and plantations. Col. Williams enlisted about 70 men men in Rowan County, North Carolina, which , in 1780, adjoined both Lee and Wilkes Counties. Williams men, reinforced by Roebuck's company of 20-30 men, joined Patriot forces already in South Carolina. In " Roster of South Carolina Patriots", Bobby Gilmer Moss states that Reuben Smith "served twelve days as a Lieutenant on horseback and forty-four days on foot under Capt John Mapp and Col. Roebuck". Many of the actions in which Col. Roebuck's men took part were in the Ninety-Six District between the Broad and Pacolet Rivers near present day Spartanburg, South Carolina. Littleton Mapp,Sr., Reuben's future father-in-law , was residing there before the war heated up in the Carolina up-country, and owned land between the forks of Thicketty creek, a tributary of Broad River, and Groucher Creek, in present day Cherokee County, South Carolina.Tories ,under Patrick Moore,had establashied Fort Thicketty, situated close to Littleton Mapp,Sr.'s land. It was a strong fort, used as a base by Tory raiding parties, as there were many Tory farms in that area.Fort Thicketty was captured from the Tories on July 30,1780, by a force led by Shelby, but fighting between Patriots and Tories continued well into 1782. Reuben Smith likely served in this theater of action, along with Litteton Mapp,Sr., and his son Capt. John Mapp."
    Family ID F5873  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart