Samuel Smith Revolutionary Soldier ( – 1845)

Samuel Smith a Revolutionary Soldier

Samuel Smith, at age 16 years in 1779, entered the Revolutionary War as a Private in Westmoreland County, Virginia with Captain Daniel Morgan’s Virginia Company. His address at that time is stated as; ”living on the margin of the bay near the mouth of the Potomac River”, (Smith’s Point, VA).  A great landing place for the British and a greater place to get into skirmishes with the Red Coats, it must have been quite a job guarding the coast.  He enlisted as Private in August, 1781, again in Westmoreland, and served with Captain John McAdams’ Company in Colonel Webb’s Virginia Regiment.

Samuel was in the engagement with the British commanded by Colonel Tarleton when  Tarleton attempted to retreat from Little York to join the main army of the British in the north.  Samuel served well and often as witnessed in the application of pension papers. It was a unique experience to stand and hold copies of his papers and gaze upon his original signature that has survived for such a time..

Samuel was pensioned while living in Allen Co., KY, 11 February 1833; # S.31378.

You can find him in the DAR Patriot Index Vol 1 page 629.  After the war he moved to Frederick Co., VA then on to Scott County, KY and finally to Allen County, KY where he died in 1845.

Samuel was born 19 April 1763 in Northumberland County, VA; his parents were Spencer Smith and Elizabeth Williams.

Samuel married Sally Catlett before 1792, they had a family of 10 children; Elizabeth C., Catherine, Washington (my branch), Matilda, Sally C., Thomas Fleet, Hiram, William N., Newton, and Presley.  Of these children, four married Settle family members.  Some of the Settle’s became known as Kentucky Flintlock Rifle makers in Barren County, KY.

In 1840 French Settle, son-in-law of Samuel, and Samuel himself, started digging a well in the bottom land which French owned. The well was about twenty five yards from the river bank on the Barren County side of Barren River.  They were exploring for salt-water from which salt could be extracted by the process of evaporation.  They work continuously from 1 June 1840 ‘til 10 July 1841, at a depth of 273 feet they struck a stream of strong salt water. They drilled with a home-made power drill pulled by two horses.  The first salt made from this well was from one pint of salt water evaporated in a skillet that produced 64 grains of salt. On the south side of the Barren River, on Samuel’s land, sat thirty iron kettles each held two hundred gallons. They piped the salt water  across the river in wooden pipes; the Port Oliver Salt Works was in business. French and Samuel operated the salt works until 1845 when Sam died. (Salt story courtesy of the Settle/Suttle Family by William Emmett Reese)

From my ancestor Samuel thru his son Washington; thru his son Felix James; thru his son

William Harrison (Harry) Smith and Mary Catherine Lane to my mother, Robbie Leona (Bobbie) Smith.   Sam left us quite a legacy.


Samuel Smith Revolutionary Soldier ( – 1845) — 1 Comment

  1. Excellent article of the life and times of Samuel Smith, soldier and obviously an entrepreneur of his time. An ancestor to be extemely proud of.

    C. Wayne Ware
    Cedar Falls, IA

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