Captain William Smith was an important Revolutionary War Veteran. He was instrumental in keeping the British from advancing further in the area, but at a significant loss of men. It was 1500 to 300 and was a trick, but they managed to stop them anyway. Captain William Smith made it to safety afterwards on a horse who had been shot twice and with a bullet wound that grazed his head.
His son, who was my hubby’s 4th great-grandfather, was born a little over two years later, so ya! we are extremely glad that he survived the Battle of Quinton’s Bridge!
Captain William Smith’s farm is also right there at Quinton’s Bridge and has a small cemetery there. Just don’t mix up our Captain William Smith with the Captain William Smith who was the brother of Abigail Adams. I got all excited at first and then discovered that there were two of them.
Here is more information about the Battle of Quinton’s Bridge: The Battle of Quinton’s Bridge. It sounds like there is plenty to see there at the bridge as well as on his farm. I would love to go there someday.
Captain William SMITH (December 10, 1742 – April 28, 1820) was the father of Washington SMITH (June 22, 1780 – November 22, 1823), who was the father of John Peter SMITH (August 23, 1808 – December 14, 1871), who was the father of Washington H. SMITH… who I have to say, resembled my father-in-love a bit… (July 29, 1846 – October 10, 1930), who was the father of Elizabeth “Bessie” Young SMITH (October 1, 1882 – September 24, 1955), who was the mother of Leonard Smith PARKER (July 30, 1904 – September 1, 1988), who was my hubby’s paternal grandfather.