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  • Name George Smith 
    Nickname Jurge 
    Born 14 Oct 1748  Kistatom,Ulster Co,NY,USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Jul 1814  Steuben, Oneida, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Steuben Corners Cemetery, Steuben, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    George Smith Tombstone 1748-1814
    George Smith Tombstone 1748-1814
    Person ID I49355  Smith Smyth Schmidt Smythe Smitt
    Branches/DNA Smith Branch: George Smith b 1748 NY, Smith Branch: George Smith b 1748 NY m Hannah Hall(Tree Only-No DNA)
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    Family Hannah Hall,   b. 1758, NJ,USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Ap 1838, Steuben, Ontario, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1777  Palatine Montgomery Co NY USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John Smith,   b. 1779, Palatine Montgomery Co NY USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1815, Steuben, Oneida, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     2. Thomas Smith,   b. 25 Jan 1781, Montgomery Orange Co NY USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1813  (Age 31 years)
     3. Betsey Smith,   b. 8 Feb 1783, German Flats Twp, Herkimer, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Elisabetha Smith,   b. 8 Feb 1783, German Flats Twp, Herkimer, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. George Smith,   b. 1785, Steuben, Oneida, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1834  (Age 49 years)
     6. Hannah Smith,   b. 4 Jun 1788, Steuben, Oneida, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1859, Steuben, Oneida, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     7. Catherine Smith,   b. 18 Oct 1792, Steuben, Oneida, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1828  (Age 35 years)
     8. Christian Smith,   b. 18 Oct 1792, Steuben, Oneida, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1882  (Age 89 years)
     9. Henrich Smith,   b. 10 Nov 1793, Steuben, Oneida, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1876  (Age 82 years)
     10. Naomi Smith,   b. 11 Apr 1796, Steuben, Ontario, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1884  (Age 88 years)
     11. Benjamin Smith,   b. 1801, Montgomery Orange Co NY USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1864, Steuben, Oneida, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2013 15:48:50 
    Family ID F17803  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Oct 1748 - Kistatom,Ulster Co,NY,USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Dec 1777 - Palatine Montgomery Co NY USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Jul 1814 - Steuben, Oneida, NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Steuben Corners Cemetery, Steuben, NY Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • NOTATIONS ABOUT GEORGE SMITH
      1. NOTATION: George Smith served throughout the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783; his service at the Battle of Oriskany is noted on the monument there. The following story tells of one of his war experiences:
      ?One of the most interesting traditions of the Smith family is of an episode concerning George Smith known as ?Dare Devil Yerry? Smith. He was a volunteer in the Revolutionary War and a private in the company that fought in the Eastern Colonies for the independence of its country and operated in the Mohawk Valley. He won the name of ?Dare Devil Yerry? because of the following unusual act of personal courage and devotion to the cause of his country.
      There was an outpost of his company stationed at Green Bush, N.Y. (east of Albany). At that time it was a dangerous country for the patriots and it was over run by both British and Indians. One of the sentry beats of Green Bush was at the head of a ravine. One of this particular beat was at the foot of an old oak tree, the other terminated at the edge of thick brush. (Ends page 276) There were two reliefs. The first went on at sundown and the other at midnight. A number of fatalities attended the morning watch. When the relief came the sentry would be found stretched lifeless at the foot of the oak tree with his skull cloven by a tomahawk. So numerous were the deaths from this mysterious and always unseen foe that the corporal of the picket [sic] hesitated to detain one of his men for the beat and called for volunteers. The first was George Smith. When midnight came and the relief went on, his comrades solemnly shook hands with him and bade him good-bye. It was in the Fall of the year, the frost had fallen, staining the foliage with the hue of death but in the bracing air young Smith walked briskly to and fro on his beat where so many of his friends had fallen while at the same time he searchingly and seriously scanned the dense undergrowth that almost entirely surrounded his lonely watch and his ears were strained to catch the slightest sound. About 3 o?clock in the morning just at the time when the night is the darkest he detected a slight rustle of leaves in the brush. Turning he saw it was only a hog that was grunting and rooting for acorns and roots. He first saw the animal at the end of his beat that ended in the undergrowth. Later he notices for his nerves were strung to a high tension that the beast was gradually working around toward the oak tree. Then followed a companion rooter. Something in the appearance [sic] of the animals aroused the suspicion of Smith and bringing his flint lock musket to this shoulder he cried, ?Halt, who goes there?? The hogs grunted and moved on. ?Halt? repeated Smith ?or I fire be you man or devil? and as the porkers did not stop he pulled the trigger and one fell to the ground. Quickly reloading he commanded the second to halt and when it did not, he fired and brought this one down. The two shots brought the corporal of the guard hurrying to the spot. When asked what he had shot Smith rather sheepishly pointed to the two dead hogs. One of his companions ran to the supposed dead hogs and then exclaimed, ?Why they are not hogs but Indians.? This was the explanation of the murdered sentries. Disguised in the skin of porkers the Indians had worked their way to the oak tree and as the sentinel would turn on his beat the redskin would (Ends page 277) spring to his feet and sink his was hatchet into the head of his unsuspecting victim.
      The daring displayed by Smith won for him the name ?Dare Devil Yerry?.?
      George?s widow, Hannah (Hall) Smith, applied, in 1837, for a widow?s pension based on his lengthy and distinguished war record; the pension was denied due to insufficient documentation of his military records. Depositions were given by Henry Smith, George?s brother, Jacob Snell, a fellow soldier, and Hannah, herself, corroborating George?s service, yet, the pension was still denied; Hannah died the following year, 1838, aged 80. Edited by Mary Helen Eppright Jones and Lorena Start Jersen; Published by The Remsen-Steuben Historical Society, Remsen, NY 13438
      From: STEUBEN - THE BARON AND THE TOWN
      2. NOTATION: The said GEORGE SMITH, who resided during the American Revolutionary at PALATINE TOWNSHIP, MONTGOMERY CO. NEW YORK, AND STEUBEN, NY assisted in establishing American Independence while acting in the capacity of DRUMMER, SERGEANT, 1st LIEUTENANT. My ancestor's services during the Revolutionary War were as follows: a) Captain Christopher Yates Co., 1st New York Regiment
      b) Captain. Nicholas Righter's Co. of Palatine District; c) Sergeant, Regiment of Militia - Battle of Oriskany; d) Battle of Montreal, Klock's Field Battle, Johnstown Battle; e) Drummer in Captain Christopher Fox's Co. of Palatine District; f) Regiment of Militia; g) 1st Lieutenant of Captain Nicholas righter's Co. ; Reference: 'BLOODIED MOHAWK' by Fort Plank Historian Ken D. Johnson; RWPA # S9741; R#9741, Genealogical Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files, Vol III, Virgil D. White.
      3. NOTATION: Baptized 14 Oct, 1749
      4. NOTATION: Fought along side General Herkimer in the Battle of Oriskany. His name is on the Oriskany Monument.
      5. NOTATION: Today, July 18, 2009, I visited the graves of George and Hanna Smith in Steuben Corners Cemetery, on Cemetery Rd in the Town of Steuben. I was shown there by Mary Helen Jones, of the Holland Patent DAR Chapter (and Steuben Memorial Society.). I took photographs, said a prayer and was touched by standing before the Smith's grave. Their graves are in the back left corner of the cemetery. It looks on the gravestone that he died in 1814.


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