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Capt. William Smith who d. June 1780 at the Battle of Ramseur's Mill
Posted by: Peggy Bruckner (ID *****7164) Date: October 26, 2007 at 09:14:09
  of 2014

Searching for the family of a Capt. William Smith who was apparently killed in June 1780 in the American Rev War at the Battle of Ramseur's Mill, Lincoln Co, NC.

I believe this William was the brother-in-law of the Capt. Patrick Knox who was also killed at this battle. Patrick's widow was Mary Smith. Patrick left minor children: Matthew, Ruth, Hannah, John & Jean/Jane. His widow Mary subsequently married Allison Knox, who may have been the brother of Patrick, but this is unproven.

Capt Patrick and Mary (Smith) Knox's daughter, Hannah Knox, subsequently married Samuel Wilson, assumed kin of Major David Wilson who also fought at Ramseur's Mill.

If you see anything that connects to your Smith line, would love to hear from you. Thanks! Peggy

(see a complete description of the Battle at

JUNE 20, 178O
Major on Staff of Adjutant General of North Carolina)

...General Rutherford, learning of the advance of Lord Rawdon to Waxhaw Creek, ordered a portion of his command, the militia of the Salisbury District, Rowan, Mecklenburg and Tryon Counties, into service for a tour of three months. This force rendezvoused at Reese's plantation, eighteen miles northeast of Charlotte, June 12th. Learning that the British had returned to Hanging Rock General Rutherford advanced ten miles to Mallard Creek, and on the 14th organized his forces for the campaign. This point on Mallard Creek is several times mentioned in Revolutionary papers as occupied by Whig forces. Hearing that the Tories were embodying in Tryon County, lie ordered Colonel Francis Locke, of Rowan, and Major David WILSON, of MECKLENBURG, to raise a force in northern Mecklenburg and west Rowan to disperse the Tories, as he did not think his present force could undertake this task until Lord Rawdon's intentions were developed.

On the 18th Major WILSON, with sixty-five men, among whom were Captains Patrick KNOX and William SMITH, crossed the Catawba at Toole's Ford, about fourteen miles from Charlotte, near where Moore's Ferry was for many years and Allison's Ferry is now. The ford has been seldom used since 1865, and has been abandoned as a crossing for many years. It is three miles below Cowan's Ford....

...Colonel James JOHNSTON, who lived in Tryon (now Gaston) County near Toole's Ford, and who had joined Major WILSON when he crossed the river, was dispatched to inform General RUTHERFORD of their action. Late in the evening they marched down the south side of Anderson's Mountain, and taking the "State" Road, stopped at the Mountain Spring to arrange a plan of battle. It was agreed that BRANDON's, FALL's and McDOWELL's men, being mounted, should open the attack, the footmen to follow, and every man, without awaiting orders, govern himself as developments might make necessary as the fight proceeded...

Fifty-six dead lay on the face of the ridge, up and down which the forces advanced and retreated. Thirteen of these were of Captain Sharpe's Fourth Creek (Statesville) Company. Many bodies lay scattered over the hill. The killed were seventy or more, forty of whom were Whigs. The wounded were one hundred on each side, some of whom afterwards died from their wounds. Among the Whigs killed were Captains Dobson, Falls, Armstrong, SMITH, Sloan and Bowman...

The troops engaged, except REEP of Lincoln, and Major WILSON, Captains KNOX and SMITH of MECKLENBURG, were from (what, until 1777, had been) ROWAN County. The officers' surnames were found among the militia officers of the county in the proceedings of the "Committee of Safety," of which many of them were members. Captain John HARDIN's beat was along Lord Granville's line from Silver Creek in Burke to South Fork, and from these two points to the Catawba River...

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