Memoirs of George Washington Smith
Geo. W. Smith, who was a son of John Smith and Malinda Smith (nee Matthews), was born in Greene County, Tenn., Oct. 24, 1843. His father was a native of Sullivan County, Tenn., being a son of John and Kate (Catharine) Smith (nee Humphreys), but being a carpenter and finding employment in Greene County, betook himself thither, where he met Miss Matthews, whom he married in said county.
John Smith and his family resided in Greene County until after the close of the Civil War, when on account of the hostility shown toward Confederate soldiers there, his family removed to Sullivan County, and located (year 1865 or 66) about two miles east of White Store post office, in which locality they resided until their deaths in the year 1878. Both John and Malinda Smith died with typhoid fever. She died July 8, 1878, and he, Aug. 6, 1878.
To John and Malinda Smith were born the following children:
1. Kate [Smith], who married D. Ripley, and resided near Afton, Green County, Tenn., until her death, on ... day of ... 18... She was the mother of two children viz: Charles and Luther Ripley, who now reside near Afton, Greene County, Tenn.
2. K. Henry Smith who lived for some years on Neosho River, Kans., at Hartford
3. G. W. Smith, who at the close of the Civil War, married in Sullivan County, Tenn., in the year 1866 or 67, Elizabeth Cross, a daughter of Rev. Wm. K. Cross, and located in same county on the old Smith homestead, where John and Kate ("Granny") Smith, the grandparents of Geo. W. Smith, at one time resided, being hard by the old Devault school house, and about two miles S.W. from the mouth of Beaver Creek, on the south side of Holston River.
4. Elbert S. Smith who married Miss Kate Smith (1st time) and located, and now lives in the Eighth Civil District of Sullivan County, on the North side of Beaver Creek. The following children were born to this union; viz., Minnie (now dead), Nannie, Dee, Maggie, Robert, Lena, Willie and Luther.
5. Margaret Smith, who married Samuel Cash (now dead), to whom were born three sons: Charles, Ota and Roy. She and her three sons now live in Greene County, Tenn.
6. Sarah Smith, who intermarried with Henry Akard to whom were born the following children: Willie, Fanny (dead), Samuel, Bertie, Annis, Walter. Sarah Akard died in the year 1887 (Apr. 7)
John and Malinda Smith also had a son Eli, oldest of all (died aged about 2 years), and daughter, Manda,...about 18 years.
War Record of G. W. Smith
He volunteered his services to the Confederacy, at the age of about 18 0r 19 years, having enlisted in W. W. Mullendore's company, which company was composed of men from Jefferson, Washington and Greene Counties. This Company belonged to Geo. McKenzie's Regiment. Toward the beginning of the war, this Regiment was known as "1st Tennessee," but after the reorganization, it was known as "5th Tennessee."
G. W. Smith was in the cavalry. He was in many skirmishes in East Tennessee; in the second siege at Cumberland Gap; at the battle of Perryville, Ky.; was a courier in Kentucky campaign under Gen. Austin of South Carolina. He described the Kentucky Campaign as a very hard, starving one. He was captured within twelve miles of Greeneville, Tenn., by two companies--Kirk's of Greene County, and an Indiana Company. One Company was captured at the same time. Kirk's Company is aid to have been composed of wicked, cruel men, while the Indiana Company acted like gentlemen, and treated their prisoners with humanity One or two of the prisoners were shot by some of the Kirk Company--after they were in the hands of their captors. The father of Alex. Davis was so wounded.
G. W. Smith was imprisoned for eleven months, at Camp Morton, Indianapolis, Ind., where he almost starved to death being so weak when discharged, he could scarcely walk unsupported.
In Kentucky he was on a forced march when they went eight days and nights without time for rest or sleep. Feed was gotten to his horse's mouth by extending his hand around the mouth of his horse as they marched. At Frankfort, Ky., he carried a message across the bridge, and upon his return the floor of the bridge had been partly removed to prevent pursuit by the enemy. His horse's steps were perilous, but he re crossed in safety. His commanding officer told him not to be captured with an undelivered order; should this occur, to eat the message.
In Kentucky Gen. John Morgan came to the camp a time or two and was seen by Geo. W. Smith. Morgan remained but an hour or so, and disappeared as unexpectedly as he had arrived.
Children of G. W. and Elizabeth Smith
C. E. Smith, Henry Homer Smith, Chas. F. Smith, Ida May Smith, Susan Essie Smith, Arthur C. Smith, Florence Smith, Belle Smith, Ollie smith, and Miller Smith.