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Col Matthew Smith
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Birth: 1734
Death: Jul. 22, 1794
Northumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA

Matthew Smith resided on his farm a short distance above the mouth of Limestone run at the time of his death, was the eldest son of Robert Smith, of Paxtang, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. He served in Bouquet's expedition, the final campaign of the French and Indian war; at the outbreak of the Revolution he organized a company of riflemen, which was assigned to Colonel Thompson's battalion and joined the Continental forces at Boston. On the 5th of Sept, 1775, his company was detached to Arnold's command for the expedition to Canada. Captain Smith survived the hardships of the march through the Maine woods, the disastrous assault at Quebec on the 31st of Dec, and the brief confinement as a prisoner of war which followed, and rejoined his regiment with the survivors of his company, but resigned his commission on the 5th of Dec, 1776, on account of the appointment of a junior captain to a majority. He was thereupon promoted to major in the Ninth Pennsylvania, to rank from Sept 27, 1776. In the spring of 1778 he was elected member of the Supreme Executive Council for Lancaster county and took his seat in that body on the 28th of May; he was elected vice- president of the State, Oct 11, 1779, but resigned shortly afterward. When intelligence of the fall of Fort Freeland reached Paxtang he marched to Sunbury with a volunteer company at the earliest possible moment, and commanded the five hundred militia who endeavored to overtake the retreating invaders. On the 4th of Feb, 1780, he was appointed prothonotary of Northumberland county, serving in that position until Sept 25, 1783, and resided in the county the remainder of his life. The following obituary appeared in Kennedy's Gazette, July 1794:

Died, the 22d instant, about sunset, at Milton, Colonel Matthew Smith, aged fifty four years, being one of the first patriots for liberty; went to Canada in the year 1775, and suffered extremities. He was once prothonotary of Northumberland county, was interred 23d instant, attended by a number of his friends and acquaintances, together with the volunteer company of light infantry from Milton; conducted by Major Piatt and commanded by Captain James Boyd, who, after marching about six miles to Warrior Run burying ground and shedding a tear over the old patriot's grave, deposited his remains with three well directed volleys and returned home in good order.
(Source: Bell's History Northumberland Co. 1891 - Pioneer History of Milton)

He died age 60

Warrior Run Church Cemetery
Delaware Run
Northumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: NE Corner in an unmarked grave
Created by: Alice Martin LaRue
Record added: May 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26599355
Col Matthew Smith
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Thank you for your Revolutionary War military service, Matthew Smith, DAR Ancestor #A106435
 Added: Apr. 26, 2011

- Alice Martin LaRue
 Added: Mar. 29, 2010

- Alice Martin LaRue
 Added: Mar. 29, 2010
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