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Charlie Smith
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Birth: Jul. 4, 1842, Liberia
Death: Oct. 5, 1979
Polk County
Florida, USA

"America's Oldest Man" when he died. At age 12, he was lured aboard a slave ship by promises of a "fritter tree". He was sold at auction in New Orleans to a Texas rancher and he remained a slave until 1863 when President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation made him a free man (Reference Juneteenth Celebration). He became known for his tales about his colorful life in the Old West as a ranch hand, gambler, train robber, bounty hunter, family man, honkytonk owner and circus sideshow attraction .  
Wildwood Cemetery
Polk County
Florida, USA
Created by: Deleon Todd
Record added: Dec 19, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8194153
Charlie Smith
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Charlie Smith
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He died on my birth date! Rest in peace.
- Jack Angel
 Added: Jan. 14, 2015
Rest in peace
 Added: Aug. 3, 2014
I often read of you Charlie in the news, I was too young to realize what a treasure trove of information you were. I'll never forget you.
- Arkynut
 Added: Jun. 14, 2014
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