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Charlie Smith
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Birth: Jul. 4, 1842, Liberia
Death: Oct. 5, 1979
Bartow
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 .  
 
Burial:
Wildwood Cemetery
Bartow
Polk County
Florida, USA
 
Created by: Deleon Todd
Record added: Dec 19, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8194153
Charlie Smith
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- larry wilkerson
 Added: Dec. 26, 2013
Rest in peace, Charlie. You certainly were an interesting person.
- rockviking
 Added: Jan. 19, 2011
From the Polk County Democrat July 4, 2009History From Our Files40 Years AgoCharlie Smith will observe his 127th birthday on July 4. He knew that he was 12 years old when he was kidnaped, with a large contingent of other Africans, brought to the United St...(Read more)
- AmyCollierMincey
 Added: Jul. 6, 2009
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