|Birth: ||May 24, 1810|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 19, 1893|
Brother of Elizabeth Smith Martin
Married Mary Jackson Jones of Long Island in 1837.
Rear Admiral Melancton Smith III (1810-1893) was born in New York City to Colonel Melancton Smith Jr. and Cornelia Haring Jones. He was the grandson of Melancton Smith (1744-1798), a Continental Congressman from New York and the first sheriff of Dutchess County.
By 1818, both of Melancton Smith, III's parents had died and Melancton went to live with his aunt in Mackinac, Michigan. He lived there until he entered the Navy as a midshipman on 1 March 1826, just short of his 16th birthday. His first assignment was on the frigate Brandywine. He was later posted to the war sloop Vincennes, on which he made a 4 year around the world voyage. He was also among the first American sailors to visit the ports of China and Japan.
Following his return in 1930, Smith briefly attended the New York naval school, but was soon back on active duty. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in 1837 and served aboard the survey steamer Pointsett during the last year of the Seminole War.
Lieutenant Smith continued his service in the navy during peace time, with an extended leave of absence from the Constitution to tour Egypt and Palestine. He was commissioned Commander in 1855.and served as a lighthouse inspector up until the beginning of the Civil War.
Commander Smith and his steamer, the Massachusetts were sent to join the Gulf blockade in May of 1861. During this period he captured a Confederate blockade runner and also took part in the battles for Fort Jackson and St. Philip. In April of 1862, while commanding the Mississippi, Smith ran aground and crippled the Confederate ram, the Manassas. That following July, he was promoted to the rank of Captain.
Captain Smith saw action in many more battles during the Civil War. He was highly regarded as a commander in the Navy. He received his promotion to Rear Admiral in 1870 and was placed in charge of the Brooklyn navy yard. The Admiral retired in 1871 and was briefly a governor of the Philadelphia naval asylum.
Following the death of his wife, Mary Jackson Jones, in 1885, Admiral Smith lived with his sister, Elizabeth Smith Martin, at the Martin's Hazelwood estate in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He died from pneumonia on 19 July 1893.
Melancton Smith (1780 - 1818)
Cornelia Haring Jones Smith (1784 - 1810)
Mary Jackson Jones Smith (1817 - 1885)*
Mary C Smith Lindsay (1805 - 1851)*
Melancton Smith (1810 - 1893)
Elizabeth Smith Martin (1817 - 1902)**
Rear Admiral, USN
Plot: Park B
Created by: Daniel Allen
Record added: Jan 12, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83342319