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Capt Robert Washinton Smith
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Birth: Dec. 19, 1814
North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 15, 1851
Henderson
Rusk County
Texas, USA

Robert W. Smith was born in North Carolina and moved to Texas in 1836, enlisted in the Texas Army and fought in the Battle of San Jacinto. After the war Smith continued in the Texas Army obtaining the rank of Capt. During the Cherokee War Smith had the doubious honor of having fired the fatal shot that killed Chief Bowles. Chief Bowles was the last great chief of the Cherokee's. The 84 year-old Chief was wounded in battle, crippled by a gunshot to the back and thigh, dragged himself to a tree, and reclined against the trunk. There, Capt. Robert Smith put pistol to his head and shot him as an act of revenge. Chief Bowles' Cherokees had executed Jesse Watkins, a peace commissioner who was Smith's son-in-law. Grave location: N32.20983 W94.88938 (bio by: Lanny Medlin) 
 
Inscription:
Soldier in the TX War for Independence at San Jacinto 1836
 
Note: Husband of Mary Jane Wynne Smith
 
Burial:
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
New London
Rusk County
Texas, USA
 
Maintained by: Anonymous
Originally Created by: MB
Record added: Jun 08, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5524494
Capt Robert Washinton Smith
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Capt Robert Washinton Smith
Added by: Lanny Medlin
 
Capt Robert Washinton Smith
Added by: Lanny Medlin
 
 
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This image placed on this site indicates this individual is documented with either the Sons or Daughters of the Republic of Texas as having lived in Texas in the years (1836-1846) of the Republic.
- Mervin D. Peters
 Added: Jan. 31, 2012

- D McK S
 Added: Nov. 9, 2011
Jesse Watkins became a Human Torch by Cherokee Indians; Nov. 1837. Pine splinters were stuck into his body and then set afire by the Indians.
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 31, 2009
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