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Lieut Washington C. Smith

  • Birth 1840 Virginia, USA
  • Death 28 Jun 1865 Virginia, USA
  • Burial Suffolk, Suffolk City, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 101112169

Veteran: Civil War (CSA)

Birth: 1st of three known children in Somerton, Nansemond county, Virginia, now Suffolk, likely named for paternal grandparents with middle name (?) Cunningham, being grandmother's maiden name

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The village of Somerton began in the 17th century when Sir Thomas Jernigan (also spelled Jarnigan) of Somerleyton, Suffolk county, England came to Virginia and was granted 250 acres in what now is Suffolk. New Norfolk County is said to have been formed in 1636 from that part of Elizabeth City County lying to the south of Hampton Roads, and extinguished in 1637 by the formation of Lower Norfolk and Upper Norfolk Counties. Upper Norfolk County was extinguished in 1643 when Nansemond County was organized following legislation the previous year. My 10th great,grandfather, Robert Boggus, is documented 1 April 1644 ("Norfolk. Co. Va., Deed Bk, B: 37a") as living in the then newly created Nansemond county. Nansemond is an extinct independent city which was located in the State of Virginia in the United States from 1972 until 1974. It was created from Nansemond County, Virginia, and is now part of the independent city of Suffolk, Virginia.

His paternal ancestors had operated an ordinary for at least three prior generations, however, it was his grandfather, Washington Smith, who inherited the Inn from his father Thomas, that was operating it, then known also as Somerton Inn, Saturday, 26th February, 1825 when Marquis de La'Fayette paid a visit during his congressionally invited tour of our then twenty-four states, on his way to spend the night at Henry Ramsay's Indian Queen in Murfreesboro, Hertford county, North Carolina.

Somerton Inn, now at 8442 Arthur drive, remains today within the Somerton Historic District, as one of its oldest structures as does his father's home at 8441 Arthur drive and his Uncle James Edward's home at 8440 Arthur drive.

His father was murdered in Suffolk by Hunter Hill September 13, 1845, when Washington was around five years in age, leaving mother with two sons and third born three months later, while living in home which reportedly, his grandfather built for his father, now at 8441 Arthur drive (upper right). Currently unknown to us is where, who & if, his mother may have remarried or where she passed away. Her father gave her some farm land he had purchased which had been a part of the Bennett estate which again was old upon her 1868 demise.

Census: 1850, age 10 Nansemond county, Virginia with widowed mother and two younger brothers.

Census: 1860, age 19 Suffolk, Nansemond county, with George & Fanny Godwin with his two younger brothers, Henning E & Robert R,jr.

Served with his two younger brothers as a 3rd Lt, Company I, 13th Virginia Cavalry. Their unit was known as the 'Nansemond Cavalry'. The regiment reportedly had 298 men in action in Gettysburg and surrendered on April 9, 1865, with only 163 men. Reportedly the company commander, Capt Jesse Brewer, hubby of their paternal aunt Elizabeth, died 15 JUN 1862. (Battle Flag at right)

Death: four months following end of the Civil War location currently unknown, likely in Somerton, Nansemond county, Virginia where he is documented as being buried.

Burial: in Smith Family cemetery, with father and believed other family members, south, across the street from the Smith Inn, shown south of father's home along Arthur drive, reportedly located in the land between the then Methodist church and his 8441 Arthur drive house ~ ~ now a field without markers when viewed December 2012 by Jeff Rau.


Father: Robert Riddick Smith b: 16 JAN 1808 Nansemond county, Virginia.
Mother: Sarah Jackson Powell b: 13 MAR 1808 in New Kent county, Virginia.

~ 'Tis doubtful (?) if he married and had children ~


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  • Maintained by: NJBrewer
  • Originally Created by: Bill
  • Added: 22 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101112169
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Washington C. Smith (1840–28 Jun 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101112169, citing Smith Family Cemetery, Suffolk, Suffolk City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by NJBrewer (contributor 47097113) .