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 Robert Emmett Smith

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Robert Emmett Smith

  • Birth 24 Dec 1846
  • Death 18 Jan 1869
  • Burial Coldspring, San Jacinto County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 13681044

Robert Smith and his cousin, John Stephen Smith, were among many southerners attracted by the prospect of free or cheap land int he new Republic of Texas in the 1840's. Robert soon acquired about 3000 acres in the James Rankin Survey on the west side of the Trinity River in 1845 at a sheriff's sale on the steps of the Polk County courthouse at Livingston.During the Civil War, Robert Emmett, his brother John William (Billam), and five of his cousins, ___ Quishenbury, William LSmith, Robert Eason Smith, James Otis Smith, John William "Big Hoss" Smith, and Edwin Eason Smith succumbed to the lure of "fighting the yankees." But by 1869, four months after his return from the war, Robert Smith was lying in an East Texas Grave, his murder was never solved.

Smith's body, pierced by gunshots, was found lying by the front gate of his family's plantation home near the Trinity River. His head rested on the removed saddle of his prize horse, Black Prince.


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In memory of my beloved son, Robert E. Smith, born Dec. 24,,1846. Assassinated in cold blood.


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  • Created by: Sue Kyser
  • Added: 20 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13681044
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Emmett Smith (24 Dec 1846–18 Jan 1869), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13681044, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Coldspring, San Jacinto County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Sue Kyser (contributor 46628062) .