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Ralph Hoard Smith

Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Wrightstown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: April 1784 (58)
Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
Place of Burial: Glen Springs, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Smith, of Yorkshire and Mercy Smith
Husband of Mercy Smith and Ann Smith
Father of Judge William Smith; Zopher Smith; Aaron Smith; Nathan Smith; Joel Smith and 5 others
Brother of Joseph L. Smith; John Smith; Esther Lacy; Elizabeth Hartley; Samuel Smith and 1 other
Half brother of Margaret Oglesby; Elizabeth Watson; Mary Atkinson; Thomas Croasdale Smith; William Croasdale Smith and 3 others

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About Ralph "the elder" Smith


Ralph William & Mercy (Penquite) Smith were married December 20, 1749 in Wrightstown, Bucks Co., PA. Ralph & Ann (Hibbs) Smith were married on December 10, 1761. Ann Hibbs was from New Jersey. One account says he was raised among the Quakers of N.J. but did not follow them; however, see Quaker records. Justice of the Peace. Revolutionary Soldier. (source: Columbia Chapter, SCGS, PO Box 11252, Columbia, SC).

In 1765 Ralph Smith, with his three sons William, Aaron and Zopher, went to South Carolina, and settled in the Spartanburg district. He held the office of justice of peace under King George III, but resigned when hostilities with the colonies broke out, and entered the army. He and his young son, Samuel, were arrested and confined in prison at Ninety-Six. His son Aaron was killed at the battle of the Cowpens, and Zopher fought at the same battle. Ralph, pronounced "Rayfe", was leading a wagon train of supplies to the Revolutionary soldiers, when he was captured and later killed in the war.


According to family lore Ralph Smith was captured by Tories during the Revolutionary War and while being held died of smallpox. It is said that he is buried on his farm at New Garden, Spartanburg County, South Carolina

Source: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=smith&GSfn=ralph&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=43&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=131028519&df=all&

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Ralph "the elder" Smith's Timeline

August 28, 1725
Wrightstown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA
September 20, 1751
Age 26
Wrightstown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States
November 26, 1756
Age 31
Wrightstown, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States
August 24, 1763
Age 37
South Carolina, United States
December 31, 1765
Age 40
Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC, USA
April 1784
Age 58
Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
Age 58
Glen Springs, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA