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Charles Smith

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When:
July 24, 2016 all-day
2016-07-24T00:00:00-04:00
2016-07-25T00:00:00-04:00
Where:
The Nook
106 E Main St
Berryville, VA 22611
USA
Cost:
Free

CHARLES SMITH

Compiled by Jim Moyer 11/26/2016

Berryville could’ve been named

Smithville or Smithton – after Charles Smith.

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Benjamin Berry, plat designer of Berryville, could have named it after Charles Smith …

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like Lt Col Adam Stephen, plat designer of Martinsburg, named it after Thos Bryan Martin

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Charles Smith was Colonel George Washington’s

overseer of construction of Fort Loudoun,

his personal secretary in many ways,

and the man who managed GW’s campaign finance

during the French and Indian War.

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The Punch that Killed

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Letter Datelined:

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[Fredericksburg, 15 September 1757] Thursday ½ after 3 oClock

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Lieutt Charles Smith

about ½ an Hour since

unfortunately killed a Man

(to whom he was intire Stranger)

by a slight Stroke on the Nose without any Malice,

his Freinds here will enter into Bond

as the Majistrates think him Intitd traditur in Ballium

Mrs Smith is very desirous of seeing you &

desired me to write to you to come immediately here.

in haste I am with my Love to Lucy yr Br

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Source:

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-04-02-0266-0002

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The Nook

the-nookClick on picture to enlarge.

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John Hite sold in 1765 the area that was to become Berryville to his son-in-law, Charles Smith, whose son in 1797 sold to Benjamin Berry.

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Charles Smith’s house, The Nook, still stands at 106 E Main St Berryville VA.

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Charles Smith – who was he?

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He was a Lieutenant but he was big here in Winchester

for the whole last year of building Fort Loudoun in 1758,

managing GW’s election finances (buying the alcohol)

and managing accounts of GW’s Bullskin Plantation near Charles Town.

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Battle of Fort Necessity

He was with George Washington at the Battle of Fort Necessity in 1754.

Ctrl F, type his name to find in the list. See link: https://www.nps.gov/fone/learn/historyculture/roster.htm

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Promoted to Ensign

17 September 1755

Source:

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-02-02-0034

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9 January 1756

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-02-02-0276

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12 July 1756

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-03-02-0238

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Promoted to Lieutenant

12 June 1757

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-04-02-0121-0002

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Overseer of Construction at Fort Loudoun

November 1756

Supervised work at Fort Loudoun.

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There were “commanders” of the fort, but the duty of building the fort, supervising the workers and paying them fell to Charles Smith.

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Founders Online footnote:

3. GW put Charles Smith in charge of the construction of Fort Loudoun in November 1756. For GW’s plans and specifications for the construction of the fort, see William Fairfax to GW, 10 July 1756, n.3. John Christopher Heintz, a German, was the well digger.

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See link: http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-05-02-0069

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Paid the Miner digging the Well

handled disbursements to the “miner” of the well which lasts to this day.

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See link: http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-06-02-0059

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Campaign Finance Manager

1758 election campaign manager for GW, buying alcohol for the voters.

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See link: http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-05-02-0273-0001

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Smith to GW, 23 Feb.; 1, 20, 24, 26, 30 July; 5, 15, 22, 27 Aug.; 7, 18 Sept.; 12 Oct.; 16 Nov.;

and 2 Dec. 1758.

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More on the 24 July 1758 election itself.

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The Punch that Killed

September 1757. Charles Smith punched Thomas Frazier, a postman rider in a tavern in a dispute. Frazier died half an hour later. Charles Smith turned himself in and was exonerated. P42, Norman Baker’s Fort Loudoun. And see this link: http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-04-02-0266-0002

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The Nook still stands

The Nook still stands at 106 E Main Street, Berryville VA.

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Navigate Google car to see Charles Smith’s house.

https://goo.gl/maps/U8dPR3Zj4sG2

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This is not a still life. Move mousepad or touchscreen.

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See picture of house in this link:

http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=1810

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When Charles Smith died, he left the parcel to his wife, and eventually it was divided among their four children, Charles, John, Elizabeth Morton, and Sarah Easten.1John sold a portion of his land to Benjamin Berry, the town of Berryville’s

founder. http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Counties/Clarke/168-0012_%20Berryville_1987_Final_Nomination.pdf

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Wikipedia Berryville VA

Earlier in the 18th century the area was the site of an 800-acre estate of the same name owned by Charles Smith, The Battletown estate’s main residence, known today as the Nook, was built between 1755 and 1765 and still survives at 106 E. Main Street.

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When Charles Smith died, he left the parcel to his wife, and eventually it was divided among their four children, Charles, John, Elizabeth Morton, and Sarah Easten. John sold a portion of his land to Benjamin Berry, the town of Berryville’s founder.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berryville,_Virginia

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Short Bio

The Founders Online footnote mentions Charles Smith’s “long career.”

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Doesn’t seem “long” if it was only from 1754 Fort Necessity to 1761 Fort Loudoun. But when you read all the letters and follow the trail of Charles Smith, you end up feeling like it was a long career.  Much happened. Much accomplished.

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Founders Online Footnote:

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Charles Smith (d. 1776) spent most of his

long career in the Virginia Regiment,

from his appointment as ensign on 17 Sept. 1755

until taking his first leave in Sept. 1761,

at Fort Loudoun near Winchester.

After Smith spent the winter of 1755–56 recruiting

and the following summer with

Capt. Thomas Waggener’s company

on the South Branch of the Potomac,

GW brought him back to Winchester

and in Nov. 1756 put him in sole charge

of the construction of the fort being built there.

GW secured for Smith a lieutenancy

in the summer of 1757

and the command of the garrison at Fort Loudoun in June 1758.

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While at the fort, Smith also served GW in less official ways,

among other things forwarding his mail,

keeping an eye on GW’s nearby Bullskin plantation,

and in the summer of 1758 supervising

the dispersal of funds for

GW’s election to the House of Burgesses from Frederick County.

See particularly

Smith to GW, 23 Feb.; 1, 20, 24, 26,

30 July; 5, 15, 22,

27 Aug.; 7,

18 Sept.;

12 Oct.;

16 Nov.;

and 2 Dec. 1758.

After he left the regiment,

Smith became a vestryman and a member of the

county court in Frederick County.

He was married to the daughter of GW’s friend Col. John Hite of Frederick County.

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http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-02-02-0038

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All Letters in 1758

Charles Smith correspondence with George Washington

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About that 1758 election

Scroll to end of page to find Charles Smith:

http://frenchandindianwarfoundation.org/event/washington-wins-first-election-1758-house-of-burgesses/

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Died 1776

No more info on exact date

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Location and Date Not confirmed yet:

He passed away on 1776 in Kentucky, USA.

http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/charles-smith_16186425

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1780

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BY an act of the General Assembly of Virginia of October 3,
1780, the old vestries were dissolved and the severance
between the Church and State was effected.
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IN addition to the vestrymen already named it will be of
interest to give the names of a few others who served in that
capacity prior to 1780. They are Isaac Hite, John Hite, Jacob
Hite, John Neville, Charles Smith, James Wood (afterwards a
General in the Continental Army, and Governor of Virginia
about 1816) [“Old Churches,” &c, page 284], Angus
McDonald, Philip Bush, Marquis Calmes, John McDonald,
Warner Washington, Edmund Taylor, &c.

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https://archive.org/stream/oldchapelclarkec00hugh#page/8/mode/2up/search/smith

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WIFE DIED 1785

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Rebecca Eltinge Smith (Hite)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Red Bud, Frederick, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Berryville, Clarke, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family: Daughter of John I. Hite, Colonel and Sarah Zara Hite
Wife of Charles Marshall Smith
Mother of John Smith; Charles Marshall Hite Marshall Smith; Elizabeth Hite Morton and Sarah Hite Eastin
Sister of Anne Maria Taylor (Hite); Elizabeth Hite; John Hite, Jr; Eleanor Hough; Margaret Brown and 2 others; Sarah Hite and Rebecca Hite « less
Half sister of Christopher Hite

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Source:

https://www.geni.com/people/Rebecca-Smith/6000000002339185228

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SOLD 1797

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Major Smith’s son, John Smith, in 1797 sold 20 acres (81,000 m2) of his inheritance to Benjamin Berry and Sarah (Berry) Stribling, who divided it into lots for a town. It was established as the town of Berryville on January 15, 1798. By 1810, the town had at least 25 homes, three stores, an apothecary (pharmacy), two taverns, and an academy (school). It was not much larger when it became the county seat of newly-formed Clarke County in 1836.

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http://www.thomaslegion.net/battleofberryville.html

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berryville,_Virginia#History

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RELATED LINKS

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http://www.colonialamerica.com/site/map.cfm?primary_site_key=25BBBCA2-9C16-3B72-1947BE07052351C7

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http://clarketourism.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Clarke-County-driving-tour-map-Nov-2014-final.pdf

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http://www.ericjames.org/html/fam/fam50229.htm

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http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/charles-smith_16186425

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http://www.clarkecounty.gov/government/county-documents/tourism/1803-historic-driving-tour-longmarsh-berryville/file.html

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Letter from John Smith in Hancock Maryland to Charles Smith, near Battletown, Frederick County, Virginia dated May 12, 1808. Letter details safe arrival in Maryland and further travel plans via boat to Cincinnati, OH.

8360500

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http://www.icsarchive.org/icsarchive-org/private/ccha/clarkecountycentenial.pdf

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http://clarkecounty.pastperfectonline.com/byperson?keyword=Smith%2C+Charles

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