Jefferson County
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Cynthia Smith
Submitted By: Sheila Cadwalader 
Cynthia Smith
Original article can be found here:
"Family Stories of North Carolina in the Revolution"
Submitted by Gini Crosslin  
September 14, 1998


Cynthia Smith
According to family tradition, Cynthia SMITH at age 12, in 1780 
confronted General Cornwalllis at his encampment near her home in 
**Camden**. Family tradition states that British troops took Cynthia's 
cow after destroying the family plantation, store, grist mill and 
cotton 
gin which was located in the **Camden** area. Cynthia, incensed, pursed 
the troops and confronted Cornwallis. Cornwallis declared /"you are a 
sturdy little rebel"/ and returned her cow and gave her a pair of 
silver 
knee buckles as a present.
Cynthia SMITH married Thomas CARTER c1795 in Camden, **South 
Carolina**. 
They removed to **North Carolina** a few years later. After her husband 
Thomas died in North Carolina, Cynthia and children removed to 
Pennsylvania, then to New Harmony, Indiana and finally to Jefferson Co, 
Illinois.
Cynthia was my G-g-g-grandmother. Here is the genealogy:
1-Cynthia SMITH b c1768 Camden, SC, d New Harmony, IN sp: Thomas CARTER 
b SC, d NC, m c1795 Camden, SC
2-Sarah CARTER b c1801 SC, d 1871 IL
sp :Frederick HARTER (aka HART) d IN, m 2/18/1823 Posey Co, IN
3-Sabra HARTER b c1825 IN , d 5/11/1905 Jefferson Co, IL
sp: James D LOYD b c1826 TN, d 1872 IL, m 1853 Hamilton Co, IL
Amanda E LOYD b 7/26/1861 Jefferson Co, IL, d 3/26/1954 Jackson Co, OR
sp: William B FOSTER b 10/23/1857 Jefferson Co, IL, d 1/1952 Jefferson 
Co, IL
4-Clarance R FOSTER b 4/14/1893 Jefferson Co, IL, d 10/27/1975 Bethany, 
OK sp: Nellie M ANDERSON b 1897 Ravendon, AR, d 1951 Jackson Co, OR*

*This story was published in 1929 by/ Dr John W Wayland, PhD, in 
"History Stories for Primary Grades"./*


 
 
 
 
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