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Blue Ridge in Collin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

George Washington Smith

(1796?-1876?)

 
 
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By Jesse Nelsen, December 20, 2020
1. George Washington Smith Marker
Inscription.  

Born in Wilson County, Tennessee, George Washington Smith came to Texas in 1834 with his wife Elizabeth Briggs. He fought in the Texas War for Independence (1835-36) as a private in Capt. Clendennin’s Company 1st Regiment Artillery. In the Mexican War (1846-48). He served as a sergeant in Company K 1st Regiment of the Texas Rangers, under Col. John Coffee (Jack) Hays. The Smith family settled in Collin County in 1852. When Smith died about 1876, he was buried near the entrance of the present Blue Ridge Cemetery, later his grave was moved to the Grounds Cemetery (1.25 miles northwest).
 
Erected 1979 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6203.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, Mexican-AmericanWar, Texas Independence.
 
Location. 33° 18.424′ N, 96° 23.939′ W. Marker is in Blue Ridge, Texas, in Collin County. Marker is on Business State Highway 78, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is
George Washington Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jesse Nelsen, December 20, 2020
2. George Washington Smith Marker
at or near this postal address: 684 TX 78 Business, Blue Ridge TX 75424, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grounds Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Indian Creek Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away); Bethlehem Baptist Church (approx. 5.4 miles away); Elm Grove Cemetery (approx. 6.6 miles away); Pleasant Grove Cemetery (approx. 6.6 miles away); Stiff Chapel Cemetery (approx. 7.9 miles away); Van Winkle Cemetery (approx. 8.1 miles away); Merit Cemetery (approx. 9.2 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 24, 2020, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 24, 2020, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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