Near Tennille in Washington County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Colby Smith, a Revolutionary War soldier who was prominent in Americaís War of Independence settled in the 89th District in 1798 and was granted property by the Governor of Georgia in Honor of his service to America. He, his children, and his grandchildren owned property reaching from Harrison to Irwins Crossroads and were among the founders and leaders of the early churches of this area, throughout Georgia and other adjoining states. He died in 1840 at the age of 85. The marker on his grave was erected July 1920 by the General Samuel Elbert Chapter of the D.A.R. He was the son of Thomas Smith and Anita Colby. He and his wife Anna Henry had 9 children, 73 grandchildren and over 200 great-grandchildren. 37 of his great grandsonís served in the Confederate Armies of Georgia. He served as constable in Chatham County, North Carolina in 1790 prior to settling in Washington County, Georgia with other sturdy yeoman families of BRANTLEY, PEACOCK, WOOD, YOUNG, AND IRWIN. He is the forbearer of thousands of Americanís, many of whom were prominent in the fields of Government, Medicine, and the Ministry.
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Among them are: Jane New Dorsey, wife of American Band Leader Tommy Dorsey. Janet Reno, Attorney General of the United
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 32° 50.44′ N, 82° 46.529′ W. Marker is near Tennille, Georgia, in Washington County. Marker Touch for map. The marker is in a small park, with other patriotic monuments and symbols. Marker is in this post office area: Tennille GA 31089, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Irwinís Crossroad (approx. 4.5 miles away); Jared Irwin (approx. 5.4 miles away); Sherman and Hardee at Tennille (approx. 6.9 miles away); Tennille Station (approx. 6.9 miles away); Tennille (approx. 6.9 miles away); Riddleville (approx. 7.8 miles away); Sherman's Right Wing (approx. 8.3 miles away); Johnson County (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tennille.
More about this marker. While the marker appears to have been erected by the State, it is in fact a private marker, almost certainly erected by descendants of Colby Smith.
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