Near Hallettsville in Lavaca County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
—A Veteran of the American Revolution. —
A native of Virginia, William Smothers was orphaned at 12 when Indians killed his father, and his mother died of shock. In the American Revolution, he fought at King's Mountain, Guilford Courthouse, Camden, and Eutaw Springs. He moved to Kentucky in 1781, built two forts near present Hartford, originally called "Smothers Station," and in 1798 founded an Ohio river port that later became Owensboro. He was a leader in civil affairs in early Kentucky, was a militia captain, and commanded troops in the War of 1812. Smothers Park in Owensboro is named in his honor. Smothers scouted in Texas before 1820, returned in 1821 with the exploring party of Stephen F. Austin, and helped build Fort Bend for the safety of the "Old 300" settlers. In 1824 Mexico gave him a land grant; in 1826, he and two sons helped settle DeWitt's Colony, receiving land grants in the vicinity of this marker. Fearless and a skillful guide, he often hunted with his friend Jim Bowie. Reputedly he tomahawked bears in hand combat. Married twice, he was ancestor of many leading Texans. He died in 1837, after seeing a son and three grandsons help to win the Texas War for Independence.
By Gregory Walker
1. William Smothers Marker
Erected 1977 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5846.)
Location. 29° 25.216′
N, 96° 57.365′ W. Marker is near Hallettsville, Texas, in Lavaca County. Marker is on U.S. 77 0.7 miles south of Farm to Market Road 318, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hallettsville TX 77964, United States of America.
By Gregory Walker
2. Location of William Smothers Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Wreck of the Don Milo (approx. 1½ miles away); Hallettsville Memorial Park (approx. 1.9 miles away); Hallettsville (approx. 1.9 miles away); Old Hanging Tree (approx. 2.4 miles away).
Also see . . . William Smeathers (Smithers, Smothers) article in Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on June 22, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
Categories. • Exploration • Forts, Castles • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
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