John Travis Smith

1 Jan 1842 - 13 Jul 1911

John Travis Smith

Buried. Baptist Rehobeth Cem, Horry County, SC
Married. Hellen Victoria Allen in 1860
1860 Census: Kingston Parish
1870 Census: Dog Bluff
1880 Census: Dog Bluff
1910 Census: Dog Bluff
Occupation: Preacher/Farmer
John Travis Smith enlisted in the Confederate Army at Pawley's Island, Georgetown Dist. on 27 January 1862. He joined with Captain John H. Tucker's Company of South Carolina Cavalry, "Marion's Men of Winyah." This company later evolved into Company A and F, 7th South Carolina Cavalry. At the time of this assignment he was a private. Also there is another entry on John Travis Smith, in that he was detailed to arrest free negroes for the Quartermaster Department during September/October 1863. He was later detached for guard duty at Georgetown on 22 February 1864. The 7th Regiment South Carolina Cavalry was formed by the addition of five independent companies to the five companies of the Cavalry Battalion, Holcombe Legion, South Carolina Volunteers, by Special Order Number 65, A. & I. G. O., dated March 18, 1864.

John Travis Smith was a baptist preacher and held revivals at Beulah, Cane Run, Mt. Oivet, Wassamassaw, and Sand Ridge. Rev. Smith and his wife made their home in Horry County, and he and his wife are buried at Baptist Rehobeth Cemetery, Conway, SC. One source speaks of 11 children, but there may have been 12. As of the 1870 Census, J.T. Smith appeared to be very poor compared with other local farmers. And listed in the 1880 Census is an entry that says he was unemployed sometime during that year.

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