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Charles S. Smith (1806-1836)
MSA SC 3520-2663

Charles S. Smith, the only native Marylander to fight at the Alamo

Charles S. Smith was born in 1806 in Maryland to Charles Somerset and Ann Sothern Smith.  Sources indicate that Smith moved from Maryland to Louisianna and then on to Texas during his lifetime.  Although the dates of his migrations are unknown, there is a Charles S. Smith listed in the 1830 Maryland Census index for Charles County.  There is also a land grant registered in the Texas Land Office to a Charles S. Smith dated October 14, 1835.  The grant was for 4428.4 acres in Austin's Colony.  In addition to the Alamo, Smith's known military service included participation in the Siege of Bexar and work as an artilleryman.  He held the rank of Private under Unit Commander Carey.  Smith died during the 13 day siege at the Alamo in San Antonio which lasted from February 23 to March 6, 1836.  The Maryland Gazette did not carry a notice of his death.

Sources Consulted:

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
P.O. Box 1401
San Antonio, Texas 78295-1401

Barnes, Robert. Marriages and Deaths from the Maryland Gazette, 1727-1839.  (Baltimore:  Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1979).

Maryland 1830 Census Index.  ed.  Jackson, Ronald Vern, David Schaefermeyer, and Gary Ronald Teeples.  (Bountiful, Utah:  Accelerated Indexing Systems, Inc., 1976), 97.


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The Texians Database Query at

Texas Gulf Net at

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