Grange members research history of Revolutionary War veteran

Nov 25, 2017
A gravestone in North Searsport marks the final resting place of veteran Moses Smith, "a soldier of the Revolution," who died in 1840.

Searsport — Granite Grange No. 192, for a community service project earlier this year, chose to decorate a veteran's grave. A committee of Doris Tripp, Edna Vaughn and Parker Clemente selected the grave of Revolutionary War veteran Moses Smith who is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in North Searsport.

Just before Memorial Day the Grange had the following program: Prayers by Chaplain Hazel Bryant, floral arrangement placed on the grave by Master Sally Tripp, and David Tripp of the committee read a biography of Moses Smith that was compiled by Edna Vaughn, Dan Vaughn and Michelle Wood.

The biography states: "Moses S. Smith was born Sept. 29, 1759, to David and Mary Smith in Sturbridge, Mass. Records show that David and Mary Smith had a son Moses S. Smith born the year before — perhaps a deceased brother?

"Moses enlisted in the Revolutionary War as a private Dec. 10, 1776, in Capt. Abel Mason's company, Col. Jonathan Holmes' regiment. He was discharged Jan. 20, 1777, in Providence, R.I. That was one month, 14 days, including three days' travel, 52 miles from home.

"He entered the service again on March 14, 1777, and reported to Albany, N.Y. He served in Col. Timothy Bigelow's regiment, Capt. Dawes' company. On Dec. 8, 1777, they were camped in Gulph Mill, Va., near Valley Forge. A week later they were at Valley Forge for winter encampment. We all know what a terrible winter that was.

"He was discharged Nov. 1, 1781, at West Point, N.Y. He had to travel 140 miles to get back to Sturbridge. He served just over three years. He was 17 when he enlisted and 23 when he returned home.

"Little has been found about Moses' parents. On June 6, 1813, he married Hannah Smart of Barnstead, N.H. He was about 17 years older than she. No records of previous marriages have been found. Hannah was the daughter of Winthrop Smart and Rebecca (Nickerson) Smart. Rebecca was the daughter of Joshua Nickerson and Thankful Eldridge. Joshua was a brother to Reuben Nickerson, an ancestor to many people in our area. Moses and Hannah had no children.

"April 26, 1819, Moses was placed on pension, stating he was feeble and his wife sickly. He received $8 per month for a total of $1,526.93. On May 23, 1835, he was granted 200 acres in Prospect.

"Moses died Dec. 20, 1840. He had no will. Mark Colcord of Prospect was assigned to take care of his estate. Hannah died April 14, 1843, in Searsport. They are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in North Searsport, in the left corner facing Mt. Ephraim Road. His stone reads, 'A soldier of the Revolution, a veteran of the cross of Christ.' The words on her stone are indistinct."

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