Text: Genealogy reports on Gordon and Smith Family prepared by Tarney Smith based on information from Ora Gretrude Smith.
Text: John McCullough
Note: N442 Tarney Smith writes: "After the death of her husband in 1807, Elizabeth Gordon Smith still had a number of young children to raise, and was probably grateful that she had family nearby. In 1810 they built a larger log cabin and it was known as 'The Fort'. From "History of Missouri" by Houck - 1908, Vol. 3, p. 102: "As soon as war was declared the British agents then residing on the upper Mississippi became very active in inciting the Indians to War. Robert Dickson, one of these agents who had his headquarters at Prairie du Chien, sent one La Guthrie, a trader, to the village of Black Hawk of the Saukees and Renards on Rock river, with presents of money and ammunition, and on September 5, 1812, these Indians together with the Winnebagos under Black Hawk made an effort to capture Ft. Madison....attempt failed. "This Robert Dickson was a Scotchman and long engaged in the western fur trade as a partner in the English Northwest Company. He was a man of great ability..... He was fearless and often would traverse alone the country from St. Louis to the headwaters of the Missouri. He married a sister of Red Thunder, one of the bravest chiefs of the Dacotahs." Ora Smith (great grand daughter of Elizabeth Smith Gordon) said, "Red headed Dixon lead the Indians. Each night they would sing 'We Lay Our Garments By' and bid each other good bye expecting a savage attack. Grandmother was a good shot and they kept seven guns ready for use."
Note: N31 Transcript of Letter of Recommendation: (From a copy of the original given to Tarney Smith in 1974 by Mimi Kerth.) "That Elizabeth Smith the wife of Samuel Smith was born and educated in my Congregation, and always supported a good character both before and since her marriage, and when she removed from us with her husband, she was in good standing and free from any kind of scandal known to any is certified at East Conogocheague this 4th day of September 1792." (signed) James Lang
Note: in Conway Day School Grounds
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