". . .in 1825 when two men from Pawtuxet Village, Edward Remington and Simeon Smith, went on an adventure southbound. The duo ended up in a small region of Georgia, which later became known as Thomasville. The two named the two main streets Remington and Smith Avenues, after themselves. In time, the town flourished both commercially and residentially.As the fledgling municipality progressed, Remington and Smith frequently traveled home to Pawtuxet."http://www.warwickbeacon.net/warwickonline/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6627&Itemid=30
Gravestone: Sacred to the Memory of Capt. Simeon Smith who was born in Pawtuxet, R.I. June 11, 1779 and departed this life in Thomasville, Geo. Feb 10, 1846 In the 67th year of his age.
Cemetery inscription: Capt. Simeon A. Smith, Born Pawtuckett, RI, June 11, 1779. Buried in Thomasville, February 10, 1846.
Find-A-Grave Virtual Cemetery memorial #19543013 in The Old Cem, Thomasville, Thomas, GA
A descendant matches all the kits in YDNA group NE18, Rhode Island Christopher Smith (imm. from Stratford Upon Avon) on page 2 of SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project, Kit #138195.
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BURIED IN THE "OLD CEMETERY" OF THOMASVILLE GEORGIA. FOUND HEADSTONE.
FOUND BIRTH AND DEATH DATES, BIRTH AND DEATH PLACE AND FIRST AND LAST NAME IN CHANDLER HOLMES SMITH AND SUSAN PARRAMORE SMITH'S FAMILY BIBLE DATED 1856. BIBLE CURRENTLY RESIDES WITH SIMEON SMITH BORN 1950..
FOUND NAME, BIRTH AND DEATH DATES IN AN INDEX FOR GRAVES IN THE "OLD CEMETERY" THOMASVILLE, GEORGIA CEMETERY. INDEX FOUND IN THE THOMASVILLE GENEALOGICAL LIBRARY.
HE AND HIS WIFE WERE MARRIED WHEN THEY LEFT RHODE ISLAND. THEY MOVED TO THOMASVILLE, GEORGIA BETWEEN 1826 AND 1831. SIMEON ESTABLISHED ONE OF THE FIRST MERCANTILE BUSINESSES IN THOMASVILLE. HIS BUSINESS WAS LOCATED ON BROAD STREET. THE AUGUSTA CENTENNIAL CHRONICLE OF MAY 9, 1885 INDICATED THAT IN 1827 SIMEON HAD ONE OF THE FIRST IMPORTANT MERCANTILE STORES IN THOMASVILLE.
HIS HOME WAS LOCATED ON THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE INTERSECTION OF HANSEL ST AND SMITH AVENUE. THIS LOCATION WAS ACROSS FROM THE PINEY WOODS HOTEL AND NEXT TO PARADISE PARK. HIS RESIDENCE WAS DESTROYED IN LATER YEARS AND A FARMERS MARKET IS THERE NOW (1996).
HE, HIS SONS AND SON-IN-LAWS PLAYED A PROMINENT ROLE IN THE EARLY DEVELOPMENT OF HOMASVILLE. HE GAVE LAND TO THE CITY FOR USE AS A PARK AND WAS NAMED PARADISE PARK. THE LOCALS CALLED IT "YANKEE PARADISE" BECAUSE THE NORTHERN TOURISTS ENJOYED STROLLING THROUGH THE PARK SMELLING THE PINE SCENT. HE ALSO OWNED STOCK IN A HOTEL NAMED THE PINEY WOODS HOTEL WHICH WAS ONE OF THE LARGEST HOTELS BUILT IN THOMASVILLE AFTER THE CIVIL WAR.
THOMASVILLE EMBRACED THE NORTHERN TOURISTS SOON AFTER THE CIVIL WHICH SEEMS STRANGE. MANY SONS FROM THOMASVILLE WERE KILLED DURING THE WAR AND THERE HAD TO BE HARD FEELINGS TOWARD THE NORTH. SOME HOW THE PEOPLE OF THOMASVILLE PUT THESE FEELINGS ASIDE AND DEVELOPED A RESORT AREA WITH MANY LARGE HOTELS THAT ATTRACTED NORTHERN TOURISTS. THE WEALTHY NORTHERN TOURISTS WOULD LIVE IN THOMASVILLE FOR MONTHS AT A TIME DURING THE WINTER. AT THIS TIME, FLORIDA HAD NOT YET BEEN DEVELOPED AND THE RAIL ROAD DID NOT EXTEND SOUTH FURTHER THAN THOMASVILLE. ALSO, MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN THOMASVILLE HAD MIGRATED FROM THE NORTH.
EDWARD REMINGTON WAS AN EARLIER SETTLER OF THOMASVILLE AND FRIEND OF SIMEON. THEY BOTH WERE FROM RHODE ISLAND AND MUST HAVE BEEN FRIENDS THERE. EDWARD WAS ONE OF THE FIRST COMMISSIONERS OF THOMASVILLE WHEN IT WAS CHARTERED AND INCORPORATED IN 1833. A STREET WAS ALSO NAMED FOR EDWARD AND SIMEON.
In response to the impressment of American seamen by British ships, Congress passed an Act for the Relief and Protection of American Seamen in 1796. The Act required customs collectors to maintain a record of all United States citizens serving on Unites States vessels. Each seaman, once registered with the customs collector, was given a Seaman's Protection Certificate. These certifites vouched for the citizenship of the individual and included identifying information such as height, complexion, place of birth, and in some cases, eye and hair color. The intention of these certificates was to discourage impressment. The Rhode Island Historical Society has six volumes of "Register of Protections Granted to American Seaman" from 1796-1870. These papers are part of the United States Custom House Papers housed in the Manuscript Division of the Rhode Island Historical Library at 121 Hope Street, Providence, Rhode Island. The volumes contain the seaman's name, age, height, place of birth, and color of complexion. Simeon Smith, Jr. was found in Book 4, Page 62, date of certification - May 15, 1807, age - 28, complexion - light, place of birth - Cranston, R.I.
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