CSA Record of Sgt.Robert Rufas Smith
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CSA Record of  Sgt. Robert Rufas Smith
File contributed for use in Polk County GenWeb by Jennifer Taylor Nichols,
Robert Rufus "Rab" Smith and Sarah Louisa Hagan

The Sons of the Confederate Veterans No. 1323
The United Daughters of the Confederacy No. 791
Color Guard

~~~~~ HONOR ~~~~~
Saturday, May 6, 2000 9AM at Gapway Cemetery

In 1838 Robert Rufus Smith was born in Wilcox County Alabama to Seth Smith and
Nancy Rackley Smith. Seth Smith died fighting in the Alabama Creek Indian
uprising. Shortly thereafter when Rab was 12 years old his mother died, leaving
him with no living relatives. Tradition has it that Rab, at the young age of 12,
set out on foot to Florida, heading to Calhoun County. Brave Rab made it to
Calhoun County and was befriended by a black preacher (free-man) named Nathaniel
Hiers. Preacher Hiers took Rab in and taught him to read and write the "Old
English" style that was common in those days. Until Rab was 20 years old he
remained with Preacher Hiers who, according to census documents, was a "shingle
cutter". A man named Halcomb Hagan lived in Calhoun County and also befriended
young Rab. Halcomb Hagan had 5 sons near the age of Rab. Rab, along with Hagan's
5 son's entered the Civil War together.

Rab enlisted at Apalatchicola, Florida on 10 March 1862. He transferred to Co.
E, 5th Batt'n, Florida Cavalry and also served in Co. A, 2nd Florida Cavalry and
Co. H, 1st Florida Cavalry. Rab was paroled at Quincy, Florida 22 May 1865.

Upon Rab's discharge he returned home to Calhoun County and married Halcomb Hagan's
eldest daughter, Sarah Louisa on 5 September 1866. Rab supported his family as a
bounty hunter and entrepreneur living most of his married life in Sumter County.
Later in life he settled in Auburndale where he died at the home of his only living
daughter, Mary Dove (Smith) Norman.

(Prepared by the family of Rab Smith: Mary Traylor Lyons / Kathy Best Brosky /
Jennifer Taylor Nichols / Jeff & Shelda Gary)
In Deepest Appreciation and Honor

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Donated by: Jennifer Nichols

Jennifer Nichols
22 Juniper Drive
Cedar Knolls, New Jersey 07927
Tel. 973.285.9294


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