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This item was printed in a local newspaper, and contributed to Genealogy Trails by Diann Fyrer, who is related to soldier John Smith, whose son was named Valentine. If you have further information, Diann can be contacted at diann78 at msn.com

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Metropolis, Ill.—The Daughters of the American Revolution have begun a campaign to determine the location of graves of veterans of the American Revolution in cemeteries and rural graveyards all over the country. The D.A.R is asking that all graves be reported that they may be properly marked.

It is believed that more than 100 veterans of the American Revolution are buried in graves in southern Missouri, and that many could be located in southern Illinois and other sections of this state, should the necessary vigilance and attention be given in searching for them.

Following a line of careful inquiry and investigation here the fact stands revealed that this county (Massac) is on the honor roll as a place that has two veterans of the American Revolution buried within its boundaries; one of these being
John Smith, the other Ned Henderson. Both these men served in the Revolutionary war in North Carolina and in Virginia, and following its close emigrated to Illinois and, with their wives and children, settled in this county, 15 miles north of here, near what is now the town of New Columbia.

Henderson lies buried in the old Henderson graveyard, two miles west of New Columbia, the cemetery taking its name from the Henderson family, and is the oldest graveyard in this section. Henderson has three great-great-grandsons now living here, other relatives died long ago.

Smith lies buried in what is known as the old Wilson graveyard, one and a half miles east of the present little town of New Columbia, 15 miles north of here. A lone cedar is all that marks the spot. Postmaster, U.E. Smith of Metropolis, Ill, is a great-great-grandson of John Smith, American Revolution veteran of this county. Mack and Calvin Smith of this county are also great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter, Mrs. J.H. Cagle, is a resident of this place."


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