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June 19, 2010

One of two signs generously donated by Campbell Copy Center, Harrisonburg, VA. (Photo by Lisa Baugher Morris)

The Story Behind Jacob Smith Day

On January 8, 2009 I was contacted by Hugh Hutchens, chairman of Revolutionary Graves Committee, Ft. Harrison Chapter, SAR, about the erroneous death date on the tombstone of my ancestor, Revolutionary War veteran James Meadows. During our exchange, I shared with Hugh that Jacob Smith, who had served for over 3 years in the Revolutionary War, lay in an unmarked grave in the Jollett Cemetery – his sacrifices and contributions long forgotten. Hugh quickly resolved to work with descendants to remedy Jacob’s circumstance.

By the summer of 2009, plans for a full-blown tribute to Jacob and Winna were in place. A Jacob Smith Committee of descendants was formed with Hugh and the SAR enthusiastically joining our efforts. My sister, Barbara Hensley Carpenter (then Regent of Maryland DAR and now a Vice President General of the DAR), readily agreed to donate the pricey DAR marker. In August fundraising among Smith descendants for a "replacement" stone for Jacob as well as a first stone for Winna was launched.  The program was planned and Father’s Day weekend was selected as the perfect time to honor Jacob. During the Winter/Spring the local DAR Chapters joined in what was to be a one-of-a-kind inclusive ceremony.

Support exploded with the Daily News Record story on April 12th followed by a series of wonderful articles in the Valley Banner and Page News and Courier. E-mails were blasted to descendants across the nation; messages were plastered on genealogy boards wherever descendants had moved; flyers were mailed and distributed in stores, restaurants, libraries, etc.; area churches were notified; large signs went up throughout the local area. By the day of the celebration, the Jacob Smith Committee was stunned by the outpouring of support from not only from descendants but from local governments, civic organizations, businesses and dedicated individuals who willingly and generously gave their time and their resources.

All culminated in the June 19th tribute to a man who richly deserved the thanks of his Country, his community and his descendants.

Bag piper Donna Logan, playing 'O Shenandoah,' led the procession into the cemetery (Photo by Joyce Fluharty)

The Celebration

It was a both a Father’s Day celebration – and a Revolutionary War grave marking – like never before. It was an afternoon filled with moving tributes to Jacob Smith, a man whose contributions to our Country and his community had long been lost to time.

Attendees starting arriving shortly after noon on a hot, but breezy, day. They were greeted with baskets brimming with programs, memorial seed packets, and small American flags, five large frames each filled with old, restored photos of Jacob’s descendants (105 photos!) and two display boards (one on Jacob’s life with Revolutionary and family documents; the other on Jacob Smith Day with various proclamations and news articles). By the start of the ceremony, the crowd had swelled to 350 with Smith cousins from near and far, distinguished SAR and DAR guests, veterans, and friends. Over 150 direct Smith descendants (the number does not include extended family members) came from TX, KY, IN, IA, OH, NC, FL, MD, NY, GA, WV, PA, all corners of Virginia and more. The youngest descendant was just three weeks old; our oldest was 94 year-old Lester Lam, a veteran of World War II.

A musical preclude of blue grass hymns performed by the talented Heart Strings kicked off the day. At 2:00 the music of "O Shenandoah" slowly drifted into the cemetery as bagpiper Donna Logan came down the hill, through the cemetery gates and led the procession of the SAR Color Guard and Beaver Creek Longknives (carrying Old Glory, the Virginia State flag, the SAR flag and George Washington’s Commander-in-Chief flag). Joining the procession were elected officials Rick Workman (Elkton Town Councilman), Johnny Woodward (Chairman of the Page County Board of Supervisors), Clinton Lucas (Mayor of theTown of Shenandoah), and a large contingent of National, State and Chapter officers from the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Vicky Baugher Hensley (Jacob Smith descendant) welcomed guests followed by the Invocation by Eleanor Price (Regent, Massanutton DAR) and the presentation of colors by the SAR Color Guard and Beaver Creek Longknives. Janet Eppard Freese of Iowa (Jacob Smith descendant) shared her memories of seeing and photographing Jacob’s stone forty-five years ago and led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. Dolores Lackovitch (Jacob Smith descendant and the Regent of Shenandoah River DAR) led the American’s Creed and the DAR Creed; Hugh Hutchens (Registrar of the Ft. Harrison SAR and their Chairman of the Revolutionary Graves Committee) led the SAR Pledge. Sonny Heiston (Jacob Smith descendant) and his wife, Lucinda, beautifully sang the Star Spangled Banner.

It was an honor to have Councilman Workman, Chairman Woodward, and Mayor Lucas representing their Towns and County, each of which had passed a proclamation declaring June 19th 2010 to be "Jacob Smith Day." All spoke from the heart about Jacob and the sacrifices of all veterans – many nameless – whose selflessness built our Country and whose passion and dedication continue to keep her safe and strong.

Dr. Henry Williams (Second Vice President of the Virginia State Society Sons of the American Revolution), and Bana Weems Casky (Regent, Virginia State Society Daughters of the American Revolution) brought greetings and shared inspiring remarks. Attendees enjoyed the debut of a newly- composed, special song, "George Washington in Prayer," performed by Joe McAlister and Ronnie Haney. The lyrics, written by The Valley Banner’s own Ted Hayes, were set to music by Joe McAlister.

The life of Jacob Smith was shared by his descendant, Jan Hensley, followed by the reading of the names of Smith descendants attending the day’s celebration. Not all descendants had signed in and their extended families were not included. By the time Jacob’s descendant, Bill Smith, had concluded the Roll Call, over 150 names had been read.

An audible gasp was heard as Hugh Hutchens, Joy Cardinal (Jacob Smith descendant and Secretary General, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) and Barbara Hensley Carpenter (Jacob Smith descendant and Vice President General, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) lifted the patriotic bunting that had covered Jacob’s stone, lovingly paid for by Smith descendants. It was truly breaktaking with the brilliant bronze SAR and DAR makers beautifully inset in the granite. And the bunting was removed from Winna’s stone. Winna, after lying in an unmarked grave for 168 years, finally had her own tombstone erected by Jacob’s side.

As Jacob’s youngest descendants placed the wreaths and roses on his and Winna’s graves, Sonny Heiston again graced attendees with his wonderful voice singing "America the Beautiful." One of the most memorial moments of the day was a tiny descendant who had no intention of parting with her rose! Jacob and Winna no doubt shared in our laughter.

Rev. Ellen Hensley Martin, yet another Smith descendant, shared her passion for God and family with her inspirational remarks and her blessings for Jacob and Winna and their many descendants.

As the billows of gun smoke from the musket salute in Jacob's honor slowly rose through the air, young Robert Wollenberg played taps with enormous heart. Vicky gave specials thanks to those who had helped create the day’s tribute and presented Hugh Hutchens (for serving as the inspiration behind the ceremony) with a special certificate declaring him to be an Honorary Jacob Smith Descendant. A recitation of the SAR Recessional, the Benediction and the bagpipe music of "Amazing Grace" ended the ceremony.

Jacob Smith descendants crowded together by the new tombstones for a Smith family portrait before leaving for the reception at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Shenandoah. Dotted along the route to the Church were sign after sign after sign paying tribute to Jacob.

Surely Jacob and Winna were smiling down on the Jollett Cemetery, stunned by the day’s tributes, and as proud as they could be of their many descendants, family and friends gathered together for this special day.

(Photo by Joyce Fluharty)

The Life of Jacob Smith

A speech on paper loses its passion.  And so it is with reluctance, but by request, that the following remarks about Jacob's life delivered by descendant Jan Hensley are included:

Thank you Vicky. Mr. Chairman, Mayor, Councilman, Honored and Distinguished SAR and DAR Guests, Smith Cousins, Veterans, and Friends.

What a day and what a tribute to a man who so richly deserves to be honored and his life celebrated. This truly is a Father Day’s celebration like no other.

It is a great honor to be asked to share the lives of Jacob and Winna Smith.

Their story is woven together from bits and pieces. While some of the pieces are yet to be discovered, what we have tells the story of modest people with a deep and abiding love of God, Country, family and all things nature. These were gifts freely given to our Country, community and lovingly passed down to descendants.

Jacob was born in 1759/60 – today he would be 250 years old. He was German, but we don’t know whether he was a German immigrant or the son of German immigrants. He enlisted in the Revolutionary War in Rockingham County – then Augusta County -- on August 20, 1776 at the young age of 17 and served in Capt Gabriel Long’s 11th VA Regiment of Riflemen under the command of Col. Daniel Morgan.

Just four months into the army, he was with the Commander-in-Chief of the Colonial forces, Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Trenton, commemorated in the famous painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware pictured on the back of today’s program.

That Battle was critical in the War. The American forces had been driven from New York and New Jersey into Pennsylvania; recruitment was down; re-enlistment waned; and spirits were broken. Word of Washington’s victory spread swiftly. Morale shifted, enlistments swelled, troops re-enlisted.

HOWEVER, the truth of the matter is that the Battle of Trenton wasn’t a battle: it was barely a skirmish.

Knowing that he desperately needed any victory, Gen Washington devised a brilliant – yet risky – plan. He staged the invasion for December 26, knowing that the Hessian soldiers would be drunk or hung over from the Christmas celebrations. In the wee hours of December 26th under the darkness of night, Gen. Washington and his troops began their crossing of the frigid and partially frozen Delaware. The weather delayed the attack, troops suffered, guns froze. But the colonial forces maintained the element of surprise and quickly won.

Jacob and his comrades were back in camp just 48 hours after crossing the Delaware. Within days Washington pressed forward, with Jacob among the troops, launching a second successful attack at the Battle of Princeton.

Within six months Jacob was in northern New York state at the Battle of Saratoga, another landmark battle of the Revolutionary War. The victory at Saratoga secured the northern colonies from attacks emanating from Canada, solidified France’s confidence in the American forces and triggered her full military, political and diplomatic support.

It is unclear where Jacob served the remainder of his service. He did, however, receive his honorable discharge in New York on August 25, 1779 after serving three years and five days.

It is nothing short of amazing that Jacob participated in two of the most pivotal battles of the Revolution. Had either battle been lost, we would not enjoy the Country we enjoy today.

Back in Rockingham Jacob married the young Winifred "Winna" "Winney" Smith in 1782. And yes . . . her maiden name was also Smith. Their ceremony was conducted in a Rockingham Presbyterian Church by oral marriage banns – no record has yet been discovered.

Available records suggest that she was the daughter of William and Mary Smith, who owned several properties in current-day Elkton. One parcel stretched from the site of the Elk Run Cemetery up Route 33 to the Kite House. Decades after William’s death, the land was purchased by the Miller and Kite families.

If these are the correct parents, Winna was also the sister of one-time Rockingham County Sheriff Bruten Smith.

Over the remainder of his life, Jacob left faded footprints on tax lists, legislative petitions, land records, marriage records and finally on his Last Will and Testament. Three existing Rockingham petitions to the Virginia Assembly bear his signature: a 1791 petition endorsing a convention to allow amendments to the State’s Constitution; a 1794 petition requesting that the road through Swift Run Gap be maintained for local commerce; and a moving and poignant 1797 petition requesting that laws also be printed in German so that Germans (including those who had "fought and bled in the service of America") could fully understand and abide by them.

On September 18, 1818, Jacob, age 59, applied for a Revolutionary War pension. He had already received 100 acres of military bounty land in Kentucky. His widow, Winna, filed for a widow’s pension on October 23, 1839. These documents contain treasured family information, including a page from the family Bible.

Jacob and Winna remained in Rockingham – raising their children – until purchasing property in current-day Page County in 1829. It is on this property that the Smiths spent their twilight years. Today, we gather on a portion of their property.

Jacob died on August 18, 1836; Winna in the Spring of 1842.

Jacob’s estate included a prized black horse, valued at the princely sum of $65; a red-speckled faced heifer and other critters; rye, hay, and tobacco crops in the fields; an eight-day clock; books and Windsor chairs.

The estate owed Dr. S. B. Jennings $2.50 for medical services. Jacob Conrad owed the estate $400 on a January 1835 note; William Winsbrough owed $40 on a January 1834 note and Jacob Miller owed $16.67 on a January 1832 note.

Clearly January was the month to ask Granddaddy Jacob for money.

But the biggest treasure he owned was his Bible valued at $1.50. Unfortunately, we do not know what became of it.

A true testament to the strong partnership between Jacob and Winna was his bequest in his Will. Rare for that time, Jacob left all his property and belongings to Winna writing "at her death she may dispose of such property as shall be then left to such person or persons as she may think best."

Jacob and Winna had 6 children, 5 of whom survived to adulthood:

James, born in 1783, married Elizabeth Miller, the daughter of Christian and Catherine Miller. James died in Rockingham at age 44.

William, born in 1785, was a part-time preacher, cooper and farmer, who married Nancy Morris. He died at age 71 from yellow jaundice and is buried in the Smith Cemetery above his beloved Smith’s Chapel.

Elijah was born two years later and lived a short 2 ½ years.

Mary, "Polly", their only daughter was born in 1789. She married John Pence in Rockingham. Both she and John died in 1834, suggesting that they were either victims of a disease or of a tragic accident.

The elusive Benjamin came next . . . born in 1791. The lawsuit over Jacob and Winna’s estate placed him in Madison County, Kentucky in the 1840s. And while there was a Benjamin in the U.S. census who looked promising as their son, no proof existed. UNTIL 2 months and 5 days ago when serendipity struck. Benjamin has now been found. After moving to Kentucky he became a wealthy land owner; married a woman named Judith and died in 1883 at the age of 92. One of his daughters married Peter Tribble Gentry, a descendant of the Albemarle County Gentrys and of Daniel Boone.

The youngest child was Gabriel, perhaps named after Jacob’s captain in the Revolutionary War, Gabriel Long. Gabriel was born in 1803 and was a farmer and school teacher. He married Elizabeth Nair in Rockingham and died unexpectedly in 1849 at the young age of 46. By the time of his death, he had amassed approximately 1,000 acres of land in Page County which was sold and his family headed west to Illinois.

Winna and Jacob’s descendants were responsible for the establishment of most of the early churches in this area. Son William started Smith’s Chapel in Crow’s Hollow just a couple miles from here. When it was tragically wiped out in the great flood of 1870, the congregation started Furnace Church. Jollett Church was started by Jacob’s great granddaughter, Elizabeth Sarah Smith and her husband, Rev. John Jollett. Today most of the congregation of both Furnace and Jollett Churches are Smith descendants.

Today’s ceremony has been nothing short of fate. It truly was meant to be. I know that we have been guided by Jacob and Winna and they are smiling down on us this very moment. I can see Winna’s quick elbow to Jacob and I can hear her say "Jacob can we believe what they are doing for us? Look at our children."

Granddaddy Jacob, for your service in the Revolutionary War, for your contributions to the spirit of the community and for your treasured gifts passed down generation after generation to your descendants, we thank you.

On behalf of your many descendants who lie at rest among us in this beautiful cemetery, for those who rest elsewhere, for your many descendants from across the nation who could not be with us but are with us in spirit, and for your many descendants gathered here today,

                            Happy Father’s Day, Granddaddy Jacob.


                     Belated Mother’s Day to you too, Grandmother Winna.

Thank you.

Joy Cardinal, Hugh Hutchens and Barbara Hensley Carpenter unveil Jacob's stone (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
After the musket salute to Jacob (Photo by Jan Hensley)

(Photo by Hugh Hutchen)
(Photo by Todd Lachovitch)
(Photo by Jan Hensley)
(Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
Donna Logan playing 'Amazing Grace' (Photo by Hugh Hutchens)

Roll Call of Descendants

Note:  This is incomplete and some names were illegible.  Not all descendants signed-in and an additional sheet was started following the ceremony which needs to be located.  Please e-mail with additions or corrections.

Deborah S. Barbato

Anthony W. Baugher, Port Republic, VA

John O. Baugher, Lyndhurst, VA

Rodney R. Baugher, Elkton, VA

Carlotte W. Baulieu, Alexandria, VA

Seth Bieneman, Lafayette, IN

Frank and Joan Bishop, Chester Co, PA

Doris Davis Bradley, Luray, VA

Carolyn F. Breeden

Courtney Breeden

Fonda Hensley Breeden, Elkton, VA

Hazel M. Breeden, Elkton, VA

Lois Breeden, Elkton, VA

Morgan Breeden, Brentsville, VA

Diane Huddle Browne, Rockville, MD

Sandra D. Campbell, Manassas, VA

Joy Cardinal, Keller, TX

Barbara Hensley Carpenter, Great Falls, VA

Katie Chapman, Edgewater, MD

Richard Chapman, Jr., Edgewater, Md

Richard Chapman, Sr., Washington Grove, MD

Saunie and Allen Cole, Elkton, VA

Keith Comer, Stanley, VA

Mellanie Hensley Comer, Stanley, VA

Rondel C. Comer, Stanley, VA

Donria Davis Culbert, Purcellville, VA

Agnes Davis, Elkton, VA

Betty M. Davis, Elkton, VA

Brenda Davis, Shenandoah, VA

Kimberly Davis Dean, Elkton, VA

Patrina Dean, Elkton VA

Sheila Davis, Winchester, VA

Gladys Eanes, Brentsville, VA

John T. Eanes, Stafford, VA

Vada Davis Eaton, Elkton, VA

Merle A. Eppard

Ralph L. "Sam" Eppard, Elkton, VA

Toby Eppard, Elkton, VA

Janet Eppard Freese, Adel, Iowa

Vada Smith Good, Elkton, VA

Joyce Huddle Haines, Winchester, VA

Blaze Hammer, Elkton VA

Porcha Hammer, Elkton, VA

Norma Smith Hamrick, Webster Springs, WV

Debra Hansbrough

Haley O. Heiston, Shenandoah, VA

Lawrence D. Heiston, Jr., Shenandoah, VA

Raven E. Heiston, Shenandoah, VA

Alessa Hensley, Elkton, VA

Dave Hensley, Elkton, VA

Delure W. Hensley, Elkton, VA

Gary and Mary Lou Hensley, Elkton VA

Graham and Barbara Hensley, Elkton, VA

Jan Hensley, Great Falls, VA

John Hensley, Elkton, VA

John S. Hensley, Elkton, VA

Louella Hensley, Elkton, VA

Michael Hensley, Elkton, VA

Michael S. Hensley, Elkton, VA

Mike Hensley, Elkton, VA

Michele Hensley, Elkton, VA

Terry Hensley, Elkton, VA

Latiera Hilliard, Stanley, VA

Pazley Hilliard, Stanley, VA

Victoria Baugher Hensley, Elkton, VA

Richard Jackson

John and Joani Jenkins & their three children, Culpeper, VA

Lora Jenkins, Luray, VA

Samantha Jenkins, Mt. Crawford, VA

Steven Jenkins, Mt. Crawford, VA

Linda Huddle Kalassay, Virginia Beach, VA

Michael S. Kite, Luray, VA

Ruby Smith Kite, Luray, VA

Carolyn Smith Knight, Elkton, VA

Elizabeth Breeden Knight, Grottoes, VA

Kim Knight, Stanley, VA

Mickey Knight, Stanley, VA
Greg Lam, Elkton, VA

Dolores Lackovitch, Elkton, VA

Todd Lackovitch, Elkton, VA

Lester and Yowleth Lam, Stanley, VA

Anthony D. Lawson & Carolyn, Elkton, VA

John and Mandy Lawson, Lynchburg, VA
Paul Lawson, Lynchburg, VA

H. L. Maiden, Elkton, VA

Mildred Maiden, Elkton, VA

Rick and Debby Maiden, Elkton VA

Nancy Huddle Marslender, Portsmouth, VA

Ellen Hensley Martin, Luray, VA

Millard "Cowboy" Meadows, Elkton VA

Winston Meadows, Stanton Island, NY

Timmy Meadows, Elkton VA

Claire Ann Louise Milliken, Rockingham, MD

Daniel Harrison Milliken, Rockingham, MD

Jessica Leah Milliken, Rockingham, MD

Alora Morris, Elkton, VA

Bill Morris, Elkton, VA

Billi Jo Morris, Elkton, VA

Stephen Morris, NC

James and Sandy Mouse, Beavercreek, OH

Arletta Painter, Stanley, VA

Daryl E. Ratliff, Pikeville, KY

Lois Lam Smith Reed, Charlottesville, VA

Mary and Hannah Reilly, Bluemont, VA

Kristie D. Riddle

Amy Robinson, Lynchburg, VA

Andrew Robinson, Lynchburg, VA

Autumn Robinson, Lynchburg, VA

Austine Seal Roudabush, Mt. Solon, VA

Jamie Sammons, Charlestown, WV

Jed and Emily Sammons, Charlestown, WV

Donna Samuels, Elkton VA

James Lee Samuels, Elkton, VA

Aaron Saum, Elkton, VA

Caroll H. Schmidt

Avery Secrist, Luray, VA

Barry and Kathy Secrist, Rileyville, VA

Barry Secrist, II and Patty Secrist, Luray, VA

Emery Secrist, Luray, VA

Jessica Secrist, Rileyville, VA

Lester Seal, Sandra Seal, Mt. Solon, VA

Sandra Seal, Mt. Solon, VA

Eddie Secrist, Elkton, VA

Vivian Davis Seal, Elkton, VA

Charles F. "Gomer" Shuler, Elkton, VA

Anthony R. Smith, Elkton, VA

Bill Smith, Elkton, VA

Justin S. Smith, Elkton, VA

Sondra and Troy Smith, Elkton, VA

Sharon Smith, Elkton, VA

Steven R. Smith, Sr., Elkton, VA

Bonnie Davis Snyder, Luray, VA

Frances & Charles Templon, Elkton, VA

Kenneth W. Thomas, Jr., Elkton, VA

Adam and Emily Turner, Luray, VA

Deborah Turner, Dayton, VA

Susan Turner, Luray, VA

Beth Shuler Wampler, Harrisonburg, VA

Alan Weakley, Chapel Hill, NC

Jean Hensley Weakley, Chapel Hill, NC

Rhiannon Weakley, Chapel Hill, NC

Vanner Weakley, Chapel Hill, NC

Donna Breeden Williams, Elkton, VA

Wayne Williams, Elkton, VA

Judith Ann Harrell Williams, Talladega, AL

Doris Meadows Winn, Blackstone, VA

Deb Workman, Elkton VA

Rick Workman, Elkton VA

Evelyn Bonnie Wyant, Elkton VA

Mary Gernie Wyant, Elkton, VA

Comer Young, Harrisonburg, VA

Bonnie Wampler Young, Alpharetta, GA

Megan Young, Alpharetta, GA

Salute to a Comrade-in-Arms (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
Supervisor Johnny Woodward (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
Hugh Hutchens
The photo wall of descendants (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
Jacob's descendant Jim Mouse carrying George Washington's Commander-in-Chief flag (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
Councilman Rick Workman (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
Heart Strings (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
Vicky Baugher Hensley (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
Bana Weems Caskey (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
(Photo by Hugh Hutchens)
(Photo by Hugh Hutchens)
(Photo by Joyce Fluharty)
(Photo by Richard Chapman, Jr.)
(Photo by Joyce Fluharty)
(Photo by Lisa Baugher Morris)
Joe McAlister (Photo by Edwin Freese)
Janet Eppard Freese (Photo by Edwin Freese)
(Photo by Bill Carpenter)
(Photo by Lisa Baugher Morris)
(Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
(Photo by Edwin Freese)
Dolores Lackovitch (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
Cemetery Entrance (Photo by Lisa Baugher Morris)
Joe McAlister and Ronnie Haines perform 'George Washington in Prayer' (lyrics Ted Hayes; music Joe McAlister)(Photo by Joyce Fluharty)
Ted Hayes introducing his new song 'George Washington in Prayer' (Photo by Joyce Fluharty)
(Photo by Bill Carpenter)
(Photo by Joyce Fluharty)
Mayor Clinton Lucas (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
(Photo by Bill Carpenter)
Jan Hensley (Photo by Bill Carpenter)
Sonny and Lucinda Heiston (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
Dr. Henry Williams (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
Hugh Hutchens introducing Dr. Williams (Photo by Jan Hensley)
(Photo by Amos Thomas)
Tables set up at the entrance (Photo by Lisa Baugher Morris)
Wreaths made from the favorite flowers of descendants (Photo by Lisa Baugher Morris)
Billows of smoke following the musket salute (Photo by Amos Thomas)
Rev. Ellen Hensley Martin (Photo by Hugh Hutchens)
Bill Smith (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
(Photo by Lisa Baugher Morris)
(Photo by Lisa Baugher Morris)
Robert Wollenberg (Photo by Todd Lachovitch)
(Photo by Jan Hensley)
(Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
(Photo by Hugh Hutchens)
(Photo by Lisa Baugher Morris)
(Photo by Jan Hensley)
Dolores Lachovitch, Mary-Jane Hensley (Honorary Maryland DAR Regent), Joy Cardinal (Photo by Bill Carpenter)
(Photo by Bill Carpenter)
94 year-old Lester Lam, veteran of War World II, was the oldest Jacob Smith descendant attending the ceremony (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
(Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
(Photo by Jan Hensley)
(Photo by Lisa Baugher Morris)
(Photo by Amos Thomas)
(Photo by Lisa Baugher Morris)
Avery Secrist gives special flowers to Grandmother Winna (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
(Photo by Joyce Fluharty)
(Photo by Joyce Fluharty)
Some of the descendants gathered by Jacob's and Winna's new stones (Photo by Todd Lackovitch)
(Photo by Lisa Baugher Morris)

Memorial Programs generously donated by Campbell Copy Center


105 Old, Restored Photos of Descendants of Jacob and Winna Smith

Five picture frames with 105 old and (restored) photos of Jacob's and Winna's descendants were on display

Seed packets for attendees to share Jacob's & Winna's love of God, county, family and all things nature


Display boards sharing Jacob's life

(Photo by Edwin Freese)
(Photo by Edwin Freese)

Hundreds of flags were donated by Potomac Hundred Chapter DAR (Maryland)


Jacob Smith Video and Photo CDs Now Available


A video of the entire ceremony WITH the Channel 3 TV news clip is now available.  CDs are $12 and available at Blue Ridge Radio & TV (210 W. Spotswood Trail, Elkton; 540-298-1717) or by mail:  $12 plus $3 postage and handling (total $15).  Make checks payable & sent to: Edward Billhimer, PO Box 1, Elkton, VA  22827. 


CD with over 400 WONDERFUL photos of the ceremony, the attendees, the cemetery, etc is available at Nancy's Party Things & Grace Floral (109 South Stuart Avenue, Elkton; 540-298-2079).  CDs may be purchased through the mail ($10 plus $3 postage and handling -- total $13).  Checks:  Dolores Lackovitch, 368 Stanley Avenue, Shenandoah, VA  22849.  Proceeds will help defray the costs of the reception hosted by Shenandoah River Chapter, DAR.