Goldsmith Hewitt Sr

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This article is about the Revolutionary War veteran. For others with the same name, see Goldsmith Hewitt (disambiguation).

Goldsmith Whitehouse Hewitt (born c. 1766 in England, died August 10, 1846 in Jefferson County) served the United States in the Revolutionary War and later settled in Jefferson County.

Hewitt's parents had emigrated to the American colonies years before he himself made the voyage, some time during the Revolutionary War. He made his way to North Carolina and George Hazzard of Onslow County was recorded as his guardian in 1781. During the siege of Yorktown, Virginia in 1782 Hewitt was employed by the Commissary General of Military Stores to carry beef to soldiers under General George Washington's command encamped outside the city. He witnessed the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at the conclusion of the siege.

Hewitt married the former Nancy Jane Kirkman of Virginia around 1797 and moved to North Carolina, then to Cumberland County, Kentucky. By 1800 they were living in Knox County, Kentucky, but moved on to Tennessee by June 1801.

Around 1819 or 1820 the family, who may have already moved into the Alabama Territory, settled in the vicinity of Hagood in Jones Valley in Jefferson County and attended Smith Chapel Methodist Church. In February 1821 Hewitt divided some of his property in Alabama and Tennessee between his four living children: John, James, Betsy and Goldsmith, Jr ("Whitie"). Another daughter, Sarah, died before that date.

At the time of the 1840 census, Hewitt was living with his son, James. He died in 1846 and is buried at Smith Chapel Cemetery (now "Green-Massey Cemetery") off of Pinson Valley Parkway (Alabama Highway 79).


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