Blue Ridge Cemetery Historical Marker

Collin Co, Cemeteries of TX

Submitted by Elaine Nall Bay and Patricia Nall

George Washington Smith
(1796? 1876?)

Born in Wilson County, Tennessee, George Washington Smith came to Texas in 1834 with his wife Eliza Briggs.  He fought in the Texas War for Independence (1835-36) as a private in Capt. Clendennin's Company, 1st regiment artillery.  In the Mexican War (1846-48), he served as a sergeant in Company K, 1st regiment of the Texas Rangers under Col. John Coffee (Jack) Hays.  The Smith family settled in Collin County in 1852.  When Smith died about 1876, he was buried near the entrance of the present Blue Ridge Cemetery.  Later, his grave was moved to the Grounds Cemetery (1.25 miles Northwest) 1979