Murder and Massacre of the Smith Family and Slaves at Long Cane, Abbeville, SC, 1 July 1776
>>> This is a story about murder … and murder of kin to our Golden family … and a story about following breadcrumbs that pull together various family lines to answer the question: Are we related?
On July 1st, 1776, Cherokees attacked the plantation of Captain Aaron Smith (1720-1776), killing him, his wife Elizabeth Ann Caraway (1726-1776), four children and five slaves.
One of the surving sons was Thomas Keeling Smith (1753-1827) … named after a long line of Thomas Keeling grandfathers from Lynhaven, Princess Anne, Virginia (modern Virginia Beach).
CANNONS — Capt Smith’s wife Elizabeth Ann Caraway was the daughter of John Carraway, 1700–1742, and Margaret Keeling, 1702–1742, both born at Princess Anne, Virginia. Husband John Carraway was the son of John Carraway, Sr., 1675–1719, and Mary Elizabeth Cannon, 1675–1719.
>>> We South Carolina Goldens descending from William Golden, c1750-1809, and Nellie Golden, c1755-aft 1812, have many Cannon cousins.
KEELINGS — Elizabeth Ann Caraway‘s mother Margaret Keeling was daughter of Thomas Keeling III, 1674–1714, and Elizabeth Carraway Lovett (Lovertt), 1678–1715, … and grand-niece of Edward Keeling (1640-1697), who was close friend/associate/cousin of Thomas Gouldman (1625-1684) and his son Edward Gouldman (1660-1710) of Caroline County, Virginia.
SURVIVOR / Storyteller of the Massacre: Two sons survived the attack. One was Thomas Keeling Smith, 1753-1827, … with three great-grandfathers named Thomas Keeling, and the other was Ezekial Smith (1742-1821).
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