It has come to my attention that a Real Daughter, Caruth Smith Washington, age 104 of Monroe, New Jersey, passed away on November 20, 2012, at Cranbury Nursing Home, Monroe. She was the daughter of a Civil War Medal of Honor recipient and believed to be the last direct descendant of a slave in America.
Born to the late Gertrude Catlett Smith and Color Sergeant Andrew Jackson Smith, Caruth was an educator and community activist in CA and NY. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Edward L. Washington: son, Ricque Le'Seur, Sr. and sister Susan Shelton. Survived by her grandchildren,China, Bart, Che, and Ricque Le'Seur, Jr., two nephews; one niece and a host of relatives and friends.
The memorial service was Wed., Dec. 5th at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, 771 Somerset Street, Somerset, NJ. The arrangements are by Anderson Funeral Service. No mention of where she is buried.
The obit is a Central Jersey newspaper, online (see below) and published in Home News Tribune on December 4, 2012:
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Submitted by Jim Monteton
Posted by Ron Setzer