"In memory of William Smithson, who departed this life January 17, 1809, aged 64 years."
This is the inscription on the tombstone once located in a family graveyard along the southeast border of Bel Air between the Fulford and Homestead farms. One of the signers of the Bush Declaration - Harford County's "Declaration of Independence" - Smithson was born in 1745 and built the Fernandis Homestead in Bel Air. The 1774 home was considered to "compare favorably with the best of our modern dwellings," by Walter Preston in 1901. He also owned property between Bel Air and Hickory.