by Pat Hannum Chapter Secretary
The Norfolk Chapter President Bob Bruce hosted a commemoration of the 247th Anniversary of the Skirmish at Kemp’s Landing at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach on Saturday, November 12. VSSAR President Bruce Meyer attended along with forty individuals representing various SAR, DAR and other societies. Kimball Thompson, Chris Melhuish and Tom Hamill served in the color guard. Adding color and flare, Episcopal Church member James L. Carver joined the ceremony as Captain Charles Fordyce, His Majesty's 14th Regiment of Foot-Grenadiers. Captain Fordyce was present for the event at Kemp’s Landing.
The event took place within a few yards of where the skirmish unfolded on November 15, 1775. Lord Dunmore, Virginia’s royal governor, led a detachment of British regulars of the 14th Regiment and Loyalist militia to Kemp’s Landing to disperse elements of the Princess Anne District Militia that were assembling there to oppose Dunmore. Kemp’s Landing was located at the head of the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River and served as a key transshipment point for raw material heading to Norfolk where oceangoing vessels transported these raw materials to other points in the British Empire.
The Patriot militia and Virginia suffered their first casualties of the revolution and Lord Dunmore used the victory to issue his famous proclamation to free negroes and indentured servants of those in rebellion against the crown.
Dunmore’s victory at Kemp’s Landing was short lived, the 14th Regiment would suffer devastating casualties a few weeks later at the Battle of Great Bridge, just ten miles south of Kemp’s Landing, leading Dunmore to take refuge aboard British warships and eventually depart Virginia during the summer of 1776, never to return.
Photo #2 Float Participants L-R. Tim Gillette Secretary Leesburg Kiwanis, Steve Van Deusen, Barry Schwoerer, Dale Corey, Allen Phillips, Warner Workman (with “Most Creative” award), Chip Daniels, Anita Bonner, Ken Bonner, Richard Ryan, not pictured Paul Christensen
SAR Float awarded MOST CREATIVE by Kiwanis Club of Leesburg
The Sgt Maj John Champe and Col. James Wood II Chapters combined to participate in the 66th annual Leesburg Kiwanis Halloween Parade. SAR members dispersed approximately 150# of candy and two bushels of apples to children lining North King Street. Sgt Maj John Champe (SMJC) prospective member Warner Workman provided a twenty-eight-foot float decorated in a Patriotic style, supplemented with Halloween decorations such as pumpkins, bales of straw, lighted lanterns, skeletons, and much more. The float was awarded “MOST CREATIVE” by the Leesburg Kiwanis Club, sponsor of the event. A Skeleton crew consisted of Dale Corey’s (CJW-II) face painted to look like a skull and SMJC Ken Bonner and Barry Schwoerer (SMJC) wore skull masks. Four members of the SMJC Chapter participated along with four members of the CJW-II chapter. Mrs. Ken Bonner from Lanes Mill chapter NSDAR marched with the team wearing colonial attire. Participating SAR members donated canned goods and cereal to the Kiwanis for the Loudoun Interfaith Relief Food Pantry..
Photo #1 Ken Bonner on float
Photo #3 L-R. Dale Corey, Ken Bonner, Barry Schwoerer
SGT MAJ JOHN CHAMPE CHAPTER PRESENTS SAR BRONZE GOOD CITIZENSHIP MEDAL TO THE FERGUSON FAMILY OF ASHBURN, VA
On 2 November 2022, at the Ferguson Residence in Ashburn, VA, the Ferguson Family was awarded the SAR Bronze Good Citizenship Medal for Outstanding and Extraordinary Citizenship in preparing and delivering meals to William “Bill” Cain and wife Linda from 13 May 2020 to June 2022 and then to Bill Cain after the passing of Linda from June 2022 to current time. Fredrick and Silvia Ferguson and their three children, Sophia, Fredrick M., and Brianna, have treated the Cains as family, making sure their meal needs were met.
Their unselfish act of Good Citizenship started when the Loudoun County Veterans Program Coordinator received a call for assistance from Mr. Cain a disabled Vietnam veteran whose wife had significant health issues. Amid COVID-19 lockdown, the Cains were unable to drive to obtain food supplies or take-out and were concerned about COVID-19 contagion if they used commercial food delivery services. American Legion Post 2001 in Ashburn assembled a team of citizens to provide meal pick up by alternating teams for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The Fergusons took Wednesday. After a few months, the Monday and Friday meal providers reported they were no longer receiving requests for help. Discussions revealed that the Fergusons were providing home cooked meals and had essentially adopted the Cain family.
Fredrick and Silvia Ferguson were presented the SAR Good Citizenship medal and certificate plus lapel pins. Sophia, Fredrick M., and Brianna were awarded Good Citizenship lapel pins and certificates. Brianna was present for the award as Fredrick M. is in Germany and Sophia in Blacksburg, VA at Virginia Tech University. Bill Cain was present for the presentation and spoke highly of the Ferguson Family. This unselfish act of citizenship over an extended period truly warrants award of the Good Citizenship medal. Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter members involved in the presentation were Ken Bonner, Barry Schwoerer, and Richard Ryan.
Photo L-R: Ken Bonner, Fredrick Ferguson, Silvia Ferguson, Bill Cain, Brianna Ferguson, Barry Schwoerer. Photo courtesy Richard Ryan
picture is the color guard posting the colors, l. to r. Brett Osborn, Bill Schwetke, Thomas "Chip" Daniel (US Flag), Paul Christensen, Richard Tyler, Marc Robinson, Sean Carrigan and Doug Hall.
On 22 October 2022, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution conducted a patriot grave marking ceremony to honor Hans Casper Rinker. The ceremony was held at the Back Creek Quaker Cemetery in Gainesboro, Virginia. Rinker was born 1727 in Switzerland and immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1743. He married Maria Schultz 11 April 1757 in Germantown, Pennsylvania and started a family of seven children. Rinker joined the Virginia Militia prior to 1775, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He was recommended to replace Robert White as Company Commander on 1 April 1777 and promoted to Captain. He died 17 April 1804 and along with Maria is buried at the Back Creek Quaker Cemetery.
The ceremony was emceed by Dale Corey with Chaplain duties performed by the Reverend Jim Simmons. The Colonel James Wood II Chapter Color Guard presented the colors and fired a musket salute under the command of Brett Osborn. Guard members included Sean Carrigan, Paul Christensen, Thomas "Chip" Daniel, Doug Hall, Marc Robinson, Richard Tyler and dual member from the Culpeper Minutemen Bill Schwetke. Wreaths were presented by Thomas "Chip" Daniel (Colonel James Wood II), Doug Hall (Order of Founders and Patriots) and Bill Schwetke (Culpeper Minutemen) with the unveiling performed by descendant Marshall DeHaven
Second picture is the wreath presentation, l. to r. Doug Hall, Bill Schwetke and Thomas "Chip" Daniel.
Third picture is the musket squad firing a salute, l. to r. Bill Schwetke, Paul Christensen, Thomas "Chip" Daniel, Brett Osborn, Marc Robinson and Sean Carrigan. (Photos courtesy of Deborah Corey.)
Firelock squad executing volley. Photo Courtesy Kecia Brown Ketoctin DAR
Wreath presenters L-R: Ernie Coggins 1st VP Virginia Society SAR, Doug Hall OFPA, Paul Christensen CJW-II, Ken Bonner SMJC, Judith Shepard Vice Regent Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill Chapter DAR, Jacob Schwoerer, Col Wm. Grayson Society C.A.R., Nancy Watford Regent Ketoctin Chapter DAR, Anita Bonner Lanes Mill Chapter DAR, Kimberly Scott Director District VIII VA DAR, Richardd Rankin GW.. Photo courtesy Barry Schwoerer, SMJC
On 29 October the Sgt Maj John Champe Champter sponsored the grave marking of Patriot Ezekiel Potts at the historic Potts Family Cemetery near Hillsboro. The event was attended by fifteen descendants of the patriot, a 4th great grand niece and a 6th great grand nephew. Edwin and Marty Potts, owners of the cemetery and owners of part of the original farm settled by David Potts in 1746, gave greetings on behalf of the Potts Family. Paula Schwoerer, 4th great grand niece of the Patriot gave a short biographical sketch. Ezekiel Potts was a patriot for three reasons: 1) he served as a Private in Captain Burgess Balls’s Company, 5th VA Regiment; 2) he paid th e 1783 Personal property Tax; 3) he provided 350# of beef to Continental Forces.
A color guard commanded by Dave Cook with cadence provided by drummer Doug Hall presented Colors. The Color Guard included: Paul Christensen lead musket, Darrin Schmidt U.S. Flag, Jacob Schwoerer Virginia Flag, Sean Carrigan and Will Reynolds trail muskets. Dale Corey and Allen Phillips stood as sentries at the headstone of Patriot Potts.
Sgt Maj John Champe President Ken Bonner and Vice President Barry Schwoerer conducted the SAR Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony and Jacob Schwoerer, 6th great grand nephew of the Patriot, unveiled the marker. Eleven Revolutionary War lineage organizations attended and presented wreaths. Four Ladies represented NSDAR, including: Kimberly Scott Director District VIII Virginia NSDAR; Judith Shepard Vice Regent, Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill Chapter; Nancy Watford, Regent Katoctin Chapter; and Anita Bonner, Lanes Mill Chapter. Five Compatriots represented Virgina SAR: Ernie Coggins, 1st Vice President Virginia SAR; Ken Bonner, President Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter; Dave Cook, past president Fairfax Resolves Chapter; Richard Rankin, President George Washington Chapter; and Paul Christensen, Vice President Col. James Wood II Chapter. Jacob Schwoerer represented the Col. William Grayson Society Children of the American Revolution and Doug Hall represented the Order of Founders and Patriots of America.
A seven-firelock squad commanded by Darrin Schmidt executed a three-shot volley in honor of the Patriot. Drummer Doug Hall provided cadence and musket signals. The squad included: Dale Corey, Sean Carrigan, Allen Phillips, will Reynolds, Dave Cook and Ken Bonner.
Potts Family attendees.
Group Photo: Pictured left to right are Fairfax Resolves members John Thomas, Dale Corey (dual member with Colonel James Woods II), Ken Bonner (dual member with Sergeant Major John Champe), Ernie Coggins (VASSAR 1st Vice President), Carl Loveland, David Huxsoll, Forrest Crain, Dave Cook, Larry McKinley and Jim Cordes
The Fairfax Resolves Chapter paid honor to the life and service of John Carlyle October 30 with ceremony marking his grave with a Fairfax Resolves Signer plaque and a Sons of the American Revolution marker. SAR and DAR chapters and District Directors participated in the ceremony, held at the cemetery of the Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Fairfax Resolves, the namesake of the chapter, were written by George Mason at the behest of George Washington. They rejected the British Parliament's claim of supreme authority over the American colonies. When they were adopted on July 18, 1774, they were considered the most detailed, the most influential, and the most radical up to that time. The Fairfax Resolves signer markings are an initiative of the 1774 Society, which was established to educate the public about the Fairfax Resolves, mark the graves of the signers, and commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the Resolves in 2024.
During the revolutionary period, Carlyle was a member of the Fairfax County Committee and the Alexandria Town Committee. He was Justice of the Fairfax County Court from 1775 to 1779.
Vice Regent Laura Tubridy opened the dedication with background of the project then called for the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard to present colors. After the Pledge of Allegiance the Color Guard went to order arms and stood at attention while the dedication by church clergy was conducted. The dedication was led by Reverend Deacon Steve Busch. The Color Guard consisted of lead and trail mukets as honor guard. Musketmen were Dave Cook and Jim Cordes from Fairfax Resolves Chapter Virginia SAR. Three compatriots from the Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter carried flags. They were: Barry Schwoerer with U.S. Flag, Ken Bonner with Virginia Flag, and Mark Sink with the NSDAR Flag.
The photograph depicts L-R: Dave Cook, Rev. Philene ware, Valerie Tucker with Crucifer, Barry Schwoerer, Laura Tubridy,Ken Bonner, Mark Sink, Jim Cordes. The bench is behind Laura Tubridy and Rev. Deacon Steve Busch is behind Ken Bonner. Picture courtesy Anita Bonner, Lanes Mill NSDAR.
The Fairfax Resolves honored public service at the chapter meeting on October 23. Law Enforcement Medals and Commendations were presented to Captain Tu Farhan of the Vienna Police Department and Captain Steve Elbert of the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Department.
Captain Farhan has been a member of the Vienna Police Department since 2000. His citation notes that “during his tenure Captain Farhan has excelled as an Officer, Detective, Supervisor and now he is helping to lead the agency as a Captain. He continually challenges himself and others to improve
performance by researching best practices and making training a priority. Captain Farhan is fluent in five foreign languages, and he routinely uses his linguistic skills to assist officers with translation which helps to bridge the gap when language is a barrier.”
Captain Elbert joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1991. His citation notes that he has “served in positions of increasing responsibility throughout the department, including the Confinement Division, the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team, Firearms Instructor and in numerous other positions. At every stage and stop along his career, Captain Elbert has served as a mentor and worked to pass his extensive knowledge along to less experienced deputies.”
Pictured below is Vice President for Awards and Recognitions Jon Rymer with both recipients.
The Dan River Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution presented certificates this month to two different organizations. The South Boston – Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History was awarded a certificate for proper display of the Flag of the United States of America. Shown in the photo is Paul Smith and Flag Committee Chairman Dwight Spangler.
Also, the Chapter awarded the American Legion Post 8 in South Boston with a certificate acknowledging the proper retirement of unserviceable Unites States Flags. Receiving the certificate is Jimmy Gulley, past Post Commander. If anyone in the community has a flag that needs to be properly disposed of, the Legion has a collection box behind their building on Jeffress Boulevard.
At the October meeting of the Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Bruce Laubach, President, presented Tom Campbell, past Chapter President, a Certificate of Appreciation for his presentation on the history of the Revolutionary War Cemetery at the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg. There are of 158 “Forgotten Patriots” (156 men and 2 women) buried in unmarked graves in the garden cemetery behind the Palace. The Governor’s Palace was converted into a hospital by General George Washington prior to the siege at Yorktown (1781). These graves also include skeletons of Loyalists, British 80th Regiment of Foote, Americans, and possibly French soldiers as well.
At the October meeting of the Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Bruce Laubach, President, presented John Lynch with a Supplemental Ancestor Certificates for his revolutionary ancestor, Gideon Peck.