24-27 Mar 2022 Richmond, VA
The Virginia DAR is holding their Annual Meeting at the Marriott in Richmond this weekend, and Virginia SAR President Bruce Meyer is a special guest. A special invitation was also extended to Immediate Past-President Jeff Thomas and several other Virginia SAR members attended with their wives, most notably John Turbyfill, whose wife is LeAnn Turbyfill, the Virginia DAR State Regent. SAR attendees included President Bruce Meyer (Thomas Nelson, Jr Chapter), 2nd VP Bill Greaf (Williamsburg Chapter), Jeff Thomas (Fairfax Resolves Chapter), Jay Henn (George Washington Chapter), George Corbett (Richmond Chapter), Pat Kelly (Thomas Jefferson Chapter), John Turbyfill (George Washington Chapter), and Bill Schwetke (Culpeper Minutemen Chapter).
During the Opening Night Banquet President Meyer brought greetings from the Virginia SAR and Immediate Past-President Thomas was recognized for forging our partnership with the Lafayette Trail, Inc., which the Virginia DAR has also joined. The Lafayette Trail is placing markers to note visits by Lafayette in 1824-5, and preparing to celebrate the two-hundredth anniversary of Lafayette's visit. Julian Icher, president of The Lafayette Trail, Inc., was the guest speaker at the Opening Night Banquet.
THE GRAVES OF FIVE REVOLUTIONARY WAR PATRIOTS BURIED IN TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH CEMETERY
On 19 March 2022, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution cosponsored a grave marking ceremony with the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stephens City. The ceremony commemorated the memory of the five Revolutionary War Patriots buried in the church cemetery. John Nicholas DeLong was born 19 Jul 1756 at Bowers, Berks, Pennsylvania, the son of Johannes Delong and Maria Katherina Dussinger. He was married to Elizabeth Margaret Goose about 1778. John Nicholas served as a Private in Captain Smeck's 5th Company, 2nd Battalion, Berks County Militia, Pennsylvania. He died 21 Feb 1823. John Grim/Krim was born October 1755 and died 19 April 1840. He was married to Juliana Mainzer. In 1776, he volunteered as a rifleman in Andrew Bare's Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He fought in the Battles of Staten Island, Trenton and Ft Washington. He was among the troops who marched captured Hessians from Trenton to Philadelphia. He then joined the "Flying Camp", a unit created to reinforce the Continental Army on an emergency or temporary basis. Jacob Kline was born 23 August 1736 in Zweibrucken, Germany. He was the son of Nickolaus Klein and Maria Eva Klein. In 1759, he married Anna Eva Dusong in Lancaster. In 1764, they moved to Frederick County, Virginia, where he was a farmer. Eva died in 1815 followed by Jacob who died on 27 August 1816. During the Revolutionary War, he served as a Private in the German Regiment of the Continental Forces. John Krider, Jr was born 1754 and died 1814. He was married to Mary Krider and served as a Private in the German Battalion. Nicholas Samsel was born 2 May 1749 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the son of Johann Paul Samsel and Catharina Borm. He married Anna Elizabeth Ott on 26 August 1770. During the Revolutionary War, he served as a Private in the 7th Company, 2nd Battalion of the Northampton County, Pennsylvania Militia. At some point after the end of the war, he migrated to Frederick County, Virginia. Nicholas died in Frederick on 4 November 1817 followed by Anne in 1827. The ceremony was conducted at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, emceed by Dale Corey. The Virginia State SAR Color Guard commanded by Brett Osborn presented the colors, followed by greetings given by Virginia Society SAR President Bruce Meyer, Virginia Society Children of the American Revolution Sara Cox, Virginia Order of Founders and Patriots of America Governor Michael Weyler, Stephens City Mayor Michael Diaz and Pastor Janice Marie Lowden. A dedication to the graves was presented by Corey and Pastor Lowden with the monument uncovered by compatriots Marc Robinson and Will Reynolds. Family presentations were given by Kathy Nibley and Mary Ann Vaughn. Wreaths were presented by President Meyer, President Cox, Governor Weyler. Additional chapter wreaths were presented by President Thomas "Chip" Daniel (Colonel James Wood II), Vice President John Thomas (Fairfax Resolves), compatriot Paul Cox (Colonel Fielding Lewis), Vice President Leamon Duncan (Colonel William Grayson), Past President Ken Morris (George Mason), VASSAR 1st Vice President Ernie Coggins (George Washington), Vice President Barry Schwoerer (Sgt Maj John Champe), Deborah Corey (DAR John Alexander), Anita Bonner (DAR Lanes Mill), Anna Cox (C.A.R. Colonel Spotswood Alexander Society) and Kathy Nielsen for the family. A three volley musket salute was provided by the Virginia State Color Guard Musket Squad prior to the retirement of the colors. Additional color guardsmen participating included Rick Abbott (FR), Ken Bonner (SJC), Sean Carrigan (CJWII), Paul Christensen (CJWII), David Cook (FR), Jim Cordes (FR), Gary Dunaway (Williamsburg), Kelly Ford (CJWII), Chris Melhuish (Jamestown), Erick Moore (CJWII), John Petrie (CJWII), Paul Parish (General Daniel Morgan), Dennis Parmerter (CJWII), Allan Phillips (CJWII), Nathan Poe (CJWII), Eric Robinson (CJWII) and Mike St Jacques (CJWII). Additional compatriots attending the ceremony were David Burks, Jim Heflin, Peter Himmelberger and Rick Tyler. The ladies of the church provided refreshments after the ceremony ended.
COLONEL JAMES WOOD II CHAPTER OF THE VIRGINIA SOCIETY SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION CONDUCTED A COLOR GUARD MUSTER/WORKSHOP
On 19 March 2022, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution conducted a Color Guard Muster/Workshop. 27 compatriots from around the State gathered to hone their color guard skills. The event was held at the Wayside Inn, the longest continuously operating Inn within the United States. Built in the 18th century, it is an ideal place for the Sons (SAR) to conduct events and meetings. The workshop began with an in depth discussion of safety led by Compatriot Brett Osborn. This included procedures involved in firing muskets, bladed weapons and being prepared for obstacles during ceremonies. The second phase conducted by compatriot Dale Corey explaining etiquette and appropriate actions when representing the Society. the group then split. Brett Osborn took 12 individuals outside for instructions on the procedures for firing muskets. They discussed proper form, commands, the loading and firing procedures. The musketmen were able to fire several rounds each to become familiar with the process. Compatriot Marc Robinson gave the remainder instruction on commands and procedures for movements during ceremonies and events. Participants were from the following chapters: Colonel James Wood II, Colonel William Grayson, Fairfax Resolves, General Daniel Morgan, Jamestown, Sgt Maj John Champe and Williamsburg. Compatriots who participated were Rick Abbott, Ken Bonner, Sean Carrigan, Paul Christensen, David Cook, Jim Cordes, Thomas "Chip" Daniel, Gary Dunaway, Leamon Duncan, Kelly Ford, Chris Melhuish, Erick Moore, Paul Parish, Dennis Parmerter, John Petrie, Allan Phillips, Nathan Poe, Will Reynolds, Barry Schwoerer, Mike St Jacques, John Thomas and Richard Tyler.
Updated Ordering Information for Genealogical, Burial, and Service Data for Revolutionary War Patriots Buried in Virginia
Mike Lyman has provided updated ordering information for his book, Genealogical, Burial, and Service Data for Revolutionary War Patriots Buried in Virginia.
THE RICHARD HENRY LEE CHAPTER OF THE VIRGINIA SOCIETY SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION HELD ITS FIRST MEETING OF 2022.
Charles Belfield, decked in colonial attire, speaks to RHL members and guests about the early life of patriot James Monroe who would become our 5th President"
The Richard Henry Lee Chapter (RHLC) of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR) held its first meeting of 2022 on 8 March at the Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club (ICYCC). Thirty-seven members and guest attended the meeting chaired by RHLC president, Michael Rhodes.
Rhodes started the program by an explanation of a new initiative by VASSAR intended for its chapters to work more together. VASSAR has divided its 30 State chapters into 5 Regions. RHLC is in the Eastern Region (ER)along with six other chapters: Norfolk. Williamsburg, James Monroe (Westmoreland County), Nansemond Indian Patriots (Suffolk), Rappahannock (Tappahannock) and Thomas Nelson. Jr. (Newport News). Each Region has a chair as well as three vice-chairs (v/p): youth, membership, and community affair. Attending this meeting were Dr. Ken Hawkins, chair ER; Bob Bruce, president Norfolk chapter; Bruce Laubach, president Williamsburg chapter; Gary Hodges, v/p ER community affairs and Dr. Patrick Hannum, secretary Norfolk chapter, with his wife Penny.
Next Rhodes took time to remember the RHLC members who had died recently: David Bresett, Bill Burton, and Phil Purrington. Bresett and Purrington had served as RHLC presidents.
Then Rhodes announced the several awards RHLC earned at the VASSAR annual meeting this past February. The awards included a streamer for the Patrick Henry (PH) Leatherwood Project. The project seeks to find the location of the house PH built on a 10000-acre plantation that PH had bought with some family members called Leatherwood in Henry County. Members of RHLC had donated $750 for this project.
Rhodes called compatriot Jim Russell forward to present him with the VASSAR service medal for his role in the Patriot Chest (PC) program. The PC program brings history of the Revolutionary War to area young people. Two compatriots adorned in clothing of the age carry a chest to a classroom and use items in the chest to teach about the war.
Then Rhodes called for compatriots Bill Creager and Stu Kramer to present them with a thirty year and a ten-year service certificate award, respectfully, for their dedicated service to RHLC. Finally, Rhodes called compatriot Ammon Dunton forward to recognize him for the Community Service award he had received recently from the Cobbs Hill Daughters of the American Revolution.
Rhodes asked Compatriot Russell to introduce the speaker for the meeting: Charles Belfied, president of the James Monroe chapter in Westmoreland County. Russell noted that he and Belfield had been a team in the PR program in 2021 and that he had seen him enact many roles of people of the war over their ten presentations. Today he would assume the role of the early life of James Monroe our fifth president.
Belfield stepped forward in Revolutionary war attire and began a presentation with great feeling. The following use of “he” or “I” by Belfield are the words of James Monroe.
“I love the Northern Neck of Virginia because I was born here April 28, 1758, on a farm owned by my father near Colonial Beach. I loved my father and grew up wanting to be just like him. I remember when I was only eight sitting and listening to my father and his friends talk about difficulties we were having with Great Britain. They would talk about the Stamp Act and other things that were taking our freedom.
When I was eleven, I went to the only school in our area. But my mother died when I was thirteen and my father died when I was sixteen and I had to give up school to take care of the farm and my siblings.
Then my childless maternal uncle, Joseph Jones, stepped forward and assumed the role of our surrogate father. He took me to Williamsburg and enrolled me in the College of William and Mary. He also introduced me to Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and George Washington.
But in 1776 with war drums in my ear I dropped out of college and joined the Virginia 3rd Continental Infantry division. After some training, we had orders to move North and to join General Washington. We then commenced a 700-mile march to Pennsylvania with only the scantiest of uniform and provisions. Soon after our arrival, we participated in General Washington’s plan to cross the Delaware River and attack the Hessians at Trenton on Christmas Eve.
My unit commanded by William Washington, a relative of the General, was a spearhead of the attack. When we crossed the river, we turned to face Trenton. As daybreak occurred the Hessians awoke and were trying to mount a defense. We saw two 6-pound cannons facing us. William and I rushed the cannons to disable them which we did. But in the process William suffered gunshot wounds through both hands and I received a near fatal musket shot in my shoulder that had hit an artery. A doctor who was with us placed a thumb in the wound and stopped the bleeding and saved my life. Since that event I have carried a musket ball in my pocket and will so carry it to the day I die like the one in my shoulder to remind me of the many who risked their lives and fortune to bring us the liberty we now enjoy. We must never forget.”
This concluded the speech by Belfield, and he received a standing ovation. President Rhodes completed the meeting by giving Belfield a copy of a book. TO THE END of the WORLD by Andrew Waters; re Nathanael Greene, Charles Cornwallis, and the Race to the Dan.
The next meeting of RHLC Will be on 12 April at ICYCC. If you are interested in learning more about the Sons of the American Revolution to include the Patriot Chest program please contact the Chapter president, Michael Rhodes at 1-804-929-1444 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 Mar 2022 Culpeper, VA
Larry Ray Alexander (23 Feb 1937 - 10 Mar 2022) passed away Thursday afternoon. Larry was a key member of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, joining in 2001, and serving in many offices including chapter president 2006-2007. He was a stalwart of the chapter Color Guard and also served as Chapter Registrar (2001-2003), Secretary (2002), Vice President (2003-2005) and Newsletter Editor for several years. He was the chapter First Vice President when they were the Best Large Chapter in Virginia for 2004. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, who is well known to many of us for her many contributions to the Virginia SAR and her devoted and extraordinary care for Larry during his recent illness.
There will be a viewing 5:00-7:00pm on Friday, March 19th, at Found & Son Funeral Home, 850 Sperryville Pike. And a Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, March 19th, 11:00am at Culpeper Presbyterian Church, 215 South Main Street, Culpeper, VA.
On Monday, February 28, Colonel William Grayson Chapter Secretary and Flag Committee Chairman Dave Button presented a NSSAR Flag Certificate of Recognition to Berger’s Sewing Machine and Vacuum, a local business which flies the National Flag 24/7 in front of their store. This is locally owned and operated business that has been selling and servicing the finest sewing machines and vacuums for the Northern Virginia and surroundings areas since 1954. Mr. Berger is a native of Manassas.
L-R Raymond Berger, Proprietor, Dave Button, Flag Committee Chair (Photo credit: Dave Button)
Today, February 27, 2022, is the 256th anniversary of the signing of the 1766 Leedstown Resolutions at Bray's Church in Leedstown, Virginia, in then King George County.
Exactly what happened on February 27, 1766, at Leedstown, Virginia? Local tradition says that signer William Chilton stated, the Leedstown Resolutions were written and signed at the Old Church [Bray's Church].
Patriots traveled by foot, horse, carriage, and ferry to Brays Church in Leedstown, Virginia; 115 patriots from King George, Westmoreland, Richmond County, Northumberland, Lancaster, Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Essex, Caroline, Fauquier, and Prince William.
The signers were determined without regard to danger or death to prevent the execution of the 1765 Stamp Act in any instance whatsoever within the Colony.
The original Leedstown Resolutions manuscript is believed to be in Richard Henry Lee's handwriting and is preserved by the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.
In honor and remembrance of the 115 patriots who signed 1766 Leedstown Resolutions, we hope you will enjoy the video posted below.
1766 Leedstown Resolutions - The Calm Before the Storm - YouTube
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