Mr. Ed Ayres, a historian of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation since 1988, spoke to the Williamsburg Chapter at the Colonial Heritage Club on June 12. His topic was “How the French Helped Win Our Independence.” Ayres has been a research historian at Southside Historical sites of William and Mary and an associate historian at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Williamsburg Chapter President Roger Cross, left, is presenting a Certificate of Appreciation and a Jefferson Cup to Ayres, on right.
Photo by: Dave Westenberger
The Fairfax Resolves Chapter, Virginia Society in conjunction with the Sgt. Lawrence Everhart Chapter, Maryland Society marked the graves of five patriots at the New Jerusalem Lutheran Church Cemetery, Lovettsville, Virginia on 24 July 2021, a glorious Virginia July day. At least 93 lineage society members represented 32 NSSAR, NSDAR and C.A.R. chapters and societies. Participants included Nathaniel O. Fontaine, Mayor of the Town of Lovettsville, seven direct descendants of our patriots, representatives of American Legion Post 1836 and other veteran organizations, church members and citizens of the City of Lovettsville for a total of about 118 people in attendance.
Brett W. Osborn, Col. James Wood II Chapter (CJWII), commanded the Color Guard. Organized it into two elements, the color guard consisted of a flag unit and a 14-member fire lock unit. The 12- member flag unit included drummer, Doug Hall, CJWII Chapter, and fifer, Claude Bauer, Sgt. Lawrence Everhart Chapter. The flag unit carried the colors of three States, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and the color guard contained among its members compatriots representing two additional states, Texas and North Carolina.
Attendees gathered to commemorate the lives and service of five Revolutionary War patriots, their families, and their community. All patriots were members of the church founded in 1765 in what was then called the “German Settlement.” Histories of Loudoun County describe the residents of the German Settlement as, “intensely loyal” to the cause of freedom and to the cause of the American Revolution.
Pastor Ronald England from the Christian Community Church, Neersville, gave the Benediction following the presentation of the colors. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bill Denk, Fairfax Resolves, the Pledge to the SAR led by John Thomas, Fairfax Resolves, the posting of the colors then followed.
The main portion of the program began with Mayor Fountain presenting greetings from the Town of Lovettsville. Michael P. Zapf, Historian of the New Jerusalem Lutheran Church summarized the history of the church from its beginnings in a log cabin located in a corner of the present graveyard.
Short biographies of the five patriots followed starting with Don Cooper, Fairfax Resolves Chapter talking about his patriot ancestor, Johannes (John) Axiline, a private in Lt. Col. Thomas Posey’s Battalion of the 3rd Virginia Regiment.
Fred Michel, Sgt. Lewis Everhart Chapter, talked about Johannes (John) Stautzenberger’s service. Stautzenberger enlisted as a drummer in Capt. Nathaniel Irish’s Company of Artillery Artificers, 26 July 1777, most likely at York, Pennsylvania. The unit subsequently moved to Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 1782, the Company, then under the command of Capt. Wylie was sent
to Virginia which became a federal arsenal which supported both the Southern Campaign of General Nathaniel Greene and the Ohio Campaign of George Rogers Clark.
William Forrest Crain, Fairfax Resolves, spoke on Patriot Peter Wertz whose service consisted of providing 10 bushels of wheat in 1782 while living in Frederick County, Maryland.
Ed Spannaus, Sgt Lewis Everhart Chapter, spoke on Adam Housholder. He served as a private in Capt. Peter Swingle’s Company Washington County Maryland Militia. He took the Oath of Fidelity in Maryland in 1778 and provided clothing on 5 July 1778.
David Huxsoll, Fairfax Resolves, spoke on Conrad Roller. Roller and his brother, John, served in the 3rd Virginia Regiment. The Regiment saw service in Georgia under General Anthony Wayne before returning to Camp Ebenezer in Virginia. Conrad Roller remained in service after his term of enlistment to help guard prisoners at Frederick Barracks, Maryland.
The readings of the biographies concluded with three rousing huzzahs, a signal to our volunteers to prepare for the unveiling of grave markers. A fourth huzzah given immediately after the Grave Marking Dedication signaled the unveiling. A hearty rendition of “America the Beautiful” was led by Dale Corey, CJWII Chapter, which was then followed by the wreath presentations.
The moment all had been waiting for began with the movement of the firelock squad across the field and into position. The sound of gunfire echoing across the fields easily reminded one of skirmishes that could very well have happened on these very grounds so many years ago. As the sound and smoke faded away, Claude Bauer, the fifer played a slow rendition of “Chester”, a tune often played at George Washington’s Tomb.
While anticlimactic, the event ended with the SAR Recessional, led by Richard Weaver, Fairfax Resolves, the Benediction was given by Larry McKinley, Fairfax Resolves, and closing remarks by the chapter presidents, Karl Woodcock, Sgt Lewis Everhart Chapter and Dave Cook, Fairfax Resolves.
On July 4, 2021 the Williamsburg Chapter Sons of the American Revolution sponsored the 36th annual Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving in cooperation with, and hosted by, Bruton Parish Church located in Colonial Williamsburg. The chapter holds this service as an altogether fitting and appropriate observance of the founding of our nation. Patrick Henry, portrayed by Richard Schumann (a Nation Builder of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation), occupied the governor’s chair as the first elected-governor of a free and independent Virginia.
Pictured are, left, Roger Cross, President of the Williamsburg Chapter, and Patrick Henry.
Representatives from the SAR, DAR, CAR, and other lineage society present their wreaths and the commemoration of the 247th anniversary of the signing of the Fairfax Resolves, held at historic Pohick Church July 17.
The Fairfax Resolves Chapter hosted its annual commemoration of the signing of the Fairfax Resolves at historic Pohick Church in Lorton, Virginia July 17. The ceremony marked the 247th anniversary of the Fairfax Resolves, which were written by George Mason and adopted by a Fairfax County committee chaired by George Washington on July 18, 1774. The Resolves came in response to the Intolerable Acts (also known as the Coercive Acts), passed by the British Parliament in March 1774 to punish the colonies after the Boston Tea Party. The acts enraged the colonies and mobilized resistance. Many colonists saw the acts as a violation of their constitutional rights and their colonial charters.
Pohick Church, the venue for the commemoration was built in 1774 and was the home church of George Washington and George Mason. Fairfax Resolves President Dave Cook emceed the commemoration which featured a Virginia Society Color Guard comprised of members from five chapters, and led by Virginia Society Color Guard commander Ken Bonner. Fairfax Mayor David Meyer, a member of the Fairfax Resolves Chapter, presented a proclamation declaring July 18, 2021 “Fairfax Resolves Day” in Fairfax City. Virginia Society President spoke of the history and significance of the Fairfax Resolves and their signers. Compatriots portraying signers read a selection of the Resolves. Readers included Ken Bonner, Mark Jackson, Carl Loveland, Rev. Tom Costa, Rich Garlick, John Thomas, Rhett Wade and Ray Dade, a descendent of signer Rev. Townsend Dade, Jr. More than 20 SAR, DAR, and CAR chapters and societies and other lineage organizations participated in the ceremony both on-site and virtually, as well as 15 Color Guard members.
Twenty-five patriots signed the Fairfax Resolves, which have been called “one of the most important documents in American history” and “the best single document for understanding the constitutional and legal issues between the colonies and England.” The Fairfax Resolves, the namesake of the Fairfax Resolves Chapter, were a significant first step forward in organizing for revolutionary action.
Members of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution are pictured at the commemoration of 247th anniversary of the signing of the Fairfax Resolves, held at historic Pohick Church July 17. Pictured left to right are: Sam Huxsoll, Paul Christensen, Mike Weyler, Ken Morris, Pat Kelly, Ken Bonner, Marc Robinson, Thomas "Chip" Daniel, Sean Carrigan, Dale Corey and Dave Cook.
is l. to r. Dale Corey, Marc Robinson, Lucinda Lentz, Chip Daniel and Dan Hesse.
On 1 July 2021, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution presented a Flag Certificate to the Stonewall District Ruritan Club, Winchester, VA for it's display of the American Flag. These certificates are given to individuals and organizations that fly the flag for patriotic purposes. Consideration is given to the condition of the flag, how it is displayed and if proper flag etiquette is observed. Chapter President Marc Robinson and Vice President Thomas "Chip" Daniel presented the certificate to Ruritan Club Vice President Lucinda Lentz with assistance from Dale Corey and Dan Hesse.
On July 4, 2021, the Williamsburg Chapter Sons of the American Revolution sponsored the 36th annual Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving in cooperation with, and hosted by, Bruton Parish Church located in Colonial Williamsburg. The chapter holds this service as an altogether fitting and appropriate observance of the founding of our nation. Patrick Henry, portrayed by Richard Schumann (a Nation Builder of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation), occupied the governor’s chair as the first elected governor of a free and independent Virginia. Pictured are, left, Roger Cross, President of the Williamsburg Chapter, and Patrick Henry.
l. to r. Erick Moore, Mike St. Jacques, Sean Carrigan, Chip Daniel, Allan Phillips, Paul Christensen, Marc Robinson, Nathan Poe
3 July 2021.
The Declaration of Independence was read by members of the chapter at the Warren Heritage Society. The event was emcee'd by Dale Corey with colors being presented by the chapter color guard. The guard was led by Marc Robinson and followed by prayers by Ret Reverend Larry Johnson. Sean Carrigan, Paul Christensen, Corey, Thomas "Chip" Daniel, Erick Moore, Allan Phillips, Nathan Poe, Robinson and Mike St. Jacques read the Declaration. A musket salute was provided by the color guard to end the ceremony.
President, Marc Robinson, led the Color Guard as they marched on the Winchester Walking Mall. The members of the Color Guard Dale Corey, Thomas "Chip" Daniel, Kelly Ford, Doug Hall and Mike St. Jacques as they presented the colors and then read the Declaration of Independence.
The Middletown annual parade was another venue that the Color Guard took part in.. Participating with the chapter were President Marc Robinson with his wife Vangy, Vice President Thomas "Chip" Daniel, Sean Carrigan, Dale Corey, Doug Hall, Eric Robinson, Jim Simmons and Mike St. Jacques. After this, a reading of the Declaration of Independence was conducted at the Middletown town park. Included in the ceremony for the chapter were Sean Carrigan, Dale Corey, Thomas "Chip" Daniel, Doug Hall, Dan Hesse, Larry Johnson, Eric Robinson, Marc Robinson, Jim Simmons and Mike St. Jacques
President Marc Robinson with his wife Vangy,
On 5 July 2021, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter provided readings of the Declaration of Independence to two senior living facilities in Warren County. They began the day at Hidden Springs Senior Living Facility in Bentonville with members Sean Carrigan, Dale Corey, Thomas "Chip" Daniel, Larry Johnson and Marc Robinson. After the reading, 101 year old Frank Brandon presented the Colonel James Wood II Chapter with a framed 1st day stamp cover commemorating Independence Day. This was received by Chapter President Marc Robinson and Dale Corey. Next, members Carrigan, Corey, Daniel and Robinson went to Commonwealth Senior Living Facility in Front Royal where they repeated the program. At both sites, the residents joined the compatriots in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing "God Bless America".
at Commonwealth Senior Living Facility l. to r. Dale Corey, Chip Daniel, Marc Robinson, Sean Carrigan
I hope you all had a pleasant and enjoyable Independence Day week-end. Regretfully, I have been informed that the Battle at Colson's Mill Anniversary Event has been cancelled. The Colson's Mill Chapter thought it best since they wanted to have an indoor event event and decided that now is just not the time. They hope to have their normal event next year and look forward to seeing everyone then.
North Carolina Society
Pictured are the wreath presenters and Steve McGuffin (left), Chapter vice president, with the chapter wreath.
The Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary was fought on June 26, 1781 between Continental troops and Virginia Militia of the army of the Marquis de Lafayette and Loyalist and Hessian troops of General Lord Cornwallis. Patriot troops had been following the British as they moved down the peninsula towards Willliamsburg.
The ceremony took place in Freedom Park at the marker placed by the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution in 2015. Wreaths were presented by 15 state organizations and chapters of the Sons, Daughters, and Children of the American Revolution.
The Williamsburg Chapter, VASSAR, was pleased to present the NSSAR Flag Recognition Certificate to the James City County Fire Department Station #5 on Monticello Avenue on the 4th of July 2021. Chapter Flag Recognition Committee chairman George Corbett presented a NSSAR Flag Recognition Certificate to the members of the station on 4 July 2021.
Photo by KJ Corbett.