On 20 Oct 2018 at 11:00, The Colonel James Wood II Chapter sent 3 members of their color guard to assist the Adam Stephens Chapter Color Guard of the West Virginia Society of the SAR in a grave marking ceremony for Patriots Thomas Sappington and William Keating. Compatriots Marc Robinson, Kelly Ford and Dale Corey assisted at the indoor marking ceremony in Shepherdstown, WV. Submitted by Dale Corey.
First photo is the Sons of the American Revolution contingent marching in the parade past the reviewing stand and the Victory Monument. In front and second from left is NSSAR President General Warren Alter. The second photo is the Williamsburg Chapter in the contingent all wearing SAR caps. Chapter President William Greaf is in the foreground.
Submitted by: Harley Stewart
On October 24, 2018, the George Washington Chapter recognized 4 officers in the City of Alexandria Sheriff's Office with Public Service Awards. In the photo below, Public Service Awards Chairman John Blair (left) presents (left to right) medals to Brian Wade (Law Enforcement Medal), Myrna Juarez (Life Saving Medal), Gerald Wooden (Law Enforcement Medal), and Dana Lawhorne (Law Enforcement Medal),
The Colonel James Wood II Chapter had a grave marking ceremony for Peter & Isaac DeHaven at 3::00 pm on 20 Oct 2018 at the Back Creek Quaker Cemetery, Gainesboro, Virginia. The Color Guard included Bill Schwetke (VASSAR 2nd VP & Color Guard Commander); Kelly Ford; Eric Robinson; Doug Schwetke (Van Zandt Chapter, Texas SAR); Bill Wood; Marc Robinson; Patrick Corey; Brett Osborn; Dale Corey and the Rev. Dr. Raleigh Watson. Laying wreathes were Bill Schwetke - VASSAR; Jim Simmons - Col. James Wood Chapter Chapter; Doug Schwetke - Van Zandt Chapter; Deborah Corey - John Alexander Chapter, DAR; Anne Simmons - DAR At Large & Marshall DeHaven - Family. Present for the ceremony were 12 descendants of the DeHavens.
Submitted by Dale Corey
Richard Batten, Bruce Laubach and John McCraw received Certificates of Membership in the National Society, SAR. From left are Batten, Laubach, McCraw and Chapter President Willliam Greaf. Batten’s patriot ancester was Francis McCorkle, a captain in a NC militia unit, who fought at the Battles of King’s Mtn., Cowpens, Ramsour’s Mill, Cowen’s Ford and Torrence Tavern. Laubach’s ancester was Thomas Nelson, Jr., a delegate to the Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Virginia and Brig. Gen. of Virginia Militia at Yorktown. McCraw’s ancester, David Allee, served in five different enlistments - two years in the Continental Army - and fought in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.
Submitted by: Harley Stewart
Bob Vogler, President of the George Waller Chapter, represented the Virginia Society at the patriot marker dedication ceremony for Captain Francis Henry (Virginia militia) at the 238th commemoration ceremony of the Battle of Shallow Fords. Captain Henry was buried by his sons where he fell after the battle on Oct. 14, 1780. He was the lone patriot killed during a 45 minute battle between 350 patriot militia who confronted approximately 500 Loyalist militia at the Mulberry Fields on the banks of the Yadkin River in North Carolina The Loyalist were on their way to reinforce Lord Cornwallis when they were defeated and turned back.
Submitted by Bob Vogler
Photo #1 Bob Vogler at grave site
Photo #2 Grave marker
Photo#3 NC SAR color guard... including L to R 2nd from left- Dr. Sam Powell (NC SAR state treasurer and SAR Foundation member at large); 3rd from left- NC SAR president George Strunk
With an assist from two of the Patriot’s 5th Great Granddaughters, Richmond Chapter President Dennis C. Peterson unveiled a new SAR plaque and stone in memory of Brig. General Robert Lawson In the cemetery at Historic St. John’s Church in Richmond.
Mrs. Sharon Rose of Salem, VA (right) and Mrs. Sue Porter (left) from West Texas helped celebrate the memory of a Virginia hero and one of Washington’s Generals. History shows then Major Lawson led his 4th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army at the Battles of Trenton, Brandywine and Germantown in the early years of the Revolution. Later under now Brig. General Lawson, Virginia Militia troops, known as “Lawson’s Brigade” battled the British at Guildford Courthouse, NC and ultimately all the way to the Siege of Yorktown, VA where he witnessed Cornwallis’s surrender Oct 19, 1781.
St. John’s Church is the site of Patrick Henry’s immortal “Give Me Liberty or Give
Me Death” speech. Before presenting the Colors for the National Anthem, the
Color Guard paraded through the historic cemetery where dozens of
Revolutionary War veterans are buried. Joining the Color Guard for this
ceremony was young Jack Akers of the Alexander Spotswood Society of the C.A.R.
VASSAR Color Guard members marching were William Schwetke, Larry McKinley,
John Hamilton, David Cook and Irv Owings. Participating in the ceremony was
honored guest Andrew Lyngar, NSSAR Vice President General, Rocky Mountain
About 40 Compatriots, guests and visitors attended the Saturday afternoon program which would not have been possible without the cooperation of the Vestry of St. John’s Church and the Historic St. John’s Church Foundation. We appreciated the warm greeting from Sarah Whiting, Executive Director of the Foundation.
While Gen. Lawson’s burial in the St. John’s Church Cemetery is well documented, his original grave stone is long lost to history. Ms. Whiting said her Foundation and the Church are grateful to the SAR which has given cemetery visitors a place to reflect on the life of Gen. Robert Lawson.
Submitted by Dennis Peterson, Photos by Chris Yohn
The Erin Plantation in Warren County had a dinner bell that was cast in either the late 18th century or early 19th century. It was used to call the field hands for meals. The bell was donated to the Warren Heritage Society for mounting on Society grounds, but was in terrible shape. Some members of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter sand blasted, repaired, painted and mounted the bell for the WHS. There was a dedication ceremony on 11 Oct at 1:00. In the picture are shown Dale Corey, William Trenary (donated the bell), Sean Carrigan (applicant in process) & Jim Simmons. Deborah Corey of the DAR was present and participated in the ceremony. Submitted by Dale Corey
Chapter President Edmund Davidson presented Chapter Treasurer Hugh Sproul with a Flag Certificate at his office building in Staunton, Virginia on October 10. Below (L to R) Edmund Davidson and Hugh Sproul.
Submitted by Edmund Davidson
Colonel James Wood II Chapter Presents Certificate of Appreciation and Bronze Good Citizenship Awards
On 9 Oct, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter presented the town of Middletown with a Certificate of Appreciation for their assistance in our Patriots Pride Day event held at the Middletown Veterans Park. We further presented Mayor Charles Harbaugh and Ray Steele with Bronze Good Citizens Medals for their outstanding community service.
Below photo: Bronze Good Citizenship Certificates awarded to Mayor Charles Harbaugh and Ray Steele
Submitted by Dale Corey