RICHARD HENRY LEE CHAPTER AND THE THOMAS NELSON, JR. MARK THE GRAVES OF TWO PATRIOTS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION:
Mark Samuel Williams Grave
On 3 October2021, at the Williams Family cemetery in Mathews, Virginia the Richard Henry Lee (RHL)Chapter and the Thomas Nelson, Jr. (TNJ) Chapter both Chapters in the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR) were present to mark the graves of two patriots of the American Revolution: Samuel Williams and John Richards. Both these patriots were being recognized for having given financial support for the American Revolutionary War
Compatriot Danny Kiser of RHL presided over the event.
Featured in the event was the VASSAR color guard and musketeers; Dr. Cheryl Davis, honorary Regent of the Cobbs Hall Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution (VADAR),who sang “America the Beautiful” and R. Birt Cory, Bugles Across America, who played taps.
Greetings were presented from Jeff Thomas, President of VASSAR. Ten greetings followed from the organizations attending. After which was the unveiling of the markers by Samuel Williams descendant, Sonny Richardson, and Gerald Runyan, Compatriot of TNJ Society that were preceded by a prayer by the Chaplin TNJ Society, Mason Ware.
Next was the presentation of wreaths. Leading off was VASSAR President Thomas who was followed by Sara Cox, President of Virginia Society Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.); Order of the Founders and Patriots of America represented by Dr. Kenneth Hawkins, Councilor; RHL Society represented by Danny Kiser; TNJ Society represented by Bruce Meyer, 1st Vice-President, VASSAR; Col James Wood II VASSAR Chapter, represented by Dale Corey, Past President; Williamsburg Chapter, VASSAR represented by John Lynch, Color Guard Commander; Col. Fielding Lewis Chapter, VASSAR, represented by Paul Cox; Cobbs Hall VADAR, represented by Dr. Davis; Cricket Hill Chapter VADAR, represented by Colanne Bunting, Regent and Col. Alexander Spotswood Society C.A.R. represented by Anna Cox, President.
The event concluded by the firing of the muskets, the playing of taps and the benediction by Dr Dennis Martin, Chaplin, RHL Society.
Samuel Williams descendant speaking at the Grave Marking. He and his brother Ben maintain the family cemetery.
VASSAR Musketeers fire away
Dr. William G. Chrystal spoke to the Williamsburg Chapter during a meeting at the Colonial Heritage Club on October 9. His topic was “Alexander Hamilton.” Chrystal is an author, scholar, and considered a leading historical interpreter/performer of Alexander Hamilton and John Adams. His present passion involves uncovering new material about Alexander Hamilton, someone he calls “a badly misunderstood founder.” Chrystal has attended the University of Washington, the Pacific School of Religion, Eden Theological Seminary and Johns Hopkins University. He has been pastor of several churches and served as a US Navy chaplain.
Chapter President Roger Cross, left, and Vice President Stephen McGuffin, right, are shown presenting Dr. Chrystal, center, with a Certificate of Appreciation and a Jefferson Cup.
The Colonel George Waller chapter presented its flag certificate to Jerry and Heather Byrd of Collinsville, Virginia. The Byrds keep their flag properly lit and dispose of weathered flags regularly.
On October 9 the Williamsburg Chapter met at the Colonial Heritage Clubhouse and its President Roger Cross presided at an induction ceremony for Mr. Bob Jones, whose ancestor, Willliam Barnett, served in the Georgia Militia
Submitted by: Harley Stewart
. Pictured, L to R, is Cross, who presented a SAR Membership Certificate to Jones.
Photo by: John Lynch
Pictured is John Lynch II who presented the wreath of the Williamsburg Chapter in a Patriot Grave Marking ceremony on October 3 at the Williams Family Cemetery in Mathews County. Lynch also participated in the nine-member Virginia Society SAR Color Guard in Continental Army uniform. The graves were of Samuel Williams and John Richards, who substantially aided the American cause. The ceremony was sanctioned by the National Society, involved many patriotic organizations, and was open to the public. It was conducted by the Richard Henry Lee and Gov. Thomas Nelson Jr. chapters and Jeff Thomas, President of VASSAR, participated. The SAR holds grave markings in all 50 states and foreign countries. It is one of the many ways the SAR seeks to remember the founders of our nation including all Patriots who fought or supported our Revolution.
On October 9, 2021, the George Washington Chapter VASSAR conducted a grave marking ceremony for two patriots interred at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Cemetery in Alexandria: Lawrence Hooff, NSSAR Patriot 184360, born 1756, died 26 May 1834, who signed a Legislative Petition to Virginia House of Delegates, 27 May 1782, that included a request for a representative to the House of Delegates (formerly the House of Burgesses). Patriot Hooff was also a pallbearer at George Washington’s funeral and served on the first vestry of St. Paul’s. The second patriot honored was an in-law of the Hooff family: Peter Tatsapaugh, NSSAR Patriot 329280, born 1752, Lancaster, PA, died 5 October 1818 who was a Sergeant in Captain Peter Mantz’s Company, Maryland Militia, September 1775-October 1776.
VASSAR President Jeff Thomas dedicated the markers and the VASSAR Color Guard added dignity to the event by posting colors and firing a musket salute. We were also honored to have Hooff descendants present for the ceremony. The Reverend Jenni Ovenstone, Senior Associate Rector of St. Paul’s Parish, gave the benediction and a reading from Ecclesiasticus. VASSAR Chapters that presented wreaths included George Washington, Col Fieldling Lewis, Col. James Wood II, George Mason, and Fairfax Resolves. The Kate Waller Barrett Chapter, VADAR, presented a wreath, as did the Virginia CAR.
The Williamsburg Chapter was represented by George Corbett and Ronald Adolphi at a ceremony of the James Monroe Memorial Foundation opening the James Monroe replica home near Colonial Beach, VA on October 2. Corbett presented a wreath on behalf of the chapter at this event.
Pictured with the chapter wreath are (L to R) George Corbett and Ronald Adolphi.
Photo by: Karen Corbett
SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
WREATH LAYING CEREMONY ATTHE GRAVE OF GOV. THOMAS NELSON, JR.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence, War Governor of Virginia, and
Commander of Virginia’s Forces. He gave all for Liberty.
Thank you for joining us as we honor and perpetuate the memory of Virginia’s Revolutionary War Governor Thomas Nelson, Jr. at Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown on October 19. If your organization will be presenting a wreath, please provide answers to the questions below and return this form not later than October 3 to:
Gary O. Hodges
211 Mistletoe Drive
Newport News, VA 23606-3609
Full name of State Society and Chapter or other Organization presenting a wreath: *
Name and Title of person(s) presenting the wreath:
Telephone & Email Address: ________________________________________________
Name of Escort(s), if any: __________________________________________________
Other Data: ______________________________________________________________
All wreath presenters are requested to be on site by 9:00 and report to the lectern to verify correct name, proper pronunciation, and order of presentation. Escorts and flag bearers are welcome. The ceremony will start at 0915 and will be completed by 10:15. All visiting SAR members are invited to join the VASSAR unit to march in the 3/4 mile parade at 10:30 and to attend the Patriotic Exercises afterward. If you have any questions please contact Gary O. Hodges at the address and phone number shown above. Your prompt reply will be appreciated. Thank you.
PLEASE NOTE STARTING TIME IS 9:15
* If your wreath does not have identification as to the State Society, Chapter or Organization
to which it belongs then please attach that information to the backside of the wreath in order to help us ensure the proper placement for the presentation ceremony.