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.
On October 15, the Sons of the American Revolution and the Society of the War of 1812 placed markers and conducted a grave marking ceremony at Flint Hill Cemetery in Oakton. The event was planned by Paul Walden, George Washington Chapter Grave Marking Chair and Vice President General for the Society of the War of 1812. Several days before the event, GWSAR Compatriot Luc Chevalier assisted Compatriot Walden in placing the markers and flags on the graves (see 1st photo). The marker for John Chapman Hunter is unique in that it has the insignia of both the SAR and Society of the War of 1812 indicating his service in both conflicts. Compatriot Dale Corey, of the Col James Wood II Chapter, assisted in the design and procurement of this unique marker that will be used in future joint ceremonies with the Society of the War of 1812. Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution chapters participating included George Washington, George Mason, Col. William Grayson, Col James Wood II, Sgt Maj John Champe and Culpeper Minutemen. The Virginia Society SAR Color Guard included Chip Daniel, Richard Tyler, Paul Christensen, Ken Morris, Thad Hartman and, representing the War of 1812, Mike Lyman. The markers were officially dedicated by Thomas Roth, Historian, Virginia SAR and Mike Lyman, Past President, Society of the War of 1812 in VA.
The two veterans honored were John Chapman Hunter, who served as a Private in the 15th VA. Regiment during the American Revolution and as a Major in the 60th VA Regiment in the War of 1812. He was later promoted to Brigadier General. His home, “Contemplation”, stood where the current Mosby Landing condominiums are on Chain Bridge Road. Hunter, as a fellow Mason with George Washington, also participated in the laying of the cornerstone of the US Capitol in 1793. The second veteran honored was William Whitaker who served as a Captain in the Massachusetts 2nd Regiment in the War of 1812.
Submitted by Paul Walden, George Washington Chapter Virginia SAR
On 15 October, members of the Fairfax Resolves Chapter assisted the General Smallwood Chapter of the Maryland Society, NSDAR in marking the grave of the David Wherry, Jr. family. The grave marking took place at Sharpe’s Cemetery in Elkton, Maryland. (The Fairfax Resolves Chapter placed a SAR marker on the grave in 2016.)
David Wherry, Jr. was born in Northern Ireland in about 1717. His family moved to Chester County, Pennsylvania soon after his birth. The family settled on land close to the poorly defined border with Maryland. The family subsequently became involved in the dispute that eventually led to the establishment of the Mason Dixon Line.
David Jr. inherited half of his father’s plantation in 1750. He was a successful farmer and avid member of the Rock Presbyterian Church. His first wife, Isabelle Sharpe died in 1760 leaving him with young children. He married his second wife, Margaret Mackey in 1762.
David’s patriotic service included becoming a member of the Chester County Committee of Observation under Anthony B. Wayne in 1774. On 13 August 1776, he was selected by the Committee of Safety to provide for the distressed families of militia members on actual service. On 1 July 1777, he took the Oath of Allegiance. In the following month as the British approached Philadelphia, he was selected, “… to take account of all the wheat flour grain and other stores in the county of Chester, with in 20 miles distance…” The object was to provide relief for refugees fleeing Philadelphia.
David had 15 children. Thirteen survived to adulthood. Three sons saw military service. Son, Joseph was a second lieutenant in the Chester County’s East Nottingham Militia Company. James served as a private in that unit while son, David later served as an ensign in the 8th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Continental Line. One can only imagine the stress on the Wherry family when British foraging parties from Philadelphia moved throughout Chester County. David Wherry died 7 July 1800 and his wife Margaret died seven years later.
The DAR marker commemorates not only David’s service but the service of his two wives. The grave marking was well attended and included the current MSSDAR Vice-regent Elizabeth Deering and her husband, Past President MDSSAR among others. Nine direct descendants attended including John Davidson of the John Edgar Howard Chapter, MDSSAR and David Cook of the Fairfax Resolves Chapter, VASSAR.
Figure 2 Color Guard: from the left, Dave Cook, Jim Cordes and John Davidson with Jeannette Merrick looks on
An Eagle Scout Court of Honor from Troop 103 was held at the United Methodist Church on October 9, 2022. Bruce Laubach, President of the Williamsburg Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution presents SAR Certificate of Recognition and Scholarship Package to the new Eagle Scouts. Pictured L to R: Matthew Harrell, Connor Heath, Bruce Laubach (SAR Chapter President), Harley Stewart (SAR Chapter Past President) LeBron Jones, and Ethan Auge.
. l. to r. Erick Moore, Patrick Moore, Georganna Moore, Will Reynolds and Dennis Parmerter.
On 8 October 2022, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, participated in the Apple Festival held at Mount Jackson. The festival has arts and crafts, food, music and other activities for the community. The SAR set up a display table with items from the colonial era in Virginia. Compatriots told visitors about the Sons of the American Revolution and colonial living in the Shenandoah Valley from 1750 - 1800. Participating for the chapter were Erick Moore, Patrick Moore, Dennis Parmerter and Will Reynolds. Georganna Moore gave presentations on making corn husk dolls.
Erick Moore discussing 18th century weaponry.
Photo is Georganna Moore giving a presentation on making cornhusk dolls.
Compatriot Jim Cordes displays his musket to festival goers.
Members of the Fairfax Resolves participated in the 46th Annual Fall Festival in downtown Fairfax October 8. The annual event annually draws about 20,000 people. Members of the chapter met with festival attendees, discussed the SAR, provided presentations on the history of the American flag, and passed out small 13-star flags to visitors.
Compatriots Bill Canis (left) and Jim Cordes provide a presentation on the history of the American flag to a group at the Fairfax Fall Festival October 8.
THE WILLIAMSBURG CHAPTER PRESENTED A NSSAR FLAG RECOGNITION CERTIFICATE TO JAMES RIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The Williamsburg Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, presented a NSSAR Flag Recognition Certificate to James River Elementary School on 13 September 2022. The certificate is presented to individuals and organizations who properly display and maintain the flag of the United States of America. Pictured are (L to R) George Corbett, Chair, Chapter Flag Recognition Committee and Angel Washington, Principal, James River Elementary School. Photo by Karen Corbett.
THE WILLIAMSBURG CHAPTER PRESENTED A NSSAR FLAG RECOGNITION CERTIFICATE TO BLANE BLAYTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The Williamsburg Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, presented a NSSAR Flag Recognition certificate to J. Blane Blayton Elementary School on 30 September 2022. The certificate was presented for their proper display and maintenance of the flag of our nation. Pictured (L to R) are Kristin Schweitzer, school principal and George Corbett, chapter flag recognition committee chairman. Photo by Karen Corbett.
Photo is the color guard posting the colors l. to r. Brett Osborn, Dale Corey, Marc Robinson, Richard Tyler, Ken Bonner, Mark Sink, Paul Christensen and Charles Harbaugh.
On 10 September 2022, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) conducted a compatriot grave marking ceremony for Gary Leo Fletcher. When a member of the SAR passes, the family can request a ceremony to honor the compatriot. This ceremony was held at the Salem Church of the Brethren, Stephens City, Virginia. Dale Corey emcee'd the event with the Right Reverend Larry Johnson providing chaplain duties. Gary Fletcher was born 1 November 1932 in Rock Oak, West Virginia. Eventually, the family moved to Bayfield, Wisconsin where he graduated from Bayfield High School in 1951. Shortly after, Gary joined the US Navy, proudly serving his country from 1951 - 1955, including time in the Korean War. He became a bricklayer/stonemason, receiving journeyman status in 1957. He taught masonry at Dowel J. Howard Vocational School and worked for Brick Institute of America as head of manpower development. He left there to work at Frederick Block Company until his retirement. He married Neva Yates on 26 December 1953 at the Salem Church of the Brethren. Their marriage lasted 63 years. They are the parents of six children and grandparents to 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. An active member of the church, he served as a deacon, a delegate and participated in many mission and disaster relief projects. He was an active member of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 313, instrumental in the organization and construction of the Korean War Memorial in Jim Barnett Part in Winchester, as well as Veteran Memorials in Stephens City and Middletown. He was a member of the American Legion Post 21, FOE 4186, Moose Lodge 2483 and a compatriot of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. A proud veteran who served his family, community and country with distinction. Members of the Korean War Foundation were present and provided honors to a fallen comrade. These included Paul Bombadier, Lew Ewing, Ray Ewing, Marshall DeHaven, Doug Hall, Brett Osborn, Rob Shirley and Herb Taylor. The ceremony included the combined color guard of the Colonel James Wood II (CJWII) and Sgt Maj John Champe (SMJC) Chapters for the Virginia Society SAR. The color guard was commanded by Brett Osborn (CJWII) and included Ken Bonner (SMJC), Sean Carrigan (CJWII), Paul Christensen (CJWII), Kelly Ford (CJWII), Doug Hall (CJWII), Dennis Permerter (CJWII), Marc Robinson (CJWII), Barry Schwoerer (SMJC), Mark Sink (CMJC), Richard Tyler (CJWII) and Charles Harbaugh, Mayor of Middletown. Presentations on Gary were given by Dale Corey and Ray Steele, with wreath presentations by Marc Robinson (CJWII), Ken Bonner (CMJC) and Lew Ewing, Korean War Veterans Association. Luke Boles played "Flowers of the Forest" and "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipe. The Daughters of the American Revolution were represented by Kecia Brown, Virginia State DAR/SAR Liaison from the Ketoctin DAR Chapter.
Photo are Korean War Veterans Association members. . to r. Lew Ewing, Ray Ewing, Paul Bombadier and Rob Shirley.
Photo is the musket squad marching to fire a salute to Gary Fletcher. l. to r. Brett Osborn, Ken Bonner, Marc Robinson, Mark Sink, Charles Harbaugh, Barry Schwoerer, Dennis Parmerter, Sean Carrigan, Kelly Ford and Paul Christensen. (Photos courtesy of Deborah Corey.)