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