Archive for November, 2013

Prospective Member Locates Grave of His Patriot!

Posted in Grave Marking, Patriot Ancestor, South Carolina Militia, William Addison on November 21, 2013 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Dennis Adams of Cadiz recently learned that has a Patriot ancestor.  His 4th great-grandfather is William Addison, who served as a private in the South Carolina Militia.  We are working on gathering all of the necessary documents to complete his application.  Meanwhile, this afternoon, he and compatriot Geoff Baggett went in search of his ancestor’s grave.  With just a little detective work, we found that he was buried in the Gant Cemetery in the community of Sharon Grove in Todd County.

It took about 45 minutes to get there and another 10 minutes of searching, but we found it!  It was a stirring moment as Dennis paused and contemplated his ancestor who battled to help give birth to the United States of America.    While there, he posed for a GREAT picture!

Dennis Adams at the grave of his 4th Great-Grandfather, Pvt. William Addison.

Dennis Adams at the grave of his 4th Great-Grandfather, Pvt. William Addison.

William Addison was born December 29, 1766.  He entered the service in 1780 as a substitute for his brother Christopher Addison.  He was a mere 13 years of age! After a short period of service under Captain Camp Strother, he was discharged.  Later in 1780 he re-enlisted in Fairfield County in a company of Rangers (Mounted Militia) commanded by Captain John Gray.   He served primarily in a local force that engaged and rounded up Tory soldiers until the unit received orders to join the army of General Green shortly before the famous Battle of Eutaw Springs.  The unit joined General Pickens on the day before the battle and entered into the engagement.  He was wounded by a spent round (ricochet) during the battle.  He served in the active service for a total of three years.  His service is confirmed by Brigadier General Francis Marion (The Swamp Fox), whose Pay Book L, entry 1, lists William Addison as being paid for service in the South Carolina Militia.

In 1788 he immigrated to Kentucky and settled in Madison County.  After being in Kentucky only nine weeks, he joined the company of Captain Jacob Starnes in the war against the Northwestern Indians.  He was mobilized for a total of nine weeks in that campaign.  He later relocated to Todd County, Kentucky, where he was granted a pension for his service on June 3, 1833, in the amount of $80 annually.  He died on May 20, 1853, and is buried in the Gant Cemetery in the Sharon Grove community of Todd County.

First Patriot Grave Located!

Posted in Grave Marking on November 7, 2013 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Chapter President Kenneth Oakley and Compatriot Geoff Baggett recently went on a grave-hunting expedition.  Their mission: to find a Trigg County patriot’s grave that needs a patriotic marking.  Using some excellent local resources, they located the first grave.  Here is the stone that marks this patriot:

Hollowell Stone

Tombstone of Pvt. Miles Hollowell

It’s difficult to make out the detail in this photo, but his name is clearly marked on the stone.  Hollowell was living in Martin County, North Carolina, when he enlisted in the Col. Thomas Eaton’s regiment of the North Carolina Militia in August 1780.  He was discharged in November or December 1780.  In February 1781 he enlisted in the Martin County Regiment of the North Carolina Militia.  In February 1781, while serving under Col. Whitmell Hill, he fought in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.  He was later discharged in September 1781.

He married Ann “Polly” Smithwick on March 27, 1792, and resided in Martin County until 1811, when he relocated to Trigg County.  He received a pension for his service on May 13, 1833, and died here on February 6, 1843.

While this grave is clearly marked with his name, there is absolutely no indication of his patriotic service.  We want to change that.

Early in 2014 we plan to mark his grave with a granite marker that contains the following information:

Miles Hollowell
Private – North Carolina Militia
Martin County Regiment
Revolutionary War

In addition, this granite marker will include a 5-inch brass SAR Patriot marker that looks like this:


The total cost for marking a grave is approximately $300.  We will be raising these funds over the next couple of months with a goal to hold a grave-marking ceremony this winter.  If you would like to contribute to this effort, please contact us at

Local Compatriots Attend State SAR Meeting

Posted in KYSSAR on November 4, 2013 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Two members of the recently chartered Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) recently attended the annual fall meeting as representatives to the Kentucky Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.  They joined representatives from other chapters from across the commonwealth over the first weekend of November at the Hutton School of Business at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.  Interestingly, that building is build as a replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and includes a replica of the famous Liberty Bell.  The goal of this gathering was to make plans for the state organization throughout the coming months, including the 2015 National Congress that will meet in Louisville.

Rev. Geoff Baggett (l) and Chapter President Ken Oakley (r) pose in front of the George Washington bust in the hallway of the Hutton School of Business at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Rev. Geoff Baggett (l) and Chapter President Ken Oakley (r) pose in front of the George Washington bust in the hallway of the Hutton School of Business at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter President Ken Oakley and fellow compatriot, Rev. Geoff Baggett, attended an entire day of leadership and organizational training, participated in the Board of Governors, and shared reports from various committees and chapters.  They left the intense two-day meeting with a renewed vision for educating the younger generations in American history and patriotism.

Rev. Baggett commented, “This is all so brand new for me.  I was just inducted into the society this past May, so I didn’t quite know what to expect.  But I’m going home with fresh ideas for ways our small chapter can have a patriotic impact upon Trigg County.”

Plans for 2014 include poster and essay contests for local schools, involvement in community patriotic celebrations, and providing speakers for classrooms and other social gatherings.  One ambitious project includes the development of a “Color Guard,” in which chapter compatriots develop period-accurate costumes and uniforms to reflect their Revolutionary War ancestor for appearance at public and educational events.  An even larger initiative is the chapter’s plan to locate and mark the grave of every Revolutionary War patriot buried in Trigg County with an SAR emblem and a tombstone, if needed.  The grave marking initiative will also include a special graveside ceremony to commemorate the marking.

The Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence. As a historical, educational, and patriotic, non-profit corporation organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, we seek to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of “e pluribus unum” that was created from the people of many nations — one nation and one people.

Today the SAR consists of 28,000 members in over 500 chapters in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.  Almost 165,000 descendants of the men and women Patriots of the American Revolution have been admitted since our founding.

If you are interested in becoming involved, the chapter provides genealogical assistance and guidance through the application process.