First Patriot Grave Located!

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

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