Prospective Member Locates Grave of His Patriot!

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.

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