Tennessee Grave Marking

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter Vice-President Steve Mallory represented the chapter and the Kentucky Society at the grave marking of Patriot James Franklin on the afternoon of Sunday, October 23.  Steve proudly carried the Kentucky flag in the color guard, presented the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter wreath, and fired in the gun salute.

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Cpl. James Franklin was born in Maryland in 1755.  He served in Lord Dunmore’s War and in the American Revolution from 1776 until 1779.  He relocated to the area that would later become middle Tennessee in 1780.  His family, along with sixty-nine other households, settled the wilderness and defended their stations and forts against relentless native attacks.  They became known in Tennessee as “The Immortal 70.”  Each family received 640 acres of land for their service in opening up the territory in Tennessee.

The Gen. Jethro Sumner Chapter DAR coordinated the event in conjunction with the Tennessee SAR.

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