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Patriot Balaam Ezell Grave Marking

Posted in Balaam Ezell, Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking on June 10, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Today the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter hosted a grave marking ceremony in honor of Revolutionary War Patriot Balaam Ezell.  The Patriot served in the Virginia militia in what would later become Kentucky.  Later in life, her was a Primitive Baptist pastor in Trigg County.  He rests in the Thomas Cemetery near the community of Cerulean.


Two Compatriots from Tennessee, along with three Colonial-clad ladies in the Col. Stephen Trigg Auxiliary, took part in the event, which included a flag folding and a musket/cannon salute.  Approximately people from the local community attended the grave marking.

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You can visit this link to view a Facebook album of the pictures from the event.

Mallory and Sholly Cross Over Into Tennessee!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking on May 21, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter President Steve Mallory and Color Guard Commander Bob Sholly spent their afternoon today on a very worthwhile road trip into Tennessee.  They joined their fellow Compatriots at St. John’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Franklin to mark the graves of Revolutionary War Patriots John Johnston and Thomas Cox.

Both men marched in the Color Guard, presented our chapter wreath, and then fired in the black powder salute.


Please visit this link for an interesting story on  The story also includes photographs of the graves.

Grave Marking on Saturday!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking, Roger Larkins on September 19, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the upcoming Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony in honor of Roger Larkins, a Revolutionary War Patriot of the North Carolina Militia. The men of the SAR are working in partnership with the descendants of Roger Larkins to honor this Patriot at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 24.

This will be a unique and unusual ceremony for our community. Roger Larkins was a long-time resident of Trigg County in the early 1800’s and even served in the “Second War of American Independence,” the War of 1812, in the Kentucky Militia. Unfortunately, the exact whereabouts of his death and burial site are unknown. Because the location of his grave has been lost to time, the family was unable to receive a grave marker from the Veteran’s Administration. But the family persevered in their quest to honor their ancestor and raised the funds on their own to provide a marker in his honor. They have chosen to place his marker in the cemetery that bears his name, the Larkins Cemetery, on P’Pool Road just a few miles north of Cadiz. Several of his children and many of his descendants are buried there.

Saturday’s Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony will feature SAR Compatriots in Revolutionary War uniforms, a multi-flag color guard, a casket flag folding ceremony, a biographical tribute to the Patriot, and a flintlock musket and rifle salute. Attendees will also receive a very special treat at this grave marking event. Compatriots from Tennessee are bringing a replica cannon from the Revolutionary War and will fire the artillery weapon as a salute to the Patriot.


Steve Mallory Represents in Tennessee!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking on September 6, 2016 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia


Compatriot and Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter Vice-President Steve Mallory attended a grave marking in Tennessee Sunday afternoon.  He proudly carried the Kentucky flag in the color guard and fired in the black powder salute to honor Ensign John McMurtry in the Beech Cemetery located in Sumner County, Tennessee.

John McMurtry enlisted in 1775 in the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line.  He was promoted to sergeant after the battles at White Planes and York Island.  He also fought in the battles of Trenton, Princeton, and Germantown.  He worked his way up through the ranks and later earned the rank of Ensign.  In 1779 he went to sea on a privateer , the sloop of war called the Fair American, commanded by Stephen Decatur, Sr., the father of Stephen Decatur, Jr., who earned fame during the War of 1812.

Thank you, Steve, for representing our chapter and our commonwealth!



Front Page and Color Photos in Princeton’s Times Leader!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking, Newspaper / Press on November 18, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Enjoy this amazing press coverage in Princeton, Kentucky!  Click on the images to enlarge to full-size.




Our Seventh Compatriot to Qualify for the Patriot Grave Marking Medal!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking on November 15, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Congratulations to Col. Stephen Trigg Compatriot Glenn Greenfield!  He completed his fourteenth and fifteenth Grave Marking ceremonies on Saturday, November 14.  His application for the medal has been submitted to the state society president and forwarded to the Grave marking Committee.

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter set a a goal for 2015 to have at least five Compatriots complete the requirements for this medal.  Glenn was the fifth of the year and enabled us to achieve that worthy goal.

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Revolutionary War Patriots & Friends Honored Today

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking on November 14, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

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The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, joined by Compatriots from Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee, marked the grave of two very special Revolutionary War Patriots in rural Caldwell County, Kentucky, on Saturday, November 14.

Sgt. William Blackburn of the Virginia 5th Regiment and later the army under Gen. George Rogers Clark, and Pvt. William Asherst of the Virginia Militia, were best friends in life and buried near one another in death.  They settled the same area of Caldwell County, a community known as Farmersville, and their lives were intertwined over decades.  Some of their children married one another.

The ceremony was attended by a large uniformed Color Guard of 24 Compatriots, and approximately fifty descendants and interested local residents.  Many of the descendants were “double descended” from both Patriots.  Ten different SAR and DAR chapters presented wreaths as part of the floral tribute, and six riflemen/musketeers fired in the gun salute.

This event marked the final Grave Marking Ceremony for the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter in 2015.

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Click here to see a complete photo album of the event.


John Ramey Grave Marking

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Color Guard, Grave Marking on October 31, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter hosted its eighth Grave Marking Ceremony of 2015 in the Blackhawk/Lamasco area of Lyon County. Sixteen Compatriots were joined by approximately thirty descendants and friends in the ceremony honoring the Patriot John Ramey of Virginia.

Rain and wind forced the movement of the ceremony indoors. We would like to thank the people of the Lamasco Baptist Church, just down the road from the Old Dry Fork Cemetery, for opening the doors to their fellowship hall and allowing us to hold our ceremony in their facility. Descendant Gary Thompson brought the Biographical Salute. The chapter also administered the oath and pinned Rosettes on four new Compatriots … Robert, Miles, Ryon, and L.J. Ward … descendants of Squire Boone. The weather broke just a bit at the end of the ceremony and all of the attendees were able to go outside and enjoy the three-shot flintlock salute by the Col. Stephen Trigg riflemen and musketeers.

The attendees were also very generous to the chapter, donation $168 in the “offering basket” toward the chapter’s travel trailer fundraiser.

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Compatriot Takes Part in Tennessee Grave Marking

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking on October 26, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter VP Steve Mallory, along with his wife, Debbie, made a two-hour trek on Sunday afternoon down to Tennessee for a Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony.  The Tennessee Society led a ceremony at the grave of Patriot William Sparkman at a rural cemetery near Franklin, Tennessee.

Steve proudly carried the Kentucky flag in the Color Guard, placed the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter wreath, and fired his rifle in the gun salute.

Here are some photos from the event …



Col. Stephen Trigg Compatriots Attend Tennessee Grave Markings

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking on October 16, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

On Sunday, October 5, two representatives of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter attended a grave marking and marker dedication in Dresden, Tennessee. This ceremony was the latest event in an ongoing partnership of interstate Color Guard cooperation between the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter and the nearby Tennessee Society.

Bob Sholly, one of the newest members of the chapter, accompanied Geoff Baggett on the short Sunday afternoon trip to Dresden to attend the ceremony honoring Patriot Luke Tipton. Compatriot Baggett provided the drum cadence for the Color Guard while Compatriot Sholly carried the Kentucky Flag. Together they saluted the Patriot through the presentation of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter wreath. Following the Patriot ceremony, the group walked to the newer section of the cemetery to dedicate a new “MEMBER” stone placed at the grave of Compatriot Ned Ray McWherter, former governor of Tennessee.

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