Geoff Baggett

Geoff Baggett

Geoff Baggett

Geoff Baggett served as the President of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter for three consecutive terms (2014-2016).  He serves the Kentucky Society in the role of Vice-President and Chaplain, and is in the line of succession to become President of the Kentucky Society in 2018.  Geoff is also the current Chaplain of the Central District of the SAR (Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia).

Geoff holds a dual membership in the Tennessee Society in the Valentine Sevier Chapter in Clarksville, Tennessee.  He is also a proud member of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge (Valley Forge Ancestors:  Richard Priddy, Richard Beasley)

Medals Received

  • Military Service Medal (2014) – Served in the U.S. Army Reserve 1986-1994
  • 125th Anniversary George Washington Medal (2014)
  • Patriot Grave Marking Medal (2014)
    • Patriot Grave Marking Medal Second Award (2015)
    • Patriot Grave Marking Medal Third Award (2015)
    • Patriot Grave Marking Medal Fourth Award (2016)
  • State Distinguished Service Medal (2015) – Only one Compatriot in Kentucky receives this award each year.  Geoff Baggett was selected in 2015 by outgoing president Doug Collins.
  • Liberty Medal (2015) – For Recruiting 10 Members into the SAR
    • Liberty Medal Second Award (2016)
  • Kentucky Congress Medal (2015)
  • Southern District Medal (2015)
  • Bronze Color Guard Medal (2015)
  • Silver Color Guard Medal (2016)
  • Service to Veterans Medal (2015)
    • Bronze Oak Leaf  – Second Award (2015)
  • Bronze Roger Sherman Medal (2015)
  • Kentucky Society Isaac Shelby Centurion Medal (2015)
  • Louisiana Society Bernardo de Galvez Medal (2016)
  • Meritorious Service Medal – From the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter (2016)
  • Tennessee Congress Medal (2017)
  • Patriot Medal (2017) – Awarded by the Kentucky Society – (The Highest Award Given by a State Society)

Other Awards

  • Colonel’s Muster Award (2014, 2015) – For the year’s top five chapter Color Guard participants.
  • Bluegrass Award (2014, 2015, 2016) – Outstanding State Newsletter
  • Thomas J. Lyne Award (2015) – Most New Members Sponsored in Kentucky in 2014 – 17 Members Recruited and Sponsored
  • Certificate of Appreciation (2015) – For Service in the President-General’s Patriot Ancestors Biography Initiative
  • Col. Stephen Trigg Grave Marking Service Award (2015)
  • Certificate of Appreciation (2016) – Given by the Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter – Cleveland, TN
  • Certificate of Appreciation (2016) – Presented by the Thomas Kilgore Chapter – Springfield, TN
  • Certificate of Appreciation (2016) – Presented By the Col. Anthony Bledsoe Chapter – Hendersonville, TN
  • Certificate of Appreciation (2016) –  Presented by the Central District for service to the Society as District Chaplain
  • Past President’s Pin (2016)
  • Certificate of Appreciation (2017) – Presented by the James Greer Chapter – Shelbyville, Tennessee
  • Thomas J. Lyne Award (2017) – Most New Members Sponsored in Kentucky in 2016 – 11 Members Recruited and Sponsored
  • Certificate of Appreciation (2017) – Presented by the Kentucky Society for Service as Vice-President/Chaplain
  • Certificate of Appreciation (2017) – Presented by the Louisville Thruston Chapter – Louisville, Kentucky
  • “Batman” Award (2017) – Presented by the Blue Licks Chapter – Berry, Kentucky

He has researched and submitted SAR Applications on twenty Patriot Ancestors.

His Patriot Ancestors:

Pvt. Benjamin Hollingshead – Soldier: North Carolina Militia & 4th North Carolina Regiment of the Continental Line

Benjamin Hollingshead enlisted in the Rowan County Regiment in 1781, where he served under Capt. Hugh Hall and Col. Francis Locke in several scouting missions.  In 1782 he re-enlisted a Private under Capt. Anthony Sharpe in the 4th NC Regiment Continental Line for a commitment of 18 months. He was stationed at Ashley Hill near Charleston, South Carolina, and on James Island near Charleston.  After hostilities ended, he was furloughed at 10-Mile Spring, South Carolina,  after completing  13 months of his 18-month enlistment.  He returned home to Rowan County, and later relocated with his parents and brothers to Newberry District, South Carolina.  He moved his family to the frontier in Southern Alabama before 1830.  On March 4, 1831, he received an annual pension of $40 for his service.  He died on May 14, 1840, in Bibb County, Alabama, and is said to be buried there in an unmarked grave in the Tabernacle Methodist Church cemetery.

Solomon Pippin – Patriotic Service – Edgecombe County, North Carolina

Solomon Pippin was a landowner and farmer in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, at the outbreak of the Revolution.  After the war he was reimbursed for supplies that he furnished for the United States forces.  His reimbursement vouchers give no detail as to the nature of the supplies.  In addition, he made application to the state government for a land entry (grant) during the war.  One requirement for such an entry was that the applicant had to swear an Oath of Allegiance to North Carolina and to the United States.  Such an oath was considered treason to the Crown and carried a penalty of death by British law.

Sgt. Richard Priddy – Soldier: First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line

Richard Priddy, a resident of Hanover County, Virginia, enlisted in July 1776 in Captain John Fleming’s Company of the 1st Virginia Regiment.  He fought in the Battle of Monmouth and at Stony Point Fort on the Hudson River, as well as many other minor battles and skirmishes.  He wintered at the infamous Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78.  He was released from service on August 2, 1779 at Rampaugh, New York. Later in life he relocated to Morgan County, Alabama, where he was awarded a pension of $8 a month for his service on May 13, 1828.  He died soon after on May 2, 1831.  He is buried at Hill Cemetery in Lamar County, Alabama.

Richard Priddy Stone

James Oliver – Patriotic Service – Amelia County, Virginia

Born around 1717, James Oliver was the father-in-law of Sgt. Richard Priddy (see above).  He received multiple pay vouchers for furnishing supplies to patriot forces.  In addition, he placed his patriotic sentiments “on paper” and made himself a criminal to the Crown by signing a petition to the Virginia government to furnish their county with arms and ammunition for defense against the British and Tory forces.  He died in 1787 and is buried in an unmarked grave in Amelia County, Virginia

Richard Forrest – Patriotic Service – Halifax County, Virginia

Richard Forrest was the father-in-law of Richard Priddy.  Sgt. Priddy married his daughter, Judith, in 1782.  Forrest provided patriotic service when he swore an oath to Virginia and to the United States in order to make a land entry in Halifax County on June 29, 1780.  Such an oath made him an enemy of England and King George, and was punishable by death.  He died in Halifax County some time after 1820.  *Richard Forrest was a previously unrecognized patriot, proved by Geoff Baggett through documentary evidence and genealogical study.

Edward Jackson – Patriotic Service – Amelia County, Virginia

Edward Jackson was an older gentleman at the time of the Revolution.  His exact date of birth is not known.  He was a humble farmer, and his contribution to the war effort was quite sacrificial by an ordinary man’s standards.  He furnished 425 pounds of beef for the Continental Army.  He received a voucher for his cow, and was reimbursed 5 pounds, 6 shillings, and 3-pence for his beef.  He was related, by marriage, to the next two patriots, Robert Hammock I and Robert Hammock II.  *Edward Jackson was a previously unrecognized patriot, proved by Geoff Baggett through documents and genealogical study.

Robert Hammock I – Patriotic Service – Richmond County, Virginia

Robert Hammock I was an elderly gentleman at the outbreak of the war.  Born in 1695, he was over 80 years old when independence was declared!  Yet he did not let his age keep him from being a true patriot.  Like his neighbor and in-law Edward Jackson (Edward’s daughter, Milly, was married to Robert’s Son, Robert, Jr.), he furnished 425 pounds of beef for the Continentals.  He was reimbursed for his contribution after the war.  He lived to the ripe old age of 91, dying on October 2, 1786.  He is buried in an unmarked, unknown grave somewhere in Richmond County, Virginia.  **Robert Hammock I and II were previously misidentified and confused as a single individual.  Through genealogical study and proof of records, Geoff Baggett corrected the record and had each man recognized separately by SAR for their service to the cause.

Robert Hammock II – Soldier – William Candler’s “Georgia Refugees” Militia Regiment

Robert and Milly Hammock left their parents in Virginia for the colony of Georgia before the outbreak of the war.  When hostilities began, life was very difficult for Patriots in Georgia.  England, and a significant Tory population, controlled Georgia throughout the war.  They made life difficult, if not impossible, for Patriots loyal to the United States.  Many northeast Georgia men had to remove their families from Georgia, taking them over the mountains to safety in what would later become Tennessee.  Then they returned to Georgia and lived as refugees in the forests and fields, attacking British forces and interests as they had opportunity.  They were truly a guerilla force.  Robert Hammock fought in this Refugee Militia throughout the war, separated from family and the comforts of normal life.  After the war he regained his lands and was awarded a considerable land grant for his service.  His property grew into an impressive plantation and he was a man of moderate influence after the war.  He died sometime after 1799 and is buried in an unmarked, unknown grave in Jones County, Georgia.

Millenor “Milly” Jackson Hammock – Patriotic Service – Georgia

Millenor Ann “Milly” Jackson Hammock was born around 1739, likely in Richmond County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Edward Jackson (1715-1789) and Lucy Abigail Parrish (1720-1761). Her father, being very aged at the time of the Revolution, did not participate in the military. However, he is a recognized Patriot, having furnished beef for the Continental Army.

Milly married Robert Hammock II in Virginia around 1760. They lived in Virginia until 1773, when they sold their Virginia property and trekked south to the frontier in Wilkes County, Georgia, to hack a homestead out of the Georgia wilderness.

Milly’s Patriotic service had its context within the Patriotic and military service of her husband. Robert Hammock was a Patriot, and the plight of the Whig population in Georgia was dire in the early years of the war. The British governor basically declared a total, open war upon all who did not give allegiance to the Crown. They attacked and burned farms and frontier stations and kept the Indian population unsettled, welcoming their attacks upon the Patriot settlers, as well. In 1821 Milly Hammock gave testimony in the Georgia Indian Depredation Claims investigations, describing an attack upon her home by Tories and Indians in 1779 or 1780.

Robert Hammock was also a private in William Candler’s Georgia “Regiment of Refugees.” After the ill-fated first siege on Augusta on September 15, 1780, the men of the Georgia Refugees had to gather their families and flee Georgia for the safety of the settlements around Watauga in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Leaving their families as refugees, they returned to Georgia to fight a guerilla war.

So for the next year Milly Hammock lived as a refugee in another state and cared for her seven sons and three daughters on her own. We can be sure that Robert made at least one trip home during his wartime service, since the couple welcomed their fourth daughter and final child in 1781.

After the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, Robert Hammock retrieved his displaced family and returned them to Georgia where he laid claim to his wartime bounty lands. The family lived in Wilkes County, amassing a very large plantation and impressive properties. Robert died at his plantation home in 1800, leaving his estate to his wife.

Little is known about what happened to Milly after that time. She drew as a Revolutionary War widow in the 1805 and 1827 land lotteries. She appears (unnamed) in the home of her son, Lewis, in Jones County, Georgia, in the 1830 U.S. Census. According to family tradition, she died in 1832 in Jones County. Her burial location is unknown.

Millenor Jackson Hammock was recognized as a Patriot by the SAR through a supplemental application on September 18, 2015. This application proved her Patriotic Service as a refugee and a victim of British aggression in Georgia.

Walter Billingsley – Soldier & Indian Spy – North Carolina Militia

Walter Billingsley was born July 14, 1761, in Baltimore, Maryland.  In 1780 he enlisted to join Captain John Williams’ Company of the 17th Virginia Regiment, but was never formally attached to that unit.  Instead, he remained in Salisbury, North Carolina, assigned to make cartridges and perform other training tasks.  He was called upon to march and join the forces of Abraham Buford at the Waxhaw Meeting House, several miles from Salisbury.  While encamped there, Buford’s men were attacked by British Dragoons under Banastre Tarleton and soundly defeated, with few survivors.  Walter made his escape into the woods.  While attempting to rejoin the American forces under General Gates, he was captured by tories in December 1780.  On March 12, 1781, he escaped and joined Militia forces in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.  At that battle he encountered his brother, James Billingsley, a militia captain under General Nathanael Green.  His brother presented his case to General Green, who furloughed him to return home until called upon.  He reached home in Randolph County, North Carolina, on March 22, 1781.  In November 1781 he went to Sullivan County (now Tennessee) and joined the militia as an Indian Spy under a Captain Coil, under the overall command of John Sevier, accompanying him in various campaigns against the Indians throughout the remainder of the war.  He made application for a pension on September 8, 1932, in McMinn County, Tennessee, but a pension was denied because he was never on the rolls of any official military unit.  He died sometime after 1838 in Bradley County, Tennessee, and is buried in an unmarked grave in a location unknown.

Captain James Shelton – 5th Virginia Militia / Patriotic Service – Henry County, Virginia

James Shelton did not live long enough to receive a pension, therefore little is known about his war experiences.  His Company of Riflemen, serving with the 64th Regiment from Henry County, saw service with the 5th Virginia Militia.  He first entered the militia service in 1777, and resigned his commission in July 1780.  Testimony from others who served under him indicate that his unit was involved in several actions against Tory forces in Virginia.  He also performed patriotic service by paying special taxes, along with his father and brothers, for the government of the United States in its war with England.  He evidently fought illness quite early in life, as he wrote his will while “sick and weak in body” on May 14, 1784.  He died sometime shortly after writing his will, and is buried in an unknown, unmarked grave somewhere in Henry County, Virginia.

Ralph Shelton, Sr. – Patriotic Service – Henry County, Virginia

Ralph Shelton was the father of Captain James Shelton.  He was born October 23, 1709, in Christ Church, Middlesex, Virginia.  He married Mary Daniel in Christ Church on June 10, 1731.  Later in life he relocated to Henry County, Virginia.  It is there that he performed his patriotic service.  His name appears on several tax lists, along with several sons, for paying special taxes collected specifically for the government of the United States and in support of the war with England.  His will was proved in Henry County on March 30, 1789, and it is assumed that he is buried there.

Gregory Durham – Patriotic Service – Henry County, Virginia

Gregory Durham was the son-in-law of Captain James Shelton, having married Elizabeth Shelton in 1772.  Though no record of his military service exists, it is likely that he served in the local militia.  He lived near the Shelton family, as evidenced in deeds and property transfers.  Like his father-in-law and the other Shelton men, Gregory Durham appears on the Henry County Tax Lists, making payment to the United States Government to support the war effort.  He has, therefore, been recognized by SAR for his patriotic service to the cause.  *Gregory Durham was a previously unrecognized Patriot, proved by Geoff Baggett through records and genealogical study.

Richard Beasley – Private – Second Virginia State Regiment / Patriotic Service – King and Queen County, Virginia

Richard Beasley served as a Private in the 2nd Virginia State Regiment, enlisting on 4 Jan 1777 and last appearing on a pay/muster roll dated 17 Dec 1779.  He is documented as appearing on 8 Jun 1783 to receive the full balance of his pay for his time of service.  His time in service included many engagements, as well as wintering with Washington at the infamous Valley Forge.   After serving in the army, while living in King and Queen County, VA, he rendered patriotic service when he supplied 250 lbs of beef for the Continental Army in Oct. 1781.  For this provision he has been recognized by DAR for Patriotic Service and has fourteen member applications approved in his name.  However, until now, he was previously unrecognized for his three years of military service, proved by Geoff Baggett through documents found at the National Archives.

Robert Cook – Patriotic Service – Surry County, North Carolina

Robert Cook was the father-in-law of Richard Beasley.  Herendered Patriotic Service in 1778 and 1779  when he swore oaths to North Carolina and to the United States in order to make a land entry for claim.  Such an oath was considered treason to the British Crown and punishable by death according to British law.  *Robert Cook was a previously unrecognized patriot by the SAR.

Andrew McClelland, Jr. – Patriotic Service – Bladen County, North Carolina

Andrew McClelland, Jr., rendered Patriotic Service in 1778 and 1779 when he swore an oath to North Carolina and to the United States in order to make a land entry for claim.  Such an oath was considered treason to the British Crown and punishable by death according to British law.  *Andrew McClelland was a previously unrecognized patriot.

John Hamilton – Patriotic Service / Soldier – Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Militia

James Hamilton was a very young man when he became involved in the Revolution.  Born sometime between 1761 and 1765, he first rendered patriotic service by furnishing supplies for the army.  On 8 Nov 1780 he was reimbursed 7/8 of a Spanish Milled Dollar (roughly 87.5 cents) for furnishing two and a half bushels of corn.  This occurred approximately three months after his older brother, James Hamilton, was captured at the Battle of Camden, and was subsequently held on a British prison ship.  Circumstances indicate that young John was living on his own, as his widowed mother had remarried shortly after the tragic death of his father.  Thus, this small offering of corn was an appropriate contribution by a rather poor, solitary young man.  He also received payment (evidenced by several vouchers in the NC Archives) for serving in the local militia at various periods between 1782 and 1784.  *John Hamilton, while recognized in several older record copies by the DAR, was a previously unrecognized patriot by the SAR.

William Bohannon – Patriotic Service – Virginia / Soldier – Henry County, Virginia, Militia

William Bohannon was born probably in Middlesex County, Virginia, around the year 1730. He lived in Culpeper, Augusta, Pittsylvania, Henry and Franklin counties at various times in his life. Family tradition holds that he married his first wife, Ruth, in 1753. This first wife died around 1772 and he later married Judith Legg in 1773.

By the time of the Revolutionary War he was in Henry County, where he rendered Patriotic Service by taking the Oath of Allegiance to Virginia. He also served in the Henry County, Virginia, Militia and answered the call to march to the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.

After the war he and his family remained in Virginia for several years before moving westward to Tennessee. He filed land papers in Blount County in 1805, then mover further westward to White County (now Putnam) by 1815. He died there on March 13, 1816, and rests in the Bohannon Cemetery.

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