Descendants of Valley Forge

Posted in Valley Forge on June 19, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Chapter President Steve Mallory and Chapter Past-President Geoff Baggett recently returned from a pilgrimage to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.  Both are members of the Society of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge, and traveled to the park as part of the society’s annual Encampment.   Steve Mallory’s ancestor, Sgt. William Mallory of the Third Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line, served at Valley Forge.  Baggett’s ancestors, Pvt. Richard Priddy of the First Virginia Regiment and Richard Beasley of the Second Virginia State Regiment, also served in the winter encampment at Valley Forge.

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Their wives, Debbie Mallory and Kim Baggett, also attended.  Kim is also a member of the society.  Her ancestors, both natives of Shepherdstown, Virginia (now WV), were Pvt. Michael Yeisley of the German Battalion and Dr. Nicholas Schell, Surgeon in Hartley’s Additional Regiment of the Continental Line.  Debbie and Kim managed to spend some time with none other than His Excellency, General Washington, himself!

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During their time in Pennsylvania, in addition to taking part in society events, both couples visited the new Museum of the American Revolution, took a self-guided tour of Valley Forge, and toured the house that served as General Washington’s headquarters.

Interestingly, on the way home from Pennsylvania, the Baggetts made a side-trip to Shepherdstown and located the graves of both of Kim’s Valley Forge ancestors.  The men are buried in the same cemetery less than thirty feet from one another!

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Kim Baggett between the graves of Valley Forge Patriots Dr. Nicholas Schell (far left) and Michael Yeisley (far right).

Both the Mallorys and Baggetts plan to return in 2018.  Geoff Baggett has been appointed as the Deputy Paymaster of the Society, as well as the Battalion Commander of the newly-formed Kentucky Battalion.

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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.

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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.

2017 Memorial Day Program in Cadiz

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Memorial Day on May 29, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

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Today the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter hosted its annual “Roll Call of Patriots” Memorial Day program at the West End Cemetery.  The program gives attendees the opportunity to recognize their Patriot ancestors by having their names read.  As each name is read, attendees place a flower at the revolutionary War “Missing Soldier” monument.

Eleven Compatriots and two Col. Stephen Trigg Ladies’ Auxiliary members took part in the program.  New member Pete Lehman of Russellville was given his oath and received his SAR membership rosette.

You can follow this link to see the story and photos on WKDZ Radio’s website.

A Memorial Day commemoration is considered a National Color Guard Event in the SAR.  Each participant received credit for participation in this even which, in turn, counts toward their earning of the Silver Color Guard Medal.  We look forward to another wonderful Memorial Day event in 2018!

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.

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

Veteran’s Appreciation Medal Presented

Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter President Steve Mallory recently presented the Veteran’s Appreciation Medal and Certificate to retired U.S. Army Captain Jimmy Jones.

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Join us in giving a huge “Huzzah!” and word of thanks to the Captain.  We are most grateful for his service to our nation.

Steve Mallory Represents Chapter at Kentucky Grave Marking

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Chapter President Steve Mallory attended a recent grave marking hosted by the Gov. Isaac Shelby Chapter.  The Compatriots honored Reuben Boston, a soldier in the Virginia Continental Line.

Steve presented the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter wreath and took part in the musket / long rifle salute.

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Col. Stephen Trigg Eagle Scouts Honor the 2017 Chapter Eagle Scout Winner

Posted in Eagle Scout on April 17, 2017 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriots Dr. Brad Rankin and Jim Rudd, both Eagle Scouts and residents of Paducah, made a special appearance in their home city at the meeting of Troop 2004 of the Lincoln Heritage Council, BSA, to honor the chapter’s 2017 Eagle Scout Scholarship Recipient.  Cody Tynes of Paducah is our 2017 Eagle Scout honoree.

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Eagle Scouts Jim Rudd, Cody Tynes, and Dr. Brad Rankin

Cody represented the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter in the Kentucky state competition.  He placed third in the state out of nine applicants and received a cash award of $100.  In addition, the chapter honored him with a chapter award of $100, the SAR Eagle Scout Medal, the SAR Eagle Scout Badge, and the SAR Eagle Scout Certificate.

We salute Cody Tynes, our Eagle Scout Award recipient for 2017!