The Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invites the public to the dedication ceremony for the Revolutionary War Patriots Memorial to be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. on the Lincoln County Courthouse lawn.
Regent Sherrie Tomerlin and the Patriot Memorial Committee chair, Arden Humphrey, will preside over the celebration. Tennessee State Regent Charlotte S. Reynolds will bring greetings from the Tennessee State Daughters of the American Revolution.
The patriot memorial will be unveiled, and refreshments will be served. There will be members of the Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter of the DAR and members of the Joseph Greer Chapter of the SAR available to answer questions and provide information about these two organizations.
At this time, 104 Revolutionary War patriots who settled in Lincoln County have been proven by the Patriot Memorial Committee. The patriots who settled in what would become Lincoln County were primarily from North Carolina with 41 patriots, Virginia with 32 patriots and South Carolina with 11 patriots. The high numbers from these original states is to be expected, as so many early settlers of Tennessee came from those areas. Still, there were patriots who had fought with the militias and Continental lines of states such as Connecticut, New York and Delaware who came to settle in Lincoln County.
“These patriots were a brave and patriotic group of men, supporting the cause of freedom in various ways,” said Humphrey.
Seven of them were at the Battle of Kings Mountain (Oct. 7, 1780) which was the turning point for the patriots in the War for Independence in the southern states. They were Phillip Bruce, Andrew Carothers, Joseph Greer, Andrew Meaden, Alexander Meek, William C. Smith and John Todd. One of them, Joseph Greer, signed the Watauga Petition in 1776, and two of these patriots, Peter Luna, Sr. and Ezekiel Norris, signed the Cumberland Compact of May 1780 which is known as the forerunner to the Tennessee state constitution.
One of the patriots, Samuel Isaacs, was listed as a spy for the American cause among his military service descriptions. There were two marines, Cornelius Darnell and John Tankersley, who served on ships in the naval war with the British. John Todd was with Col. George Rogers Clark, marching through freezing floodwaters, to capture the British Fort Vincennes, another turning point in the frontier war for independence.
“These are just a few stories of the valor and heroism of these Revolutionary War patriots who chose to carve out a life for themselves and their posterity in the Tennessee territory that would become Lincoln County, Tennessee,” Humphrey added. “Come and celebrate these men of courage and conviction.”
For further information about the dedication ceremony or about the 104 Revolutionary War patriots who settled here, contact Arden Humphrey of the Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter, NSDAR, at 931-433-2626.