The Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will soon culminate a yearlong project to give recognition to the Revolutionary War patriots who settled in Lincoln County after the war’s end.
A commemorative monument made of Georgia granite will be erected on the west side of the Lincoln County Courthouse. County Mayor Bill Newman and Randy Delap, register of deeds, have worked closely with the chapter in getting permission from the Lincoln County Commission to place the monument.
The Revolutionary War began in 1775 with “the shot heard round the world” in Massachusetts and officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. At that time there were only 13 states as part of the United States of America, and many of those states owned territory west of the Appalachian Mountains.
With money in short supply, these states such as Virginia and North Carolina paid their soldiers for their service with land grants. Many local residents know about Joseph Greer, the Kings Mountain Messenger, receiving a North Carolina land grant of some 2,500 acres here in what became Lincoln County for his valuable military service. There was a great western migration of men and women seeking these lands so much so that soon new states were welcomed into the union. Many patriots of the Revolutionary War settled in the new state of Tennessee, and many of them settled right here in what would become Lincoln County.
The Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter, NSDAR has compiled a list of some 99 patriots who settled in Lincoln County after the war’s end. The list of those patriots is in this week’s edition. War records for military service, civil service, and/or patriotic service were researched as well as local tax lists, pension lists, census lists, and published works.
Sherrie Tomerlin, chapter regent, recalls, “This recognition of the American patriots who settled here has been a long time in coming, but it is with a great sense of respect and appreciation that we finally are able to memorialize their efforts to not only give us our independence but also to be the first citizens of this county.”
The Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter, NSDAR is planning a dedication ceremony for the Revolutionary War Patriot Monument to take place on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. on the Lincoln County Courthouse lawn. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Arden Humphrey, chair of the Monument Committee, says of the dedication ceremony, “It will be a time of celebration of these American patriots who will finally be recognized for what they did in the settlement of Lincoln County. Everyone, please come and join us.”
For further information about the dedication ceremony or about the 99 Revolutionary War patriots who settled here, contact Mrs. Humphrey of the Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter at 931-433-2626. You are also encouraged to contact Mrs. Humphrey if you have knowledge of other patriots who fit the criteria of having given military service, civil service, and/or patriotic service and who can be proven to have lived in Lincoln County.