Tribute to the Patriots

EVT File Photo ~ Monument unveiling in October 2018.

On Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. on the Lincoln County Courthouse lawn, there will be a tribute to the Revolutionary War patriots who settled in Lincoln County.

This event is hosted jointly by the Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Joseph Greer Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this patriotic event.

David Carr, president of the Tennessee State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, will be a featured speaker. The TNSSAR Southern District Color Guard will present colors and render honors to these patriot ancestors.

“This is a very moving ceremony as the Color Guard will be dressed in period uniforms that are exact to the hand stitching of the uniforms, as well as the accoutrements and weaponry,” said Arden Humphrey, historian of the Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter. “These SAR members are in high demand, as they travel the state for ceremonies and dedications. We here in Lincoln County are very honored to have them come for this ceremony. Their presence speaks to what high regard this dedication ceremony is placed with the Tennessee State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.”

On April 27, the culmination of two years of hard work by the Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter to place such marker on the courthouse lawn will see completion. Sherrie Tomerlin, regent of the local DAR chapter, began the process by approaching County Mayor Bill Newman and Randy Delap, Register of Deeds and superintendent of the courthouse grounds, about the feasibility of placing such a memorial on the courthouse grounds. After getting approval from the Lincoln County Commission, a DAR committee under the guidance of Humphrey began the fundraising necessary for such a large memorial.

It was decided early on that because of costs, the memorial to the Lincoln County patriots of the American Revolution would be built and funded in two phases. The first phase consists of a tall center monument that was funded by the members of the Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the descendants of the patriots who settled here. This Phase I monument was dedicated on Oct. 20, 2018 with a large crowd attending the event.

Fundraising for the Phase II side pieces began immediately after the October dedication. The Joseph Greer Chapter of the Tennessee State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution through their president Donnie Porter began an effort to join in fundraising with the DAR for the side pieces. With that effort, the Joseph Greer Chapter and their state and national leadership were able to fund a third of the two side pieces. The descendants of the Lincoln County patriots came up with another one third. The final third was raised by the local DAR Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter members.

The Phase II to be dedicated on Saturday, April 27, consists of two side pieces, having the names of the 106 patriots who settled here. Early on in this process, it was determined as to the criteria for a patriot’s name to be placed on the monument. The criteria consists of the following. There must be a verifiable record of service in the Revolutionary War, either military, civil, or patriotic. Then a patriot must have lived here in Lincoln County which again must be verified by documented evidence. For two years, names have been researched to determine eligibility, and from that research, a total of 106 names are engraved on the two pieces of granite.

“We left room on the granite markers for additional names to be added should someone come forward with a name that meets our criteria,” said Regent Sherrie Tomerlin. “We see this project as being ongoing into the future because there may still be more than these 106 names to be enshrined here. We are open to continuing our research.”

The Phase II granite markers are in place on the courthouse lawn, but they will stay covered until the official unveiling on April 27 at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Donnie Porter, past president of the Joseph Greer Chapter, TNSAR, and Sherrie Tomerlin, regent of the Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter, TNDAR, will do the honors of unveiling the names of the Lincoln County Revolutionary War patriots. Both Tomerlin and Humphrey expressed the hope that families and individuals will see a family name, and it will inspire them to do research to see if their ancestors could be listed here.

Anyone with an interest and appreciation for the founding of this country, the United States of America, should come out for this dedication ceremony. These patriots not only won their freedom from the greatest military power in the world, they also conquered the American frontier. Tennessee was that frontier in the early 1800s.

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