The SAR Magazine

Summer 2018

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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12 SAR MAGAZINE Seven founders are in the historic area of Charleston, South Carolina. At the Saint Phillips Episcopal Church Cemetery, Charles Pinckney and Edward Rutledge were found in the section around the church. Christopher Gadsden was found in the cemetery extension across the street. Unfortunately, the church-side portion was closed to the public due to the danger of falling roof tiles. Lawrence was able to talk his way in for photographs, but subsequent visitors may be frustrated by this closure. Anything that can be done to assist this church in reopening its cemetery so the two founders can be honored would be appreciated. Richard Hutson and John Mathews were buried at the Circular Congregational Church. Hutson's crypt was easily found, but Mathews' is missing! Anyone with more information about the location of the grave of founder John Mathews would be most appreciated. Saint Michael's Church is the location of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and John Rutledge. Both graves were easily found and were typical of many such graves. They could both use improvement. The adventures in the South Carolina countryside were more eventful. Henry Middleton's grave could not be found or accessed at the Saint James Goose Creek Cemetery. Apparently, this small chapel is undergoing renovation. While the grounds are well maintained, we could not access the locked cemetery. It was also not apparent from afar which grave was Middleton's. Arthur Middleton, the son of Henry Middleton and signer of the Declaration of Independence, rests at Middleton Place, an impressive plantation with expansive gardens that is open to the public. The Middleton tomb is modest but well marked. It was difficult to get in for a photograph and is relatively expensive to visit. However, the tour of the grounds and house is well worth it. Henry Laurens rests at Laurens Family Cemetery near Cordesville. The chapel and its grounds are locked, and access is not permitted. Nearby, there was a sign warning of alligators in the area! We did not risk life and limb for a picture of Laurens' grave, which is likely a cenotaph. It is said Henry was cremated and "buried on his plantation." Something should be done to permit more access, however. It was an interesting trek to get to Francis "The Swamp Fox" Marion. This grave is in a rural area, more than a mile from a major road. A long lane leads to the small park, which contains the graves of Marion and other family members, located on the grounds of his former Belle Island Plantation, which burned long ago. Likewise, Thomas Sumter is in a small park near Dalzell, South Carolina. This was a nice little park with additional information about Sumter. It is also relatively remote. The grave of William Richardson Davie was disappointing. At first, it was exciting to come upon the mother and brothers of Andrew Jackson at the Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church Cemetery, but it was disquieting to find Davie, in a brick enclosure marked by the SAR, locked to the public. We could get a picture only by bending over the 5-foot wall. The trip concluded with a stop at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, Virginia. The grave of Daniel Morgan was easily found and has been marked by an updated stone. However, the grave of Gen. Daniel Roberdeau, Continental Congressman and signer of the Articles of Confederation, lies under a well- worn slab without any further adornment. Something more must be done for Roberdeau. In summary, we have now visited more than 40 percent of the founders' graves, including many in the South as far west as Mississippi and Kentucky. The story regarding the condition of these graves is much the same and certainly has not improved. Since our last article, we have launched a website, , detailing the graves and our findings. You can see whom we have already visited and who remains to be found. We have implemented a rating system to assist us in scoring the condition, location, accessibility and information present at these graves. After visiting each grave, we record the score and derive a composite that will help determine where to focus our attention in the future. Over the next few years, we will continue our travels, speaking and writing about what we find to increase awareness of the condition of these graves. We are planning three books in the Graves of Our Founders series. We hope to continue to update you with our findings in future editions of The SAR Magazine. About the Authors: Compatriot Lawrence Knorr (No. 152547, Harris Ferry Chapter) owns Sunbury Press and is the author or co- author of 17 books, including several with the Joes. Lawrence also functions as the Joes' navigator and photographer. Joe Farrell and Joe Farley, also known as "the Joes" are the authors or co-authors of 16 books, with more on the way, all published by Sunbury Press. They are available for talks to organizations. To invitie "the Joes" to speak to your group, contact 30 SAR MAGAZINE

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