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Winter 2018-2019

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38 SAR MAGAZINE The 85-year-old enlisted and served with the local militia during the Texas Revolution. He was eligible to receive a league and a labor of land. He purchased land in Nacogdoches County in what was called Black Jack. In his lifetime, Benjamin moved halfway across the continent, from South Carolina to Texas, and participated in the American Revolution and the Texas Revolution. Benjamin loved racehorses and rode them until he broke his leg in a horserace at the spry age of 96. Benjamin passed away on Sept. 14, 1853, at 102. In 1906, Benjamin's son, Thomas Howard Anderson, had this to say: "He was the father of 25 children, nine by his first wife and 16 by my mother, but that large family has all passed to the great beyond except myself and one brother, George W. Anderson, of Mason County. I am 83 years old and my brother 81." Benjamin W. Anderson was born the subject of an English King and died a proud Texan. Several family members were present and were thankful for the placement of the markers. TX SAR Color Guard members took time out from their Thanksgiving holiday to participate and provide a musket salute. Plano Chapter Several members of the Plano Chapter Color Guard presented the colors at the Frisco Lakes observance of Veterans Day. In attendance were Larry Melton, Bob Johns, Jerry Cope, Don Sielert, Nick Gilliam and Dan Reed. VIRGINIA SOCIETY Nansemond Indian Patriots Chapter Members of the Nansemond Indian Patriots Chapter, the SAR's first predominately Native American chapter, met with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke at the federal ceremony recognizing seven Native American tribes from Virginia. The Nansemond Indian Nation, one of the seven, was a member of the Powhatan Confederation. Its members were there at the "first contact" with the Jamestown settlement, and their descendants are now proud compatriots. Williamsburg Chapter The Williamsburg Chapter partnered with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and observed Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of World War I on Nov. 11, 2018, by conducting wreath-laying ceremonies at the Governor's Palace Revolutionary War Cemetery. This event was the best ever, as approximately 175 people attended, including many notable veterans such as Vietnam veterans Maj. Gen. Craig Boice (USA, ret.), Col. Ron Losee (USMC, ret.), Capt. Bud Jensen (USA, ret.) and a special veteran, Staff Sgt. Donald Kline, who served in World War II. The following organizations participated in the wreath- laying ceremony: the Williamsburg and Thomas Nelson Jr. chapters, SAR; Williamsburg and Comte de Grasse Chapters, DAR; Virginia Society and George Wythe Society of the C.A.R.; American Friends of Lafayette; Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Boy Scout Troop 1932; and the 76th Regiment of Foote Highlanders. In honoring the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, Col. Junius F. Lynch (portrayed by his great-great-grandson, Compatriot John Lynch II) commemorated the arrival and support of American forces in France during the war in a "meeting" with the Marquis de Lafayette—thus, "Lafayette We Are Here!"—and honored the support and courage of our French allies and Lafayette during our War of Independence. Col. Lynch was a WWI soldier who graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1888 and was appointed to be the surgeon general of the Virginia National Guard in 1910. Dr. Lynch was federalized in August 1917 and spent 18 months in France with the American Expeditionary Force. During the ceremony, Col. Lynch (WWI) and Lafayette (enacted by Mark Schneider) gave Nansemond Assistant Chief and Chapter Registrar Thomas Badamo, left, presented Secretary Ryan Zinke with a wampum belt. [Photo by Vincent Schilling.]

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