SAR to host Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony in Lewisburg

By Chris Cooper -

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter of the Kentucky Society, Sons of the American Revolution, is pleased to announce that it will host a Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony for the Virginia Patriot Reuben Browning on Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. The ceremony will be conducted at the Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery near Lewisburg.

Reuben Browning served in the Culpeper County, Virginia, Militia during the Revolutionary War. He was also included in the Culpeper County “Classes,” a lottery system that was utilized to select men from the county to fulfill the local quota for the Continental Army. After the war Browning relocated to Logan County where he lived a very colorful life and held several offices of leadership and responsibility in the county. His original burial site is located on private land and due to the elements and passage of time is in a poor state of repair. His Veteran’s Administration headstone is being placed in a public cemetery to provide a permanent monument to his service to the United States in the Revolution.

Pete Lehman, local resident and direct-line descendant of the Patriot, was instrumental in securing a VA headstone for Reuben Browning and was a driving force in bringing the SAR to Logan County to host this living history event.

A Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony is a memorial ceremony patterned after a military funeral. This Sons of the American Revolution commemoration will include SAR Compatriots in Revolutionary War period uniforms and militia attire, colorful flags of the Revolution, a flag folding ceremony, a biographical tribute to the Patriot being honored, the presentation of flowers and wreaths, and a flintlock rifle and musket salute. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter president Geoff Baggett at 270-350-8816.

More about Reubin Browing, according to research by Pete Lehman:

Reuben Browning was born in Culpeper,Va.on March 31,1750. He was the son of Francis & Frances Norman Browning. He was Baptist by faith. He was married to Sarah Duncan Browning and had seven children. Their third son Almond , a KY militia Sargent,was killed in War of 1812 in Hopkins Campaign against the Indians.

Reuben was twenty-five years of age in 1775 when the War of Independence began in the American Colonies. The first patriarch, Capt. John Browning first brought his family to America from England in 1620 aboard the ship the Abigail and landed in Elizabeth City, Va. Their families had lived in the New World 150 years when the war with England began. Most of their family members were businessmen, store owners or farmers. Many fought in the French & Indian War and served in militia units in Culpeper & Orange Counties in various scrimmages against area Indian tribes. Some served in the House of Burgess & other elected offices.

Reuben was a member of the Culpeper Minute Men Militia and many of its forces were determine by a Selective Class system that required members to be drafted by lottery. Culpeper County was determine by population that they should provide 100 men to serve in

the Continental Army in three to six months increments.Reuben served in three different campaigns. After the War, veterans could secure land grants in KY and other territories west of the Allegheny Mountains in payment for their service. Five of the Browning brothers served in the War. John was not able to travel to KY because of war wounds. Reuben and three of his brothers and some others ventured to what is now West Kentucky to areas below the Green River in 1788. They were exploring the fertile ground, huge growths of timber, abundant amounts of wildlife natural resources and a large network of rivers & streams for travel and fishing. They later settled and brought their large group of family, relatives and friends to what would become Logan County.

Several of Reuben relatives selected land grants in what is now land bordered by the Mud River on the east & north and ran south toward the present Logan Aluminum plant.

In a time when the average lifetime was 36.5 years, Reuben lived to be 94 years of age. He was called the political boss of Logan County similar in power to the later legendary Emerson “Doc” Beachamp in Logan County. He was a farmer, served as North Logan Magistrate and Justice of the Peace. He was elected Sheriff of Logan County in 1820 at the age of 70 years. He was an officer in the local militia in his community in the early times. His sons Issac &.

Reuben Jr. and nephew George Smother Browning served as Deputy Sheriffs.

By Chris Cooper

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