On Saturday, March 22, compatriots of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) gathered in the Gant Cemetery in Sharon Grove, Todd County from different sections of Kentucky to welcome ladies of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), history buffs, and honored descendants as they marked the grave of Revolutionary War Patriot, William Addison. Approximately 60 people attended, including 10 who were direct blood descendants of the Revolutionary War Patriot. Many dignitaries from the Kentucky Societies of the SAR and DAR were present including members of the Russellville Chapter DAR in Logan County as well as Col. John Green Chapter in Hopkinsville.
Addison, born in 1776, enlisted in the South Carolina militia as a substitute for his brother, Christopher Addison, in 1780 at the young age of thirteen. He fought in skirmishes with Tories and the British throughout the Southern Theater of the Revolution, and was wounded at the Battle of Eutaw Springs on September 8, 1781 shortly before his 15th birthday. He later was a pioneer settler in Kentucky and served in other militia actions against the Northwest Indians in Ohio. Eventually he settled in the Logan/Todd area and received a pension for his military service in 1833. He died on May 20, 1853 and was buried in Gant Cemetery where this event was held recently and sponsored by the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter SAR from Cadiz where they placed a granite stone on the grave with the SAR cross logo and inscribed with the word “PATRIOT.” One of the newest members of that chapter, Dr. Dennis Adams, spoke admirably being a direct descendant of the patriot. Men from the Gov. Isaac Shelby Chapter in Shelbyville and the Lafayette Chapter in Lexington joined with the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter in their Revolutionary War uniforms to serve as a Color Guard. The ceremony honoring the patriot included a biography of him delivered by Dr. Adams, a formal veteran’s flag folding with explanation of each fold being given, a black powder musket salute, along with presentations of wreaths and flowers at the grave.
Among the Logan County direct blood descendants were Mrs. Larry (Judy) Wilcutt and son, Chris Wilcutt. Cheryl Sears Gossett, cousin of Mrs. Wilcutt’s, was also present. Mrs. Wilcutt, treasurer of the Russellville Chapter DAR, placed a wreath on the grave during the ceremony. Those attending from the Russellville Chapter DAR with Mrs. Wilcutt and her son and cousin were Regent Bobbie Jean Burnett, Mrs. Pat Foster and her husband, Carl, who was dressed in period costume and was asked to participate in the flag corp, and prospective member, Lori Burgard. From the Col. John Green Chapter DAR in Hopkinsville were Barbara Smith, liaison for SAR, and State Treasurer, Diane King.