Lloyd receives SAR JROTC Medal

Posted 3/19/17

Several awards were presented and history program given at the recent meeting of The Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

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Lloyd receives SAR JROTC Medal


Several awards were presented and history program given at the recent meeting of The Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

The Color Guard posted the colors at the beginning of the meeting. Since both President John Clines and First Vice President Jim McKinney were in the Color Guard, McLain called the meeting to order.

The invocation and benediction were given by Chaplain McLain.

The SAR’s Outstanding JROTC Medal was presented to Cadet Capt. Bret Lloyd.

Lloyd was selected for the honor by a SAR committee composed of Randall  Higgins, Shawn Pritchett and Ron Harris.

Lloyd has a GPA of 4.0 with a 4.44 honors GPA. He is a member of the Rhea County High School varsity football team, the high school band, the JROTC Academy Team and the school debate team. He will be attending American Legion Boys State this summer.

He is also active in his church and community.

Lloyd helped collect food for the needy. He also motivated and led the cadets in the battalion to raise $2,000 to give to the Sheriff’s Department to ensure youngsters in Rhea County had a good Christmas.

He wrote an essay, on “How JROTC has Prepared Me to be a Better Citizen of the United States of America.” His essay will be submitted to the state SAR competition, since he is the local chapter’s candidate for JROTC Outstanding Cadet of the Year.

- Jerry Hjellum, chapter chair for the Veterans Committee, presented the Korean Service Corps Certificate of Patriotism to Larry W. Tatum for his service in Korea. Tatum also received the SAR War Service Medal.

- Hjellum received a supplemental certificate from chapter President John A. Clines. The award was for Hjellum’s ancestor and patriot George Seymour.

- Michael Ireland was sworn in as a new member of the chapter by Stan Evans, chapter founder. His patriot is John Ireland Jr. Clines pinned the society rosette while given its history and noting it has the colors of the Continental uniform worn by George Washington.

- John Campbell gave the Pin-Your-Patriot presentation of his patriot William Sharp.

Sharp, who was a private in Capt. Francis Minnis’ company in Col. Richard Parker’s regiment, enlisted in August 1777 in Augusta County, Va. He was in the battles of Guilford Courthouse in North Carolina, Monmouth and Yorktown. He was believed to have wintered with Gen. Washington at Valley Forge.

Campbell noted his line to Sharp is through Elisha Sharp, who was born in 1792. By the time of his birth, the family had moved to Jefferson County, Tenn. By the early 1800s, the family lived at 10 Mile State in present day Meigs County. A born leader and large landowner, Elisha was one of Meigs’ original county commissioners.

In 1817, Elisha married Elinor Huff and built a house south of present Ten Mile. In 1836, Elisha was a second lieutenant of the Tennessee Mounted Volunteers. They were involved in the Cherokee removal. His unit was discharged at Fort Cass in 1838.

When the Civil War erupted, Elisha, 69, joined the Confederate cause. After Elisha returned home, he commanded a “band of renegades,” who plundered and stole under the guise of getting supplies for the Confederacy.

I.P. (Isaac Preston) Knight was a neighbor of Elisha’s and a first lieutenant in the Union Army. While Knight was away at war, his home was raided and his blacksmith tools appropriated by Elisha and his men.

When Knight returned home to learn his tools had been stolen and his family molested, he rode over to Elisha’s and demanded the return of his property. Elisha refused; and Knight shot and killed him.

Elisha is buried in the Sharp Family Cemetery, located on Little Egypt Road near the old Sharp home. His wife is also buried there. On his tombstone is the inscription “Murdered by I.P. Knight, Dec. 6, 1863.” The home of Elisha Sharpe is on the National Registry of Historical Places.

Campbell said the story is enhanced by the fact Abijah Boggess, who is Campbell’s great-grandfather, married Elisha’s daughter, Lavania Catherine Sharp. Their daughter, Mary “Pollie,” married into the Campbell family.

- The program for the evening was presented by Hunter D. McLain, chapter chaplain. He talked about the “Tragedy at Cavett’s Station.”

The Cavett family was one of the French Huguenot families who fled France to Ireland in 1572. In 1711, Richard Cavett had settled in Paxton Township in Pennsylvania. Richard was killed by the Indians in 1757. He was survived by his wife, Susanna Whitley Cavett, and six sons.

Two of the sons, Moses and Alexander, were very close and lived near each other. They both moved to Lexington, Va., in 1763 and then to Fincastle County, Va., in February 1775. They both enlisted in the military in the fall of 1776. Both served under Capt. David Looney’s company of militia in Fincastle. Moses fought at Kings Mountain. McLain was unsure if Alexander was also a participant of the battle.

Land records show they both purchased significant acreage near the Holston River in Knox County between 1782-1790. Alexander had 640 acres in 1790 on Sinking Creek. He established a log fort called Cavett Station.

McLain said a “station” usually consisted of a few cabins brought together and fortified against possible Indian attack. Since Cavett Station is also referred to as a “blockhouse,” it is thought it was more fortified than typical stations.

On the evening prior to Sept. 25, 1893, a party of Indians led by Cherokee chiefs Doublehead and James Vann moved toward Knoxville with about 1,000 warriors. A disagreement between the two chiefs as to whether all the settlers were to be killed or just the men delayed the raiding party until daybreak.

The practice was for the Knoxville militia to fire a cannon every morning at sunrise. When the Indians heard the cannon, they thought they had been discovered. They were eight miles from Knoxville, but on a ridge above Cavett’s Stations. They decided to attack the station.

The Cavett men opened fire through the gun ports, while the women helped reload the weapons. The Indians, stunned by the fierce defense, moved a safe distance away. Then a redheaded man with war paint, Bob Benge, carried a banner of truce and told the settlers in perfect English ttheir situation was hopeless. He told them if they surrendered, their lives would be spared.

When the gates were opened, the Indians came in and sat down. Then they yelled for the rest to come in. They began to kill the settleres. Vann tried to save one little girl by pulling her up on his horse; however, Doublehead pulled her off and killed her. After they had killed 12 of the 13 Cavett family members, the station was burned. One child was thought to have survived the attack, but was killed later in a Creek camp.

Moses acquired the land and lived on it with his wife, Agnes, until his death in 1801. Because of the historical importance of the events at Cavett Station, the Daughters of the American Revolution have established a Cavett Station chapter.

McLain said his grandmother, Anita McLain, wife of past chapter president Tommy McLain, is descended through the Moses line.

- In other activities:

Stan Evans attended the National Society Spring Leadership/Trustees Meeting in Louisville, Ky. He reported on various issues from several committee meetings.

Evans said the SAR Gallery from the National Archives has an exhibit on display called “Chartering Freedom.” It has original and duplicates of the country’s founding documents.

He reported on the Georgia Papers Programme, which is generously supported by the Sons of the American Revolution at King’s College in London. He said other issues included lighting update for the library, and SAR Gallery updating and refurbishing.

The SAR trustees voted on the “transgender” issue. They voted that a birth certificate has to have “male” on it. If a court order allows for a new birth certificate and the individual is listed as a male, he would be allowed to join the SAR.

Maggie Evans, who is a past National Ladies Auxiliary, SAR, vice president, attended the Ladies Auxiliary meeting in Louisville. She also attended the National Congress Planning committee. She and several other wives will be involved in the upcoming National Congress in July in Knoxville. Maggie will be running the hospitality room and assisting with the floral arrangements. She asked for assistance from other ladies in attendance.

- On March 2, the Tennessee History Day contest, which was the Southeast Tennessee regional competition, was conducted at the Museum Center at 5ive Points.

Hosted by the East Tennessee Historical Society and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the contest begins in individuals schools and moves to six regional competitions. Students may compete in five categories — papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites or performances. The regional winners will advance to competition in Nashville April 8 and then to the national History Day finals in College Park, Md., in June.

Chapter members Claude Hardison, Randall Higgins and Phil Newman served as judges.

- Jim McKinney gave a report on a program to place patriotic displays at the library on Flag Day, Memorial day, Constitution Day, Veterans Day and other patriotic occasions. The library director said the displays would be appropriately placed.

- President Clines, who is also acting Color Guard commander for the Tennessee SAR, reported on activities. He noted the state convention is in Franklin March 24 and 25. There will be a silent auction to benefit the Color Guard, primarily in the purchase of an electronic-type bugle for Taps.

At the convention, several other members were elected by the State Board of Governors to assume state society jobs. Jim McKinney will be state historian; Randall Higgins will be District 3 director; and Stan Evans will continue to chair the Veterans Recognition Committee.

- Chapter treasurer Bill Hamilton reported that both the chapter fundraising and general operating account are in excellent shape. He also said the Color Guard account for the state Color guard is in excellent shape.

- The Color Guard posted the colors at the beginning of the meeting. Since both President John Clines and First Vice President Jim McKinney were in the Color Guard, McLain called the meeting to order.

The invocation and benediction were given by Chaplain McLain.

Individuals interested in joining the Col. Benjamin Cleveland chapter of the SAR may contact E. Lynn Freeman Jr., registrar/genealogist, at 423-716-8120 or Indru1@aol.com. The chapter will help trace individuals’ ancestry back to the American Revolution to assist in joining the chapter.


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