The next chapter meeting is Saturday September 14th, 2019 at 10AM at the Ypsilanti District Library’s Whittaker Road Branch.
Revolutionary War Patriots Remembered
On June 22nd, 2019 at noon at Detriot’s Historic Elmwood Cemetery the Huron Valley Chapter Sons of the American Revolution and the Michigan Society of the War of 1812 held a joint grave dedication and marking for the Rev. PVT. James Robinson.
The Rev. PVT. James Robinson was born a slave on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1753 and his master Francis De Shields whom was a Colonel had him serve in a light infantry regiment under the General Lafayette and he fought at the battles of Brandywine and Yorktown. He distinguished himself at the Battle of Yorktown, which was the final battle of the war by leading a charge up a British rampart and fighting three men at once killing them and taking the rampart. General Marques de Lafayette personally awarded him the Gold Medal of Valor. He was kept in Slavery after the war and was eventually sold in New Orleans and went on to fight at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. At some point after that he became free because in the 1840 and 1850 U.S. Census he was free in Ohio. He went on to marry and have two kids, Wesley Sr and Alexander. James Robinson earned a living as a Preacher and died in 1868 in Detroit at the age of 115 as the last known surviving African American Veteran of the Revolutionary War and the oldest person buried in Elmwood Cemetery.
News Articles Published on Robinson for this event:
Defense Visual Information Distribution Service
The Baltimore Sun
The Detroit Free Press
The Washington Post
WDIV NBC Channel 4:
MISSAR Secretary Elijah Shalis starts the dedication program.
MISSAR Color Guard Presents Colors
Rep. Rashida Tlaib speaks about Robinson
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib speaks about Robinson while MISSAR Secretary Shalis watches.
Major General Leonard Isabelle of the Michigan National Guard speaks about Robinson
President James Petres of the Huron Valley Chapter Sons of the American Revolution and Immediate Past President of MISSAR speaks on June 22 2019 with MISSAR Secretary Shalis watching.
President James Petres places a wreath at Robinson grave after speaking
President Al Treppa of the Michigan Society of the War of 1812 speaks,
Kristine Fontichiaro Regent of the Louisa St Clair Chapter NSDAR speaks to the assembled
Dr Grace Smith President of the Daughters of the War of 1812 Michigan speaks
Madden Brady. National Assistant Organizing Secretary of the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution speaks
The MISSAR Color Guard does the Sword Salute
The American Legion Post Livonia Honor Guard for the June 22 2019 dedication
Grave after dedication
1812 and DAR Ladies at Robinson’s grave after the dedication.
The Livonia American Legion Honor Guard displaying the flag prior to folding on June 22 2019
The Livonia American Legion Honor Guard folding the American flag on june 22 2019
The American Legion Honor Guard presenting the American flag to U of D Mercy School of Law BLSA President Cheryl Mitchell on behalf of a grateful nation. She accepted the flag as Robinson has no living family. The flag will go on display at U of D.
MISSAR Color Guard Commander Gerald Burkland addresses the assembled and explains the Sword Salute
Rep. Tlaib presents the Congressional Record on Robinson to MISSAR Secretary Elijah Shalis.
Past State of Michigan Commander Richard Chatman and Sec. Shalis both planned the dedication.
MISSAR Color Guard
Letter from US Senator Gary Peters on Robinson
Representative Rashida Tlaib presented this Congressional Record of what she read on the floor of the U.S. House on June 11th, 2019.
State of Michigan Tribute issued by Representative Jewell Jones
Wayne County Resolution passed honoring Robinson
Proclamation issued by Wayne County Exec Warren Evans
Resolution passed by the Detroit City Council honoring Robinson.
Photo of the Robinson dedication taken by Compatriot Chris White:
Robinson’s fully marked grave. Photo by Chris White
Member of MISSAR Color Guard with an early six pointed American flag. Photo by Chris White
Compatriot Nick Schroeck reads Senator Peters’ statement on Robinson. Photo by Chris White
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib with me presenting an official copy of her account of Robinson she submitted into the Congressional Record. Photo by Chris White.
Huron Valley Chapter President James Petres tips his hate after laying a wreath at Robinson’s grave. Photo by Chris White
American Legion Livonia Post 32 Honor Guard firing volley Photo by Chris White
American Legion Livonia Post 32 folds the American flag. Photo by Chris White
American Legion Post 32 member presents the flag to U of D Mercy School of Law BLSA President Cheryl Mitchell. Photo by Chris White
Patriot Riders with American Legion member Dick Chatman .Photo by Chris White
On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the Huron Valley Chapter – Michigan Society, Sons of the American Revolution hosted a ceremony at Forest Hill Cemetery honoring Revolutionary War soldiers Benjamin Woodruff and Josiah Cutler. Both patriots received the full military honors they did not receive at the time of their deaths and memorial markers were dedicated in honor of their service.
Among the many people in attendance were descendants of both patriots, Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, Michigan Society SAR Color Guard and the Veterans Honor Guard of Washtenaw County.
Benjamin Woodruff was born in Morris County, New Jersey in 1744 and served as a drummer and Sergeant in the New Jersey Line. At the age of 92 he traveled to Michigan on the back of a wagon to live with his son, Benjamin Jr. in Pittsfield Township. He died in 1837 shortly before his 93rd birthday.
Josiah Cutler was a Corporal in the 2nd Massachusetts Regiment and moved from Vermont to Michigan to live with his daughter Eliza Cutler Ticknor in April 1840. Eliza Ticknor was married to Heman Ticknor, brother of Dr. Benajah Ticknor who built Cobblestone Farm. Josiah Cutler was born in 1761 in Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts and died in June 1840 in Pittsfield Township at the age of 78.
Photos of the grave dedications below:
HVCSAR – Patriots Grave Marking – 14-May-2016
HVCSAR – Patriots Grave Marking – 14-May-2016 MISSAR Color Guard
HVCSAR – Patriots Grave Marking – 14-May-2016 mISSAR Color Guard and American Legion Honor Guard.
HVCSAR – Patriots Grave Marking – 14-May-2016 MISSAR Color Guard Sword Salute
HVCSAR – Patriots Grave Marking – 14-May-2016