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The next chapter meeting is Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 and is a Summer Social Dinner at Karl’s Cabin on Gotfredson Road and will be at 630pm.

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

USA Today

The Washington Post

WDIV NBC Channel 4:

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of the Robinson dedication taken by Compatriot 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: