James Monroe’s 250th Birthday

April 18, 2008

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This year marks the 250th anniversary of President James Monroe’s birth in Westmoreland County, Virginia on 28 April 1758. President James Monroe attended William and Mary College, but when war broke out, he left college to join the rebels. He and George Washington were the only Presidents to have served as officers during the American Revolutionary War. James Monroe participated in six major battles, wintering at Valley Forge, crossing the Delaware with General George Washington, and being seriously wounded at Trenton, New Jersey. He was cited for conspicuous bravery. After the war, he worked as a lawyer in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He died  July 4th, 1831, the third president to die on Independence Day.

One of the events scheduled in honor of his 250th birthday is the placing of a memorial tablet at the Monroe family farm by the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution. The farm is located between Colonial Beach and Route 205. This special ceremony will occur on Saturday, April 26th, 2008, at 11 a.m.

On Monday, April 28th, 2008 at 11 a.m. there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of America’s fifth President, James Monroe, at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. Wreaths will be presented on behalf of President George W. Bush, the James Monroe Memorial Foundation, and various lineage societies.

That same day, April 28th, at 4 p.m., the Garrison Commander of Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia will hold a special Retreat Ceremony at the Flagstaff Bastion. Military personnel are requested to wear duty uniforms, and civilians are asked to wear business attire. To attend this special event, an RSVP must be made by April 22nd, 2008. 

For more information on any of these events, see www.MonroeFoundation.org.

This portrait of James Monroe is from Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

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DAR Patriot Index 2000

April 1, 2008

Patriot Index 2000

STIMPSON, STIMSON, STINSON Patriots of the American Revolution. The next edition of the DAR Patriot Index will include my two ancestors from Virginia, Alexander STINSON Senior, father of the listed Alexander (c1733-a1813), and his son David STINSON, both of Buckingham County, Virginia.

Father Alexander STINSON was an old man during the war, however he did contribute supplies to the rebels. It is impossible to know what other support these men may have given to the Patriot Cause, as all the records at Buckingham County Courthouse were burned in 1869 – not by the Yankees, but by arsonist Virginians! We do know that the people of Buckingham County were in the forefront of the movement for liberty, and that many of the county’s citizens must have formed Committees of Safety and more.

My forefather, David STINSON, contributed 400 pounds of beef to the American Revolutionary cause in Buckingham County, Virginia, which qualified him to be a DAR patriot. However, David STINSON did much more to show his true colors during a time of great danger. From some Virginia petitions stored at the Library of Congress I have discovered that my ancestor David STINSON was amongst Buckingham County’s staunchest patriots.  On 7 December 1780, he signed a petition that demanded the privileges of citizenship be withheld from all who refused to swear allegiance to the new American government. He demanded that these “non-jurors” not be allowed to practice law, medicine, and that “non-juror” clergy be silenced and deprived of their benefices. In addition, as a petitioner, he demanded that the non-patriots be double taxed. At that point in history, the South had become the war’s battlefield, and the army of Washington was not assured victory. The cities of Augusta and Savannah in Georgia had fallen to the British. If the American rebellion had been put down, David STINSON and the other petition signatories would have suffered grave consequences.

StarStar As of December 2007, DAVID STINSON is NSDAR Patriot Ancestor #A204931.

After gathering together all the historical documents necessary to prove my STINSON lineage to NSDAR standards, no easy feat in a Virginia burnt county, I decided to write a book on the STINSON family of Buckingham County. It is SO OBSCURE A PERSON – The Story of Alexander STINSON and His Virginia Descendants.   ~~Edna Barney

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