Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, July 19, 2004 9:32 pm

Talk? Me? Aw, twist my arm

Filed under: Salute! — Lex @ 9:32 pm

I was the featured speaker on Sunday at the 50th reunion of the descendants of John and Peggy McDill Peden at Fairgrove Presbyterian Church in Fountain Inn, S.C. — the same location and occasion at which my father and my late great-grandfather have spoken. You can read my speech, pretty much as I delivered it, here.

My ancestor James Alexander married the Pedens’ eldest child, Mary; their son, John, joined with about a gazillion of his Peden kinsfolk to fight the Tories and British, all the way from Cowpens and Kings Mountain to Yorktown. John rose through the ranks to major and led the “Tyger Irish” battalion at Kings Mountain. He’s buried at a different Fairgrove Presbyterian — one he helped found in Lawrenceville, Ga. — and I went down there a couple of years back to attend a ceremony at which a Sons of the American Revolution medallion was affixed to his gravestone. It wasn’t  much of a payback for 228 years of liberty, but it was the best I could do.

(Sorry about the formatting miscues. I experimented with both Netscape Composer and MS Front Page, couldn’t get either to work the way I wanted and didn’t have time to go back and code manually.)

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  1. […] A fascinating database, of whose existence I was until today unaware, contains transcripts of applications from Revolutionary War pensioners from the South and their survivors, dating from the late 18th century until, it appears, just before the Civil War. Interesting stories. The database contains two John Alexanders, but neither is the one from whom I am descended. […]

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