It's not every day that someone can attend the grave marking of soldier who fought during the American Revolution.
This Saturday local residents will have that chance as the grave of Thomas Trammell is recognized and honored.
The ceremony will start at 2 p.m. at Antioch Methodist Church on Hwy. 19 North and will be hosted by the John Houstoun Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
“It is the Labor Day weekend, but we are hoping that people can come and witness this event,” said Linda Hallman, registrar for the local chapter. “This isn't an everyday activity, and it really is an honor to be included in this process.”
Trammell found his way to Thomaston after fighting the British for America's freedom. Originally from South Carolina, he served in the Mounted Rifle Horse Brigade under Col. Benjamin Roebuck.
After the war ended, Trammell participated in a land lottery system that brought him to Hancock County and then to Pike County.
When the county lines changed in the early 1800s, some of Pike County crossed over into Upson County, including Trammell's parcel of land.
According to Hallman, Trammell wasn't in Upson long before his death. He was a member of Antioch Methodist Baptist Church a fact which helped his great-great-great-great-great grandson Hugh Barrow track him down.
The Casimir Pulaski Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution from Carrollton, Ga., will be in town to participate, as will the Georgia State Guard, who will be dressed in colonial wear.
“We invite everyone to attend,” Hallman said. “The church will provide refreshments and light snacks during the program. Days like this are very far between, and we always look forward to honoring those who fought for this country.”
Ref: The Thomaston Times, Thomaston, Georgia, Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 11:14 AM CDT