Chief Colbert Chapter
Tuscumbia, Alabama


Soldiers and Patriots of the
American Revolution Buried in Colbert County

 

  

Dedication and Unveiling Ceremony of Marker

Six Revolutionary Soldiers and Patriots buried in Colbert County were honored in an impressive ceremony, Sunday afternoon, May 23, 1976, when Chief Colbert Chapter, DAR, daughters dedicated a 24 ˝" wide by 18 ˝"  high bronze marker.  Mrs. William R. Johnson, Chapter regent led the dedication and Mrs. John West, Chairman for the American Bicentennial Committee, unveiled and presented the marker to Mr. Bruce Gargis, Chairman Colbert County Commissioners. Attorney Gene M. Hamby, Jr. was the guest speaker. Mrs. Martha D. Terry, chapter chaplain also participated. Special guests were descendents of all six of the honorees, along with DAR and SAR members. DAR Alabama State officers present were, Mrs. David Uriah Patton, State Regent; Mrs. Frank Gates, State Historian, and Mrs. Arnold Briglia, State Organizing Secretary.

 

Wyatt Bishop

Bishop was born in 1759 in Surrey County, Virginia where he lived until c 1800 when he removed to Tennessee. He was living in Franklin, now Colbert, County, on 12 October 1833, when he applied for a pension and when he died 23 October 1844, age 86 years.  He was an elder in the Methodist Church on the Franklin circuit. While living in Virginia he married Elizabeth Cheatham about 1788. His military service included an enlistment as a private in the North Carolina State Troops and also in the Virginia Militia.

 

John Harvey

Harvey was born 2 December 1758 in Orange County, Virginia. He volunteered 1 July 1776 in Rowan County, North Carolina, and fought with General Rutherford. He also served with a company from Surrey County, Virginia where he lived until 1788.  In that year he moved to live for several years in Davidson and Smith Counties in Tennessee. By the early 1820’s his home was in Alabama where he died 23 October 1844.

 

Edward Pride

Pride was born near Raleigh, North Carolina (Virginia) 30 November 1755. He was a Methodist minister whose circuit included parts of Virginia and North Carolina. During the Revolutionary War he served in General Davidson’ Brigade as a chaplain, stating “that [he] would not only be a bearer of arms, but [he] would be a bearer of the message of Paul the Apostle.” During the war he attained the rank of major. Pride first married Elizabeth Keane, and following her death shortly after their marriage, he married Sally High. All nine of their children were born in North Carolina and removed with them to Alabama in 1817. His home was built west of Tuscumbia in an area later called Pride’s Station.  It was located among huge oaks and giant cedars on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River. He died 7 February 1839, and is buried in Pride Cemetery at the foot of Hawk Pride Mountain. Mrs. Lula Merrill Simpson was the Regent of Colbert chapter in 1932, and presided at the ceremony when a DAR marker was placed at his grave.

 

John Smith

Smith was born c 1754 in Virginia and died at his son’s home in Lawrence County, Alabama. He was married to Mary Whitehead who was also from Virginia. He lived to be almost ninety years old.  He was a faithful member of the Baptist church for about fifty-two years. He “served in the Revolution on the close of the War.”

 

John Sutherland

Born 1752 and died 7 September 1836, Sutherland was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He is known to have purchased lots at the Tuscumbia land sale in 1820. Around 1825 he operated a mercantile business in a brick building still standing and in use on the corner of Main and Sixth Streets. This building is believed to be the oldest commercial building in Alabama. He was one of the original members of the board of directors of the Tuscumbia Railroad Company chartered in 1830. It was the first railroad west of the Allegheny Mountains. Sutherland is buried in historic Oakwood Cemetery in Tuscumbia. Chief Colbert Chapter placed a DAR marker at his grave in 1976.

 

Anthony Winston

Winston was born 25 November 1750, in Hanover County, Virginia.  He fought as a Captain of Virginia troops during the Revolutionary War. He was a delegate from Buckingham County in the Virginia Convention of 1775, and also served as High Sheriff of that county. Anthony Winston was a cousin of Dolly Madison and Patrick Henry. He was married to Kizah Jones in 1776, leaving shortly after their marriage to join in the defense of the country. The family removed to Madison County, Alabama about 1810 and was in Tuscumbia c 1818-1819. He died 20 December 1828 and is buried in historic Winston Cemetery, Sheffield, with a DAR marker placed on his tomb by Chief Colbert Chapter. The eighth grade class of Covenant Christian School took restoration of this cemetery, part of the original Winston Plantation, as a service project in 1996-1997 and received a first place Junior American Citizen Contest Achievement Award from the NSDAR for their efforts.

 



Mary Spivey Bate Mhoon

Mary Spivey was born in Bertie county, North Carolina, to Moses Spivey and his wife Jemima Stanley, October 5, 1758. she and James Bate were married on June 20, 1776. 

James Bate was born May 21, 1747, in Bertie County, North Carolina, to Humphrey Bate and his wife Sarah Leggett. He served in col. Abraham Shepard's 10th North Carolina Regiment. the 10th was organized April 17, 1777 as a unit of North cCrolina State Troops at Kinston, North Carolina, adopted and assigned to the main Continental Army, June 17, 1777, as Shepard's Additional Continental Regiment. the Regiment was disbanded June 1, 1778, at Valley Forge, Pa. James died June 3, 1787, and Mary then married John Mhoon on February 18, 1790. the family removed to Franklin county, Alabama, in the early 1800's. She died at 80 years of age on October 16, 1838, and is buried in Mhoontown Cemetery, under tall , ancient fir trees, surrounded by impressive, ornate monuments.

Chief Colbert Chapter placed a marker in front of her tomb in 1976 recognizing her as the wife of a Revolutionary Soldier.

 


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