Peppering rain and winds Saturday did not prevent a crowd from gathering at Bent Creek Cemetery in Whitesburg for a grave marking ceremony honoring five soldiers who fought in the American Revolution who have their final resting places there.
Col. James Patrick Roddye, Capt. George Russell, Caleb Witt, Tidence Lane, Jr. and John Hugh Kirkpatrick had wreaths placed at their graves by members of the State of Franklin and Kings Mountain chapters of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution.
The Bent Creek Cemetery is the final resting place to veterans of every American war, including the American Revolution, as well as one who fought in the French and Indian War. There are an estimated 7,000 to 8,500 graves in the cemetery located south of Whitesburg. It is located on the old road leading from Whitesburg to Morristown.
The Bent Creek Baptist Church was organized in Whitesburg in 1795 by Isaac Barton, Witt and Roddye. Tidence Lane, Sr. served as the first pastor.
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