Appalachia Holidays in Appalachia

The 4th of July

July 4th

Happy 4th of July from the Blind Pig Gang!

Follow the links below to read about a few of the Patriots who helped in founding our great nation and to remember the reason behind this holiday.

*William England and son Richard England Revolutionary War Patriots

*Revolutionary War Patriots Stephen Souther and William Souther

*Private Michael Tanner (1759-1849) Revolutionary War Soldier Buried in Old Choestoe Cemetery




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    b. Ruth
    July 5, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Loved this post….I too have that postcard…from the many Mom bought to save and mailed a few…She was from, of course, Western NC. She loved the post cards of the mountains and her neck of the woods….I only sold some of the doubles…I can’t bear to part with the art of the old photos…
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS….some rain…zucchini casserole, green beans and squash, onion, and okra medley for supper!

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    Ed Ammons
    July 4, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    That’s Chimney Rock over in Rutherford County. The picture looks like it came from an old postcard.
    Ethelene’s history of the England family here in Burke County got me looking at maps showing Hunting Creek. There is Hunting Creek and East Prong Hunting Creek. In between is another creek that joins East Prong before it joins Hunting Creek. It is called Fiddlers Run. I had seen the name before but didn’t realize it was a creek. Now I guess I’ll spend a few days trying to figuring out why it was named Fiddlers Run.

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    July 4, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    About a week ago, I discovered a new song by Pap and the Blind Pig Gang. I mashed the round Youtube button up at the top and sorted thru till I found Pap singing “Precious Memories.” Chatter and Paul helped in the chorus and I could hear the Base keeping time and making sure it didn’t get too fast. It’s Beautiful! …Ken

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    July 4, 2016 at 11:46 am

    My ancestor, William Obediah “Revolutionary Bill” Gragg fought in the Revolutionary War in Virginia and NC. He had 13 children with two wives, and lived in Surrey, Burke, and Yancy counties in NC. He died and is buried in Montezuma, NC, and has a monument placed in his honor. He was one of my maternal ancestors; originally from Clan MacGregor in Scotland, his ancestors migrated to Ulster in Northern Ireland. William’s forebears were part of the Scots-Irish migration to the US, through Pennsylvania to Virginia, and on to NC.
    Kudos to all of our brave ancestors who secured our freedom from the British.

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    Deborah Maney Scheumann
    July 4, 2016 at 9:28 am

    My ancestor, Martin Maney, was featured a few years ago on this website under the article, Parallel Lives of Two American Patriots”. He is buried in Barnardsville, NC in the Maney Cemetery.
    He was born in Ireland and the DAR take care of his grave.
    Deborah Maney Scheumann

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    July 4, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Thank you, Tipper, for posting my stories about Revolutionary War patriots, England, Souther and Tanner. Those interested might also go back to the one on John Henry Stonecypher who has the famous quotation: “I received no pay other than the liberties of my country.” I am always glad that the articles I’ve deeply researched and written are shared for others to read. Thank you for sharing them!
    Today, I offer these thoughts on our Freedom and how dear it should be to all of us:
    Worth Considering…A Thought for Today
    Characteristics of a Blessed Nation
    “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance. -Psalm 33:12 (KJV)
    From the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 to the present, our nation is 240 years old. The founding fathers held that our nation was founded by God’s grace and for God’s purposes. These characteristics stand out in a nation thus chosen and founded: The one true God is the one to whom that nation vows allegiance. The people feel chosen of God for a purpose: to honor and glorify Him in their deliberations and work. From generation to generation loyalty to God and ideals of country are honored. I offer these thoughts on
    America’s Birthday
    No roll of drum or fiery display
    Came on that most momentous day
    In Philadelphia long ago
    When men discerned agony and woe
    Brought on by tyranny and strife
    Threatening their very way of life.
    The best thinkers of the land
    Took writing a declaration in hand;
    And Thomas Jefferson with inspired zeal
    Made a strong and poignant appeal
    To the British crown for liberty:
    To let the colonies go free.
    Self-evident these truths we hold,
    We are made in freedom’s solid mold,
    And from our citizens’ corporate consent
    Shall come our instituted government.
    Our Sovereign Lord equally created us,
    Our rights are inalienable and just.*
    The Declaration was spread abroad,
    Duly signed, accepted, made into law.
    But years of war were yet ahead:
    Our freedoms purchased by noble dead.
    All this we recall on our nation’s birthday;
    Lord, help us return to Your Way.
    -Ethelene Dyer Jones 07.04.2016

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    Ron Stephens
    July 4, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for the reminder. How fitting on Independence Day. I wonder how those Revolutionary War veterans and their families would feel to know they are still appreciated. We owe them more than we can appreciate.

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    Miss Cindy
    July 4, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Tip, I recognize that picture. It’s from a postcard in an old family album. It’s Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina. I think it’s one my grandmother saved.

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