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Rev. War Soldiers graves

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Surnames: Bunster Banister, Allen Gay, William Smith, John Neely, James Aken, Randall Robinson
The following old article mentions a project to move Revolutionary graves... and mentions a BUNSTER grave. It is my belief that Bunster was actually my ggg-grandfather BANISTER who served in the War of 1812. It fits with the general location where he died.. What I am trying to find out is whether or not these graves were EVER relocated and where they are now or where they were at the time of this article... Any information would be greatly appreciated. I have looked for my ggg. grandfathers grave for many years and I suspect that the Bunster mentioned here is actually BANISTER. I apologize for the length of the article but hopefully someone can give me some information on these graves. Where were they? Did this project ever materialize and were the graves moved? If so, WHERE? (see following article)

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C T Gravelle August 12, 2006, 10:28 pm

The Herald & Advertiser April 1909
Georgia for APRIL 1909

NEWSPAPER Issue of Friday, April 2, 1909

Movement to Have Remains of Old Soldiers Buried in Coweta County Disinterred
and Brought to Newnan; Monument to be erected

A few months ago the Herald and Advertiser received the following
communication from Hon. Lavender R. Ray of Atlanta:

" I note that there is a movement on foot to mark the graves of the
Revolutionary war soldiers buried in Georgia. This purpose of the Daughters of
the American Revolution is commendable and should have the support and
encouragment of the people of each county. The debt of gratitude we owe our
soldiers of this war cannot be estimated. To them this great republic owes its
existence. Here are the names of some of the Revolutionary soldiers who lived
in Coweta county in their old age:

Allen Gay
William Smith
John Neely
James Aken
William Bunster
Randall Robinson

There are people now living who remember these men and who may be able to
point out their last resting place. Every patriot's grave should be located
and marked with a stone showing that he was a soldier in the Revolution."

More than a year prior to the receipt of Col. Ray's communication, the same
matter was brought to The Herald and Advertiser's attention by Judge W.B.W.
Dent, who insisted then that some steps should be taken to preserve the
remains of the old Revolutionary soldiers buried in Coweta county and to mark
their places of sepulture with suitable tablets or monuments. In the course of
the conversation he referred to the shamefully neglected condition of the last
resting place of Wm. Smith, one of the old soldiers spoken of in Col. Ray's
letter. Wm. Smith, better known as "Hellnation" Smith, died in the western
part of the county in 1852 and his body was laid to rest in what was then a
family burying ground located at Panther Creek district, not far from the
river. There were other graves on the lot, some of them with neat picket
enclosures such as are frequently seen in country churchyards; but in after
years the small clump of woods in which the burying ground was situated was
swept by fire and the enclosures burned, leaving only faint traces of the
graves that hallowed the spot. Afterwards, the few trees remaining on the lot
were cleared away and the land was put into cultivation. The land upon which
the graves were located finally passed into the hands of Mr. Henry Dyer, and
is still in his possession. So far as known, the only person now living who
was present at the burial of "Hellnation" Smith is Mr. Reuben Carter and he is
the only person would would likely be able to locate the grave. He resides now
in Carroll county but was in Newnan some time ago and related to Judge Dent
some of the incidents that occurred at Smith's burial. While this venerable
citizen is yet in life and can assist in locating Smith's grave, Judge Dent
urges that steps be taken to have the remains disinterred, brought to Newnan
and reinterred in the Soldier's Cemetery. The expense would be trifling and to
rescue the bones of the old patriot from oblivion and given fitting sepulture
along with the threescore and more Confederate heroes who sleep in our
Soldier's Cemetery is a duty that should not be longer deferred.

In this connection, it will be interest to note that Sarah Dickerson Chapter,
D.A.R. has been for some time considering plans for having the remains of the
old Revolutionary soldiers buried at different points in the county
disinterred and reinterring them on one lot in Oak Hill cemetery, the lot to
be purchased and kept up by the Chapter.

It is also proposed to erect a monument on the lot upon which shall be
inscribed the names of the old heroes, their terms of service, ages and date
of death. The War Department will furnish separate tablets for each grave,
appropriately inscribed without cost to the Chapter.

The only known Revolutionary soldier buried in Newnan is Randall Robinson,
grandfather of Mr. John E. Robinson, Miss Emmie Robinson and Mrs. A.B. Cates.
He was born in Granville county, N.C. on May 2, 1762. He moved to Edgefield
county, S.C., afterwards to Putnum county, Ga., then to Butts county and came
to Coweta county in 1827. In 1828 he aided in constituting the first Baptist
church organized in Newnan and died here Feb. 2. 1842. While a resident of
South Carolina he served in the Revolutionary War as a member of Col. Water's

Through the courtesy of Congressman Adamson we have obtained from the pension
office at Washington brief sketches of other Revolutionary soldiers whose
names are given in this article as well as a record of their service:

Allen Gay was born in Northampton county, N.C. in 1765 and while living in
Franklin county, N.C. enlisted on June 3, 1781 and served nine months as
private in Capt. Raiford's company, Col. Dickson's First Regiment, North
Carolina Militia. He was in the battle of Eutaw Springs. He was allowed a
pension on an application executed Sept. 3, 1832 while residing in Coweta
county, Ga., where he died June 18, 1847. He married to Ann Benton in Henry
county, Ga. on Oct. 10, 1824 and upon his death his widow was allowed a
pension in 1853 while residing at Newnan, being at that time 76 years of age.

Jas. Akens was born in 1762 or 1763 on the line between Maryland and
Pennsylvania and while living in Mecklenburg county, N.C. he enlisted in Oct.
1778 and served six months as a private in Capt. Brownfield's company, Col.
Lock's regiment. He afterward served six weeks under Capt. Hugh Parks, six
weeks under Capt. Chas. Polk and three months in 1782 under Capt. Bornfield.
He was granted a pension on Sept. 5, 1832 while residing in Coweta county, Ga.
where he died April 12, 1843. He was married in Green county, Ga. on March 16,
1791 to Frances ___ and upon his death his widow was granted a pension on Aug.
6, 1844, she being then 80 years of age.

John Neely was born in Ireland in 1756. He emigrated to America and while
living in the Waxhaw settlement in S.C. enlisted in March 1776 and served
sixteen months as a private in Capt. Eli Kershaw's company, Col. Wm.
Thompson's Third South Carolina regiment and was in the battle of Sullivan's
Island. Afterwards he entered the service in Georgia for ten months under
Capt. Pettigrew, Col. Jack's regiment. He returned to South Carolina and was
called out several times in skirmishing parties. He also served two years
under Col. Frederick Kimbold and Gen. Sumter in the State troops and was
severely wounded in an engagement with Tories near Camden, S.C. He was granted
a pension Sept. 18, 1832 while residing in Coweta county, Ga. The records do
not show his date of death nor the name of his wife.

Wm. Smith was born in Nansemond county, Va., in 1751 and during the
Revolutionary period resided in Cumberland and Moore counties, N.C. He
entered the service in 1778 and served eighteen months under Capt. Hadley and
Capt. Alston. He reenlisted in August 1780 and served six months under Capt.
King and Capt. Love. He also served three months under Capt. Adkins, Col.
Hadley's regiment and int he battle of Long Crossway, N.C. and was wounded in
the hip. He also served six months under Capt. Folsom, Col. Philip Alston's
regiment and in an engagement with the Tories at Col. Alston's home was
wounded in the face. He was granted a pension Dec. 3, 1832 while residing in
Coweta county, Ga., and died May 8, 1852. On March 26, 1835 he was married to
Meridy Gamage she being his second wife. His widow was granted a pension March
14, 1853 being then 48 years of age. She died in Coweta county Jan. 6, 1894
being one of nine Revolutionary widows then surviving in the United States.

The records of the Pension Office do not show that Wm. Bunster was ever on the pension roll or that he made application for pension. Consequently no record of his service as a soldier in the Revolutionary War is obtainable (from the Pension office). He is supposed to be buried in Campbell county not far from the Coweta line.

Vivian's Note: It is my belief that this is Jarrett Banister (my ggg. Grandfather) who served in the War of 1812 and not the Rev. War. -------------------------

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