A special ceremony will be held on Nov. 3 at Centre Presbyterian Church, 129 Centre Church Rd, Mooresville, at which time a monument will be dedicated honoring the 35 American Revolutionary War Patriots who are buried in the church's old graveyard.
The monument, which was donated by the Mecklenburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, will be dedicated by the area chapter with full pomp and ceremony. The special occasion will start at 10 a.m. inside the sanctuary beginning with a prelude provided by bagpiper Andrew B. Peterkin followed by the posting of the colors by the SAR combined color guard. Rev. Dr. Robert Howard, pastor of the host church, will share the invocation.
A special welcome will be given by David Alls, the president of the Mecklenburg Chapter, after which Dr. P. Anthony Zeiss, also of the Mecklenburg chapter, will share the keynote address.
After the retiring of the colors, the ceremony will move outdoors to the monument at which time the color guard will once again post the colors, and the Patriots Monument dedication will continue with a presentation of wreaths and the rendering of honors, along with a three-volley musket salute, the playing of taps, the sharing of “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes, the recessional and benediction and concluding with the retirement of the colors.
Helping to organize the special event were June Robb, Bonny Romberg and Shirley Wager, members of the Centre Presbyterian Church Monument Team.
Robb shared that the teams saw this upcoming ceremony “as an outreach and hope (those who attend) will come back and join them.”
The monument provides the names of each of the Centre Patriots, honoring the sacrifices of these brave men of the American Revolutionary War. They are, in alphabetical order, Neil Brawley, John Brevard Sr., Capt. James Byers, Joseph A. Byers, Sr., Robert Byers, Andrew Carr, Sgt. James Conner, William Conner, Gen. Ephraim Davidson, Col. George D. Davidson, Capt. Gilbraith Falls, Maj. William Falls, Edward Givings, Jr., Patrick Gracy, Capt. James Houston, Lewis Jetton, Capt. James Kerr Sr., John McConnell, Adam McNeely, John McPherson, Matthew McPherson, James Murphey, Lt. Gilbraith Neill, Col. Adlai Osborne, Col. Alexander Osborne, Andrew Ramsey, Capt. David Ramsey, Robert Ramsey, William Reese, Joseph Templeton, Adam Torrence Jr., Hugh Torrence, John Wilson, Samuel Wilson and Moses Winslow.
The other side of the monument contains the history of Centre Presbyterian Church, which, it noted, was organized in 1765 and held meetings at Osborne’s Meeting House. The “mother of churches,” Centre has helped start the missions of Prospect, Bethel, Davidson College Church, Shearer and Mooresville First. The original Centre Church building was destroyed by fire in 1774, and the present structure was built in 1854.
Following the history, the inscription on the monument said, “Our congregation is proud of our church history and the people who came before us and are interred in this historic cemetery. It is by Our Lord’s Grace and with His Love that this monument was dedicated.”
Irvin Brawley, a descendant of three of the patriots buried there, Neil Brawley, James Kerr and Adam McNeely, shared that he was “proud to have relatives here who served our country just as I did.” While at the church, he took the opportunity to visit the cemetery and see the graves.
All are invited to attend the ceremony, and it is hoped that additional descendants of these patriots will come and visit and attend the special event.