Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter of Daughters Of The American Revolution Hold Revolutionary War Soldier Grave Marking

Saturday, May 12th , 2018 was a special day for the Historic Revolutionary War Graveyard located in downtown Dandridge. The Martha Dandridge Washington chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a special ceremony to mark the grave of a former Revolutionary War soldier, and to present their findings validating his service.

Regent Jane Chambers opened the ceremony, with help from Revolutionary War re-enactors who presented the Colors in full costume.

James McCuistion was born April 12, 1731 in Pennsylvania, and died September 21, 1812 in East Tennessee. He furnished feed and other supplies and served while living in North Carolina in 1775.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was McCuistion descendant, Joseph A. Swann. Swann, a native of Maryville, and graduate from University of Tennessee, is a member of the Tennessee Historical Commission. He spoke about the work he had been doing about David Crockett, and his love for Dandridge.

McCuistion was also honored by a rifle salute by Revolutionary War re-enactors. There was a reception for attendees at First United Methodist Church following the ceremony.

The new grave marker, and the original grave stone can be viewed just to the left of the entrance of the Revolutionary Graveyard.