Grave-Marking Ceremony -- Gallagher/Evans Dumfries, VA November 17, 2007

(L-R)Evans descendants,VP Wayne Rouse, Bonnie Hawley, Elise Hawley, Will Simpson, VASSAR 2nd VP Bill Simpson

The Col. Fielding Lewis Chapter and the Light Horse Harry Lee Society conducted a dual grave-marking for Captain Bernard Gallagher and Sarah Williams. Gallagher was a seaman who served as Acting Midshipman under John Paul Jones on the Sloop Providence, later he was the Mate on Pennsylvania State Navy Brigantine Minerva and the Master of the St Patrick, Batchelor and other ships.

Sarah Williams contributed one Beef worth 3-15 to the cause. Little else was known of Sarah other than she must have been well to do given the high quality of her tombstone.

Before the ceremony, three local residents showed up and said that they were descendents of Sarah according to their family bible. They also said that Evan Williams, the secretary of the local parish was her husband.

Local Trivia: Evan Williams was also a patriot and soldier, he was the Secretary for the meeting in which the Prince William Resolves were approved and later moved to Louisville Kentucky where he became the first licensed distiller in Kentucky. His bourbon is still being distilled in Kentucky under his name.

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