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From Don Sanford:

R.B. Ellison had a 4x8 sign made of Veterans names & service and placed it at Pleasant Point Cemetery in the Goin area of New Tazewell (See Below).

At one time a smaller sign with the veterans names hung on the fence at the cemetery that disappeared a few years ago. R.B. had a photo of this sign which showed about 12 names. He did more research and added other names to the list.

Robert’s kindness and generosity will now, once again, allow the Veterans recognition they deserve. Their memories & service to our Country lives on.

To those who may not know R.B., he has done extensive volunteer work in Union & Claiborne County cemeteries. He & his wife Ollie are on the board of directors and are actively involved with the Union County Cemetery Association as well as with other organizations which preserve the memories of our and others loved ones.

Thank You R.B. & Ollie.

 

From Don Sanford:

Bonnie Peters has made valuable contributions to preserve the history of Union County as Union County Historian. She also serves on the board of directors of the Union County Cemetery Association & other organizations. In addition, she writes articles for the Knoxville Shopper. Her writings can be followed on their website.

Below is a great article Bonnie just wrote about the sign R.B. & Ollie Ellison had made & placed in Pleasant Point Cemetery. Great these kind folks are preserving the history of our ancestors.
http://www.shoppernewsnow.com/columnTemplates/peters.aspx

 
Published weekly in Knox County, Tennessee since 1968
Bonnie Peters
Plaque honors veterans
 

As we honor our veterans, another wonderful remembrance has been placed at Pleasant Point Cemetery on Goin Road not far across the Union County line in Claiborne County.

Our own Sgt. Abijah Collins of Keck’s Chapel was interred there. Sgt. Collins is the great grandfather of Robert B. Ellison and Robert and Ollie Ellison have placed a beautiful new 4- by 8- foot plaque/sign at Pleasant Point that includes the names of three Revolutionary War soldiers, one War of 1812 Soldier, 17 Civil War soldiers and one World War I soldier.

Sgt. Collins served in the 1st Tennessee Infantry during the Civil War. Many thanks to Robert and Ollie for this gesture of recognition and honor to our local veterans.
Thomas Goin served in the Revolution; perhaps it is for him that Goin Road is named.

Harmon Hopper of Union County fought under Col. Elisha Cole. Mr. Hopper was born in April 1760 in Fauquier County, Va. He volunteered February 1781 in Caswell County, N.C., for Capt. Josiah Cole’s Company.

Harmon married Sarah Cole, daughter of John and Mary Ann Livingston Cole. Sarah Cole Hopper was born in 1762 and died Aug. 30, 1784. They had several children, among them Jesse who was born Oct. 18, 1811; Nancy born March 16, 1785, who married Daniel Robinson; Stephen Merrity who was born about 1790 and first married Bethenia Robertson on July 27, 1811. His second marriage was to Polly Roach.

Josiah Cole was a first cousin to Mary Ann Livingston Cole. Hopper also served under Col. Moore and Major Donahoe from Caswell County, N. C. He was discharged at Guilford County, N. C. by Josiah Cole. Hopper reenlisted about July 1781 under Captain Dickinson, marched to Orange County, N. C., and fought a battle with the Tories in which the Tories were defeated. He also participated in the Battle of Kindley’s Mill under Col. Moore. He was 21-years-old when he enlisted. Harmon Hopper is the 3rd great grandfather of the late Wayne R. Hill.

John Ousley/Owsley was also a Revolutionary. His son Matthew Ousley married Sarah Keck, daughter of Conrad (Coonrod) Keck. John Ousley’s daughter Anna Ousley married John Keck, brother to Sarah. The Ousley line has been traced all the way back to King Edward III as well as Lady Godiva. Some time ago, the Ousley/Owsley Family Historical Society placed an impressive monument at Pleasant Point for John and Charity Barton Ousley. I understand that Mr. Homer Keck of the Ousley/Owsley Family Historical Society placed a monument for Anna Ousley Keck and John Keck. Robert Ellison is also related to John Ousley. Civil War veteran, John R. Craig, is an ancestor of John Russell Craig of Sharps Chapel who served in World War II.

The alphabetical listing of veterans on the plaque is:
Abijah Collins, 1st TN Infantry
J. C. Collins, 6th TN Infantry
Matthew C. Collins, 6th TN Infantry
Charles R. Cox, 1st TN Light Artillery
John R. Craig, 1st TN Light Artillery
John R. Eastridge, 3rd TN Infantry
Jonathan England, 1st TN Infantry
James Francisco, World War I
W. B. Francisco, 9th TN Cavalry
James B. Gibbs, 6th TN Cavalry
John D. Gibbs, 6th TN Infantry
James P. Goforth, 3rd TN Infantry
John Goin, 1st TN Light Artillery
Thomas Goin, Revolutionary War
Joshua Goin, 1st TN Light Artillery
Isham Hammock, 2nd Infantry
Calvin W. Harrison, 6th TN Infantry
Harmon Hopper, Revolutionary War
Jesse Hopper, War of 1812
Eli Keck, 1st TN Light Artillery
John Ousley/Owsley, Revolutionary War
J. Franklin Redman, 6th TN Infantry
Benjamin Wyatt, 10th KY Infantry
Republished courtesy of the Shopper-News
 

From L-R:  Mr. Bobby Johnson and UCCA President Ellen Perry. Mr. Johnson was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for the L.O. Johnson Cemetery at the Annual UCCA Meeting.


 
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