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