The General Jethro Sumner Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently conducted a ceremony to commemorate the life and service of Major David Wilson.
Major David Wilson (1730 - 1803) was born in Pennsylvania. He fought in both the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. He represented Mecklenburg, North Carolina in the NC legislature from 1778-1784.
He represented Sumner County, NC (now TN) in the NC legislature from 1778-1779. On Nov. 21, 1789, he voted to ratify the U. S. Constitution making North Carolina the 12th state to join the Union. He served as the first Speaker of the House for the Territory South of the River Ohio (later the State of TN).
In 1779, Wilson County, Tennessee, was named in his honor. The ceremony was held in the Wilson Cemetery located on the property of his home in Gallatin, now known as the Grand Inheritance. The impressive ceremony was conducted by the officers of the Chapter.
The program also included 18th Century music by Debbie Lewis, the singing of the National Anthem by Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, and a bugle salute by Blake McDole. Tennessee DAR Society State Treasurer and Past Chapter Regent Sandra Long, a direct descent of Wilson, gave a presentation on his life and service.
Also participating in the ceremony were past Regents of the General Jethro Sumner Chapter, Julia Carnahan, Helen Marshall, Bettye Freudenthal, and Becky Wright. Greetings were brought by DAR State Vice-Regent Emily Robinson, SAR President George Miller, and Mayor Paige Brown of Gallatin. The Gallatin JROTC Color Guard presented and posted the colors. Children of the American Revolution participated by laying a wreath from the CAR.