Two prominent Revolutionary War figures and Brattonsville residents will receive a posthumous honor Saturday.
Col. William Bratton, commander of the Whig militia that fought the British in the countryside of western York County, and his wife Martha Bratton, who refused to offer information about her husband’s location when pressured by British soldiers, will be honored with the placement of historic markers at their graves.
The grave-marking ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 4858 McConnells Highway in York.
The engraved granite markers will honor the couple buried at the Bethesda Church as American patriots, said Greg Greenawalt, president of the Colonel William Bratton Chapter of the South Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
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“I was surprised to see that they had never been honored as historical American patriots by a historical society,” Greenawalt said.
Michael Scoggins, historian at York County’s Culture and Heritage Museums, will speak on the life of Col. Bratton. Sheila Ingle, author of a book called “Fearless Martha,” will speak about Martha Bratton’s life.
Several chapters of Sons, Daughters and Children of the American Revolution will attend, Greenawalt said.
A reception at the church will follow the ceremony. Memorial wreaths, color guards and period attire are encouraged.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Greenawalt at 484-919-2780 or Hotels4u@msn.com.