Pvt. William Deaver
Memorial Service for Revolutionary War Soldier



On Sunday, June 8, 1997, Camp Kit Mott conducted a memorial service at Early Grove, MS, for Pvt. William DEAVER, a Revolutionary War Soldier. Pvt. DEAVER, is one of three known to be buried in Marshall County. The ceremony began with period re-enactor leading the neighborhood children who posted several flags commemorating the various states connected to Pvt. DEAVER. Two DAR representatives were present to speak to the group. Bobby J. Mitchell was the keynote speaker and did an excellent job. Soil from Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland was sprinkled by the children on the grave of Pvt. DEAVER reconnecting him to these states in which he lived.

The inscription on Pvt. Deaver's tombstone reads: "William Deaver, a Revolutionary soldier, died June 30, 1855, aged 95". Further research has revealed that William was born on Sept. 22, 1763, on the Susquehanna River in Maryland and lived in Amherst County, VA. He married Susannah SMITH. In 1853, William moved to Marshall Co MS to live with his son, Elijah DEAVER.

Source: The Gray Ghost Jul-Aug 1996 & May-June 1997 editions

William Deaver, federal pension application # S6791, served with the VA troops.  He moved to Buncombe Co. NC after the revolutionary war and then to Marshall Co. MS.  Source:  Some North Carolinians in the Revolutionary War Who Moved to Mississippi compiled by Betty S. Drake, published in the NCGSJ, Aug 1985.

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