With 40 years of genealogy research and 2 years of event planning, Button Gwinnett Chapter SAR President, Don McCarty from Snellville, brought his vision of honoring his Revolutionary War Patriot to fruition.
According to Don, “While there are some very good genealogists in the family, it has been through the McCarty Edgefield South Carolina Y-DNA study that a number of the male McCarty family members learned of each other starting in 2006. Y-DNA passes directly from father to son and so forth on the male line.” That study of Y-DNA led to the realization that Don had over 100 cousins, through 6 different ancestry lines, who wanted to join him in celebrating the service and life of their common ancestor, Michael McCarty. This ceremony occurred on September 24th on McCarty Town Road in Quinton, AL.
The Dedication of the Grave Marker event was sponsored by the Button Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution; Birmingham Chapter, Alabama Society Sons of the American Revolution; Dr. Elisha Dick Chapter, Virginia Society, Daughters of the American Revolution; and Cahawba Chapter, Alabama Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. Over 150 people attended this event, with 19 ceremonial wreaths being placed from patriotic organizations in 6 states, including the Philadelphia Winn Chapter DAR in Lawrenceville.
The Color Guard, Honor Guard, and Militia, who represented the Georgia and Alabama Societies of the SAR, fired a three-round musket salute to honor patriot Michael McCarty's Revolutionary War service. The Alabama Society SAR Honor Guard performed the Mourn Musket ritual which was followed by Taps.
Private Michael McCarty’s service began at the age of 23 in the Carolina Mounted Militia and took him into battles in SC and GA, including the Second Siege of Augusta in 1782. Michael lived a long life and died in 1850 at the age of 96.