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Facts and Events
GONE TO GEORGIA No. 30 Jackson and Gwinnett Counties and their Neighbors in the Western Migration
By William C. Stewart, Page 256-257
"Moses Guest, a Revolutionary soldier (N. C. service wife, Eleanor W11072, BLWt 15436-100-55) was born in Fauquier County, Va., January 1750, and was living in Wilkes (formed from Rowan) County, N. C., in 1775 when he entered service under Capt. Armstrong and Col. Benjamin Cleveland (later of Pendleton District). The Guests moved to Pendletonby 1787 (Stewart, Pendleton, p. 35) and there Moses son William, born March 24, 1775, married Elizabetn Barton. Moses moved to Franklin County, Ga., around 1800 along with other of his family. Incidentally, part of Moses' land in Pendleton District--now Oconee County, S.C. - -Georgia released to South Carolina by the Beaufort Convention of1787." Moses Guest born 3 Jan 1750 in Prince Wm. County later Fauquier County Virginia served in the American Revolution. He enlisted in Wilkes County, NC. Served as captain of the NC Militia by the governor of that state in 1775. He served a 2 months tour against the Indians. He participated in the Battle of King's Mountain and afterwards was sent as a guard over about 700 prisoners to Moravian Town, NC. During this time he was Captain of Horse. Later he was put in command of a foot company. He was in the service during the entire Revolutionary War. He was removed to Pendleton County SC; also lived in Lumpkin County, VA. He received a pension for his service as a Revolutionary soldier while a resident of Franklin County, GA. His widow also received a pension. There is a monument to his grave erected by his daughter, Ceclia Guess Cogburn -- written by Mrs. Archibald Cogburn.
Revolutionary War Pension Application of Moses Guest
State of Georgia, Franklin County
Personally appeared before me the undersigned an acting Justice ofthe Peace in and for said County, Moses Guest, to whose original and amended Declaration this is Attached, and who being sworn Saith that he has stated in said amendment his several services as fully as he can from memory except that from papers since discovered he served as Captain but does not recollect whether he had a Commission or not in writing, But he knows he was fully authorized to Act as such. In 1777 he held an ensigns Commission in the Infantry but does not recollect that he served under it. he held at the time a Captains Commission which is lost or so misplaced that he cannot possibly obtain it. He has written to the Secretary of State in North Carolina to find if his name is not enrolled there and if any proof is obtained will forward it herewith. He also forwards the affidavit of Col. James Blair late a Senator for the adjoining County of Habersham and also annexes a List of Light Horsemen who were under his Command in the War, also his Ensigns Commission and a Captains Commission dated in January 1782 for a Captain of a foot Company which was at home and not in Service. He further states that both the Ensigns and Captains Commissions annexed were for Foot Companies, While the Commission he has lost and the service he performed was in a Horse Company.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 11th day of September 1833 - Christopher ADDISON J.P.
State of Georgia, Franklin County
Personally appeared before the undersigned Acting Justice of the Peace in and for said County Col. James Blair of Habersham County in the state aforesaid. Who being Duly Sworn deposith and saith That he has been well aquainted with the aforesaid Moses Guest for about Sixty years. That deponent knew said Guest in the Revolutionary War at several different periods of the War, when he was always acting as a Captain of Horse and was obeyed and respected as such. Deponent saw said Guess presiding as Captain upon Courts Martial amd Courts of Enquiry both before and after the Battle of Kings Mountain in which battle deponent was and he saw Guess Commanding his Horse Company. Deponent further saith upon looking over the annexed List of Capt.Guests Troops at Kings Mountain, that he knew all the men named in the first column of said List, except John Snowdy and that they were serving at the battle under Guess. Deponent saith that Guess was then and is now a very Respectable and truthful man and he is as certain ashe can be of anything that he must have held a Regular Captains Commission at the time he states.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 11th day of September 1833 - Christopher ADDISON J.P
State of Georgia, Franklin County
I Christopher ADDISON an Acting Justice of the Peace in and for said County Do Certify that James Blair who has subscribed and sworn to the above affidavit is a Resident of my neighborhood in the adjoining County of Habersham about nine miles from my residence That he is arespectable and credible person and that his statement is entitled to credit.
Witness my hand and seal the day and year above written - C. ADDISON J.P.
Born 1750, died 1832, Captain of Cleveland's North Carolina Regiment
The Moses Guest monument is located in northern Franklin County, directions; About 7 miles south of Toccoa on Ga Hwy 106, turn west on Ga Hwy 63. This intersection is located just north of where Ga Hwy 320 intersects with Ga Hwy 106. Travel west on Ga Hwy 63 (Sunshine Methodist Church Road) toward I-85 probably 3 or 4 miles past a large metal building on the right (Taylor moding shop), there is an old house on the left and cemetery is across the road on right up on a bank just at the edge of the road right-of-way. There is a fence behind it and a gate just below it but the cemetery is outside the fence. For people traveling I-85 north from Atlanta, go past the Banks Crossing (US441 & I-85) to the Martin Bridge Road Exit, Ga Hwy 63 and turn north, travel toward Toccoa watching for crossings and turns, and the cemetery is on the left across the road from the old Guest place. The cemetery was re-dedicated recently by the SAR.
Press Release about gravesite
TOCCOA, GA - May 25, 2003
On Sunday, May 25, 2003, at 3:00 pm, the Athens Chapter of the Sons of The American Revolution will host a ceremony to place a Patriot Grave Marker at the gravesite of Revolutionary War Patriot Moses Guest. Members of the Athens Chapter include two direct descendants of Moses Guest. Joining in the Grave Marking ceremony will be the Paul Carrington Chapter of the Texas Society of SAR , located in Houston, Texas, by the attendance of three of their past presidents who are direct descendants of the Patriot. All descendants of Moses Guest and other interested persons are invited to attend. The gravesite is located next to GA Highway 63, also known as Sunshine Road, approximately 8 miles south of Toccoa.
Posting of the Colors and Flag Presentations will be done by the Georgia Society of SAR Color Guard under the command of the Honorable Dr. Rivis Butler, Jr. and the State Commander, the Honorable Robert F. Galer, of Columbus, GA. Another feature of the ceremony will be the presentation of a song entitled "Saint Mo" written and sung by Graham Guest, the leader of a Texas band named Moses Guest. The Reverend Glenn Guest of Shiloh Baptist Church in Danielsville, GA, a direct descendant, will serve as Chaplain. Ralph Guest of Roswell, GA, will bring Moses Guestâ€™s Bible for all to view. The Toccoa Chapter of the DAR marked the grave many years earlier have been invited to participate in this ceremony.
The Patriot was born in January, 1750, in Fauquier County, Virginia, and died October 1, 1838, in Franklin County, Georgia. He married Mary Blair, a first cousin of Daniel Boone, in Wilkes Co., North Carolina. In 1775, he was appointed by the Governor as an Ensign in the North Carolina Militia serving under Captain Elijah Issacs in fighting an Indian uprising. From 1776 to 1780, he served as Captain of Horse under Colonel Armstrong and Colonel Cleveland. He had a company of 50 men including his brothers, Benjamin and William Guest, in the battle of Kings Mountain. After the victory, his company was chosen to take over 700 prisoners to Moravian Town, North Carolina. Moses had sixteen children by Mary Blair and one child by his second wife, Eleandor York. He served as Sheriff of Franklin County around 1786, and as Justice of Peace from 1809 to 1816.
We wish to express thanks in advance to Georgia State Patrol Captain Benje Cowart and Sergeant Elder for assistance with traffic control for the ceremony. Also, our thanks go to the Reverend and Mrs. Ryan Seawright for their help and allowing access to the gravesite.