This page is sponsored by: Carolina Caswell
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 1852|
Soil From Grave of Starling Gunn At Mt. Vernon
The tree from Yorktown which was recently planted near the tomb of George Washington at Mount Vernon by the Daughters of the American Revolution is taking root in soil, part of which was removed from the grave of Starling Gunn in Caswell county, it was learned today. A box full of earth taken from the grave of the old patriot was North Carolina's contribution to the tree-planting ceremony but this apparently is not generally known.
The grave of Starling Gunn was brought into public view a few years ago. It is near Yanceyville and for years it had been neglected. Then the significance of the words on the time-worn slab was realized. This gives the name of the old soldier, recites the fact that he was a member of the Methodist church for 40 years, that he fired the first gun at the Battle of Yorktown, and that he personally witnessed the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. Gunn was a Caswell county pioneer and is the forbear of many Gunns now to be found in these parts. (CCHA Website)
When this article was published Starling Gunn's grave was in the Gunn family cemetey north of Yanceyville. Later, his great great grandson, Johnnie Oliver Gunn, had the gravestone moved to the Yanceyville United Methodist Church cemetery in Yanceyville.
Mary Gunn (____ - 1843)*
Aged 88 years 3 mos 4 days
"A soldier in the War of Independence, who fired the first cannon at Yorktown and was an eye witness to the surrender of Cornwallis. He was for more than 40 years a member of the Methodist Church."
Note: This was recorded by J. Burch Blaylock in 1957. Sterling Gunn and his wife Mary now have a gravestone in Yanceyville United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Gunn Family Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Carolina Caswell
Record added: Jun 23, 2010
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