Dedication Ceremonies Proposed


The Wayne County Genealogical & Historical Society has begun tentative plans for the joint dedication and unveiling of the two Revolutionary Soldier Highway Markers displayed here, honoring Samuel Hatton and Micajah Frasher.

One of our local members, Jarrett Peters, has volunteered to begin work on this project. Jarrett has already contacted the Board of Education, the various Veterans organizations, Boy Scouts, DAR and SAR societies, and other groups, to gain their support.

This project will require other volunteers. We need to identify speakers with connections to each of these families. Surely there are hundreds of descendants of these two great men, in this great country, who can be of help. At the moment, it appears the location for the dedication ceremonies will be the Fort Gay Middle School (the old Ft. Gay High School). A problem of providing lunch also has to be addressed.

Our Society President, Herb Dawson, has volunteered to serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Herb has filled this position on previous dedications, and has done an exceptional job.

Hatten Sign.JPG (63204 bytes)Be aware that this dedication is only in the planning stage. It is going to take a lot of hard work to make it happen. At this time, the date of July 3, 2010 has been selected. We felt this to be an appropriate time, as it falls on Saturday and precedes the day in which we celebrate our independence.

This planned project should serve as an educational tool, both for the adults and for our children. Our country seems to be on a rather slippery slope at the moment, and our children need to know more about the founding of our country and the formation of our Republic.

We have now identified about 17 Rolutionary War Soldiers who have some connection with Wayne County. As you know, we have previously erected Highway Markers for two others of them, Josiah Marcum and Samuel Ferguson. We are just this week notified that our marker for Hezekiah Adkins is completed and has been shipped to the Department of Highways Garage in Huntington. Planning will begin soon for the erection of that sign.

Books have been published on the family history of both Micajah Frasher and Samuel Hatton. The Frasher/Frazier Family History, which was written by Harry L. Sellards and Samuel Hatton, Sr., The Beginning Of all Hattons In The Big Sandy Valley, by Virgil Hatton. If you do not possess either of these books, they can be found in the libraries at Wayne, Huntington and Louisa, KY. Copies of the Frasher book are still available from the author, Harry Sellards, 4031 Grand Ave., Deland, FL  32720.  386-985-0909

If you have ideas you would like to share, or if you have a desire to become involved, please contact us and let us know. We will be happy to hear from you. We hope you will get on board. You may contact us by email at  or personally at the following telephone numbers:

Jarrett Peters            304-429-2033
Herb Dawson             304-393-3792
Howard Osburn        304-272-3443

An Update - May 18, 2010

As we wrote in the last newsletter, plans are well underway for the dedication ceremony of the roadside markers for Micajah Frazier and Samuel Hatton. The dedication is scheduled to take place on July 3, 2010, at the Old Fort Gay High School, beginning at 10:00 a.m. We will provide equal time for each dedication, with a lunch break in between. After the dedications are complete, we will proceed to the uncovering of the two signs.

As this will be a great learning experience, everyone is most welcome to attend. We would especially like to see in attendance many of the younger people from the various schools, along with their teachers and other school officials. It is of the greatest importance that our young children become more aware of the history of our country, along with the history of their families living here.

The plans for the day are being formulated daily. To date, we have Mrs. Patty Rollins, of the Rollins Funeral Home and a DAR Member, who will deliver the speech for Samuel Hatton. She is a direct descendant of Samuel Hatton and a long time researcher. Speaking in behalf of Micajah Frazier will be Mr. Gary Frazier. Mr Frazier is a retired history teacher and direct descendant of Micajah Frazier. Mr Frazier was the principal donor to the erection of the Frazier marker. He lives in Oregon and is traveling here for the dedication.

Others who have volunteered their time are the Louisa V.F.W. Post 6103 and American Legion Post 89, both of Louisa, Ky, who will serve as Honor Guard, conducting a 21 gun salute at the site of the Frazier sign. American Legion Post 93 of Kenova will be present as Honor Guard in behalf of the Hatton sign. The Jr. ROTC at Spring Valley has also volunteered to be present for the presenting of the colors at the dedication, as well as helping in other areas.

We also anticipate having members of the Daughters Of The American Revolution, as well as members of the Sons Of The American Revolution. Hopefully, other Historical groups will decide to attend. The Wayne County Genealogical Society will also have copies of their publications available for purchase.

Sheila Cyrus and the Women’s Society of Fort Gay has offered to furnish flowers for the occasion, including wreaths for the two graves. Mr. Herb Wellman and the Vietnam Veterans Group will be in charge of serving lunch and refreshments.

As our planning continues, we are in communication with various other organizations, and surely will have additional volunteers.

There are many other Revolutionary Was Soldiers with connections to Wayne County, and it is our hope that in time all of them will be honored in a like way. As you know, our society has in the past erected highway markers for Josiah Marcum and Samuel Ferguson, with dedication ceremonies for each of them. We now can report the completion of the highway marker for Hezekiah Adkins, which will soon be erected, followed by a dedication.

This has been an enormous amount of work, which I am sure each of you appreciate very much. Please try to attend and make this day memorable. There will be updates on our website.

John Jarrett Peters

Member, Wayne County Genealogical & Historical Society.