PINCKNEY, Mich. – The graves of father and son Claudius Britton II and III, who both fought in Early-American wars and died in Michigan, were marked and dedicated at the Pinckney Cemetery Aug. 8.Claudius Britton II enlisted in the militia in 1777 at the age of 16 and served as a scout with Vermont’s Green Mountain Continental Rangers in the Revolutionary War. He was captured by the British in 1778 and imprisoned in a Quebec dungeon until 1783. His son, Claudius Britton III, briefly fought for the Vermont militia during the War of 1812, sometimes referred to as the “Second War of Independence” because it was the first large-scale test of the American republic since the Revolutionary War.In 1824, the Brittons moved to the mid-Michigan area and established a family farm in what is now Ann Arbor. According to Elijah Shalis of the Huron Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, when Britton II applied for his war pension, John Allen, one of the cofounders of Ann Arbor, vouched for his character. Unfortunately, his pension was denied because of the time he spent as a British prisoner of war.According to records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, at most only 3,000 Revolutionary War veterans drew any pension because the Continental Congress did not have the money to make the payments. This obligation was carried out in varying degrees by the states. Michigan was not officially admitted to the union until 1837.The Brittons moved to Pinckney in 1836 where they spent the rest of their days. The father died in 1850, and Claudius Britton III died one year later, finding their final resting places side-by-side in Pinckney Cemetery, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.“It is important that we recognize people for their service, especially these two wars,” said Shalis.Bronze emblems were installed to mark the graves and the headstones were repaired. Military honors were provided at the ceremony by the Sons of the American Revolution, the Michigan Society of the War of 1812, and the American Legion Post 419 in Pinckney. Michigan National Guard Army Command Sgt. Maj. Catherine A. Farrell was among those who spoke at the event.“Just as it was for the Brittons in 1824, Michigan is still a great place for veterans to settle, work and raise a family,” Farrell said. “The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Veterans Homes serve as the central coordinating point for all veterans in Michigan. We’re committed to connecting all veterans and their families to the programs, initiatives and benefits they deserve.”The oldest component of America’s armed forces, the National Guard was etched from the Early-American militias responsible for protecting the English colonies.“Today, we honor two of our own,” said Farrell. “The Michigan National Guard considers all veterans and their families ’Members for Life’, at every stage of their service. It begins the moment they put on the uniform, and lasts a lifetime.”For more National Guard newsNational Guard FacebookNational Guard Twitter