On Washington Guard, Sergeant Joseph Timberlake, born in Virginia, 1752; buried here, 1841. Revolutionary soldier. One of the members of General Washington’s body guard. All were chosen as being sober, young, active and well built, men of good character that possess pride of appearing soldier like, those having family connections in this country, and men of some property.
Joseph Timberlake enlisted in 1776 from Louisa County, Virginia, and in 1777 was transferred to the Commander-in-Chief’s guard under Captain Caleb Gibbs. He served as sergeant at the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, Connecticut Farms and Yorktown, and served to the close of the war, when he held the rank of sergeant. He was born in Caroline County, Virginia, and died in Hart County, Kentucky.