DAR and SAR Mark Revolutionary War Soldiers’ Graves
As part of Shepherdstown 250th Anniversary, Pack Horse Ford Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and General Adam Stephen Chapter, National Society Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) marked the Lutheran and Reformed Graveyards on May 5 in memory of 19 Revolutionary soldiers and patriots. The service was held at the Christ Reformed Church in Shepherdstown. Many of the Soldiers and Patriots were early members of prominent families in Shepherdstown.
The Color Guard for the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard led the processional and recessional. Organist Rick Morrison accompanied Jane Snyder for the singing of the National Anthem and for her solo, “America.”
Honored speakers included scripture reading and benediction by Pack Horse Ford Chaplain Joan Moler; invocation by General Adam Stephen Chapter Chaplain The Rev. Dr. Raleigh H. Watson; Pledge of Allegiance led by Madison Cogle; and welcome by Lori Robertson, town recorder for the Corporation of Shepherdstown. Greetings were given by Richard D. Brockway, state president, West Virginia Society, SAR (WVSSAR); Robert B. Fish, Jr., Past State President, WVSSAR and West Virginia Project Chairman, Frank Buckles WWI Memorial; Barbara Frankenberry, state vice regent, West Virginia Society, DAR (WVDAR); and Katherine Genung, Eastern District secretary-treasurer, WVDAR.
Remarks were made by Cheryl A. Brown, regent, Pack Horse Ford Chapter. Dorrene Hale, registrar, Pack Horse Ford Chapter, provided the history of the graveyards. Remembrance of the Revolutionary War Soldiers and Patriots were given by Cynthia Nicewarner, Pack Horse Ford Chapter, for the Lutheran Graveyard, and Martin Keesecker, General Adam Stephen Chapter, for the Reformed Graveyard. Joe Khare, president, General Adam Stephen Chapter, led the dedication of the markers.
At the Lutheran Graveyard, descendants William Ronemus, Cynthia Nicewarner and Robert Rearley unveiled the marker. At the Reformed Graveyard, Edward and Mary Gageby unveiled the marker. After the markers were unveiled, the WVSSAR Color Guard provided a salute to the Soldiers and Patriots.
Revolutionary soldiers and patriots buried in the Lutheran Graveyard include Michael Entler, Philip Entler, Sr., Philip Entler, Jr., Daniel Foulks, John Adam Link, Jr., Andrew Ronemous, Lewis Ronemous, and Philip Sheetz.
Revolutionary soldiers and patriots buried in the Reformed Graveyard include Henry Cookus, Jr.. Michael Cookus, John Haines, Jacob Haynes, Lawrence Hensel, John Hoffman, Nicholas Schell, Peter Seever, Peter Staley, Martin Walforth and Michael Yeasley.
A reception followed the ceremony. Committee members included chairperson Barbara Nickell, Martha Anne McIntosh; Patty Staley, Darla Ambrose and Vonda Miller. Boy Scouts of America Troop 32 assisted the General Adam Stephen Chapter with logistics.