Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR to Hold Two Marker Dedications

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR along with VFW Post 7262 will be having two marker dedications in honor of American Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in Darke County in May.

On May 15 at 6:45pm, Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR and VFW Post 7262 will be dedicating a new marker at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles for American Revolutionary War Soldier Richard McGriff. McGriff was a Private in the York County, PA Militia. He was born circa 1760 and died post 1820 in the Versailles area. Descendants still live in the Darke County area.

Next will be on May 27 at 2:00pm a dedication for American Revolutionary War Soldier Ezekiel Farmer will be given during the Memorial Day Program at Ithaca Cemetery. During the program, a dedication speech will be given by DAR member Michelle Alderman. Following the program, a prayer by DAR member Helen Wright and flowers will be laid at the gravesite.

Ezekiel Farmer was a Private in the South Carolina Continental Line. According to his pension declaration “ He entered the service of the United States as a volunteer in April of the year 1778 and served under General Greene [Nathanael Greene] and Captain Blassinger [Thomas Blassingame] for a term of seven months, all of which time he was with the 4th Regiment of Continentals – that he started with the Company from Farmins Creek which reinforced General Gates [Horatio Gates] on the high hills of the Santee after the battle of Camden [August 15-16, 1780], thence, after a skirmish, at Camden, he passed with the Army, into North Carolina for safety, Charleston and Camden being then both in possession of the Enemy – that he received his discharge there from General Greene and returned home to South Carolina; that he was drafted, he thinks in January or February of the year 1779 for three months and again served under Captain Blasingame and General Greene – that he proceeded from Union County to Georgetown in South Carolina, thence to North Carolina, where his time expired and he received his discharge from General Pekin [Andrew Pickens]. That in April of the year 1780 he was again drafted for the term of three months and served under General Greene, Captain Blassingame and Major Jolly; during which time he was engaged in no Battle, but laid most of the time near St. John's Island watching the Enemy who were on the Island – that his time having there expired he received his discharge from, he thinks, General Brannin – that he again volunteered in the summer of 1780 and served as a Ranger under Captains Avery, Young, and Watson in South Carolina for a term of eight months; that in the fall of 1781 he was engaged with a scouting party under Captains John Putnam, Daniel Cromer, and Benjamin Watson for six or eight months; That he served in all more than two years.”

Fort GreeneVille DAR invites everyone to attend along with McGriff and Farmer descendants. Please honor our county’s Patriots.

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