Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Held Three Dedications for American Revolutionary War Soldiers

Fort GreeneVille dedicated three more American Revolutionary War graves in Darke County Ohio. The graves of Richard McGriff, Ezekiel Farmer and William Graham were dedicated.

On May 15, Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR and VFW Post 7262 dedicated 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.

Ezekiel Farmer's dedication was during Memorial Day weekend at the Ithaca Cemetery Memorial Day Program. Members Michelle Alderman and Helen Wright gave the dedication speech and prayer. Ezekiel Farmer was a Private in the South Carolina Continental Line. He was born circa 17-64 and died in Darke County in 1841.

William Graham's marker was dedicated on June 2 at Providence Cemetery in Harrison Township. Graham's dedication was attended by family members from Indiana and Wisconsin. Following the dedication a reception was held at the nearby Darke County Fish and Game Club.

William Graham was a Private in the Virginia Militia, American Revolutionary War. He enlisted in May 1779. Graham served three tours of duty totaling over a six-month period. His first tour took him to Fort Donnally, Frankford, WV in pursuit of Indians. In other tours, Graham guarded prisoners and protected the country at places such as Burnt Mills, at the Nansemond River, Mecklenburg County N.C. and Williamsbug, VA. He was born in Virginia in 1764 and died in Darke County, Ohio on June 21, 1841.

Fort GreeneVille DAR appreciates all the support for this historical preservation project. The Township Trustees, Cemetery Trustees, VFW Post 7262 and Edwin Nickol Monuments have assisted with this project of preserving our local history. Thank you!

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