Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Dayton, Ohio Police Appreciation Luncheon

Please join the Ohio Society SAR in a Luncheon to honor six Dayton, Ohio police officers for their heroic action in subduing an active shooter in Dayton’s Oregon District on August 4, 2019. Please see the attached flyer for details and registration.Police Luncheon Announcement v.3

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Flag Day Celebration in Cadiz


(l-r) Craig Cairns, Zane Chap President, Sheila Perkins, V-Regent Moravian Trail Chap, Steve Kelley, Presentator, and Franklin Chap Member, and Larry Perkins, Zane Chap Secretary.

The Ebenezer Zane Chap of the SAR and the Moravian Trail Chap of the DAR held a Flag Day Celebration at the Harrison Health Center Cafeteria in Cadiz, Ohio on Saturday, June 8, 2019. There were thirty in attendance.

The presentation was on the Census -Yesterday and Today given by Steve Kelley who drove out from Columbus. ( Larry Perkins was the first signer on Steve’s SAR application. ) Highlights included a 1900 Census Badge, the 1940 population of Harrison and Belmont Counties, the Genealogy Connection to the Census, Historical Firsts of the Census, and the 2020 Census Calendar. There were two people who were enumerators for the census in 2010 present and two others who had completed the ACS Survey.

After the Presentation there was a delightful luncheon followed by business meetings of each of the chapters.


State Color Guard Supports Mounds Cemetery Grave Marking


Ohio State Color Guard Compatriots met at Mounds Cemetery, Marietta, OH on May 27th to participate in a revolutionary war patriot grave marking ceremony.  The Cemetery holds the remains of 33 revolutionary war patriots and it has been said holds more revolutionary war officers than any cemetery in the country.  Picture was taken in front of the memorial to the patriots a shower shortly before the sky opened up with heavy rain.  The ceremony had to be moved inside at the nearby Marietta College Library.

Pennsylvania Patriot Honored In Ohio


On Memorial Day at Canal Winchester Remembrance Ceremony, John Kalb from Limmerick, Pennsylvania, was honored with a memorial stone in the Union Grove Cemetery at his family burial plots. Making the arrangements were Barry and Paula Schwoerer members of the Captain William Grayson Chapter, SAR and the Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill Chapter DAR, both of Northern Virginia. Mrs. Schwoerer was the fourth great-grandchild of Patriot Kalb.

The Ohio Society Color Guard provided men and flags for the grave marking. Steve Hinson, Society President and Chapter member from Northeastern Ohio came down to Canal Winchester, as well as, Steve Frash, Color Guard Commander and Chapter Member of Marietta Chapter, and Don Miller, President of the Benjamin Franklin Chapter and Steve Kelley of the Benjamin Franklin Chapter.

Pictured are (l-r) SAR Members, Steve Kelley Uniform, Steve Frash Uniform, Steve Hinson, Uniform, Paula and Barry Schwoerer, Nancy Schrim Wright, DAR Regent and Don Miller, Militia.

Changing of the Guard – Ohio Society Annual Meeting

Executive Committee 2019-2020

(L-R) Troy Bailey, Lee Wilkerson, President Stephen Hinson, Scott Davis, Jack Bredenforder.

The 130th Annual Meeting of the Ohio Society was held in Columbus, Ohio On May 4-5-6.

The major portion of the business was the election and installation of the new Officers of the Society.








Muskingum Chapter’s 125th Anniversary – DAR and SAR Celebrate

The Color Guard of the Ohio Society SAR assisted the ladies of the Muskingum Chapter of the DAR in honoring the Chapter’s first Regent, Fanny Russell Brush.  The recognition was part of the Muskingum Chapter’s 125 Anniversary.

Early in the morning of Saturday, October 13, 2018 members of the Muskingum Chapter climbed the hill at Woodlawn Cemetery to mark the grave of Fanny Russell Brush.  They were led by the Color Guard of the Ohio Society SAR. Colors were presented by SAR Chapters from the Putnam, Marietta and the Franklin Chapters of the SAR.  Led by Steve Frash, the colors were carried by Dan Bebee, Don Miller, and Steve Kelley.  The Bag Piper William Conroy IV is also an SAR member with the Marietta Chapter.

Fanny Russell Brush, DAR #1541, organized the Muskingum Chapter in July 1893 with eleven other women of the County. The meeting was held at the Young Women’s Christian Association building in downtown Zanesville. The 125th Anniversary luncheon was held in the same building, now a restaurant and event place called Bryan’s Place.  A bronze marker recognizing Mrs. Brush was placed on her family headstone.

There were ninety in attendance including the leadership of the Muskingum Chapter DAR, Stephanie Valent, Regent, State Regent Nancy Schirm Wright, DAR VPG Sandy Mitchell McCann and numerous local elected officials including the Honorable Jeff Tilton, Mayor of Zanesville and the Honorable Jim Porter, Muskingum County Commissioner.

Veteran Flyers Start New Tradition


(l-R) Steve Frash, Steve Kelley, Ed Clendenin of the Texas SAR, and Bob Hill.

The Ohio Society Color Guard presented the Colors at the 2018 Bomb Groups Joint Reunion held in Downtown Dayton on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The Group of 300 represented ten Bombardment Groups in the European Theater during World War Two.  There were fifty Army Corp Veterans who flew the Bombers present.

The oldest veteran present was Al Hintenach from Catonsville, Maryland. He was 103 spy years old. He flew with the 376th Bombardment Group.  He thought there was a lot of fuss about his service but he appreciated the chance to talk with old friends and people who remembered the B-24.

The SAR Color Guard presentation started a year ago with Ed Clendenin, a new member of the Texas SAR. He and his wife Pat thought that the reunion needed to step up its patriotic display.  Knowing that the reunion was going to be in Dayton, Ohio, Ed used the SAR Color Guard Contact list and asked the Ohio Color Guard Commander Steve Frash about availability.  Commander Frash agreed immediately and Ed’s wife, Pat began sewing Ed a uniform!

Ed Clendenin dressed in simple period clothing, his patriot was part of the minutemen of Massachusetts. From the Ohio Society, Steve Frash dressed in Pennsylvania 8th uniform leading the compliment. Steve Kelley of the Benjamin Franklin Chapter was in Continental line uniform and Bob Hill of Hocking Valley Chapter was in Dragoon Calvary uniform complete with bear fur helmet.

The reunion attendees were very pleased and excited by the presentation and were asking Ed to organize next year’s Color Guard Presentation in Dallas Texas. A new tradition has started for the Bombardment Groups Veterans.

George Rogers Clark Constitution Day Luncheon

The George Rogers Clark Chapter celebrated the 2018 Constitution Day with a luncheon program at the Springfield Marriott on September 15th.  A remembrance of the founding of the United States of America and the 231st year of the adoption of the U.S.Constitution was presented by former Ohio SAR President (and former Chapter President) Terry Whetstone.  Chapter President Randy Young and Southwest Ohio Society chair Elwin Spray joined former Chapter President Paul Schenck, who served as the sponsor, in welcoming new member Compatriot Dennis William Jesse.  Of special note was that Compatriot Jesse’s ancestor’s service included that of a Continental Marine, a rarity of service within the chapter.  President Young presented Compatriot Paul L. Rueger with Supplemental Ancestor certificates — six — in recognition of his successfully proving his descent from additional patriots.

The Constitution Day program was presented by Compatriot Robert E. Grim (former Ohio Society Genealogist and former Southwest Ohio Society chair) of the Chillicothe Arthur St. Clair Chapter on General George Armstrong Custer.  Compatriot Grim made the presentation on the Ohio native in the Civil War era uniform of a two star general (with GAR markings), complete with cavalry style hat and high boots.  Compatriot Grim (who is a Past Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War) took the life of Custer from Ohio, through the Civil War, and, after his death in the Dakotas, continued with the lives of others involved in the Little Big Horn campaign.

Compatriot Whetstone concluded the meeting with a moment of silence honoring the life of Compatriot Paul Wilkie (former Vice President General and former Ohio Society President).
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Former Ohio SAR President (and former Chapter President) Terry Whetstone assisted George Rogers Clark Chapter President Randy Young in presenting to Compatriot Paul L. Rueger six Supplemental Ancestor certificates.


Former Ohio SAR President (and former Chapter President) Terry Whetstone with Constitution Day luncheon speaker Compatriot Robert E. Grim, who spoke on the life of Ohio-native General George Armstrong Custer.

Mahoning Valley Chapter, SAR and Mahoning Chapter, DAR participate at the Canfield Fair.

Members of the Mahoning Valley Chapter, SAR were joined again this year by the Mahoning Chapter of the DAR for an “Honor Your Patriot” recruitment drive for their respective organizations.  This is the third year we are represented at the fair where all 3 counties Mahoning Valley Chapter encompasses take part and two counties of the Mahoning Chapter DAR come through the gates.  Canfield Fair has a yearly attendance over 200,000 people.

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Russ Wentz in the SAR section. The tent was latched due to the high winds and heavy rain on Wednesday evening. Photos by Phil Bracy.

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Mahoning Chapter DAR Treasurer, Autumn McDonald and Mahoning Valley Chapter member Russ Wentz pose in front of the DAR section of the tent.

Northwest Territory SAR Honors Area Patriots.

Compatriots of the Northwest Territory Chapter in collaboration with John Hancock Chapter, SAR honored three area Patriots on Saturday, September 8 in Pandora, Ohio. Patriots John Morehead, Israel Hubbard, Jr., and Hezekiah B. Hubble were memorialized for their Revolutionary war service.

John Morehead was a private in Capt. Philip Shrawder’s Company of Rangers serving on the western frontier of Pennsylvania during the war. Israel Hubbard, Jr. was a private serving four periods with his local Massachusetts militia from 1775 through 1778. Most noted was his statement from his pension application of his witnessing the surrender of General Burgoyne British troops to General Gates after the Battle of Saratoga. And Hezekiah Hubble was a private in the New Jersey Continental Line from 1775 through 1780. He saw action in the Battles of Springfield (NJ) and Brandywine and Monmouth (PA) among other duty during the war.

Morehead is buried in the Cholera Cemetery, just east of Gilboa, Putnam County, Blanchard Township,  Ohio and Hubbard is buried in the Malahan Cemetery Putnam County, Riley Township, Ohio. Hezekaih Hubble was buried just across the county line in Allen County, Richland Township in the Hubbell Cemetery on Shifferly Road, North of Rockport, Ohio.

Assisting with the ceremonies were the combined veterans color guard and fire squad of Putnam County, the Jr. ROTC Army unit from Kenton High School and the Ohio Society Color Guard. Local area DAR from Findley and Lima along with the Vice President General of the Central District, NSSAR, Timothy Ward, Ohio SAR State President Shawn Cox and Wm. Tony Robinson, Sr. President of the Ohio Society Children of the American Revolution were in attendance.

The Riley Township Trustees used this opportunity to restore the Malahan Cemetery by resetting markers, adding a split rail fence and placing a marker on the site. The cemetery was originally a family cemetery that over time was abandoned and came under the care of the trustees. Putnam County pioneers dating from the early 1830’s through 1870’s are buried  in this pioneer cemetery. Some may say what connection does this have to Williams County. If you investigate the early formation of NW Ohio County’s, you will learn that the northern parts of both Paulding and Putnam county’s were attached to Williams county until 1839. And, they fall into our local chapter’s service area for programs and activities.

The Northwest Territory Chapter, SAR is now working on leads in Fulton County, Ohio of three more area Patriots to be honored sometime in 2019. The chapter is excited to learn that one of the  Patriots will be are first Navy Patriot serving on the USS Ranger.

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