Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Arthur St. Clair Chapter SAR Honors Soldiers of the Revolution – Ross County, OH

The Arthur St.Clair Chapter of the Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution honored three Revolutionary War Soldiers at noon on July 15, 2017, brothers Andrew and William Cochran, and the Father-in-Law of Andrew Cochran, Thomas Hewitt. All of these soldiers, born in Ireland, moved to Ohio from Northumberland County, PA after serving as Rangers of the Frontier, and in the Pennsylvania Continental Line, during the Revolutionary War.

L>R – Joe Forte, Bill McBroom, Jeff Johnson, (fife player) John Conklin, Terry Cochran, Kregg Uhrig, Dave Cochran, Tom Morris

Military headstones with “1776” flag markers were installed for two of the soldiers, Andrew Cochran and Thomas Hewitt, in the “Old Clark Farm Cemetery”, otherwise known as the Greenland Cemetery, in Concord Township, Ross County, Ohio. The headstones were installed in this cemetery because some of their children are buried here. It is unknown where these two soldiers are actually buried, but documentation proves them to be in the area while in their 90s.

The third soldier, William Cochran, is buried in the Concord Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Concord Township, Ross County, Ohio, just south of Roxabell, Ohio. William’s grave was already marked by a headstone so the only items recently installed were a “1776” flag marker and flag.

Thomas Hewitt had served with extra distinction, he was elected President Judge for Northumberland County, PA and served in that position from 1776 – 1780 with four other sub-ordinate judges, he was further appointed to confiscate properties of Loyalists for 1777 – 1778 and distribute to others as needed. Thomas’s daughter Isabel married Andrew Cochran in Northumberland County. The couple relocated to Ohio shortly after the marriage. He attained the age of 103 before death.

Revolutionary Soldier reenactors, (Joseph Ogle’s Company, Ohio County Militia), composed of members Joe Forte, Kregg Uhrig, Bill McBroom, David Cochran, Terry Cochran, Jeff Johnson, Tom Norris, and fife player John Conklin did an excellent military memorial service for the three soldiers recognized. All these reenactors should be recognized for their superior authentic dress, weapons, and attention to detail. All our patriots deserve no less of a memorial. This service was provided free of charge to these soldiers and this group have provided several similar services to the other SAR and DAR recognition ceremonies in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Indiana.

Arthur St. Clair Chapter President Steven Patrick conducts the ceremony.

Tom Lovensheimer of the Arthur St. Clair Chapter SAR does opening Invocation after Pledge of Allegiance.

Helen Norris of the Nathaniel Massie DAR does a reading.

Dr. Michael Geron does a reading.

Skylar Grate, a descendant and DAR Member, provides information pertaining to the Cochran Brothers.

Steven Patrick, Arthur St. Clair Chapter President provides information pertaining to Thomas Hewitt.

Dr. Michael Geron unveils the headstones after a reading.

SAR members and descendants of soldiers – Terry and Mike Cochran place flags.

The local Daughters of the American Revolution Chapters – Nathaniel Massie Chapter of Ross County, Ohio and Pickaway Plains of Pickaway County, Ohio, both had members participate in the ceremony. Barbara Geron of Pickaway Plains Chapter presented a wreath for her chapter and LaVersa Motes of Nathaniel Massie Chapter presented a wreath for her chapter, and her chapter provided water and cookies to be enjoyed after the ceremony as well.

Barbara Geron – Pickaway Plains – DAR

LaVersa Motes – Nathaniel Massie – DAR

DR. Michael Geron presented a wreath for the Arthur St. Clair Chapter.

Closing remarks were provided by Arthur St. Clair Chapter President Steven Patrick and the closing benediction was provided by Arthur St. Clair Chapter Genealogist Tom Lovensheimer.  Twenty-five Cochran descendants attended the memorial service as pictured below. In this picture are two DAR members and two SAR members.

Picture of SAR and DAR Members present at ceremony.

William Cochran’s Headstone is not in this cemetery, as earlier mentioned. Below is a photo of his headstone.

Note: Thomas Hewitt’s descendants are mostly in Illinois and Iowa. Steven Patrick made contact with a Hewitt family in Iowa and they were planning on attending the ceremony but the patriarch of the family became very ill and the family decided to stay with him, as the illness was very serious.

Members of Arthur ST. Clair Chapter that participated in this event were;

Steven Joe Patrick – President    Nicholas Hamilton – Secretary

Dr. Michael Geron – Registrar   Robert Fetters – Genealogist

Tom Lovensheimer – Event Chaplain

John Motes – observer

Justin Peterson – observer

Shaw Cox – OHSSAR 1st Vice-President – observer

Steven JTTR Patrick Jr. – Jr. Member – observer

Carter Scott Patrick – Jr. Member – observer

Terry Cochran and Mike Cochran – descendants

Let us never forget the sacrifices our Revolutionary Patriots, and their families, endured so that we may have the freedoms that all Americans now enjoy, so that we never take these freedoms for granted. 

If information is needed please contact me.

Steven Joe Patrick

OHSSAR Arthur St. Clair Chapter President

728 East Main Street

740-772-2254 (H)

740-649-6038 (C)

Chillicothe, Ohio 45601     sjppatrick@outlook.com

Marietta Chapter Celebrates Northwest Ordinance of 1787 – Marietta, OH

On July 13th, 2017, the Ohio Society SAR Marietta Chapter Registrar Jean Yost hosted the 230th Anniversary Celebration of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 that was held at the Start Westward Monument in Muskingum Park, Front Street, Marietta, OH.  The program included:

  • “Education in the Northwest Ordinance” by Marietta College President William Rudd
  • “Legal Provisions of Ordinance” by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French
  • Slavery Prohibited in Northwest Territory” by Denver Norman

The Northwest Ordinance of 1787, officially titled “An ordinance for the Government of the Territory of the United States Northwest of the River Ohio”, was adopted by the Confederation Congress on July 13, 1787.  It established a government for the Northwest Territory, outlined the process for admitting new states to the Union, and guaranteed that newly created states would be equal to the original thirteen states.  Considered one of the most important legislative acts of the Confederation Congress, the Northwest Ordinance created the building blocks and model of what became our United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.  The document guaranteed protection of civil liberties, prohibited slavery, recognized religion and morality as necessary for good governance, and outlined that education should be forever encouraged in the new territories.  The Northwest Territory included Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota.

Western Reserve Celebrates 125th – Shaker Heights


Western Reserve Society, Chapter One of the Ohio Society, celebrated its 125th Anniversary on Friday, June 18, 2017. It is the second oldest and the largest membership  chapter in the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Over one hundred members and guests dined at the Shaker Heights Country Club just east of Downtown Cleveland.

Pictured below, a combined State Color Guard with members from five chapters.





Independence Day Parade – Lancaster


The Hocking Valley Chapter recently participated in Lancaster’s Independence Day Parade (Fairfield County) as it has since the chapter’s inception in 2009.

It was a beautiful day, and a friendly, patriotic crowd enthusiastically waved to the SAR compatriots as they passed by in their parade wagon along the two mile route. Children were out in force this year, many dressed in red, white, and blue attire waving small American flags. Following behind the SAR parade wagon was a ringing Liberty Bell, a Civil War Fife and Drum Band, as well as Abe Lincoln and a parade wagon of Union Soldiers with their cannon. The chapter also took part in an Independence Day Parade in Sugar Grove, Ohio a few days earlier on July 1st.

In the photo, kneeling in first row, left to right: Paul Irwin, Don Miller, Al Gummere, Keith Kaufman, David Nessley. Standing in second row, left to right: Bob Davis, Tom Moe, Bob Hill, Chuck Bundy, Jim Stoner, Jeff Walt.

Celebrating the 4th – Marietta


Members of the Marietta Chapter marched in the City’s Independence Day Parade.

June Activities for Knox – Mount Vernon

IMG_1026Mid-Ohio Paving just north of Centerburg on SR3 posted an oversized American Flag on a 90 foot flagpole that can be seen for miles. Owner, Jim Nichols receives the SAR Flag Certificate from Flag Committee Chair Lynn McCann of the General Henry Knox Chapter.

In Early June the Chapter received new membersPhilip Houbler of Mount Vernon whose patriot fought in New Jersey and James Gregory of Delaware whose patriot fought in Delaware. Gregory also completed memberships for his son and three grandsons.  Picture below (l-r) Houbler, Gregory, and Chapter Genealogist Ernie Moreland.

A book review of the Whites of Their Eyes by Paul Lockhart told the story of Bunker Hill and the First American Army was presented by Chapter President Steve Kelley.IMG_0742

Memorial Day Parade – Miamisburg

IMG_1025Richard Montgomery Chapter Color Guard and members marched in the Miamisburg, Ohio Memorial Day Parade.

SAR/DAR Combined Meeting – Akron


The Lafayette Chapter in Akron held a combined meeting with the DAR chapters in Akron in April to recognize the activities and awards of the chapters.

Gates Mills Ohio 4th of July Parade

The Archibald Willard Color Guard of the Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolotion led the Gates Mills 4th of July Parade for our 21st year. On this bright and sunny day a large crowd was on hand for our Nation’s 241st Birthday.

L to R: Galen Swab, Stan Thomas, Scott Glasgow, James Glasgow, Claude Custer and leading up front Lee MacBride with his sword.

The color guard led the parade up the main street of Gates Mils past the Town Hall, Library, stores and restaurants, and then across the bridge over the Chagrin River.

The Color Guard passes the reviewing stand next to the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club where they turn left and MacBride gave a Colonial bow to the judges. From here they turn the corner and proceed to the Polo Field.

Color guard commander John Franklin gets a ride with the Gates Mills Fire Chief, Tom Robinson.

R to L: William Shanklin, WRS President, Cici Cao and Clark Langmack, master of ceremonies.

At the Pollo Field, Western Reserve Society President William Shanklin, presented a SAR Certificate of Outstanding Citizenship to Gates Mills 4th Grade student, Cici Cao, for her essay on “What the 4th of July Means to Me” Then Cici lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to commence the events.

The Cleveland Kiltie Band played patriotic music for all to enjoy. What a great day!

Flag Day and Naturalization Ceremonies – Cleveland, OH

On Wednesday, June 14, the Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution, Archibald Willard Color Guard, and Northeast Ohio Chapter SAR Color Guard, participated in the combined 240th Flag Day Anniversary, the US Army 242nd Birthday, and the Naturalization Ceremony at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Cleveland, which hosted this program. The Association of the U.S. Army, Newton D. Baker Chapter and the Joint Veterans’ Council of Cuyahoga County once again sponsored the event.  The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service and US District Court presented the naturalization certificates. It was a beautiful day for a very special celebration!

The program started with the posting of the Colors by the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, Cleveland Post accompanied by the SAR Color Guard. Major Thomas Jenks, US Army (Ret.) and  president of the Joint Veteran’s Council of Cuyahoga County welcomed everyone.   The mistress of ceremonies was Monica Robins, WKYC-TV, Channel 3, Senior Heath Correspondent and she sang the National Anthem.    Monica gave a salute to all new immigrants on becoming US citizens. There were greetings from a number of dignitaries and local groups, including the U. S. Army’s recognition of the Soldier of the Year by Newton D. Baker, Greater Cleveland Chapter of AUSA, to Sergeant First Class U.S. Army Steven Berry. Congratulations!

The guest Speaker was Judge Dan A. Polster of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, who swore in thirty-two new citizens.

Judge Polster welcoming two new citizens

Retiring the Colors of the Western Reserve Society SAR, Archibald Willard Color Guard, and the Northeast Ohio Chapter SAR Color Guard.

After the SAR retirement of the colors, everyone congratulated the new citizens who were available for pictures.  All were invited to have a piece of the Army’s birthday cake.

Members of the Color Guard that participated: L to R: Lance Beebe, Venie Hinson, Galen Swab, Jim Gilbert, Troy Bailey, Dan Matheke, John Franklin, and Steve Hinson

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