Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Columbia Pioneer Cemetery – Cincinnati

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The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution had a summer breakfast meeting and then went to see Columbia Pioneer Cemetery, a historic pioneer cemetery in the Columbia-Tusculum neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. It is located on a small hill overlooking Lunken Airport at 333 Wilmer Avenue on Cincinnati’s east side.

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The oldest cemetery in Hamilton County, it lies at the site of Columbia Baptist Church, founded in 1790. Columbia is the oldest settlement in Hamilton County, as it was founded in 1788, one month before Losantiville (later Cincinnati). The cemetery is the only extant remnant of the Columbia settlement.

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One of the revolutionary patriots buried in Pioneer Cemetery is Sgt. Brown who was the first American soldier to be appointed a non-commissioned officer by General George Washington, and one of the first two American soldiers to receive the Purple Heart, then called the Badge of Military Merit, pinned on him by George Washington. The ceremony was witnessed by General Anthony Wayne. Tradition says that Martha Washington made the ribbon for Sgt. Brown’s medal.

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