Patriots of the Northwest Territory – Marietta
The Marietta Chapter hosted a Remembrance Service at Mound Cemetery on Fifth Avenue on Thursday, May 26, 2016. SAR, DAR, and CAR chapters from across Ohio sent representatives to honor the thirty-seven patriots buried at the Mound and to remember the hundreds of other patriots buried across Washington County and the thousands buried across all eigthy-eight counties of Ohio.
Above Lee Wilkerson,Ohio Society Secretary, brought greetings from the 1,600 society members. Nancy Schirm Wright, DAR Ohio Society Regent Elect, brought greetings from their 6,000 members.
Others Chapters sending representatives included, Camp Charlotte, Ebeneezer Zane, General Henry Knox, Cincinnati, Ewings, Hocking Valley, Marietta and the Capt James Neal Chapter from West Virginia. They were joined by representatives from four DAR Chapters, two CAR chapters and local Boy Scout and Cub Scouts as well as local law enforcement.
The Mound Cemetery was established in 1801 from land donated by General Rufus Putnam a founder of Marietta. Many of the founders of the city were officers of the Revolutionary War who had received federal land grants for military service. There are thirty-seven patriots buried in the cemetery. Among high-ranking officers buried are general Rufus Putnam and Benjamin Tupper, as well as Commodore Abraham Whipple and Colonel William Stacy.
Three Huzzahs to Marietta Chapter Officers, Steve Frash, President; C. Jean Yost, Past-President, and Scott Britton, Historian for a project that took a year of planning and approvals.