New Carpenter-Koontz Memorial Stone Placed
In September, 2016 a well-attended Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony was hosted by the Hocking Valley Chapter at the isolated and wooded Carpenter-Koontz Pioneer Cemetery in Lancaster, Ohio. It concluded a year and a half of dedicated labor by Chapter members, led by then-President David Nessley, to repair many vandalized gravestones and clear the cemetery of much overgrowth. The five veterans buried there, including three Revolutionary War Patriots, also received a Memorial Stone with the SAR symbol and respectful wording that included their names, ranks, and respective wars of service. Unfortunately, the stone had many noticeable repairs upon close inspection, where chipping had occurred when engraved and then re-glued.
A new stone was cut, and after nearly two years in storage it was finally picked up in February (2020) and taken to the cemetery by compatriots Brian and Paul Irwin. It was laid on a pallet to await placement. Delayed by the Covid-19 concerns, placement finally happened on a warm but beautiful Tuesday morning, June 2nd, when six compatriots traveled up to the cemetery and met the landowner, Steve Moore, and placed the new stone. They also felled a dead tree and did some trimming and clean-up work. There are plans to go up again this year and do more repair work on restoring broken tombstones.