Northeastern Ohio Sons of the American Revolution Honor Revolutionary War Veteran Simeon Prior (1754-1837)
On Saturday June 27th, 2020 the Sons of the American Revolution, along with the descendants of Simeon and Katharine Prior, Daughters of the American Revolution and local community groups, participated in the dedication of a new Prior Family Monument. The site of the ceremony was the historic Harrington Cemetery located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Simeon Prior as not only Revolutionary War veteran, he and his wife, 20 years after the end of the Revolution War, moved to the Connecticut Western Reserve and founded what would become Northampton Township in the wilderness of the Cuyahoga Valley.
Simeon enlisted in the Continental Army in 1776 as an armorer. He participated in the battles of Princeton and Trenton and served in General George Washington’s bodyguard. According to Simeon’s writings he invented a device to shred the sails of enemy ships, had the opportunity to shoe General Washington’s horse and he was in the same boat with General Washington when they crossed the Delaware river on December 25th, 1776. Simeon credited General Washington with the ideas of his moving to the Connecticut Wester Reserve.
The combined Color Guard of the SAR and the City of Cuyahoga Falls Police & Fire Departments presented National Colors, and local government leaders presented greetings and congratulations. The memorial program was facilitated by 5th Great Grandson Kenneth Clarke of the Western Reserve Society, and Former Ohio Society President Steve Hinson of the North East Ohio Chapter SAR. A memorial tribute and family history was given by 5th Great Grandson Emery Prior. The monument was unveiled by 6th Great Granddaughter Kacy Clarke. The SAR and family members presented wreaths, DAR Regent Venie Hinson, laid a bouquet of flowers on the grave of Katharine Prior, Patriot Prior’s wife. Taps was played by NEO Chapter member Dan Matheke.