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Winter 2018-2019

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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12 SAR MAGAZINE This is the third installment of an ongoing series on the final resting places of our Founding Fathers. Part I appeared in the Winter 2018 issue, and Part II was in the Summer 2018 issue. By Lawrence Knorr (#152547), Joe Farrell and Joe Farley "Poor is the nation having no heroes; shameful the one that having them, forgets." – Marcus Tullius Cicero S ince the publication of our "Recent Southern Trips" article in a prior edition of SAR Magazine, we continued to receive encouragement, suggestions, information and invitations to speak at your chapters. Thank you so much for the kind correspondence. We look forward to meeting many of you in the coming years. For those of you just getting caught up on our mission, the three of us have been visiting the graves of all 200-plus founders of the United States. We are proud to say we are more than 80 percent complete as of this writing. We have also just released the first book, Graves of Our Founders Volume 1, in our four-book series. The books contain biographies of our founders and information about their grave locations. Volume 1 includes 51 of our founders as well as some famous and many obscure or forgotten contributors from all over the eastern USA. You can find the book wherever books are sold (ISBN 9781620061763, published by Sunbury Press Inc. $19.95). Regarding our most recent expeditions, back in May, the three of us headed to upstate New York. Some consider this to be part of New England. Others do not. Our first stop was the decrepit tombstone of Henry Wisner, who provided a lot of gunpowder for the Revolution. There were no other markings for his well-worn stone. Nearby, in Goshen, N.Y., was an obelisk in his honor, noting him as the only one from New York to vote for the Declaration of Independence— which was not possible because no one from New York was allowed by its legislature to vote for it. Perhaps he just intended to do so. In Kingston, N.Y., we visited a lovely old cemetery containing the grave of George Clinton, who was governor of New York under the Articles of Confederation and after the ratification of the Constitution. He was later vice president. In nearby Tivoli, N.Y., we found Robert Livingston in a precarious position at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Despite being one of the wealthiest founders, Livingston, who was on the Committee of Five to draft the Declaration of Independence, lies in a vault behind a rusty door in an overgrown cemetery. After stops in Menands, N.Y., for William Paterson and Duanesburg, N.Y., for James Duane, who is buried inside an old, unlocked chapel, we honored soldier George Robert Twelves Hughes, who is buried at Richfield Springs. His gravestone is now tipping over. After a night in Cooperstown, N.Y., we headed north to the remote memorial to Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben in a park in Remsen, N.Y. Von Steuben's impressive grave and monument is tucked away in the woods down a woodland path. Our tour ended with a stop in Westernville, N.Y., at the grave of Declaration signer William Floyd. Knorr made two solo trips to New England, stopping first at William Samuel Johnson's grave in Stratford, Conn. The cemetery was locked, and a picture could only be taken over the fence. At Grove Street Cemetery, in New Haven, Roger Sherman and Noah Webster were found in well-kept graves. In rural Lebanon, Conn., the well-worn stone of Declaration signer William Williams was found. In nearby Windham, the worn grave of Congressman Eliphalet Dyer was located. It needs attention. Israel Putnam's impressive equestrian statue in Brooklyn, Conn., was the last stop of that first day. At the Granary Burying Ground in the middle of Boston, many Patriots are buried. The cemetery is well maintained, but minimal information is displayed about those interred. You need to have a guidebook and follow the numbers. Here lies John Hancock, though maybe not if you believe some news accounts. The cemetery does provide the final resting place for Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, Thomas Cushing, Robert Treat Paine, James Otis Jr. and Crispus Attucks. Few cemeteries have this many Patriots. The final stop on this first trip was the tomb of John and Abigail (and John Quincy) Adams in Quincy, Mass. The three are interred in vaults beneath the United First Parish Church there. The second solo trip in June made its first stop in Middletown, Conn., for Titus Hosmer. A key had to be retrieved from the nearby fire hall to access the cemetery. Hosmer's stone was in disrepair. Samuel Huntington was found in Norwich, Conn., in a much-improved situation. The former president of Congress has recently been restored. It is now impressive and serves as an example for others. John Collins was located in a private cemetery in Newport, R.I. Nearby, in the town, were Henry Marchant, Samuel Ward and William Ellerly. In Plymouth, Mass., lies Mercy Otis Warren. Nearby, in Jamaica Plain, Mass., is the grave of Bunker Hill hero Joseph Warren. He has a bronze statue in his honor. Francis Dana seemed to have been forgotten in Cambridge, Mass., as Harvard students and faculty walked by his monument in the old cemetery, which was locked. The Phipps Street Burying Ground in Charlestown, Mass., was even more disappointing. The grave of Nathaniel Gorham was surrounded by rubbish, and tree roots have burst through his vault. Certainly, some maintenance is needed here. After stops for Timothy Pickering and Samuel Holten, Knorr visited Sharon, Mass., for female minuteman Deborah Sampson Gannett, who is buried in the local cemetery. She also has a lovely bronze statue in front of the town library. 22 SAR MAGAZINE Graves of Our Founders: Recent New England Trips Opposite page, from left, statue of Joseph Warren; middle, Quentin Gilman (right) receives a U.S. flag at the dedication of a new marker for his Patriot ancestor; right, Ethan Allen's grave.

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