The SAR Magazine

Winter 2018-2019

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Stephen Hopkins, Declaration signer, was found in Providence, R.I., in a modest situation. Congressman Andrew Adams was even worse. His grave in Litchfield, Conn., is deteriorating and overgrown. Nearby, Oliver Wolcott was nicely remembered. Farley and Knorr headed out in July on a special trip to New England, focused on New Hampshire. After paying respects at the huge cenotaph to Nathan Hale in Coventry, Conn., they visited the graves of Josiah Bartlett in Kingston, N.H., and Paine Wingate, John Langdon and William Whipple near Portsmouth. They then enjoyed some lobster in York, Maine, before spending the evening at the historic Three Chimneys Inn in Durham, N.H. In the morning, it was a short walk to the estate of Gen. John Sullivan. They were fortunate to find the owners at home, who graciously provided a tour of the Sullivan family cemetery, which is up the hill, behind the house. They paid respects to John Wentworth Jr. in Dover and Nathanial Folsom in Exeter before stopping at a special ceremony that afternoon for Nicholas Gilman. Gilman was a Patriot who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and later as a delegate to the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention. In the latter role, he became the youngest signer of the United States Constitution. After the ratification of the Constitution, Gilman represented New Hampshire in both the Congress and the Senate. The ceremony came about after a Gilman descendant, Quentin Gilman, took his daughter to visit the marker in the Exeter Cemetery remembering his ancestor. Quentin's daughter was shocked at the condition of the tombstone and told her father that something needed to be done. That work culminated in the Senator Gilman Monument Dedication Ceremony held on July 15, 2018. Speakers at the event included Quentin and another descendant, Mark Gilman, as well as U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, who lauded Gilman's contributions as one of this nation's founders. The ceremony included the unveiling of a new monument, a salute to the fallen carried out by the American Legion Post 35 Firing Detail, and the playing of Taps. Portions of the event were later shown on statewide television. Both Farley and Knorr agreed that the ceremony could serve as a useful example for those who might want to take up the work of refurbishing the graves of other founders, which have suffered from decades of neglect. The final trip involved a visit to Fort Ticonderoga and the impressive grave of Ethan Allen in Burlington, Vt. This trip was timed to enjoy the peak of fall colors and included a drive to New Hampshire, to the grave of Matthew Thornton in Merrimack. Thornton's grave is typical of many situations, formerly in a rural locale, now intruded upon by creeping suburban sprawl. Until next time … About the Authors: Compatriot Lawrence Knorr (#152547, Harris Ferry Chapter) is the owner of Sunbury Press. He and "the Joes," Farrell and Farley, are working on a series of books called Graves of Our Founders. They are available for talks to organizations. If you have an interest in inviting them to speak to your organization, please contact publicity@ WINTER 2018-19 23

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