The SAR Magazine

Winter 2018

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WINTER 2018 33 Boone lived at the home of his son, Nathan. It has been said that Daniel Boone kept a handmade cherry-wood coffin underneath his bed, and every now and then he would climb into it to see if he still fit. Members from seven Missouri SAR chapters participated in the color guard. The dedication ceremony included a musket salute for each plaque. Martin Warren Chapter The Martin Warren Chapter conducted SAR grave marker dedication ceremonies for three chapter compatriots—James O. McReynolds of Chilhowee, William E. Dice of Cameron and Wilbur D. Dice of Warrensburg—who were World War II veterans and members of the chapter for many years. Bill and Will Dice were both chapter charter members. Chapter Vice President Gene Henry was responsible for making the arrangements with the cemetery caretakers, the Missouri Color Guard and friends and family of all three honored compatriots. Chapter President K. Bruce McNeel moderated the ceremony. Others that participated in the grave marker dedications were Chapter Treasurer Ben Edmondson, Secretary Michael Powers, Historian Dwight Whitton and Sgt-At-Arms Dan Daugherty. Other chapter members in attendance were Harvey Christie, Jack Landers, Kim Welch and Lynn Harmon. The participation of the MOSSAR Color Guardsmen was an integral part of the ceremonies by presenting and retiring the colors. Musket men included James Scott, Richard Mathews, Al Paris and Stephen Sullins. In addition, Color Guardsman Roy Hutchinson participated at the McReynolds ceremony, and Guardsman Russ DeVinney participated at the Dice ceremonies. Since the Martin Warren Chapter was chartered in 1988, the chapter has conducted 26 SAR grave marker dedications. Nineteen dedications have been for chapter compatriots, and seven have been for Revolutionary War Patriots, including Martin Warren Sr., the chapter's namesake. NEW JERSEY SOCIETY Colonel John Rosenkrans Chapter The Col. John Rosenkrans Chapter participated in the Oct. 14, 2017 grave-marking ceremony for Ensign Severyne Westbrook at a family burial site in Montague, New Jersey. Kevin Reeves, first cousin eight generations removed from Severyne Westbrook, and Alicia Batko, Montague Township historian, combined research efforts and orchestrated this memorable and well- attended event. As a donor for this Historic Revolutionary War Flag Restoration Project, the Col. John Rosenkrans Chapter participated in the Oct. 21, 2017 dedication ceremony for this locally historic flag. The Sussex County Historical Society is celebrating the centennial of its home in the Hill Memorial Building. Compatriots taking part in the ceremony were Hixon Spangenberg, Gerald DeGroat and Roger DeGroat, NJS OFPA. NEW MEXICO SOCIETY Gadsden Chapter The Gadsden Chapter, Las Cruces, New Mexico inducted six new members on Sept. 23, 2017. Each compatriot traces his ancestry to a Patriot of the American Revolution. Carlton Connor, William Connor, William Park, Allen Phillips, Michael Smith and Cody Whelchel were added to the chapter rolls in a ceremony attended by the New Mexico state president and secretary of the NMSSAR at the Sonoma Ranch Clubhouse. Compatriot Park was awarded the SAR Military Medal for service in Korea, and Compatriot Phillips was awarded the SAR Military Medal for service in Vietnam. EMPIRE STATE SOCIETY (NEW YORK) Oriskany Battle Chapter Members of the Oriskany Battle Chapter joined with the descendants of 2nd Lt. Increase Thayer, 3rd Worchester County Regiment of Massachusetts Militia, Sept. 9, 2017 at the Four Corners Cemetery in Norway, Herkimer County, New York, to mark Lt. Thayer's gravesite with an SAR flag marker. The chapter conducted the ceremonies and provided a musket salute. Increase Thayer served three different stints of service between April 19, 1775 and January 1777 in Rhode Island. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in August 1779 and served until discharged Aug. 8, 1780. Thayer was born in 1752. He married Leah Wheelock on March 20, 1771 and they lived in Mendon, Massachusetts, and later, Norway, Herkimer County, New York, where he died March 3, 1813. Through the research of descendants Carol Parzych, Sandra Gibson and Denies McCluskey, it was learned that Thayer's grave was not marked as a Revolutionary soldier. Taking part in the grave-marking dedication for Ensign Severyne Westbrook were, from left, Kevin Reeves (George Mason Chapter, Virginia Society) and Col. John Rosenkrans Compatriots James Naisby, Hixon Spangenberg and Gerald DeGroat.

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