Several Revolutionary War Veterans, all with Low Dutch connections, were honored on Sunday afternoon, September 27, 2009 at the Old Mud Meeting House near Harrodsburg, Kentucky, in conjunction with the 3rd Dutch Cousins Gathering.
A government marker and an SAR marker was placed for each veteran with a commemoration ceremony provided by the Governor Isaac Shelby Chapter of the Sons of American Revolution (SAR). This ceremony followed worship services at the Old Mud Meetinghouse.
At the close of the ceremony, a flag in memory of the veteran was presented to the oldest living direct descendant in attendance.
The government markers are free, once the military proofs are located and properly filed and approved, and the services of the SAR are provided free. Money is needed for the SAR medallion and the cost of labor and materials for setting both markers, which are level to the ground to prevent vandalism. The donation is fully tax deductible and goes to the SAR.
Three of the veterans who were honored at the Old Mud Ceremony will have their markers set later at their actual burial locations:
Hendrick Banta –Dutch Tract Cemetery in Henry County,
Isaac Coovert – Providence Cemetery, Mercer Co, and
Peter Vanderveer in Whites Lane, Mercer Co.
The exact burial place for
John Demaree, Barney Smock and Jacob Sortore
has not yet been located.
The following were honored:
Hendrick “Father Henry” BANTA III
“Shaker” John BANTA
Samuel BRITTON Sr
Ensign John DEMAREE
Sgt. Thomas GAUNT
Pvt. John MOORE
Lt. Simeon MOORE
(title) Samuel MOORE
Captain Thomas MOORE
Ensign Gerardus (Sr) RYKER
Pvt. Barnes “Barney” SMOCK
Pvt. John SMOCK
Pvt. Jacob SORTORE/Sartore
Captain James (Sjeems) STAGG
Maj. Simon VAN ARSDALEN
Pvt. Peter VAN DER VEER (Vandivier)
The following Veterans were honored at the 2007 Dutch Cousins Gathering:
ADAMS, Francois 1751-1837
Pvt. BANTA, Abraham 1745-1793
Pvt. BREWER, Daniel 1719-1791
Pvt. BREWER, Samuel 1757-1835
Pvt. COMINGORE, Henry 1749-1836
Pvt. COMINGORE, John 1749-1845
Pvt. DEMOTTE, Laurence 1719-1800
Pvt. DEMOTTE, Peter 1758-1832
Pvt. HUFF, Peter 1756-1840
Pvt. LUYSTER, Peter 1761-1830
Corp. WESTERVELT, James 1755-1826