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



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


Pvt. Peter VAN DER VEER (Vandivier)

More information photos about the 2009 Veterans

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. COOVERT, Daniel 1759-1848

Pvt. DEMOTTE, Laurence 1719-1800

Pvt. DEMOTTE, Peter 1758-1832

Pvt. HUFF, Peter 1756-1840
Pvt. KYLE, Rev. Thomas 1757-1846

Pvt. LUYSTER, Peter 1761-1830
1st Lieut. VANARSDALL, Cornelius A. 1748-1840
Pvt. VANARSDALL, Cornelius O. 1760-1843

Corp. WESTERVELT, James 1755-1826