Revolutionary War
Those Who Served


The Daughters of the American Revolution, Nancy Ross Chapter, Honored a Revolutionary War soldier with a solemn grave marking ceremony Oct. 4, 2014. Revolutionary War veteran David Roberts was buried in Burbridge Cemetery, near Martinsburg, having died in 1847 after having arrived in Pike County in 1839. Born in 1760 in Williamstown, Mass., Roberts enlisted in the Vermont Militia in 1777, leaving the service as a sergeant in 1781, according to program for the grave-marking event. He remained in Vermont until 1813, marrying June Harris in 1784, with whom he had two daughters, and then Elizabeth Collins in 1799, with whom he had two sons, David born in 1800 and Henry in 1807. Roberts married his third wife, Lucy, in 1818 while living in Delaware County, Ohio and by 1842 was living with son David and David's wife Lovina in Martinsburg Township. Kathy Zimmerman, Nancy Ross Chapter regent, opened the ceremony with a welcome and introduction. The chapter's chaplain, Kay Sealock, gave the invocation, and Cheryl Birch, chapter secretary, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Several descendants of Roberts were present for the ceremony and were introduced by Linda Jones. Jones was responsible for much of the historical research done on Roberts and is daughter-in-law of Trudy Jones, who is a descendant of Roberts, Alice Cripe, chapter registrar, said via email Oct. 6. After Linda Jones read the biography of Roberts, the new grave marker was dedicated by Birch, Sealock and Zimmerman, according to the program. The grave marker was obtained through the U.S. Veterans' Administration. Linda and Trudy Jones then unveiled the new marker which features a plaque commemorating the ceremony. Zimmerman gave closing remarks and the ceremony was drawn to a close by Joey Feenstra playing taps. State-level dignitaries were present for the ceremony, including former state D.A.R. regent Paula Myers, Central Illinois Sons of the American Revolution vice president Louis Myers, and the S.A.R. Springfield Chapter Color Guard, including Richard Moldenhauer, former chapter president and color bearer.
[Vermont Militia 1777 - 1781, The Weekly Messenger, October 15, 2014, Pleasant Hill, IL., Article by Justin A. Cobb and the D.A.R. Mark's a Soldiers Grave]
Contributed by Bill Browning