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Darn, Mid-May already. Crazy weather, going from furnace to air conditioning and fans in a blink of an eye, or so it seems.
Reference questions often lead us down the winding path, looking for answers, sometimes finding more questions, or finding information that is interesting, but wasn’t really being looked for…
A few weeks ago the library received a request for a list of American Revolutionary soldiers buried in a specific cemetery. Our first quick look was in the latest updated list done by the very dedicated members of the Brown County Genealogy group who have been working tirelessly on updating the lists for all of the Brown County cemeteries, and they have a soft spot for recognizing all veterans. Lo and behold, there were three soldiers recognized as American Revolutionary war veterans in the Red Oak cemetery.
We thought that for as old as the cemetery is, perhaps…there should be more? We looked at some of our Ohio reference books, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have published many books, and two that are in our collection caught our eye—The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in the State of Ohio c1929 and Official Roster III Soldiers of the American Revolution Who Lived in the State of Ohio c1959. While it would be way too easy if the books had the soldiers entered by county, or even better by cemetery, at least they did have a list of names by county in the back of the book. So…flipping from list to entry, it quickly became clear there were more than three in Red Oak, and perhaps more that had been forgotten elsewhere in the county. Some entries were very short—such as Barr, Christian, bur. Sardinia. Not much to go on! Some entries were much longer, with service records, family members, occupations and more. Some were in both books, being updated in the 1959 roster. Not all veterans were buried in a cemetery—some on their farm. For example, Robert Curry was b 1759, d. 9-19-1804 buried in a private cemetery on Curry Estate, 1 mi S of Georgetown, O. on Free Soil Pike in Pleasant Twp, Brown Co. After his death, his widow used oxen to haul stone up a steep creek bank and covered the grave 5 ft high in order to keep wolves from digging up his body. After her death, her children had stones hauled to cover her grave also, and the stones are there to this day, Jan. 1 1959. Thank you to the DAR members of yesterday and today in working to preserve the names and locations of these veterans of long ago.
We scrounged around for a used copy of roster II, and now have that in our collection as well, so even more Brown County names to honor.
Yes, there are several sites that these books are available to browse online, but I think we’ve made it easier to flip through by creating a Brown County only list, and it is fascinating to see how many moved out here to Ohio and eventually called Brown County home.