2018-10-11 / News

Revolutionary War soldier to be honored with new grave marking

By Ben Gagnon
810-452-2661 • bgagnon@mihomepaper.com

FLINT —The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Genesee Chapter will be placing a new grave marker for a local Revolutionary War soldier.

Charles Stewart, who is buried at the Glenwood Cemetery on West Court Street in Flint, will receive his marker during a ceremony on May 11, 2019, at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend this dedication and a small reception that will follow.

Stewart was born on July 1763 in Colrain, Hampshire County, Mass. and died in Genesee County in 1837. He enlisted with the Hampshire County militia on Aug. 12, 1781, and was discharged Nov. 8, 1781.

The NSDAR Genesee Chapter originally marked Stewart’s grave in 1926. But during a recent visit to pay respects to him, members noticed that his marker had disappeared.

“We want to recognize those that fought or gave aid in the American Revolution,” the organization said in a statement. “One way we do that is to mark their graves as a lasting memorial. That way, their memory will endure.”

From the inception of NSDAR in 1890, members have placed thousands of markers at the gravesites of Revolutionary War soldiers, patriots and their wives. The organization’s missions is detailed on Page 19 of “The First Report of Daughters of the American Revolution, 1890 to 1897,” which lists the first object of the society as follows: “To perpetuate the memory of the spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence by the acquisition and protection of historical spots and the erection of monuments…”

The Genesee Chapter most recently placed a grave marker in 2006 for Revolutionary War soldier John Britton, who is buried at Horton Cemetery in Atlas Township.

Apart from placing markers, the organization also supports the community by donating items to veterans who’ve been discharged from the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw; contributing to schools and student programs; and participating in parades and patriotic events.

Nationwide, the NSDAR provides scholarships and awards to outstanding students, maintains genealogical records and contributes to the preservation and restoration of historical sites. To learn more about the Daughters of the American Revolution, visit www.dar.org.

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