Algonquin Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
Benton Harbor, Michigan
 

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Gravesite Markers

The work of locating and marking the gravesites of the American Revolutionary War soldiers who died in Michigan was begun in 1900 and Michigan DAR members worked tirelessly for years. The large number of gravesites in Michigan is due partly to the land grants offered to pensioners and probably partly to the adventurous spirit of those patriots. The Algonquin Chapter located and placed markers at the gravesites of seven Revolutionary War soldiers gravesites.

Revolutionary Patriot Lemuel R. Bolter. Born in 1760 in Maine District, Cumberland Co, Massachusetts. Served in Massachusetts as a Private under Captain Benson and Captain Cushing, and under Colonel Putman and Colonel Vose. Died in 1840 and was buried in Shavehead Cemetery, Porter Township, Cass County, Michigan. Algonquin Chapter located and placed a DAR Marker at his gravesite in 1930. Shavehead Cemetary is located on Robbins Lake Road, Jones, Michigan, and the gravesite is located 60 feet south and 40 feet west from the maintenance road. Click on the image to see the following text on the other side of the monument. "Rest found for Lemuel Bolter, father of A. F. and grandfather of L.R. Bolter, who at the age of 16 enlised from New York under Gen. Washington in 1777 and served during the Revolutionary War. He was in the battle of Brandywine and at the siege of Yorktwo., was wounded in the former engagement. in 1830 he located in this County and died in Porter Township in 1840."

   

Revolutionary Patriot Joseph Darling. Served in Massachusetts as a Private. He was born 22 September 1764, in Middleboro, MA. He died in 1841 and is buried in Jackson Cemetery, Jackson County, Michigan. His wife was Huldah Darling. Marked in 1918, by the Algonquin Chapter and the Sarah Treat Prudden Chapter. Click on the photo for a larger image.

   

Revolutionary Patriot Francis DeLong. Born in 1761.  Served as Fifer and soldier in North Carolina. Died in 1862 and was buried in West Hartford Cemetery (also known as Pioneer Cemetery,) on Red Arrow Hwy, Van Buren County, Michigan. Algonquin Chapter located and placed a DAR Marker at the gravesite in 1915. There is a larger family stone shown in the background of the personal grave marker.  Click on the photo for a larger image.

Gravestone of Revolutionary Patriot Francis DeLong
   
Barron Lake Cemetery

Revolutionary Patriot Rufus Earle.  Born in 1773 in Triverton, Rhode Island. Served as Private. Died in 1835 and was buried in Barron Lake Cemetery, Dick Street, Cass County, near Niles, Berrien County, Michigan. Algonquin Chapter located and placed a DAR Marker at the gravesite in 1915. Today the Barron Lake Cemetery appears untended with many unreadable headstones, and unfortunately, we could no longer locate the gravesite.

   

Revolutionary Patriot James Emmons. Born on 2 Oct 1761 in Fauquier Co, Virginia. Served as Private in Virginia under Captains Winn, Triplet, and Helms. Died 5 Apr 1838 and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Dowagiac, Cass County, Michigan. Married Sarah Kirk and Sarah Peterson. Algonquin Chapter located and placed a DAR Marker at the gravesite in 1915, in Block 24, Plot 6. Riverside Cemetery is located on Riverside Drive and is large and well-tended. There are other family members buried next to him. Click on the photo for a larger image with family gravestones.

Gravestone of Revolutionary Patriot James Emmons
   
Gravestone of Revolutionary Patriot Henry Lybrook

Revolutionary Patriot Henry Lybrook. Born 2 Apr 1755 in Red Stone River, Lancaster Co, PA. Served as Commissary in Virginia. He married Hannah Hankey. Died on 22 Aug 1837 in Cass Co, Michigan, and was buried in Shurte Cemetery (Cass County map lists this as Schulte Cemetery,) Beeson Street, LaGrange Twp, Cass Co, Michigan. The cemetery can’t be seen from the road  but is located in a grove of large old shady trees, in the middle of a huge cornfield. A mile dirt road leads to the grove of trees from Beeson Street. It is lovely and very well tended. Click on the photo for a larger image.

   

Revolutionary Patriot Abraham Huff. Born in 1760. Died in 1850 and was buried in Shurte Cemetery, (Cass County map lists this as Schulte Cemetery,) off of Beeson Street, LaGrange Township, Cass County, Michigan. Algonquin Chapter located and placed a DAR Marker at the gravesite in 1915. The cemetery can’t be seen from the road  but is located in a grove of large old shady trees, in the middle of a huge cornfield. A mile dirt road leads to the grove of trees from Beeson Street. It is lovely and very well tended. Click on the photo for a larger image.

Gravestone of Revolutionary Patriot Abraham Huff
   

Revolutionary Patriot James Stevens, whose American Revolutionary service was in Connectcut, and rank was Private. He was born August 10, 1757, in Glastonbury, Connectcut, and died July 8, 1847, Arlington, Van Buren County, Michigan. Spouses were (1)Honor Talcott and (2) Esther Darrow. His gravesite was marked in 1915 by the Algonquin Chapter. Buried in Colburn Cemetery, near Lawrence, Van Buren County, Michigan.

   
 
    

Revolutionary Patriot Jotham Curtis 1759-1848. He is buried in Five Points Cemetery, on US 12, just west of Five Points Road, about 6 miles west of Edwardsburg, MI, and 5 miles east of Union, MI. His home, an 1840's brick greek revial, was torn down in the spring of 2009 and now is farm field. He had this home built from a brick kiln located on his property. Algonquin Chapter placed a DAR Marker at the gravesite in 1915. Gravesite not located yet.

 
Revolutionary Patriot Reverend Edward Evans. Born in 1756. Died in 1853 and buried in Constantine, St. Joseph County, Michigan. His gravesite was located by Abel Fellows Chapter, Three Rivers, in 1907 and the Algonquin Chapter placed a DAR Marker at the gravesite in 1915. Gravesite not located yet.
 
 

Revised: December 27, 2015