New historic marker at Northville’s Oakwood Cemetery brings together
community, history buffs and descendants of pioneering settlers
Mayor Ken Roth addressed guests at the dedication ceremony as
Kathleen Ripley Leo and others listen.
Photo by Diane Mazurek
A new nationally awarded historic marker was unveiled Oct. 8 during a
dedication ceremony in Northville’s Oakwood Cemetery, the final resting
place of 35 veterans from the country’s earliest wars – the
Revolutionary War to the Spanish American War. The City’s earliest
settlers are also buried in the historic cemetery with an entrance on
Cady St. in downtown Northville.
The local branch of the
National Society Daughters of the American Colonists (NSDAC), led by
Arlene Robertson, officiated the ceremony, which came to life with
bagpipes that set a lilting tone as 110 guests entered. The National
Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) provided the
Kathleen Ripley Leo, of NSDAC, read a poem she
wrote for the occasion, “The Pioneer Spirit,” noting that early settlers
had a spark that fueled their success. Northville Mayor Ken Roth spoke
about the historic significance of the cemetery and residents’ respect
for the early settlers buried there. Also taking part were Linda
Dagenhardt and Kathy Huff, descendants of American Revolution soldier
William Gregory, who is buried in the cemetery.
Sons of the Union Civil War, American Legion post 147, VFW 4012,
history buffs, lineage association members, residents of Northville and
nearby communities, City Council members, and representatives from the
Northville Genealogical Society and the Northville Historic Society.
Many who traced their heritage to the Mayflower or early settlers
wore period attire. The ceremony ended with taps, and the bagpiper
played as he led guests across the street and up the hill to City Hall
for a reception.
The aluminum marker is positioned just inside
the gated entranceway to the cemetery. The two-sided marker conveys the
historical significance of the cemetery. It is one of only five awarded
to historic sites nationwide by NSDAC. The others awarded this year are
located in Alabama, New York, Virginia and Washington.
Northville resident, was instrumental in obtaining the marker based on
an extensive and expressive grant application. Public Works Director Jim
Gallogly secured and prepared the land for the marker.
containing the names and stories of the soldiers buried in the cemetery
is available for viewing in the Northville Genealogical Society Room of
the Northville District Library.
NSDAC is represented in five
regions in the United States; Michigan is in the Great Plains region.
The organization is dedicated to researching the history and deeds of
American colonists, and providing commemoration.
Find out more on their
Here is the list of veterans
buried at Oakwood Cemetery:
War of 1812
Joseph Allen Reverend Anson Sha
Avery Downer Asa
William Dunlap Asa Sloan
Caleb Harrington Oliver Whitaker
Sylvester Babcock John Hughston
Alfred Beal Achmed Lawson
William J. Clarke William J. Little
Eugene C. Clarksen Hiram Lount
William L. Downer Lester Clinton Lyke
Leander W. Ferguson Daniel H. Palmer
Harvey B. Goodall Elias Perrigo
Alexander Hamilton Eli K. Simonds
James Hamilton William Slater
Allen M. Harmon Eugene K. Starkwather
William H. Hastings Perrin
Edward B. Horton Lester R. Withea
Frank A. Lewis
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