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PHOENICIA LEGION WILL DECORATE SOLDIERS' GRAVES


Kingston Daily Freeman
Monday evening, May 18, 1931
page 10

West Shokan, May 18. -- A commendable action is being taken by the Phoenicia Post, American Legion, in that of decorating next Sunday, May 25, the graves of Civil and World War heroes who lie "under the sod and dew awaiting the judgement day" in the townships of Olive, Shandaken and Denning.  This is quite an extensive undertaking as it is hoped that all graves may be located and it is a regretted fact that several here in Olive town are unmarked.  The Legion is earnestly seeking cooperation in its task, and has brought the attention of Supervisor Chester Lyons to the matter of furnishing a list of the names of deceased soldiers lying in the cemeteries in the vicinity of Ashokan.  On the west side of the reservoir E. C. Davis, who maintains a keen interest in historical matters, has found very able assistance in this work on the parts of Erastus North, James McMillen and Clarence Donahue.

There are four known graves in the Bushkill Cemeteries, and more may lie in the unknown section of 300 graves reinterred from the reservoir cemeteries.

In the new and old Tongore Cemeteries there are found fifteen more, and four who gave their lives in France.  These are Merritt Personeus, Chauncey Windrum, Jason Althiser and Private Guylefus.  The two latter lie in the hallowed soil of the Argonne Cemetery in France.  However, fitting memorial monuments are erected here to their memory.  In Krumville Cemetery there is listed nine known graves and one of the World War, that of William Terwilliger.  The body of Guy Barringer of Samsonville, who died after the war, is buried in Palentown Cemetery in Rochester township.

The remains of one known Revolutionary soldier lies in the old section of Tongore Cemetery, that of Andries Davis, who died at a very advanced age on December 1, 1850.  The exact location of his grave is probably now unknown, unless possibly to Jacob V. Merrihew.

It perhaps may be advisable to insert herewith the known names, as some may be missing, in which case relatives or friends upon reading this might notify as early as possible either Supervisor Lyons of Ashokan or Joe Schoonmaker of Phoenicia.

Those in the Bushkill Cemeteries are Jacob Avery, on Laurel Hill, Henry Every, Andrew B. Every, Richard Burgher and Andrew Every, War of 1812.  In Tongore, new section:  William Toole, Andrew Eckert, James Loomis, Asa Bishop, John Barnes, John Hesley, Henry Bacher, John Thompson, Abram J. Every, Solomon Markle, also Col. John B. Davis who was mustered out of the militia service at the beginning of the Civil War.  He died in 1868.

Old section:  Alonzo G. Davis, Amory Merrihew and Egbert Perry.

In Krumville cemetery:  Hugh Donohue, Aexander Beesmer, Elisha Depew, Granville Boice, Daniel Wager, William H. Brown, Dennis Quick and George Haver.  There also is Peter K. Smith a veteran of the War of 1812.


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