Daughters of the Revolution chapter to host grave marking ceremony

FLINT — The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Genesee chapter will be honoring a local Revolutionary War soldier with a new grave marker.

A special ceremony honoring Charles Stewart will be held on May 11 at 11 a.m. by NSDAR at the Glenwood Cemetery in Flint. The public is welcome to attend the dedication and a small reception will be immediately following.

The NSDAR Genesee Chapter wants to recognize those that fought or gave aid in the American Revolution. One way that is done is by marking their graves.

Stewart was born July 1763 in Colrain, Hampshire Co., MA and died in Genesee County, MI, in 1837. He enlisted August 12, 1781 and was discharged November 8, 1781. His regiment was raised from Hampshire Co. militia to serve for three months.

The Genesee Chapter originally marked his grave in 1926. At some point, the marker disappeared.

From the very inception of NSDAR in 1890, daughters have sought to honor those who came before them with the placement of markers and memorials. Members have place thousands of markers at the gravesites of Revolutionary War soldiers, patriots, their wives and their daughters. The first object of the society is “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…” — B.G.

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