Members of Cornwall Iron Furnace Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), gathered in October to initiate a community service project. The organization plans to record the exact location and the condition of more than 300 Revolutionary War graves in Lebanon County. To record the locations, participants will use GPS.
Records were pulled from the Lebanon County Department of Veterans Affairs that includes the graves' locations. Chapter members must travel to the cemeteries, locate the graves, note their positions, and fill out an information sheet for each grave, noting its condition and other pertinent facts, such as if the grave has a federal Revolutionary War marker and, if applicable, a DAR marker. The chapter's first group of Revolutionary War graves was located at Gingrich's Mennonite Church, where chapter members were able to locate five graves.
The project may take years to complete, according to the chapter's regent, Dr. Heather Waddell. The collected data will be a research tool for the veterans' descendants and other genealogists. The chapter has ambitions to produce a book but hopes to start with information on its website.
For more information about the Cornwall Iron Furnace DAR, readers may visit http://www.cornwallironfurnacedar.org.