The Revolution in an Upstate Cemetery

The White Store church off of Route 8 in Chenango County, NY.
The White Store church off of Route 8 in Chenango County, NY.

A quick stop at a local national historic site today yielded some surprise Revolutionary War connections. The town of White Store, NY, was founded in Chenango County in 1800. The White Store church was built in 1820 by “Baptists, Methodists, and Universalists” (according to the New York State Education Department marker, 1935), and remains in original condition aside from the pulpit that was modified in 1863. Beside the church lies the Evergreen Cemetery, the final resting place of twelve soldiers of the Revolutionary War: Colonel Stephen Winsor, Major David Richmond, Major Samuel May, Captain Edward Greene, Captain Anan Winsor, Captain Abner Wood, John Secor, Jeremiah Burlingham, Andrew Webb, Ezekial Wheeler, Philemon Shippey, and Caleb Arnold. Arnold’s son, Peleg, was a soldier in the War of 1812 and is also buried at the cemetery.

The gravestone of Major David Richmond, veteran of the Revolutionary War, in the Evergreen Cemetery.
The gravestone of Major David Richmond, veteran of the Revolutionary War, in the Evergreen Cemetery.

The local American Legion appears to have marked veterans’ graves in the cemetery for some time, with many old markers commemorating service in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, the Civil War, World War I, and, for many of the most recent graves, World War II. It is an impressive testament to the ways in which world events touch even the most remote places. RIP.

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