Monroe County's Patriotic Part In The Revolutionary War
A four-page newspaper, "The Report," is published by the Ohio Genealogical Society in Mansfield. This paper is devoted to Monroe County. Catherine Foreaker Fedorchak, whose ancestors are natives of Monroe County, wrote practically the entire paper, Monroe Countians are grateful to her for spending considerable time collecting this information and for preserving it. Some of the biographies of Revolutionary War pensioners are listed below.
Nathan Hollister was a Revolutionary War pensioner. He is buried in the Woodsfield Pioneer Cemetery. His grave is marked with a rather pretentious monument. His family built a beautiful home, known as "The Parry House", on Eastern Avenue. This home is now occupied by the Saffle family.
Other Revolutionary War soldiers who applied for pensions while being residents of Monroe County were Adam Crum, William McClain, Henry Weaver, Robert Welsh, Benjamin Pearsall, Henry Smith, Anthony Evans, John Hicks, William Smith, Carl Headley, James Ferrell, Lemuel Rucker, John Pratt, John Walters, John Edge, Thomas Jordan, John Carmichael, Robert Wilson, William Gadd, William Eddy, John Hendershot, James Craig, Charles Atkinson, James Atkinson, Richard Talbott, James Henthorne, Ephriam Bates, Joseph Fulkerson, James McVay, Thomas Forshey, Pardon Starkes, Basil Morris, Ebenezer Tingley, Joseph Tomilson, Phillip Wiggins, Thomas Hammond, Enoch Enochs, Zadock Casteel, Arthur Hazzard, Stephen Atkins, Elijah Hixon, John Lisk, Alexander Sands, James Porter, Anthony Smith, Levin Okey, George Miller, James McCalliste, Earl Sproat, John Turner, and Isaan Stackhouse, There are several members of the Rucker family who are members of the DAR.
Nancy Edge, widow of John Edge, died on November 12, 1855. It is believed that she was 105 years old at the time of her decease. Her maiden name was Nancy Cummings. She is buried in the Greenbrier Cemetery near Graysville.
William Atkinson, a brother to Charles and James Atkinson, also served in the War. Their father, Cornelius, is a war veteran, too. Cameron, on Route #78, was at one time named Jamestown after James Atkinson.
John Cummings was with George Washington when Benedict Arnold deserted. He is buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery at Beallsville.