Daytonian Finds Burial Ground of Revolutionary Ancestor
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After more than a century of neglect, a family cemetery dating back to Revolutionary days is being restored by Dr. Charles A. Dille. It is located northeast of the city off the Valley pike. Shown here at the grave of Samuel Dille, marked yesterday by ths SAR local chapter, are Thomas Calhoun, left, chapter president, and Dr. Dille. The youngster is Dr. Dille's son, a great-great-great-grandson of Damuel Dille, A Daytonian area pioneer.
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A three-quarter-acre tract he didn't know existed, has turned out to be the burial ground of the Revolutionary ancestors of Dr. Charles A. Dille, 224 West Dixon avenue.
Dense growth has covered the spot, about 150 feet off the Valley pike, adjacent to the Eagles clubhouse. Clearings revealed a series of broken headstones, some of them legible.
Historical references pursued by William A. Pettit, local attorney and member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Richard Montgomery chapter, led him to the spot some months ago.
There he found that Samuel Dille, a Revolutionary soldier and great-great-grandfather of Dr. Dille, was the first person buried in the little cemetery. That was 122 years ago, in 1829.
Plat Still Recorded
The headstone was broken and only about two-thirds of it was found. But besiode that grave was a headstone of his wife, Anna, and scattered over the small area were stones indicating that about 25 members of the family were buried there.
Pettit found further that while some 300 acres around the cemetery had been sold by earlier generations, the cemetery plot still was recorded in the Dille family and now becomes the property of Dr. Dille.
Yesterday the local SAR chapter observed Constitution day by marking the Dille grave and conducting services there. Dr. Dille placed a wreath on the grave, the chapter set up a marker and short talks on the significance of the event and the day were made by Thomas Calhoun, chapter president, and Miles Kuhns, chapter member. A rifle squad from the ROTC at the University of Dayton fired a salute.
To Check Identities
Dr. Dille says he will take over the plot and make every effort to ascertain who is buried there and restore as many graves and headstones as possible.
The Revolutionary Dille, records show, came here from Dille's Bottom, Washington county, Pa., and was one of the pioneer settlers in this region.