Descendants’ help sought in replacing deteriorating markers at Bigelow Cemetery

By SCOTT RAWDONThisWeek Community News

Monday April 1, 2013 2:40 PM

Bigelow Cemetery needs the community’s help.

Johnstown American Legion Post 254 has been trying to replace stone markers for the veterans laid to rest in Bigelow Cemetery.

“It’s a matter of normal wear and tear,” said Terry Priest, of the Johnstown Historical Society. “(The markers) are so old.”

He said the military would replace aging marker stones for veterans “at a good price,” but the veterans’ families must sign for the new markers.

Priest said descendants are sought for specific veterans within the cemetery. The veterans of the American Revolution include Elijah Adams (1756-1843), Oliver Bigelow (1759-1817), Benjamin DeWolf (1763-1846), Caleb Hill (1756-1842), Abel Jewett (1760-1821), John Jacob Martin (1744-1845), Thomas Perkins (1762-1837), Moses Scovell (1762-1836) and Thomas Scovell (unknown).

The veterans of the War of 1812 include Claudius Brittell (1794-1862), David Buston (1769-1843), Joseph Evans (1783-1863), Daniel Gardner (1790-1842), Stephen D. Grove (1795-1858), Israel Harding (1773-1816), Emmanuel Hoover (1780-1826), Samuel Hoover (1759-1842) and David Scovell (1788-1871).

Veterans of the Civil War include John S. Cummins (1848-1864), Samuel A. DeWolf (1812-1864) and Isreal H. Scovell (1828-1906).

Priest said it’s necessary that descendants of those specific veterans make requests. He said descendants (or anyone who knows one) should email hgalbraith@roadrunner.comor call 740-967-7655.

“This bicentennial project is waiting for your help,” Priest said.

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