Aside from the lovely church & cemetery at Archers Ridge that I posted a picture of yesterday, I also went further down the road a bit to Devoll Cemetery, also in Noble County, in search of my DAR patriot, John Wickham. I’d seen the picture & an article about it before but visiting it in person was just important to me. I proudly wear his name on my DAR bar so I felt it was only right to find his resting place to pay proper homage to him.
To recap in case you missed my earlier posts on him and you’re wondering who John Wickham was, he was a soldier in the French & Indian War before being asked to come train militia men during the Revolutionary War. The DAR acknowledges him as a non-commissioned officer. John was 99 years old when he applied for his pension before dying at 100 years old, 8 months. His pension application follows his journey all over New York from Fort Montgomery to the second battle for Saratoga (also known as Bemis Heights) with Generals Gates & Arnold. He was even sent to spy on British ships in the Hudson River near what is now the Tappan Zee Bridge. Somewhere around 1818, John and many of his descendants moved from New York to Ohio.