The Ohio Society and the Alabama Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will celebrate the Revolutionary War service of Peter Whitmer (1760-1835) at a special graveside service in Perry County, Ohio on Sunday, Sep. 26, 2004 at 1 p.m. The public is invited. Present in Revolutionary War uniforms will be the color guards from both Societies, complete with flags waving, muskets firing, national anthem, and taps. The American Legion is expected to attend to honor the veteran with a 21-gun salute.
The master of ceremonies, also in his SAR uniform, will be descendant Col. Larry P. Cornwell, USAF-Ret., who will unveil a special medallion set onto the stone which will permanently commemorate Peter's participation in the War.
Joh. Peter Whitmer served in the War for three years, including service in 1782 in Capt. Balzer Orth's First Company of the Second Battalion of the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Militia, listed in the Eighth Class as Peter Wittmer, Jun'r.
Joh. Peter Whitmer is buried next to his wife of 48 years, Mary Magdalena OVERMYER, the daughter of Capt. John George OVERMYER, Jr (1727-1805) and his wife Anna Barbara Vogt. John George and Anna Barbara are both credited with participation in the Revolutionary War by the Daughters (DAR) and Sons (SAR) of the American Revolution.
Joh. Peter Whitmer's father, also named Johann Peter Whitmer (1736-1793) also served in the Revolution in the 3d Battalion of the Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, militia and in the Company of Artillery in Philadelphia in 1780.
Find the cemetery by going exactly one mile north of the Somerset town square on State Road 13, and 2.1 miles west on Rush Creek Road.
If you are interested in attending, contact LaCornwell@aol.com.