PANDORA — They were soldiers of the American Revolution who lived for a long time after the war ended and died far from the places where they were born.
When 88-year-old Massachusetts native Israel Hubbard Jr. died in 1840, he was living with his son’s family in Putnam County. He was buried in Malahan Cemetery, a small burial ground at the end of a long lane among the fields of Riley Township.
Hezekiah Bloomfield Hubbell, a native of New Jersey, lived to see his 100th birthday while living with a daughter in Allen County. He died in 1855 and was laid to rest in the Hubbell Cemetery, also known as Revolutionary War Cemetery, in Richland Township near Rockport in northeastern Allen County.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Northwest Territory Chapter of the Ohio Society, Sons of the American Revolution, will conduct gravemarker services at the cemeteries, said David Lupien, of Bryan, the secretary of the chapter. Lupien said the Northwest Territory Chapter is working with the John Hancock Chapter, based in Findlay, and the Centennial Chapter, based in Lima, on the project.
The ceremony at the Hubbard grave site, which is off Putnam County Road M-6 near Pandora, will be held at 10 a.m. The ceremony at the Hubbell grave site, which is on Shifferly Road in Richland Township, will be at 3 p.m.
According to information compiled by the Sons of the American Revolution, Hubbard was born in 1752 in Sunderland, Massachusetts. Records indicated he entered the service as a volunteer for one month in April 1775. In January 1777, he joined a militia company in Sunderland, which marched to Ticonderoga, where they spent their time cutting logs for a bridge. Hubbard was discharged after three months. He would serve several more three-month enlistments in militias, during which time he survived Indian attacks and British ambushes.
About 1832, Hubbard traveled with his son to Medina County in eastern Ohio. Five years later, the family moved to Putnam County, where he remained until his death in March 1840. Lupien noted that, while members of the chapter were cleaning up Hubbard’s weathered gravestone, an inscription reading “Was a soldier in the Revolutionary War” was found at the bottom of the marker.
In addition to the Riley Township trustees, who maintain the cemetery, other groups involved with the ceremony honoring Hubbard include American Legion Post 536, Daughters of the American Revolution, Pandora Fire Department, Putnam County Veterans Service Commission and the Junior ROTC Color Guard Unit from the Kenton City Schools.
It was while preparing the program to honor Hubbard that the Sons of the American Revolution learned that Hubbell was buried just across the county line in Allen County, Lupien said.
Hubbell was born in 1755 in Woodbridge, New Jersey. According to information compiled by the Sons of the American Revolution, he enlisted in the New Jersey Continental Line and was stationed on the New Jersey border with New York until his initial enlistment expired. Returning home, he found both his parents had died. So, not having any means of support, he again enlisted. Hubbell was involved in battles at Springfield, Brandywine and Monmouth during the Revolutionary War.
After the war, Hubbell migrated west, first to Pennsylvania and then Ohio and Indiana, before returning to Ohio about 1851. He was living with a daughter in Allen County when he died in 1855.
Like Hubbard’s marker, Hubbell’s gravestone showed the effects of age and Ohio’s weather. It also had been vandalized and was replaced with a government bronze marker. The Bluffton American Legion services the marker every Memorial Day. Hubbell’s is the only grave marked in the cemetery. An inscription at the base of the original marker stated that “He served under Washington for seven years during the Revolution.”
Reach Greg Hoersten at firstname.lastname@example.org.