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Goodies for our good and brave

The staff of the Portsmouth City Police Department (PPD) was honored by the Scioto Valley Volunteers (SVV) Chapter, United States Daughters of the War of 1812 , Ohio Society, on Monday, April 3rd. On behalf of the SVV members, President Beth Normand, expressed gratitude and appreciation for the vital services provided by the staff of the PPD. Chief Robert Ware was on hand to accept a “Certificate of Honor and Appreciation” presented by President Normand for the SVV.

The Portsmouth Police Department was the third recipient of the “Goodies for our Good and Brave” campaign. According to Normand, the purpose of which was initiated by the SVV to recognize the critical service of our local communities’ law enforcement/first responders organizations. SVV members Robyn Preston (Committee Chairman), Mary Stewart and Naomi Shewman coordinated the luncheo

Students of the New Boston Junior High School’s eighth grade classes taught by

Mr. Ryan Dutiel, received a history lesson about the War of 1812 on Friday, February 3rd.

Mrs. Mary Stewart, as Patriotic Education Committee Chairman, Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter, N.S.U.S.D. 1812, approached the school’s Librarian, Mr. Kevin Akers, about the possibility of speaking to Mr. Dutiel’s classes. Mr. Dutiel was receptive to the idea as the

timing was “on the same page” with his History class plan; approval was received by the school’s Principal Mr. Donald Stapleton.

Mrs. Stewart provided a basic outline of the “Second American Revolution,” as the War of 1812 is sometimes called. Students learned of President James Madison’s reasons for supporting this pivotal war for independence from Great Britain. Stewart told them of a young widow, Mary Pickersgill, having been commissioned by U.S. Major George Armistead in 1813 to make two flags for the military; a storm flag for inclement weather, and a flag measuring 30 ft. wide and 42 ft. long to fly over Ft. McHenry.

The students learned that in 1814 the Battle of Ft. McHenry began, and Mrs. Stewart shared the important inspiration of Francis Scott Key, who wrote a poem, “The Defence of Ft. McHenry,” that was later renamed and became The National Anthem of the United States of America.

Following the conclusion of Mrs. Stewart’s presentations, Mr. Dutiel demonstrated with the use of a tape measure, and the assistance of students Eric Thornton (1st class), Josh Tabor and Brianna Bravo (2nd class) just how large the Ft. McHenry flag was. Brianna was heard saying “WHAT?!” as she realized the enormous size of the flag. Mrs. Stewart

provided the students with patriotic pencils and War of 1812 informational worksheets.

Available to speak on this historical topic to area schools, Stewart may be contacted through the Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter at www.svv1812@outlook.com.


Native Scioto County sisters finding their roots

This was a "what if it prints" request to a couple of our SVV members to write their story in searching for 1812 Veteran
Grandfathers.  A way to keep 1812 Society in the news, when there really is no news!  I iam pleased that our local newspaper deemed this article newsworthy (front page as well), a sly recruitment tool for new members!
deemed this article news worthy (front page as well!); a sly recruitment tool for new members!

By Beth Normand - President, Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter

“Finding your roots” has become a popular trendy phrase partly thanks to the television show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” and long-running commercials for “ancestry.com” among others.

For many years, both men and women have diligently searched to find their roots for the purpose of submitting applications, with documentation, of proven ancestors to several National Societies. One relevant to this story is the National Society United States Daughters of 1812, which was founded in 1892, and headquartered today in Washington, D.C. This non-profit, non-political, women’s service organization consists of descendants of patriots who aided the American cause during the War of 1812.

Two local women, Carolyn Morrow Hilliard and Marilyn Morrow Schomburg, went on a journey to discover where their roots came from.

“About twelve years ago, Marilyn Morrow Schomburg and I became interested in genealogy,” Hilliard said. “Factual genealogy, which requires documents that prove when someone was born, married, died or where they lived. This seemed a good endeavor to prevent monotony in retirement. Marilyn had previously worked on compiling a family tree.”

However, time constraints placed the file on a shelf remaining idle for several years. Curious about who, or what, might be discovered beyond her sister’s records, Carolyn asked to borrow the file.

Our father would tell us, ‘Always remember where you come from,’” Hillard said. “Where we came from was not solely Southern Ohio. The quest to find more ancestors led us to Kentucky, Virginia and further east. A key element was to search for ancestors who served our country in the military. The first “find” was those serving as Union soldiers in the Civil War.

Having found a connection to those military ancestors was intriguing. Inspired by such a find, the journey had only begun. With an insatiable desire to find more ancestors, prompted going back another generation. It resulted another rewarding segment of a genealogical journey.

In that journey, the pair discovered that William Bilderback, Sr. served in Kentucky and Illinois as a Lieutenant in the War of 1812. Along with the necessary documentation, this provided the proof for membership in the Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter of United States Daughters of 1812.

“We acquired the beautiful N.S.U.S.D. of 1812 Society’s “St. Michael’s Certificate,” Hillard said. “We think of it as picture-proof for the accomplishment.”

These two sisters (Carolyn and Marilyn) have now proven rightful claim to being proud descendants of four Patriots who fought for our freedom, post-revolutionary, in the War of 1812. And the search continues.

“Remembering, rather learning, where we came from is not a place, it is from our heritage,” Hillard said.

To learn more about membership in the N.S.U.S.D. of 1812, please feel free to contact the Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter at P.O. Box 22, Lucasville, OH 45648, or email SVV1812@outlook.com, or you can find us on Facebook.

Chapter honors history of local cemetery

The Dever Historical Cemetery in Lucasville (though very old, yet well-maintained by Mr. and Mrs. Marty Locke) was the site of something likely never seen there before. On Saturday, October 7th, the Honor Guard of the American Legion Post #363, directed by Commander Ron Caldwell, descended upon the area with quiet, distinguished dignity as members of the Scioto Valley Volunteers (SVV) Chapter, National Society United States Daughters of 1812, Ohio Society, gathered around the headstone of Thomas Morgan to honor his service during the War of 1812 with a Grave Marking Ceremony.

It has been recorded that Captain Thomas Morgan of the Ohio Militia, was the Commander of the Second Regiment of the Ohio Volunteers Company; he oversaw 84 men from Ross and Scioto Counties. Morgan’s company served from July 28 to September 9, 1813 and then again from February 13 to March 18, 1814.

From the book, “Scioto County, Ohio, Newspaper Abstracts and Historical Reminiscences, 1866-1869,” (edited by Barbara Keyser Gargiulo, Little Miami Publishing Company, Milford, OH 2006), we learn the following: Thomas Morgan is believed to have been born about 1784 in Monongalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia); he came to Portsmouth about 1806 from Morgantown, VA (WVA). By 1808 he had purchased property on Front Street between Washington and Chillicothe Streets where he also opened a small shop making spinning wheels. Morgan was the first person to have a wheelwright business in Portsmouth. He also owned and commanded a keel boat where he would transport goods and merchandise up the Scioto River to Chillicothe and Circleville.

Posted on October 27, 2017

Daughter of 1812 celebrate 125th year

By Chris Slone - cslone@aimmediamidwest.com

Thursday, the Scioto County Commissioners passed a resolution, acknowledging a local chapter of the National Society of the United States Daughters of 1812.

The chapter is celebrating their 125th anniversary, starting in 1892, according to the Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners Bryan Davis.

“We recently did another grave marker ceremony for them, where they’re finding the 1812 veterans,” Davis said. “They’re fixing up their graves. They’re doing all they can to make those nice again. What’s really neat is a lot of those people that served were founders of our area.


Locals named for state offices for N.S.U.S.D. 1812

At the 117th Council of the Ohio Society, National Society United States Daughters of 1812, two members of the Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter (SVV) were inducted into State offices. Accepting the offices of Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary are Mary Crist, SVV Treasurer, and Beth Normand, SVV President, respectively. Accepting the two-year term commitment that commenced on May 6th, under the leadership of the newly elected Ohio State Society President, Mrs. Susan Leininger, of Columbus, Crist and Normand have expressed that they are proud to represent their local 1812 chapter at the State level.


Goodies for our Good and Brave”
First Posted: 8:57 pm - April 20th, 2016
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The Scioto Valley Volunteers (SVV) Chapter, United States Daughters of the War of 1812 Society, recognized the men and women of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Portsmouth Post as the first recipient of their “Goodies for our Good and Brave”campaign. The ladies of the SVV expressed their appreciation for the vital community service provided by the staff of the Post by treating them to a table of “goodies”. Lieutenant Mike Gore was on hand to accept“Certificate of Honor and Appreciation” presented to the Post by Gail Swick, Chapter President, and Beth Normand, Chapter VP/Public Relations Committee Chairman, on behalf of the SVV Chapter. The “Goodies for our Good and Brave” campaign has been initiated by the Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter for the purpose of honoring Scioto County’s own national defenders in the area of law enforcement/first responders service organizations. The next planned event is expected later this year. Please visit the Ohio Society U.S.D. 1812 website at www.ohiodaughters.org/ohio1812 for information regarding membership, or email Joan Phillips at mphillips19@roadrunner.com.
Posted by Elizabeth Normand, VP/PR Committee Chairman
Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter, USD 1812
Scioto County, OH  From COMMUNITY COMMON April 30, 2016

War of 1812 soldier to be honored
by Scioto Valley Volunteers


Listed in the Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812, “History of Scioto County”—“Ohio and the Pioneers of Scioto County,” soldier John Funk was a fifer in Captain Thomas Morgan’s Company (from Ross and Scioto Counties). Morgan’s Company served from July 28 until September 9, 1812, and again from February 13th until March 18, 1814 according to the Ohio Adjutant General’s office.

Family historian, and proven descendant of John Funk, Roberta Grady Cook (a member of the Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter, U.S.D. 1812), provides the following information:

“John Funk was born March 30, 1790 in Westmoreland County, PA, and he died February 18, 1859 in Portsmouth, Scioto County, OH. His parents were Martin Funk, II (1724-1787) and Elizabeth Studebaker (1798-1851).

Funk was married to Margaret Glover on June 1, 1815 in Portsmouth. Margaret was born about 1798 in Virginia and died about 1851 in Portsmouth. Their children were Azel (b. 5/30/1827 married to Lydia Beloat), Thornton, Samuel M. and Margaret Ann.”

Members of the Scioto Valley Volunteers (SVV) Chapter, United States Daughters of the War of 1812, Ohio Society, are planning a grave marking ceremony in the next few weeks to honor Scioto County’s brave veteran John Funk. According to SVV President Beth Normand an iron grave marker paid for by the SVV through donations and fundraising will be placed on Funk’s grave site in honor and memory of his volunteer service during the War of 1812. On behalf of the Chapter’s members, an invitation is being extended to any living descendants of John Funk to attend this memorable event. Please contact us at www.svv1812@outlook.com to obtain further information regarding the ceremony.

ROLL OF CAPT. THOMAS MORGAN’S CO. (From Ross and Scioto Counties).

Served from July 28, until September 9, 1813, and from February 13, until March 18, 1814.

Capt Thomas Morgan Lieut James Emerson Ensign James McLain

Ensign John Clemens Sergt Nathaniel Barber Sergt John Barber

SergL Samuel Wilson Sergt George Weider Sergt Job Goslee

Sergt Isaac Johnston Corp James Dawson Corp Jesse Martin

Corp William Sullivan Corp Thomas Lasborough Corp James Furnace

Corp John Thebus Fifer, John Funk Drummer, Isaac Wheeler




Hilliard This Week Wed. May 27, 2015
Memories restored along with burial grounds


http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/graphics/2015/05/28/0528hi79712-001kz.jpg?__scale=w:660,h:414,t:1,c:ffffff,q:80,r:1       Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt speaks at a Memorial Day ceremony May 25 to
commemorate the restoration of Hart Cemetery near Cemetery and Lacon roads in
Hilliard. The family cemetery, surrounded by industrial grounds, was restored as
 part of Operation Flag, a program overseen by Joe Testa, the state tax
commissioner and a Navy veteran.

     As a city of 30,000 grew around it, the small family cemetery with 22 graves near Cemetery and Lacon roads in Hilliard fell into disrepair and was forgotten by many.
     At a ceremony on Memorial Day, the refurbished Hart Cemetery was dedicated anew.
     Ninety-four-year-old Hilliard resident Thelma Allemang, the great-great-great-granddaughter of the family patriarch, placed a wreath on the repaired obelisk headstone of Moses Hart, a veteran of the War of 1812, completing the restoration of the cemetery that began last year.
     "This was a quite a special day for me," Allemang said after the ceremony had concluded. 
     Allemang said her father had maintained the cemetery until his death in 1987 and she had done so for a while thereafter until she was unable to keep the cemetery in order.
     The Memorial Day observance May 25 was part of a ceremony recognizing the efforts of Operation Flag, a program then-Franklin County Recorder Joe Testa established in 1988.
     Now the state tax commissioner, Testa continues to oversee Operation Flag as its chairman.
     "Each year, we look for a cemetery (in Franklin County) that needs a little help," said Testa, a Navy veteran.
     The "help" is accomplished through in-kind donations from numerous organizations, he said.
     The cemeteries are identified using Franklin County property records and are generally small- and medium-sized cemeteries, those in remote areas or those known to be in disrepair, Testa said.
     The purpose of the program is to ensure veterans in the cemeteries are properly memorialized.
     "Cemeteries such as these are sometimes forgotten (and) the soldiers buried here deserve our honor and respect, just like any other," Testa said. "We want to make sure no veteran's grave is left unremembered."
     Maj. Gen. Mark Bartman, adjutant general of the Ohio National Guard, was among the speakers at the ceremony.
     "I hope you leave here with a renewed sense of patriotism (and) make every day a Memorial Day," Bartman said.
     Sharing an inscription on a war memorial in England, Bartman said the epitaph, "For your tomorrow, we gave our today," applies to the two veterans interred in the Hart Cemetery and to all fallen soldiers.
     According to Susan Leininger, honorary state president of the Ohio Society of the U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812, Moses Hart was a private in the Virginia militia.
He enlisted in June 1814 in Rockbridge County, Va., and served at Fort Norfolk and Fort Nelson until his discharge at Portsmouth, Va., in March 1815, she said.
     In 1818, Hart, his parents and five siblings came to Franklin County, settling in 1820 in what would become Norwich Township. He married Margaret Nicely in 1825.
     Another veteran, Lyman Sands, a private in the Ohio Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War, also is buried in the cemetery, which dates back to the 1840s.
     Through Operation Flag, Sands' gravestone was replaced and Hart's was repaired. A fence also was repaired and new grass was sown inside the cemetery.
     Those contributing to the effort included Navy Junior ROTC cadets from Franklin Heights and Grove City high schools and Eagle Scout Richard Machir of Troop 485.
     The improvements dedicated May 25 concluded those began last year by Hilliard's recreation and parks and service departments, made at Allemang's request.
     City employees cooperated with property owner Gene Salyers to pull weeds, cut down dead trees and repair the fence.
     "Then I got a call (from Testa) about the cemetery," Mayor Don Schonhardt said.
     Schonhardt said Operation Flag made the final improvements possible, including the repair of the headstones.
     "The service members we honor today possessed the courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty and integrity (required) to serve a cause larger than oneself," Schonhardt said.
     The city's recreation and parks department will maintain the Hart Cemetery, which is west of the rail line that passes behind Beacon Elementary School and is surrounded by industrial grounds.
(From left) Thelma Allemang, Valerie Clark and Susan Leininger, decorate the obelisk headstone of Moses Hart, who fought in the War of 1812, during a Memorial Day ceremony May 25 to commemorate the restoration of Hart Cemetery near Cemetery and Lacon roads in Hilliard. Allemang is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Hart.


On October 3rd, the United States Daughters of 1812, Scioto Valley Volunteers (SVV) Chapter, reverently held a dedication ceremony in Portsmouth’s Tracy Park of a memorial monument placed in memory of the veterans of the War of 1812.

Following the opening prayer by Chaplain Naomi Shewman, Ann Meyers led the Pledge of Allegiance, SVV President Gail Swick led the Salute to the Flag of 1812 and gave welcoming remarks. Chapter Joan Phillips provided a brief history of “Scioto County in the War of 1812.”

Beth Normand, Chapter Vice-President, recognized members of the Russell D. Williams, American Legion Post #471 of Portsmouth, directed by Color Guard Commander Bob Neal for their participation in the ceremony. Thanks of appreciation were given to Bob Swick for his kind donation of the expense for the professional installation of the monument, and Dwight Cropper was recognized for his volunteer photography service.

Special words of acknowledgment, and heartfelt appreciation, were given to the Flowers Monument Company of Lucasville for the very generous donation of the monument. Special guests attending the ceremony were AJ Phillips, Flowers Monument Company employee, and his wife Danielle (Flowers) Phillips.

Normand also expressed appreciation to Derek Allen, Portsmouth City Manager, for his expedient response to the SVV Chapter’s request to place the monument in the Park.

Words of dedication were given by SVV Chaplain Shewman, followed by a ceremonious “placing of the wreath” by SVV members Carolyn Hilliard and Marilyn Schomburg.

At the close of the benediction by Chaplain Shewman, the vibrating sound of “Taps” rendered by Mrs. Sandy Neal (Ladies Auxillary, Post #471) lingered in the misty air as SVV members stood in a moment of silence honoring the lives of the long-forgotten brave Scioto County volunteer citizens of 200 years ago.

At the October 3rd meeting of the Scioto Valley Volunteers (SVV) Chapter, United States Daughters of the War of 1812, Commander Ron Caldwell and First Vice-Commander Ora Picklesimer, American Legion Post #363, were presented with a $100 donation check from SVV President Gail Swick. SVV members voted at a previous meeting to support the Lucasville Post as a chapter patriotic project for 2015. According to Commander Caldwell, Legion members have traveled as far as Georgetown, north of Akron and areas of Kentucky to participate in veterans funerals and memorial services. He stated that Post #363 has attended 40 funerals thus far this year. The service the Legionnaires provide is funded at their own personal expense and support of the Women’s Auxiliary.

Any veteran who has served during U.S. wartime is encouraged, and welcome, to join the Post; meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30. Commander Ron Caldwell may be reached at 740-259-3985.

For more information about the USD 1812, please visit the SVV website at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/-ohsvvusd/index1812.html, or visit us on Facebook. For questions regarding membership, please contact SVV Chapter Registrar, Joan Phillips, at mphillips19@roadrunner.com.

AUGUST, 2015


Reenactors Photo

Fun filled day at Fairlawn’s Croghan Park in celebration of its 40th anniversary
By Marilyn Miller
Beacon Journal staff writer   Published July 19, 2014

FAIRLAWN: More than 100 people attended the rededication of Croghan Park on Miller Road Saturday morning.
The 40th anniversary opened with color guards from Boy Scout Troop 380 presenting the flag, a three-shot musket salute and the playing of Echo Taps.
The celebration included living history re-enactments of the War of 1812 with storytelling from Captain Wolf, a Native American from Delaware who lived along Chippewa Lake, and General Elijah Wadsworth, after whom the city of Wadsworth was named.
Re-enactment participants pitched tents and set up demonstrations on how to use a musket and conducted soldier school, teaching children how to march.
“You hear most often about the Civil War and the Revolutionary War, obviously World War I, II, Korea and Vietnam, but the War of 1812 completed the independence of the United States,” Fairlawn Mayor Bill Roth said. “The conflict was between the United States and the British Empire. The British captured our ships and restricted our trade. But the end result of this war is that England finally agreed to vacate western ports.”
Susan Leininger, president of the Ohio Society of Daughters of the War of 1812 representing 6,000 female descendants of veterans and patriots of that war, said Ohio played a pivotal role in the War of 1812.
“The siege to Fort Meigs in northern Ohio, the battle of Lake Erie and the battle at Fort Stephenson under the command of Colonel George Croghan helped ensure that Ohio remained part of the United States,” she said. “The war had not gone well for the U.S. and the Ohio victories helped give the American morale a boost.”
In honor of the re-dedication officials planted a Valley Forge Liberty Elm tree to symbolize the future. The first thing the British did when they occupied an area was cut down trees, the mayor said.





Community Events

Published: September 7, 2014 12:00AM

Tour graves of 1812 war veterans

Local Historian and President of the William Wetmore Chapter Daughters of 1812, Sharon Myers, will conduct a tour of the graves of the Veterans of the War of 1812 buried in Oakwood Cemetery, 2420 Oakwood Drive, Cuyahoga Falls at 12:30 Sept. 27 in conjunction with the Ladies Cemetery Association's Open House at Oakwood Chapel.

This will be a walking tour. Participants should meet at the Chapel prior to 12:30.

Being on the National Register of Historic Places, Oakwood Chapel was built in 1898. Memorial, stained-glass windows were donated for the Chapel by several Falls families. The Ladies Cemetery Association's goal is the preservation of the Chapel by raising awareness and funds for various projects including the Adopt-a-Window Restoration Program.

This is one of only two days a year that the Chapel is open to the public. The hours for the Chapel are 2 to 4 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

The Chapel and Cemetery Tour are free and open to all. Contact Sharon Myers 330-794-5099 or armshome@aol.com for questions about the Cemetery Tour.

Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter, Published September 07, 2014
Portsmouth, Ohio Daily