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Soldier of Revolutionary War to be honored here

August 15, 2011

Thomas Archbold’s grave site as it currently looks.

    The rededication of the gravesite of American  Revolutionary War Soldier Thomas Archbold will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, during the upcoming 175th Anniversary Celebration of Decatur.
    Archbold is buried in Reynolds Cemetery, located in a clearing off Winchester Road, some two miles outside Decatur.
    The ceremony is open to the public.
    Archbold, came to Root Township in Adams Counrty in 1835 or 1836 to live with his youngest son, Thomas Jr. The elder Thomas died at the age of 85 in 1837.
    Archbold is one of only three Revolutionary War soldiers known to be buried in Adams County.
    A salute was conducted at his gravesite in 1998 and a dedicatory service was held in 1936.
    Several of Archbold's direct descendants are expected to attend this year's rededication, including Janet Torson and Eugene Butcher of Decatur.
    A new tombstone has been secured and the grave site is being enhanced with a wrought-iron fence and decorative stone.
    The program will open with a welcome by Torson, posting of the colors by Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard from Adams Legion Post 43, an invocation by Decatur native Rev. Joyce Helm Kuhn, a direct Archbold descendant, and the pledge of allegiance led by Butcher.
    Ryan Hirschy will lead the National Anthem, then Decatur Mayor John Schultz will read a proclamation and offer some remarks. Torson will recognize family members who are present. Greetings will be given by T. Rex Legler of the national Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Roger D. Barnhart of the Indiana SAR, Don Melching of the Anthony Halberstadt SAR, Judith Ormsby Richter (a descendant) of the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and Marlene Melching of the Antoine Rivarre NSDAR.
    After the American Creed is led by Marlene Melching, the unveiling of the monument will be handled by Richter. That will be followed by the laying of wreaths, a gun salute for departed comrades, the benediction and "America the Beautiful" sung by Hirschy.
    "Taps" by the Legion post will conclude the program.
    
    Archbold married Mary Kent and settled in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Later, he and Mary moved to Tuscawaras County, Ohio. They had seven children. After her death, he married Mary Liggett.
    Thomas served in the Revolutionary War and was wounded at the battle of Brandywine. Many of Thomas’s children moved to Wells County, Indiana, and he followed his family in his later years, living out his life in Adams County.

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