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Left to right, DAR members Cheri Casper, Marilyn L. Huston, Cheryl Gurdak, and Fran Himmelberg attend a grave-marking service in Westmoreland.

A joint grave-marking service was held recently by New Hampshire and Vermont chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Nellie Young of California, a member of the Los Cerritos Chapter, reached out to regent Cheryl Gurdak of the Cavendish-William-French Chapter in Vermont who collaborated with Ashuelot Chapter registrar Frances Himmelberg to conduct a grave-marking ceremony for Young’s ancestor, Capt. John Cole. The ceremony was conducted on May 15 at Canoe Meadow Cemetery in Westmoreland.

Cole was born in 1741, married Lois Davis, had 10 boys and two girls, and resided in Westmoreland and Windham, Vt. Cole was a surveyor, fence viewer and committeeman. He served in Ashley’s Militia during the Revolutionary War and died in 1830.

In attendance at the grave marking were N.H. state chaplain Marilyn L. Huston; Ashuelot Chapter regent Cheri L. Casper; Cavendish-William-French Chapter regent Cheryl Gurdak; Ashuelot Chapter vice-regent Bea Record; Ashuelot Chapter members Josephine Faux, Marilyn Pratt-Holmquist, Diane Cunningham, Meredith Kennedy; and Sandi Sliviak of Mary Varnum Platts-Peterborough Chapter.

The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 with the mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. For information about the Ashuelot chapter, contact Fran Himmelberg at fhimmelberg@twc.com.

Editor’s note: This item, originally published on June 8, is being reprinted to correct errors.