Burial: Swinney Cemetery, Decatur County, Indiana
Information courtesy of John and Marty Green of Indiana.
This information came from "Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Decatur County".
The Decatur Bicentennial Committee takes great pride in helping with the piblishing of this pertinent series of articles. The committe feels these fatcs concerning Decatur County's Revolutionary War Soldiers are a very important part our our county's history. Every effort should be made to preserve our heritage, and this record will certainly be of great help.
Signed by Mr and Mrs Van P. Patterson,
co-chairmen, Decatur County
This series of headstones and records of the Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Decatur County was started in July 1975, by Smith Monument Works as their project for the bicentennial.
The series would have been impossible wwithout the records kept by the Lone Tree Chapter, D.A.R.
We at Smith Mounment Works would like, once again, to express appreciation to the Lone Tree Chapter D.A.R. for their dedication to the presevation of the history of Decatur County.
We would also like to thank the Bicentennial Commission for preserving this series in booklet form.
Patricia Smith, James F Smith
Not much is known about John Gilleland,except he served in the 5th Pennsylvania Regt during the Revolutionary War. A goverement marker designates the place of burial in a peaceful country cemetery. At the time the picture was taken a rose was in bloom by his marker.
Since the goveremtn started the program of marking the graves of veterans, there have been several changes. The one above has the sunken shield design with square raised letters. It has no dates.
Others have the shield outlines incised with two rows of letters raised, one incised. Later one haveall letters incised.
In 1922 the goveremnt decided that there could be a reglious emblem included: Christian (Latin) Cross; Hebrew Star of David or no emblem at all. More datacan be used now, but the initial legislation required only nameand state appear on the marker.
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS PATRIOT
I'D APPRECIATE HEARING FROM YOU.Stephen D Franklin
Indiana War Graves Index - Clarence Cook Chapter SAR, Indianapolis, Indiana
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