In November 2010, the James Wood Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the American Legion’s Lloyd Williams Post 41 and the Clarke County Memorial Cemetery Association participated in a grave marking ceremony at Stone’s Chapel. During the ceremony, three local Revolutionary War veterans buried in the Stone’s Chapel cemetery were honored.
William Reed was born in Dunmore County (now Shenandoah County), Virginia in about 1762. On August 29, 1777, he enlisted in Captain Thomas Buck’s Dunmore Militia in Woodstock, Virginia. In 1778, the Dunmore Militia was part of the forces led by General George Rogers Clark (for whom Clarke County, Virginia is named) down the Ohio River into the Northwest Territory to try to break British control of the region. Clark’s forces occupied the settlement at Kaskaskia, Illinois in July 1778. In a brilliant attack in February 1779, the Americans took the British at nearby Fort Vincennes (or Fort Sackville) by complete surprise and captured the fort without a single American casualty. American control of Fort Vicennes throughout the remainder of the war was a major factor in the granting of the Northwest Territory to the United States in the 1783 Treaty of Paris. William Reed died on September 11, 1839 at the age of 77.
John Fredrick Smith
John Fredrick Smith was born in Frederick County, Virginia, in 1761. On January 18, 1777, Smith enlisted as a private in Captain Peter Byron Bruin’s company of 11th Virginia Regiment. The 11th Virginia Regiment served under the command of Colonel Danial Morgan and was action at the Battle of Brandywine, the Battle of Germantown and the Battle of Monmouth. During the Southern Campaign, the unit was captured in May 1780 at the Seige of Charleston. John Fredrick Smith died on October 29, 1812 at the age of 51.
Peter Hunsicker was born near Lancaster, Pennsylvania in about 1761. He was the eldest son of Daniel and Christina Hunsicker who immigrated from Wolfersheim, Germany. His father Daniel served as a lieutenant during the French and Indian War and received a land warrant of 2,000 acres for his service. In about 1780, Daniel Hunsicker and his family moved from Pennsylvania to Frederick County, Virginia. During the American Revolutionary War, father and son supported the Continental Army by supplying, among other provisions, 261 pounds of flour. In gratitude for their support, Peter and his father were granted 12 pounds and 7-1/2 shillings by the Virginia Legislature.
After the war, Peter worked with his father as an apprentice and became a Master Tailor. He married Ann Eve Schmidt whose family had settled on a farm near Stenkirche Lutheran Church(Stone’s Chapel Presbyterian Church). Peter and Ann Eve Hunsicker had eleven children. In 1803, Peter Hunsicker purchased a 196-acre farm in Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia) n the deep bend of the Opequon Creek and chose “Prospect Hall” as the name of his home. Peter Hunsicker died in 1816 at the age of 55.