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Ceremony will honor daughter of Revolutionary War fighter

May 11, 2019

ARTHUR, Ill. (AP) — Volunteers for the Daughters of the American Revolution are planning to add a marker at the grave of a Douglas County woman that recognizes her relationship to a Revolutionary War veteran.

The group’s Tuscola chapter will add the marker at the grave of Arthur housewife Florinda Wood Martin during a public ceremony on Sunday — more than 100 years after she died, the News-Gazette reported .

Chapter officials said an analysis of Martin’s family line reveals that her father, Alexander Wood, fought in the American Revolution.

Sheryll Herschberger, the Tuscola chapter’s regent and a member of the nonprofit women’s service organization since 2012, said that honoring the woman is significant, even though it is over a century after her death.

“That was a long time ago, and it’s important for people to understand this line was part of the group of people who have helped us stay free in our country, that first helped us gain our freedom,” she said.

The Daughters of the American Revolution, who say they are devoted to encouraging patriotism and conserving American history, say Martin was born in the Shenandoah Valley close to Harper’s Ferry in 1814. The Find a Grave database shows that Mrs. Martin was believed to have married, relocated to Arthur, raised 16 children and died at age 97. Though Martin was born and married with her first name spelled Florenda, she was identified more often by the spelling Florinda, according to the website.

One of Mrs. Martin’s descendants, Dick Chamblin of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and his spouse, Cheryl, said that they plan to go to the ceremony in Arthur. Cheryl Chamblin, a member of the organization’s Stephen Decatur chapter, noted it’s uncertain how many other family members will be there.

“I would guess there are hundreds of living descendants,” she said.

Herschberger said that knowing the identity of your family members and learning about your family’s history can provide a person with a new perspective.

“Everybody has a story,” she said.


Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com