Francestown Revolutionary War soldier honored

  • Plaque placed at David Fisher's grave by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Staff photo by Julia Stinneford

  • Dawn Roberts Barkley and Susan Roberts unveil the plaque, while Mary Hall Kelly looks on and Deianna Jones presents. Veterans Mike Tartalis, Stephen Roy, Don Page, Scott Carbee, and Al Gould, serving as Color Guard also look on. Staff photo by Julia Stinneford

  • Mary Hall Kelly reads some of her ancestor's history with Susan Roberts. Julia Stinneford / Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/27/2021 7:21:02 PM

A multi-state gathering of Daughters of the American Revolution was held in Francestown’s Cemetery 2 on Tuesday afternoon, to commemorate a Revolutionary War veteran whose grave lies there.

The grave of David Fisher, the veteran in question, was bestowed with a plaque detailing his service in the Revolution. 

The event was sponsored and led by representatives from the Camelback Chapter of the DAR, in Arizona. Their chapter’s Regent, Deianna Jones, explained that the event came about because their chapter wanted to place a grave marker. As the DAR is a group based on proving an ancestral connection with a Revolutionary patriot, they offered a chance to all of their members to have one of their ancestors be the one selected for the grave marker.

“We knew that we would be looking outside Arizona to do this,” said Jones.

Dawn Roberts Barkley, descendant of Fisher, was the winning selection. Her mother, Susan Roberts, is also a member of their chapter. They were both present, as was another descendant of Fisher, Mary Hall Kelly, from the Lady Knox chapter of the DAR in Maine.

The event was supported by the New Boston chapter of the DAR, as Francestown does not have its own chapter. Members of the DAR from across the state, including the state Regent and members from the Wolfeboro chapter, were also in attendance.

The ceremony focused on exploring the history of Fisher’s life and how he came to rest in Francestown. He was born in 1759 in Massachusetts and served as a private in the Revolutionary War starting at the age of 16. After the war, he married in 1781 and settled in Francestown. He died in 1829.

The DAR plaque now rests at the foot of his grave.

“We believe that a portion of the spirit of these patriots lives on in their descendants,” said Jones in her opening remarks. 

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