The American Revolution:
Dedication at Munsonville



The following was kindly contributed by Barbara Perricelli, an avid Van Buren researcher.
Source: Morning Herald, 28 September 1936.


Rev. Ruliffson, Mayfield, Covers History of men in Historical Talk

MAYFIELD - A large gathering attended the unveiling ceremonies of the monument in memory of Major Harmon and Francis Van Buren, soldiers of the Revolution, which were held yesterday afternoon at 3, on the Frank VanDenburgh farm, at Munsonville.

Mrs. John M. Burton, of the General Richard Montgomery Chapter of the D. A. R. presided as regent.  The program was opened with a selection by the Mayfield Band, conducted by Wallace Spraker of Gloversville, and followed by "America" sang by the audience led by Walker  La Rowe of Northville.  A decorated truck furnished by W. De Colyer and son of Phelps street was used for the speakers stand. The invocation was given by Rev. William H. Kroeger, pastor of the Mayfield Methodist Episcopal church. An historical address by Rev. E. J. Ruliffson, town historian, was made at this time; telling of the history of the Van Buren family, beginning with their early pilgrimage to the Uinted States from Holland.

Descendant Honored

To Sally Van Buren, a great, great, great, great granddaughter of Francis Van Buren was given the honor of the unveiling. This disclosed a bronze tablet bearing the following inscription:

Pioneers of Mayfield
Major Harmon Van Buren, 1734 - 1819
Francis Van Buren 1728-1813
Their wives, Eva and Johanna Van Slyck
Natives of Kinderhook
Soldiers of the Revolution
Erected 1936

After the unveiling "America the Beautiful" was then sung by the gathering. Greetings appropriate to the occasion were made by Charles Van Allen, a relative of the Van Burens. This was followed by a brief address by Frank Monaghan, Past Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The firing squad fired three volleys, in charge of Reuben Todd. The members of the firing squad were: William White, Ervin Gentner, Myron Merrill, Robert Brewey and Mr. Harris. "Taps" sounded by Byron E. Eiphee closed the dedication ceremonies.




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