Bundy-Paine Cemetery ceremony to honor Revolutionary War vets

By | October 3, 2012

The public is invited to attend a grave marker dedication ceremony this Saturday morning, October 6, at the Bundy-Paine Cemetery in Wellston to honor two Revolutionary War soldiers who are buried there.

The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. and will honor Jackson County Revolutionary War veterans George Leach and George Anthony, Sr.

The project is being spearheaded by Jackson resident and Jackson County Genealogical Society member Anthony Coyan and is part of a continuing local project to locate and mark the graves of Revolutionary War veterans buried in Jackson County.

Coyan wished to publicly credit the support of the City of Wellston and Wellston American Legion Post 371 for their work in cleaning up the cemetery and resurrecting gravestones.

Official records reveal George Leach was born August 1, 1756 in Fauquier County, Virginia and died February 20, 1838 in Jackson County Ohio. During the Revolutionary War, he served as a bombadier in a Virgnia-based regiment and was discharged in 1780. Later, he served in the militia and was wounded at Williamsburg. His brother, Thomas Leach, then served for three months as George’s substitute in the war.

Records reveal George Anthony was born January 16, 1762 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey and died August 16, 1833 in Jackson County, Ohio. He enlisted in June 1778 at Trenton, New Jersey at the age of 16 and served in the 4th Regiment of the Light Dragoons as a private and trumpeter.

The Bundy-Paine Cemetery is located directly behind Wellston High School and can be accessed by turning onto Grady Lane and proceeding up the road to the end of the lane. Organizers suggest casual dress for those planning to attend the ceremony.