THE GRAVES OF FIVE REVOLUTIONARY WAR PATRIOTS BURIED IN TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH CEMETERY
On 19 March 2022, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution cosponsored a grave marking ceremony with the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stephens City. The ceremony commemorated the memory of the five Revolutionary War Patriots buried in the church cemetery. John Nicholas DeLong was born 19 Jul 1756 at Bowers, Berks, Pennsylvania, the son of Johannes Delong and Maria Katherina Dussinger. He was married to Elizabeth Margaret Goose about 1778. John Nicholas served as a Private in Captain Smeck's 5th Company, 2nd Battalion, Berks County Militia, Pennsylvania. He died 21 Feb 1823. John Grim/Krim was born October 1755 and died 19 April 1840. He was married to Juliana Mainzer. In 1776, he volunteered as a rifleman in Andrew Bare's Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He fought in the Battles of Staten Island, Trenton and Ft Washington. He was among the troops who marched captured Hessians from Trenton to Philadelphia. He then joined the "Flying Camp", a unit created to reinforce the Continental Army on an emergency or temporary basis. Jacob Kline was born 23 August 1736 in Zweibrucken, Germany. He was the son of Nickolaus Klein and Maria Eva Klein. In 1759, he married Anna Eva Dusong in Lancaster. In 1764, they moved to Frederick County, Virginia, where he was a farmer. Eva died in 1815 followed by Jacob who died on 27 August 1816. During the Revolutionary War, he served as a Private in the German Regiment of the Continental Forces. John Krider, Jr was born 1754 and died 1814. He was married to Mary Krider and served as a Private in the German Battalion. Nicholas Samsel was born 2 May 1749 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the son of Johann Paul Samsel and Catharina Borm. He married Anna Elizabeth Ott on 26 August 1770. During the Revolutionary War, he served as a Private in the 7th Company, 2nd Battalion of the Northampton County, Pennsylvania Militia. At some point after the end of the war, he migrated to Frederick County, Virginia. Nicholas died in Frederick on 4 November 1817 followed by Anne in 1827. The ceremony was conducted at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, emceed by Dale Corey. The Virginia State SAR Color Guard commanded by Brett Osborn presented the colors, followed by greetings given by Virginia Society SAR President Bruce Meyer, Virginia Society Children of the American Revolution Sara Cox, Virginia Order of Founders and Patriots of America Governor Michael Weyler, Stephens City Mayor Michael Diaz and Pastor Janice Marie Lowden. A dedication to the graves was presented by Corey and Pastor Lowden with the monument uncovered by compatriots Marc Robinson and Will Reynolds. Family presentations were given by Kathy Nibley and Mary Ann Vaughn. Wreaths were presented by President Meyer, President Cox, Governor Weyler. Additional chapter wreaths were presented by President Thomas "Chip" Daniel (Colonel James Wood II), Vice President John Thomas (Fairfax Resolves), compatriot Paul Cox (Colonel Fielding Lewis), Vice President Leamon Duncan (Colonel William Grayson), Past President Ken Morris (George Mason), VASSAR 1st Vice President Ernie Coggins (George Washington), Vice President Barry Schwoerer (Sgt Maj John Champe), Deborah Corey (DAR John Alexander), Anita Bonner (DAR Lanes Mill), Anna Cox (C.A.R. Colonel Spotswood Alexander Society) and Kathy Nielsen for the family. A three volley musket salute was provided by the Virginia State Color Guard Musket Squad prior to the retirement of the colors. Additional color guardsmen participating included Rick Abbott (FR), Ken Bonner (SJC), Sean Carrigan (CJWII), Paul Christensen (CJWII), David Cook (FR), Jim Cordes (FR), Gary Dunaway (Williamsburg), Kelly Ford (CJWII), Chris Melhuish (Jamestown), Erick Moore (CJWII), John Petrie (CJWII), Paul Parish (General Daniel Morgan), Dennis Parmerter (CJWII), Allan Phillips (CJWII), Nathan Poe (CJWII), Eric Robinson (CJWII) and Mike St Jacques (CJWII). Additional compatriots attending the ceremony were David Burks, Jim Heflin, Peter Himmelberger and Rick Tyler. The ladies of the church provided refreshments after the ceremony ended.