2018 Kensington Valley Chapter News & Announcements

Kensington Valley Chapter Dedicates SAR Grave Marker for Rev. John Mudge

On Saturday, May 12, the Kensington Valley Chapter conducted a grave dedication ceremony for Revolutionary War Patriot Reverend John Mudge at the West Highland Cemetery in Highland Township of Oakland County. John Mudge was born on November 21, 1755 in Sharon, Connecticut. He served in the Berkshire Men Militia and was on active duty for fourteen months. He became a Baptist minister at age 21, during the war, and served as a chaplain. Sometime after the war, he and some of his family members moved to Highland Township. He died on June 5, 1839 and was the first veteran buried in West Highland Cemetery.

Since the weather was not very cooperative, the ceremony was held in the West Highland Baptist Church across the road from the cemetery. After the ceremony, the MISSAR Color Guard marched to the cemetery and laid wreaths at the gravesite of Reverend Mudge. The Grand River Trail Chapter DAR then hosted a lunch back at the church for all participants and attendees. Also participating in the ceremony was the Rifle Squad from the American Legion Post 415 from Hartland.