- Grant Recipient
- 1380 E Lykers Rd, Sprakers, NY 12166, USA
- 42.803426, -74.403583
Schoharie Leatherstocking Chapter SAR
CHRISTIAN CHURCH CEMETERY
THREE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
VETERANS, MARTINUS BECKER,
ELKANAH CORBIN & JAMES
PETTEYS, BURIED HERE BY 1843
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2020
The origins of the American Revolution can be traced back to 1775, when the first shots were fired between colonial and British forces at the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Soon after, the American Colonies declared their independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. As the newly formed United States went to war with Great Britain, hundreds of men across the Thirteen Colonies joined the fight. These men came from different walks of life; some were farmers, others were tradesmen, lawyers, doctors and merchants. Despite their differences they desired the same thing: freedom and independence. Colonial forces faced severe challenges, including lack of supplies and military training however in the face of obstacles they were undeterred. After nearly 8 years the colonies defeated Great Britain and successfully achieved their independence. It is important to remember the lives and sacrifices made by those who fought for American freedom.
Christian Church Cemetery is the final resting place of the community’s early residents. Among those buried here are three Revolutionary War veterans: Martinus Becker, Elkanah Corbin and James Petteys. All three men were buried by 1843.