Wife of Evan
Holt died march
26, 1839 aged 78
OCT. 24, 1846.
84 Yrs. 9 Mos. 45 Ds
Charity’s gravestone, carved from sandstone, has not weathered nearly as well as her husband’s. Taking time to look closely pays off: The stone features a delicate willow-and-urn carving.
According to the plaque, which was placed by Mary Holt Klingel, Evan and Charity Holt settled in Morrow County in 1807. An 1880 book, History of Morrow County and Ohio published by O. L. Baskin and Co., offers a bit more “color”:
Evan Holt, a native of Wales, but a long resident of Chester County, Penn., had served six years in the Revolutionary army, and receiving a warrant for his services, moved on to his land as soon as surveyed by the Government. His claim was situated near the central part of the township, on a fine stream of water, and is now owned by Mr. Joseph Trowbridge. Although he lived nearly two-score years upon this place and raised a large family, that settled about him, but little is remembered of him by those now living in the township. He was an earnest, conscientious man, and commanded the respect of his fellow-townsmen. He was in very straitened circumstances, however, and often substituted nettles for flax, making it up into very passable cloth.
A modern granite marker placed behind the originals adds that Evan A. Holt “served as a drummer in the Revolutionary War.”
Chester Baptist Cemetery, Morrow County, Ohio