The Jasper Herald
October 20, 2010
Revolutionary Patriot To Get Marker
French Lick—The Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution will dedicate a grave marker at 2:30 PM Sunday, October 24, to a Revolutionary War Soldier whose descendants include the Anderson, Tredway, Wagner and Wininger families in Dubois County.
The marker at the Cane Creek Church Cemetery, about 8 miles south of French Lick on Orange County Road 350S, will mark the resting place of John Alexander Winegar and his wife Catherine Huffman Winegar.
Rex Anderson’s cousin, Charles Tredway of Goshen, learned of Winegar while doing genealogy work. Tredway and Anderson, who is a descendant living in Birdseye, are originally from Cuzco.
Tredway said the Bureau of Veterans Affairs provided the marker for his great-great-great-great grandfather, who was born in 1750 in Pennsylvania or Virginia. The stone’s back was finished for additional engraving so Tredway had Winegar’s wife’s name added.
As a war veteran, Winegar came from Tennessee to Indiana with Catherine, his second wife, between 1830 and 1835, according to Tredway’s research. Five sons from his first and second marriages came to Indiana during the same time period and settled in Orange and Dubois Counties. One opened a trading post in the community of Davis Creek, now Hillham.
John Alexander Winegar was a son of Nicholas Winegar of Germany, who arrived in Philadelphia on Sept 12, 1750, on a ship named the Priscilla. The average travel time for such a passage was 72 days, according to Tredway’s research. This country was still a British colony so the immigrants had to take an oath of allegiance to England’s king.
The DAR ceremony will include members of the organization’s Lost River Chapter. Winegar is listed in the DAR Patriot Index.