November 3, 2010
Winegar Descendants Honor American Revolution Veteran
Descendants of American Revolution veteran John Alexander Winegar traveled from as far as Texas and Kansas traveled to Cane Creek Church and Cemetery in Jackson Township to honor their ancestor during a rededication ceremony on Oct. 24. The Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution oversaw the service, with more than eight Daughters of the American Revolution chapters present.
Members of the Indiana Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard, which included members of the Daniel Guthrie Chapter of Bedford and the Clarence A. Cook Chapter of Indianapolis, were dressed in American Revolution-era costumes. They assisted in the ceremony by posting the colors.
Information about Winegar was discovered when descendant Charlie Tredway of Goshen was researching genealogy. When Tredway found his great-great-great-great-grandfather’s grave, he learned it needed a new marker. The Bureau of Veteran Affairs provided a grave marker for his ancestor, and there was enough space left on the stone to include Winegar’s wife, Catherine.
According to American Revolution enthusiast Phoebe Hamilton, she had learned about the militia unit Winegar served in during her research and discovered that it involved in George Rogers Clark’s campaigns in the Northwest Territory during the American Revolution. Indiana was formed from part of the Northwest Territory.
Hamilton stated during the war, the British were riling up the Indians in order to attack U.S. settlers, and Clark was in charge of defending the region.
One of the militia leaders that would have served with Winegar was President Abraham Lincoln’s grandfather.
According to Tredway, Winegar came to Indiana from Tennessee with his second wife, Catherine, between 1830-1835. During the time period, five of Winegar’s sons came to Indiana and settled in Orange and Dubois counties. One opened a trading post in the community of Davis Creek, now known as Hillham.
Winegar was the son of Nicholas Winegar of Germany, who arrived in Philadelphia on Sept. 12, 1750 on a ship named Priscilla. During that time period, the trip would have taken 72 days on average. Since the county was a British colony then, immigrants would have taken an oath of allegiance to England’s King.
Some of the direct descendants in attendance to the ceremony include Clarence Marie Wineinger Elkins, the oldest family member attending at 87 years; Ron Elkins and Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Elkins; Robert Wineinger; the Rev. Darrell Wineinger; Leroy and Patricia Wineinger Hoffman, Joel and Sandy Wineinger Franklin; Georgia Wineinger Marson; Bonnie Wineinger Mahaan; Cathy Wineinger Taylor; Gina Booher, Alexi and Delaney Taylor; Ginger Adams, Virginia Wineinger, Edith Wineinger, Dean Wineinger, Elsie Hoffman and Charles Tredway.