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July 15, 2016

Sons of American Revolution Mark Veteran's Gravesite in Granby

GRANBY - Nearly 200 years after his death, a Revolutionary War soldier was honored with a gravesite marker and wreaths in a small rural cemetery during Independence Day weekend Sunday, July 3.

The ceremony honoring veteran Elias Cady was organized by the Syracuse Chapter of the National Society of Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). The Phoenix American Legion Post 418 provided the color guard, while members of the SAR and Kayendatsyona - Fort Oswego, Ontario, and Betsy Baldwin chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution gave remarks and placed wreaths on the grave.

"The ceremony in Granby was organized to augment Oswego County's bicentennial celebration," said SAR member and County Legislator Shawn Doyle (District 3, Pulaski), chairman of the Oswego County Bicentennial Committee. "The dedication was a very fitting tribute to one of Oswego County's earliest settlers and we are proud to have been a part of it."

Robert Gang, president of the Syracuse chapter of SAR, led the ceremony and recounted Cady's story. Gang noted that one of Cady's descendants, David Rogers of Prince Edward Island, Canada, purchased the grave marker in his ancestor's honor and asked the Sons of the American Revolution to place it on Cady's grave.

Elias Cady was born in 1753 in Coventry, Conn., the sixth child of Ebenezer and Prudence Palmer Cady. The family were among the early pioneers of the town of Canaan, Columbia County, NY, and settled there about 1762.

"Elias, along with his brothers Elijah, Elisha, and David served in Capt. John Davis's company of Whiting's regiment as a private in the 17thAlbany County militia during the Revolutionary War," said Gang. "Elias's oldest brother, Ebenezer, also served as a captain in the 17th Albany County militia, and Elias and his brothers Eleazer and John are also known to have served. From various pension application records it appears that Capt. John Davis' company served doing guard duty primarily in the frontier area along the Mohawk River in New York State."

Cady and his wife, Keziah Doty Cady, settled in New Concord, NY following the Revolutionary War and had 12 children. It is believed that Cady moved to Granby in the spring of 1837 with his son, Elias Cady Jr., and his family. Their farm was in the southwest corner of the town of Granby, near the Cayuga and Onondaga County lines. Elias died in 1838 and is buried in the family plot in Merritt Cemetery on Merritt Road.

Gang said the Syracuse chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution has placed numerous grave markers to honor deceased Revolutionary War veterans in cemeteries all over Central New York.

For more information on Oswego County bicentennial activities, visit www.visitoswegocounty.com For more information on the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, go to www.sar.org.

Robert Gang, president of the Syracuse chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, fires a reproduction musket in salute of Revolutionary War veteran Elias Cady at the Merritt Cemetery in Granby. The musket is a reproduction 75-caliber "Brown Bess." Gang was also equipped with authentic cartridge box, bayonet, canteen, haversack and hatchet. His uniform represents the 1st Virginia Regiment of the Continental line. (Photos by Janet Clerkin, Oswego County Tourism Office.)

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