Regional
10:40 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Daviess County Family Wants to Restore Historic Cemetery

A Daviess County family is planning to restore a cemetery that's the resting place for a Revolutionary War soldier who counted Thomas Jefferson among his friends.

Charles Evans tells the Messenger-Inquirer the plans are to set the tombstones back up in the family plot and to fence it off. Evans also plans to apply for a historical marker.

Evans' great-great-great-grandfather, Capt. Benjamin Field, is buried there. Field was commissioned as a captain in the American Revolution by Jefferson, who was governor of Virginia at the time.

Field later became the first sheriff of Ohio County and was one of the first judges in the early court system.

Field is buried on a 34-acre tract that was sold recently. Evans says the new property owners approve of the cemetery cleanup.