Uncle Sam and Peter the Pioneer LbNA # 65961
|Placed Date||Oct 10 2013|
|Location||Osbun Pittenger Revolutionary War Cemetery, Mansfield, OH|
The driveway for the cemetery is across from Osbun Road at the intersection of SR 545 and Osbun Road. You can open the gate and pull back to the parking area for the cemetery or you can park at the gate and hike back. It is not a long walk. The gate is not locked. The no trespassing signs are for the neighboring property. You slip the loop of the "Lock" over the pole and push open the gate. The gate is there so that people understand that it is not a through street anymore, not to keep cemetery guests out. Follow the gravel drive back to a mowed parking area at the cemetery. It may be hard to get in and out of the parking area in the snow and when muddy so use your best judgement. The cemetery is open for daytime hours only. Please no visitors after dark. Once in the parking area, there is another gate (to keep deer out of the cemetery which was painstakingly restored in the 1970s). Please close the gate again when you leave.
Once inside the cemetery locate the large monument that honors Betty Osbun Rogers who restored this cemetery in the 70s. Stand on the left hand side of the monument with your back to the stone and walk 30 paces towards the far fence. STOP. Turn 90 degrees to the right and you should see Samuel Osbun's head stone 8 paces in front of you. Samuel Osbun is the Revolutionary War Soldier buried here. He fought at the Battle of Trenton. Some people believe he may have been the man behind the name Uncle Sam. He was also one of the founders of Richland County and he gave the land for the original county home (which burned and was rebuilt on other land). Samuel Osbun has many descendants in the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. (He is also our 6 times Great Grandpa!) Next look in front of you. Two stones in front of you is the tall monument belonging to Peter Pittenger and his wife Nancy Osbun Pittenger. Peter Pittenger was another very early pioneer of Richland County. He is documented to have held the first religious service in the county in his home on the land where you now stand. He is also known to have tomahawked a bear in the face and to have written a letter to the paper in his golden years daring any other man his age to walk a mile faster than him. He had quite the pioneering spirit and we're proud to have him as a 5 times Great Grandfather as well. Once you find Peter's name on the stone, turn to face the same fence and pace out 18 steps. Look to your right and the box is at the base of the tree. Please rehide well in the same spot when you are done.