Spencer Calvert DAR Ceremony

Calvert Cemetery, Caldwell Co., Ky.

DAR Ceremony Program

Spencer Calvert was born 1757 in Prince William Co., Va. to William & Hannah Calvert, descendants of the Lord Baltimore Calverts, founders of Maryland.
Spencer died May 10, 1839 in Caldwell Co., Ky. and was buried in the Calvert Cemetery northwest of Princeton, Ky.

During the Revolution he served three terms, he was a Private and Sergeant serving under Captain Britt,
Captain Valentine Peyton's Company, 3rd Virginia Regiment, Col. Jesse Ewell, and General Nathaniel Green.

He was at the winter encampment at Valley Forge of Gen. George Washington's army the terrible winter of 1877-78. From history we learn that between 2000 and 3000 men died there from hunger and cold because of Gen. Washington's inability to get the needed food and warm clothing for his men.
Many of the soldiers, with no boots, wrapped rags around their feet for protection against the freezing temperatures.
It was said that they left bloody footprints in the snow, footprints that led to our freedom and independence from England.
Spencer was with General Nathaniel Greene in the Carolina Campaign 1780-1781.
He was also at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina .

Battle of Guilford Courthouse Flag

About 1817 Spencer left South Carolina and with his wife Nancy Leatherwood Calvert and other family and came to Caldwell County, Kentucky he is listed on the tax lists for the first time in 1818.
They made their home and lived in Caldwell Co., Ky. until their deaths.

Spencer and Nancy had eight known children:

Virginia Calvert md. William Hobby
Willis L. Calvert md. Lucy Burton
Delilah A. Calvert md. Reason Fryer
Elias A. Calvert md. Eleanor Morse
Spencer M. Calvert md. Mary Morse
John Thompson Calvert md. Frances Morse
Elihu P. Calvert md. Malinda Kuykendall - Isabella McChesney-Mary Jane McDowell
Daniel Calvert - died at age 16

On March 5, 2005 Spencer Calvert was honored by the ceremonial marking of his grave by the General John Caldwell Chapter, DAR, Caldwell Co., Ky. assisted by the Ohio Valley Chapter, Indiana Society SAR Color Guard It was estimated that as many as 200 -250 descendants and friends gathered to participate in the ceremony.

The DAR marker is covered before the unveiling.
photo by Gary Lee Calvert:

Ohio Valley Chapter SAR Colors presented by Bill Cook
General John Caldwell Chapter DAR Colors presented by Carmen Richardville
photo by Teresa McGill:

Carmen Richardville Gen. John Caldwell Chapter, Ky. Society DAR
and Bill Cook Ohio Valley Chapter, In. Society SAR retire after posting their chapter colors.
photo by Frank Morse:

Ohio Valley Chapter, Indiana Society, SAR Color Guard
photo by Teresa McGill:

Ohio Valley Chapter, Indiana Society, SAR Color Guard

Members: Ruth & Bob Hall, Becky & John West, J. D. Strouth , and
Bill Cook.
Ruth Hall & Becky West are in colonial dresses and bonnets and carry
the SAR banner.
Bob Hall and John G. West are wearing county/state militia (minute man style uniforms).
J.D Strouth is wearing a very nice black Colonial merchant or statesman's
attire he is the Indiana Society SAR State Chaplain
photo by Teresa McGill:

After the Pledge of Allegiance by the group we all enjoyed the powerful voice of nine year old
Jaylyn Walls with the National Anthem
photo by Bill Cook:

The unveiling of the marker by Gail Rhea, Ky. Society - State Historian, NSDAR
photo by Frank Morse:

The DAR marker
photo by Gary Lee Calvert:

The biography of the Revolutionary War Soldier Spencer Calvert read by 4th great granddaughter
Peggy Dean Childress Gilkey- General John Caldwell Chapter NSDAR.
photo by Teresa McGill:

Placing of a rose on her ancestors grave by Peggy Childress Gilkey
looking on is Rev. J. R. Bruce and Ken Gilkey in plaid shirt.
1776 flag on the left, Calvert flag on the right.
photo by Frank Morse:


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