Debbie Mullinder, of the Union branch of Damariscotta Bank and Trust, presented Lady Knox Chapter DAR with a check for the chapter’s Tolman Cemetery Project to repair headstones at Rockland’s oldest cemetery located on Lake Avenue, once considered a part of Thomaston.

The chapter is serving as agent for necessary repair funds. Earlier this year, the city of Rockland pledged $5,000 from its contributions reserve as a “matching grant” toward the project. chapter members and friends have made donations to the fund. The gift from Damariscotta Bank and Trust was the first from an area business.

The Tolman Cemetery Project is a multi-phase project to preserve and restore the graves of Revolutionary War veterans interred there. The current plan is an extension of work begun in the 1930s. In 1947, the Maine State Organization of the DAR, supported by the local chapters, the WPA, the American Legion of Maine and Judge E.K. Gould, erected a memorial at the cemetery entrance naming 21 Revolutionary War soldiers interred at Tolman. The Rockland DAR chapter plans to honor three additional veterans with another plaque.

The list of patriots and their wives shows family names still represented in the Midcoast. These families established the farms and businesses that allowed the area to flourish.

Achorn, Jacob and Margaret Ulmer

Barrows, Comfort and Sabra Robbins

Blackington, Benjamin and Eunice Woodcock

Brewster, Darius and Esther Soule, then Sarah Fales

Brewster, Zadoc and Lois, then Lucy Knight

Fales, James and Sybel Robbins

Gregory, William and Experience Robbins

Healey, Eliphaz and Lucy Robinson

Jennison, Samuel and Sally Fiske

Keen, Jacob, Jr. and Hannah Adams

Keen, Jacob, Sr. and Deborah

Keen, John and Hannah Packard

Killsa, Hugh and Lois Robbins

Mosman, Aaron and Hepzibah Hosmer, then Sarah Gardiner

Nutt, David and Elizabeth

Rankin, Constant and Patience Dinstow, then Mary Tolman

Robbins, Oliver 1st and Elioenai Shepard, then Chloe Blackington

Robbins, Oliver 2nd and Sarah Killsa

Spear, Jonathan and Miss Dexter, then Hannah Brown, then Margaret McDougle

Tolman, Curtis and Ann Harrington

Tolman, Jeremiah and Martha Calderwood

Tolman, Samuel and Experience Gregory

Ulmer, John and Catherine Remilly

Woster, Joseph and Elizabeth Morey, then Mary Morey

The chapter encourages descendants of those interred at Tolman Cemetery, area historic and veterans' organizations, and all citizens of the Midcoast to contribute to theproject. Donations can be made to Lady Knox Chapter DAR and mailed to: Treasurer Anne Maurais, 1044 Finntown Rd., Warren, ME 04864. Please note ‘Tolman Project’ on the check. The Lady Knox Chapter is a 501-c-3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible.