The descendant of a Revolutionary War soldier, both of them with ties to this area, journeyed to Sandy Point recently for a ceremony to honor another local soldier of the Revolution.

On Sunday, Sept. 13, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapter in White Plains, N.Y., joined representatives of the DAR Penobscot Expedition Chapter in Searsport and members of Jerry W. Dobbins American Legion Post 157 of Stockton Springs with their commander, Langdon Chandler, in Sandy Point Cemetery. There they held a ceremony to remember Pvt. Joseph Plumb Martin of Prospect, marking his grave with a memorial plaque.

Among other life accomplishments, Martin wrote a book based on his diaries from the war, recently republished with the title “Private Yankee Doodle.” With little information in existence about her own Revolutionary War ancestor, Cynthia Abbott Kauffman, registrar and historian of the White Plains DAR chapter, was intrigued to learn about Martin, a contemporary of her third great-grandfather — especially when she discovered Martin had fought in the Battle of White Plains, where she lives. And that ultimately brought her, with others from her DAR chapter, to Sandy Point for the commemoration.

Born in 1760 in Becket, Mass., Martin joined Connecticut state troops in June 1776 and served throughout the war. He fought in many familiar battles during the Revolution, including the Battle of Long Island, the Siege of Fort Mifflin and Siege of Yorktown. Pvt. Martin spent time at Valley Forge during the harsh winter and witnessed John Andre being escorted to his execution.

With the American Legion color guard standing at attention, the Sandy Point ceremony opened with words from Penobscot Expedition Chapter Regent Ruth Kroll of Verona Island and an invocational prayer — a song written by Martin at the dedication of the Sandy Point Church in 1839 — read by Fran Grant. The rifle squad performed under the leadership of Commander Fred Deredin and bugler Charles Smith played taps.

In her remarks, Kauffman explained her presence at the ceremony. “You might wonder why I would come all the way up here to place a memorial marker,” she said. “My father was born in Bucksport and his father on Verona Island directly across the river from here, and I have spent many summers in this area.

"My third great-grandfather, Peter Abbott, was also a private during the Revolution and lived in Hancock. As I looked for information on Peter and his life, I realized there was very little to be found. I have never found his resting place or information about his time serving in the cause for liberty.”

Of all the battles Pvt. Martin was in, “one in particular stood out to me — the Battle of White Plains in Westchester, N.Y.,” Kauffman said. "Pvt. Martin was there in October 1776 when General Washington stood his ground on the twin hills, Miller Hill and Mount Misery, and stopped the British advance toward Albany and New England. From there, the British headed south to Trenton. Martin spent several days on the rocky crags of Mount Misery, which got its name during the cold and miserable winter.

“I have lived on Mount Misery, which is actually quite beautiful, all my life and it was amazing to hear his tales of that place in that time,” she said. “Martin's written memories of the Fight for Liberty [are] a treasure for anyone who is interested in American History and the life of a Revolutionary War soldier. I wonder if he ever could have imagined the impact that his story would have on people more than 200 years later.”

After reading Martin's book, Kauffman discovered that he was buried in Sandy Point Cemetery. “I realized that I had been driving by that spot every year. I thought, 'I don't know where my great-grandfather Peter is buried and I can't mark his grave, but I can honor his and other patriots by memorializing Pvt. Martin's resting place,” she said.

Kauffman pointed out the place just across the river where her ancestors lived from right after the Revolutionary War until 1916. "I don't know where my great-grandfather Peter is buried, and I can't mark his grave," she said, "but I can honor him and other patriots by memorializing Pvt. Martin's resting place."

Joseph Plumb Martin served his community and church. He was one of the founders of Prospect, where he served as selectman, justice of the peace and town clerk. He married Lucy Clewley they had five children.

"Pvt. Martin served honorably throughout the war and lived out the rest of his days here with his family and friends," Kauffman said. "He is a true example of a hero of the American Revolution."