On Aug. 1, members of the Scranton City Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will dedicate a Revolutionary War Soldier Marker for Orderly Sergeant and Minute Man Timothy Stevens, the first white settler in what is now known as the Midvalley.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the First Primitive Methodist Church Cemetery on Scott Road in Dickson City. All are welcome.

Timothy Stevens was born on May 10, 1748 to Timothy and Lydia Hoyt Stevens in Danbury, Connecticut. The family moved to Oblong, Dutchess County, New York, where Timothy married Dorothy “Dolly” Pettibone on Sept. 25, 1977.

Timothy Stevens enlisted under Captain Joshua Barnum in Southeast precinct, Dutchess County, late in the fall of 1776 and was first assigned to guard Tory prisoners. According to his testimony in an application for a Revolutionary war pension, in the winter of 1776-77, Stevens was one of a detachment under Major Cook who made a night march from White Plains to Fort Independence, then occupied by the British, making an attack on the enemy while they were preparing breakfast. They captured the redoubt, the stores in Valentine’s house, and three cannons; and they remained there until General Washington went into winter quarters at White Plains. Timothy served as orderly sergeant for Captain Barnum’s company of militia for three years.

Timothy Stevens volunteered again in 1779 at Nine Partners, Duchess County, and served under Captain Noah Wheeler with foraging parties in collecting food for the Revolutionary Army. Stevens never received a pension for his service. From 1833 until the fall of 1891, many family members sought a pension, only to be rejected multiple times due to various reasons.

In the summer of 1785, Stevens, his wife Dolly, and their family of seven children, ranging in age from 13 to 1, traveled a distance of almost 200 miles from Westchester, New York. During this arduous journey, an ox team struggling across the road could travel barely 8 or 10 miles a day. No bridges existed, so streams or rivers alike had to forded.

Arriving into the forest of Luzerne County, they marked the start of what is now Olyphant, Blakely, Dickson City and Throop. They found in Blakely a huge, dense forest traversed only by a rough road laid on a bridle path marked on trees during the Revolutionary War. This area was once the grounds of Lenni Lenape tribe. There were no Native American clearings but traces of wigwams appeared on the bank of a steam, where they encamped and were overshadowed by forest. Stevens built his cabin from the rough timber felled there and lived there with his family for about 11 years.

Stevens added the first grist mill north of Providence in 1814, the same year coal was unearthed across the river in Throop, then part of Dickson City. This was a duel origin of industry in the area, with the borough being heavily industrialized ever since.

The DAR is an organization with a deeply rich history while also being truly relevant in today’s world. More than 1 million women have joined the organization since it was founded over 125 years ago. They became members to honor their heritage as well as make a difference in their communities across the country and the world. The Daughters are vibrant, active women who are passionate about community service, preserving history, educating children and honoring and supporting those who serve our nation.

The Scranton City Chapter NSDAR was organized in February 1908 by Mrs. Katherine J. Wilcox of the Dial Rock (Pittston) with the assistance of Mrs. F. Witney Davis, who became the chapter’s first regent. When the charter was granted in 1909, it had 23 members. The Scranton City Chapter was the 789th National chapter, and the 53rd Pennsylvania chapter. Currently, the chapter has 58 members with many prospective members. This is a very active chapter with many volunteer actives that can be credited. For more information, log onto DAR.org or email kzinskie@yahoo.com.