David Ruland – 1755-1820 - “Commemorative marble stone added 1983.”
Possibly memorialized here because of ties to Weeks & Oakley families.
(see Grave #17)
Served in Revolutionary War, Suffolk County Militia
Col. Josiah Smith’s First Regiment of Minute-Men,
Capt. John Wickes'[5th] Company
Revolutionary Troops, Long Island, NY
This article transcribed from Newsday, Nov. 12, 1983 ... by Kristen Kelch
October 2009 - Additional information has become available:
On Friday, Nov. 11, 1983, a Ceremony of Dedication honoring David Ruland
was held at the the Muncy Cemetery, Boulevard Avenue, West Islip, NY. In attendance
were Anthony Marotta, Scoutmaster, Troop 179; Ralph D. Howell, Elder and Trustee,
First Presbyterian Church of Babylon; Carl A. Starace, Town of Islip Historian;
Rufus B. Langhans, President, Huntington Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution;
Vincent Gianni, Member of Town Board and Councilman, Town of Islip; Judge Walter Saxton,
Amityville S.A.R. member and wife Dorothy Powell Saxton, Regent, Gilbert Potter Chapter, D.A.R.
Berenice Muncy Giordano of Amityville, Mrs. Joseph Peterson; Mrs. Anthony Rinaudo; of the
Margaret Corbin Chapter, D.A.R.; Members and Color Guard, West Islip Post 789, V.F.W.;
Thomas Barraga, Member N.Y. State Assembly; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Donohue and son, Peter,
Sagtikos Manor Historical Society. Councilman Gianni presented Troop 179 with a 1683-1983
Banner for its gallery of flags. The banner was presnted for Supervisor Michael LoGrande
in recognition of worthy events during Islip Town's 300th Anniversary Year.
"Honor, 207 Years Later"
West Islip - In a small family cemetery sandwiched between split levels and ranch houses, they planted a slab of marble yesterday to honor a patriot
from America's oldest war. His name was David Ruland, and he fought the British in the Battle of Long Island 207 years ago. He was remembered on
Veterans Day as a group of Boy Scouts set the flat headstone in place at the Muncy Cemetery, a family plot now off Boulevard Avenue, and covered its sides with damp earth.
Ruland might have been forgotten completely had it not been for the Huntington chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. In tracing the genealogy of members of the
chapter last year, researchers discovered that one of the graves was that of Ruland. Last winter, Huntington Town Historian
Rufus Langhans ordered a headstone from the federal government, which provides free stones for any American veteran.
From all accounts, David Ruland was an ordinary man. Born in 1755, he lived in what was then called Huntington South, now Babylon. He was a Presbyterian, according to local records,
probably a farmer. He married twice, had four daughters and died in his 60s. And there is this: at age 21, he signed a document
proclaiming himself a patriot. In July 1776, he fought the British under Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Long Island, a battle the Americans lost.
"We really know little about David Ruland except that he chose to stand with the patriots," said Islip Town Historian Carl Starace during the ceremony yesterday.
That was enough to bring William Kohlroser, 16, to the new gravestone. Kohlroser was a member of West Islip Troop 179, which had cleaned up the old cemetery two years ago. On one side of the
marble was a small, 13-star flag and on the other, a red flag with Liberty written across it in white letters - the flag Ruland had fought under so many years ago. "They fought for our
independence," said Kohlroser, "We should honor their commitment."
The commitment was also honored by members of West Islip VFW Post 789. John Groenewoud, who served in Korea, said it was his first Veterans Day ceremony for a Revolutionary War soldier.