A ceremony will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Pleasant View Cemetery, rural Bellwood, to mark the grave of Mary "Polly" Keith Havens, daughter of Revolutionary War soldier Michael Keith Madden.
The grave marking is a joint venture of Lewis-Clark and David City Chapters, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Polly Havens was born in New York in 1805 and in 1870, as a 65-year-old widow, she came to Butler County where she filed for a Homestead in Alexis Township, near the town of Bellwood. She died in Butler County in 1880 and was buried at Pleasant View Cemetery.
Participating in the ceremony will be DAR Nebraska State Regent Suzanne Jarman, State Chaplain Ann Cox, Lewis-Clark Chapter Regent Dixie Lambert, David City Chapter Regent Anita Savery, Lewis-Clark Chapter Chaplain and Honorary Nebraska State Regent Judy Ekeler, and David City Chapter Chaplain Jacqueline Mahlin. The DAR State Historian, Marcia Shavlik, will also attend.
Polly Havens is the THIRD great-grandmother of Judy Ekeler and the second great-grandmother of Jacqueline Mahlin.
Everyone is welcome. Those wishing to attend should meet at the Bellwood, NE, American Legion Club at 2 p.m. From there, those on hand will proceed to the cemetery.
Following the ceremony, everyone is invited to the Bellwood American Legion Club for a short program and refreshments.