At the age of 56 he moved his family west to Michigan and disappeared from the memory of those he left behind. 150 years later, with the magic of the Internet, I found him in Marquette, Michigan. His great-grand daughter recently persuaded the Veteran’s Administration to mark Private Basil Bishop’s grave with a Bronze Military plaque. On May 1 of this year one of his great grandsons made the trip from Chicago to New Russia to visit the home of his ancestor, and the grave of Basil Bishop’s father, Major Elijah Bishop, a Veteran of the American Revolution.
Two centuries have passed since Pvt. Basil Bishop marched with the 37th NY Militia, north on Route 9, down Court Street, past where we now stand, and into history. Two hundred years have passed, but Private Basil Bishop is not forgotten.