This Thanksgiving, about 30 descendants of Thomas Cellar will enjoy a holiday dinner together, said Bernard Cellar of Columbus, Thomas' grandson five times removed.

This Thanksgiving, about 30 descendants of Thomas Cellar will enjoy a holiday dinner together, said Bernard Cellar of Columbus, Thomas' grandson five times removed.

Along with sharing dinner, they'll share their stories, which is a family tradition.

A large, close family with lots of stories to tell is not Thomas Cellar's only legacy.

On Nov. 21, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) added one more story to the Cellar family's repertoire.

The DAR's Delaware city chapter held a grave-marking ceremony in Thomas' honor, at his resting place in the Liberty Presbyterian Church cemetery, 7080 state Route 315. A plaque recognizing his service as a Revolutionary War soldier and the church's founder was installed.

"We are here to honor and commemorate the service of Thomas Cellar who served his country when it was still a dream - a dream of a country where men could live in freedom, liberty and free of oppressive government; a new form of government where everyone large, small, rich or poor lived by the same rule of law," said Charlene Jackson Shoaf, Ohio Society DAR regent and local member.

"We've had many wars since the Revolution, more than we'd like to remember, but even if the war is won, the battle is never over. As long as man walks this earth there will be wars and conflicts. That is why we must never forget the bravery of our Revolutionary soldiers, men and women who showed us that it takes sacrifice to achieve it and preserve it."

Bernard and his brother, Russell Cellar, also of Columbus, unveiled the plaques at the ceremony.

Thomas was born in Maryland in 1741 and served as a Revolutionary soldier out of Pennsylvania.

In 1802, when Ohio was still a territory, he became the third pioneer to move his family from the east to what is now Liberty Township.

He had bought 4,000 acres in the area of the Liberty Presbyterian Church, which he founded in 1810. T.K. Cellar, a grandson six times removed, has a copy of the deed signed by the country's second president, John Adams.

For a number of years, the church met in Thomas' cabin located south of Hyatts Road. He died in 1816.

In 1820, Thomas' sons built the Liberty Presbyterian Church which exists today, the older white building on the eastern edge of the church.

The DAR's three main objectives are historic preservation, patriotism and education, said Nancy Zadra, regent of the Delaware City Chapter of the DAR. Zadra worked on the grave marking as part of the church's 200th anniversary celebration.

T.K. Cellar passes on the stories of his ancestor to local students during pioneer day events held annually for third-grade students.

"The students come to the cemetery and make gravestone rubbings of a pioneer's stone, on pioneer land, at a pioneer church," he said.

Many of Thomas' descendants have served the country as soldiers, public servants and teachers, Bernard Cellar said.

Another of Thomas' other sixth-removed grandsons, Kim Cellar, served 12 years as a Liberty Township trustee.

"The legacy in the family is of service. It's the debt we pay to the community, the state and country," Kim Cellar said.

Also participating in the ceremony were the Ohio Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and Capital City Pipes & Drums of Columbus. Re-enators John and Gisa Rieske of Ostrander fired a muzzle-loading cannon.