Davis Cemetery, where the grave for the soldier lies, is overgrown and in disarray.
If you drive along Lake Road in Ontario, you may notice a small plaque. On it reads “the final resting place of War of 1812 soldier Jesse Gage.”
But Davis Cemetery, where the grave for the soldier lies, is overgrown and in disarray.
“They went through all that trouble to put a highway marker out there and people just drive by and not pay attention to it,” said Jerry Lamb, a Navy veteran. “That’s heartbreaking.”
For the last five years, Lamb has visited the cemetery several times a year to mow the lawn, chop down the weeds, remove fallen tree debris and keep his comrade's gravestone clear.
“The War of 1812 was considered the second greatest war for this country’s independence and here’s a gentleman in Ontario, New York, his final resting place and the place looks like... I can't say what I want to say the place looks like,” said Lamb.
Lamb has reached out to the Town of Ontario to try and track down a way to keep the cemetery maintained but the problem is the cemetery lies on private property, so the county and town can’t touch it without permission.
According to the history of Davis Cemetery, 11 graves remain including Jesse Gage, along with Gage's wife Mercy and daughter Sally.
The town is now trying to locate the property owners so they can figure out a way to keep the property maintained.
Town Supervisor Frank Robusto tells News10NBC it wouldn’t take much for the town to keep the property maintained because the cemetery isn’t very large.
Until that happens, Lamb plans to keep returning every few weeks to do what he can.
“I don't know nothing about him; he don't know nothing about me; I’m just repaying him for his service to this country,” said Lamb.