SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (AP)- The great-great-great-grandson of a War of 1812 veteran has made sure the soldier has a headstone in Sugar Grove Township Cemetery.

The Daily Herald reports that Mike Rowley of Iowa installed the headstone this month for Ashbel Rowley, the only known War of 1812 veteran buried in the west suburban Chicago cemetery. The headstone was installed in time for the June 18 bicentennial of the war. The granite headstone lists Rowley’s Army rank and company.

Mike Rowley says he wanted to make sure Ashbel Rowley had a headstone because “he volunteered when somebody asked him to step up.”

Ashbel Rowley had a homestead near what is now Kaneville with his family. He lived there until his death in 1864.

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