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Soldiers of The American Revolution Buried 

In Illinois 



By Mrs. Edwin S. Walker. 

We acknowledge the kindness of those who, having read 
the record of the Revolutionary soldiers buried in Illi- 
nois in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, 
have added to the list of names, giving records as well as the 
places of burial. The work of verifying the military service 
of over four hundred soldiers of the American Revolution 
who are known to be buried in the State, is necessarily slow, 
and many months may elapse before these records are com- 
plete. 

At least sixty-five counties have the honor of being the last 
resting places of these soldiers. It is expected that all rec- 
ords will be verified by the time of the Centennial of the State 
of Illinois. We shall be glad of information from any person 
who is knowing to facts concerning these Revolutionary 
soldiers. 

Cook County. 

David Kennison was a '^Revolutionist before the Revolu- 
tion;" he was the last survivor of the historic *' Boston Tea 
Party. ' ' Upon the outbreak of the war he lost no enthusiasm. 
His autobiography gives a remarkable record of service for 
his country. 

David Kennison was born in New Hampshire November 
17th, 1736 ; when an infant his father removed to Maine. Here 
he lived at the time of the Boston Tea Party. He was in the 
battles of Bunker Hill, White Plains, West Point, and Long 
Island, also Fort Montgomery, Staten Island, Delaware and 
Philadelphia, and was present when Cornwallis surrendered. 



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His patriotism did not wane, since he served in the second 
war for independence. When peace was declared he evi- 
denced his love of country by casting his vote for Washing- 
ton, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren and 
Polk. He was a strong *^free soil" man and was active dur- 
ing the campaign. David Kennison died in Chicago Feb. 24, 
1852, at the advanced age of 115 years. On December 19, 1903 
a granite boulder monument was unveiled in Lincoln Park, 
Chicago, which marks the place of his burial. The monument 
was erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution, 
the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Sons of the 
Revolution. Mrs. Benjamin A. Fessenden was regent of the 
Chicago Chapter at that time and her daughter Dorothy Day- 
ton Fessenden unveiled the monument in the presence of over 
five hundred citizens of Chicago. The record of David Kenni- 
son 's life will ever be an object lesson of rare love of country. 

Ogle County. 

RuFus Perkins was a native of Massachusetts, born at 
Bridgewater about 1763. When a mere lad he enlisted at Ash- 
field in Captain Abel Dinsmore's company, serving three 
months and fourteen days. He again served six months under 
Captains Canston and Hughs. He re-enlisted August 10, 
1778, with Captain Enoch Chapin, serving until January 1, 
1779; again he enlisted under Captain Oliver Shattuck and 
Lieutenant Colonel Barnabas Sears, and was discharged in 
1781. He removed from Massachusetts to New York State 
and in 1847 he came to Illinois, settling at Buffalo Grove, near 
Polo. 

The aged veteran, Rufus Perkins, made the long journey 
by stage and steamboat to Chicago and from Chicago to Buf- 
falo Grove in a lumber wagon. He only lived one year, died 
October 30, 1848. Three years since a bronze tablet was un- 
veiled in the Polo Public Library in honor of this patriot by 
the Polo Historical Society, assisted by the Daughters of the 
American Revolution of Rockford, Rochelle, Freeport, and 
Dixon and the Polo Post, Grand Army of the Republic. The 
tablet was unveiled by Edgar Thomas Clinton, great, great 
grandson of the hero, Rufus Perkins. 



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Daniel Day was born in Keene, New Hampshire, January, 
1763 ; he enlisted April 4, 1780, and served until December the 
same year under Lieutenant Benjamin Ellis and Colonel 
Henry Dearborn. He was only seventeen years of age at the 
time of his enlistment. At an early day he removed to Illi- 
nois, settling in Ogle County. He died in 1838, and was buried 
in the Daysville cemetery, where a monument was erected to 
his memory. 

Peoria County. 

(Prepared by Mrs. Claea K. Wolf, Historian of Peoria Chapter, D. A. R.) 

Phineas Bronson was a native of Connecticut, born at En- 
field November 9, 1764 ; died in Peoria County, Illinois, Octo- 
ber 24, 1845, and is buried in Princeville cemetery, where a 
tomb-stone inscribed, '^A Soldier of the American Eevolu- 
tion," tells the story of service. 

He served in the Third Company of the Second Regiment, 
Major Walbridge and Colonel Butler commanding. 

William Crow was a private in the Virginia line of troops ; 
was born in Rockingham County, Virginia, in 1758, died in 
Peoria County, Illinois, January 25, 1854. He lies buried in 
a private cemetery in Limestone Township near Pottstown. 

James Harkness was a ^^ Minute Man," marching on 
the first alarm from Pelham, Massachusetts, in Captain 
Candless' company. Colonel Benjamin R. Woodbridge's regi- 
ment ; serving eleven days ; he re-enlisted for eight months ; re- 
enlisted June 22, 1778, serving as corporal and sergeant in 
Captain Joseph Perkins' company. Colonel Nathaniel Wade's 
regiment. James Harkness was born June 2, 1756, died at 
Harkness Grove, Illinois, August 18, 1836, and is buried in 
Harkness cemetery near Trivoli, Peoria County. 

John Montgomery was a private in the Virginia troops; 
was born in 1764 and died in Peoria County, Illinois, January 
26, 1845, and is buried in the Princeville cemetery. *^A Sol- 
dier of the Revolution," is inscribed upon his tomb-stone. 

Zealy Moss was wagon-master and assistant quarter-master 
in the Virginia troops ; he enlisted in Loudon County in the 
spring of 1777, and served two years in the quarter-master's 
department. He re-enlisted in 1780 and served to the close 



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of the war. Zealy Moss was born in London Connty, Virginia, 
March 5, 1755 ; died in Peoria, Illinois, October 30, 1835, and 
is buried in Springdale cemetery, Peoria. His grave is 
marked. 

McLean County. 

Has preserved in bronze and stone the name of every sol- 
dier and sailor who ever resided in the Connty who partici- 
pated in any war in which the United States has been en- 
gaged. On Memorial Day, May 30, 1913, the monument was 
dedicated with fitting ceremonies. Twelve names of Eevolu- 
tionary soldiers who lie buried in McLean County are en- 
graved on the monument. The work of locating the graves 
and verifying the records of these soldiers was accomplished 
by Mrs. H. M. Rollins, historian of the Letitia Green Steven- 
son Chapter, D. A. R., ably assisted by Milo Custer, Esq., who 
is adding to this accredited list the names and records of 
Revolutionary soldiers buried in counties adjoining McLean. 
The spirit of gratitude towards soldiers of any war needs 
fostering. Their lives, their sacrifices, need to be frequently 
recalled. *'Lest we forget; lest we forget." 

Ebenezer Barnes was born in Boston, Massachusetts, Feb- 
ruary 3, 1759 ; he served his country by enlisting five different 
times, first as corporal in 1775 under Captain Batchelder, 
Colonel Read; later the same year as sergeant with Captain 
Aldrich ; again in 1776 for nine months as sergeant under Cap- 
tain Foster, Colonel Smith ; re-enlisting in 1777, he was made 
lieutenant with Captain Samuel Fletcher, Colonel Bedel's reg- 
iment, serving four months; finally, the following summer, 
1778, he served ten months as lieutenant with Captain Tyler, 
Colonel Fay, all in Massachusetts line of troops. He was in 
the battle of White Plains, was pensioned. 

Ebenezer Barnes came to McLean County, Illinois, in 1829, 
settling at Barnes' Grove in Danvers Township; he died May 
17, 1836, and is probably buried in Stout's Grove cemetery. 

Joseph Bartholmew was a native of New Jersey, born 
March 15, 1766 ; was a private in Captain Jonathan Rowland's 
company, Tradyffren, Pennsylvania line of troops, in 1780. 
He settled in Money Creek Township in McLean County, lUi- 




McLean County Soldiers' Monument, Miller Park, Bloomington, Illinois. 
Dedicated May 30th, 1913. 



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nois in 1830 ; died near Clarksville, 111., Nov. 2, 1840, and lies 
buried in Clarksville cemetery. 

Samuel Beeler, a native of Virginia, born about 1760 ; he 
served in Captain Samuel Beeler 's company in the Virginia 
line of troops. He came to Illinois about 1830, settling in 
McLean County; died there near Twin Grove January 14, 
1840, and is buried in East Twin Grove cemetery. 

Philip Crose was born in Hampshire County, Virginia, 
1757; served as private in Captain Daniel Eichardson's com- 
pany for six months, again the following year, 1781, for four 
months. He enlisted from Hampshire County, was in the 
battle of Guilford Court House. After the war was over, 
he removed to Illinois, settling in Shawneetown, Gallatin 
County, removed to Indiana, where he applied for and re- 
ceived a pension ; from there he came to Illinois and settled in 
McLean County in 1836, in Randolph Township, where he died 
July 4, 1848. 

David Haggard was born in Albemarle County, Virginia in 
1762 ; served in the Virginia line of troops, was in the battle 
of Yorktown. He came to Illinois in 1836, settled in Bloom- 
ington, McLean County;, died there April 15, 1843. This 
record is taken from the Haggard Genealogy; no official rec- 
ord of service has been found. He was doubtless a brother 
of James Haggard, who is buried in Sangamon County and 
who was pensioned. 

Moses Hougham or Huffman, was a soldier of the Ameri- 
can Eevolution, serving in the Virginia line of troops. He 
received his pay at the close of the war at Pittsburg, Penn- 
sylvania. Moses Hougham came to McLean County, Illinois, 
about 1830, died in 1845, aged 101 years, and is buried in 
Scogin's cemetery, Bloomington Township. 

Captain John C. Kakr was born in Bucks County, Penn- 
sylvania, 1758; served as captain in Second Battalion, Somer- 
set County, New Jersey, line of troops. He settled in McLean 
County, Illinois, in 1839; died near Leroy December 16, 1840; 
buried in Heyworth cemetery. Captain Karr left in a will 
the inscription to be placed on his tomb-stone: ^'Sacred to 
the Memory of John Karr, a Soldier of the Revolution in 



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1776." He also left a request that he be buried with the 
honors of war, which request was complied with in full. 

William McCullough, born in Baltimore, Maryland, 1756 ; 
served as private in Captain Alexander Lawson Smith's com- 
pany. Colonel Moses Bawling 's regiment, Maryland troops, 
for two years. He settled in McLean County about 1830, died 
November 23, 1832, and lies buried in the old McCuUough 
family cemetery, on what is now the Elkins farm. 

William McGhee was born in Louisa County, Virginia, 
1761; was a private, serving two years and six months; en- 
listing five different times in Captain Pond's company. Col- 
onel Wade's regiment; also in Captain Bracken's Company, 
Colonel Lofton's regiment; also in Captain Smith's company, 
Colonel Shepard's regiment; also Captain Armstrong's com- 
pany. Colonel Lewis' regiment; also Captain James Shep- 
ard's company. Colonel Lewis' regiment, all in the North Car- 
olina line of troops. He enlisted from Mecklenburg, was in 
the battle of Wilmington. He removed to Hlinois in 1828, 
settled in McLean County; died at Diamond Grove, and is 
buried in the cemetery at that place ; died October 6, 1843. 

John Toliday was born near Poughkeepsie, New York; 
October, 1763 ; served as private in Captain Samuel Bowman's 
company of New York Rangers for four months ; again under 
Captain James Harrison's company. Colonel Dubois' regi- 
ment, for six months. About 1830 he came to reside in Mount 
Hope Township, McLean County, Illinois. He died in Leroy, 
Illinois, about 1849, and is buried in Oak Grove cemetery. 

Jacob Williamson. The official record of service of Jacob 
Williamson has not been ascertained. There is no doubt of 
his having served in the Revolutionary War. He doubtless 
served in the New Jersey line of troops. Mr. William Hier- 
onymus, Jr., an aged resident of McLean County, remembers 
Jacob Williamson and of hearing him tell of his service in 
the war. After the war had closed he removed to Tazewell 
County, settling at Hittle's Grove, about 1826. He died in 
what is now Danvers Township, McLean County, June, 1838, 
and is probably buried in Stout's Grove cemetery. 



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Makshall County. 

Joseph Warner was born in Anne Arundel County, Mary- 
land, March, 1738 ; lie removed to Fairfax County, Virginia, 
and enlisted from there; was in the battle of Germantown, 
1779. In 1802 he removed to Ohio, and in 1838, at the ad- 
vanced age of 100 years, he came to Illinois, coming the entire 
distance on horse-back, residing at Cherry Point, Marshall 
County. He longed for his old home in Ohio, and when 102 
years of age, he started back, walking twelve miles across the 
unbroken prairie, where friends gave him shelter and per- 
suaded him to return to Cherry Point. 

Another incident illustrating the indomitable courage and 
zeal, both Christian and patriotic, with which these pioneer- 
patriots were endowed : One cold, sleety Sunday, his daugh- 
ter thought Mr. Warner ought not to attend church, but fear- 
ing he would be left at home, he started on foot. There was 
a creek to be crossed which he did by lying down and crawling 
over on two icy poles. This when he was 102 years of age. 
The aged patriot died September 5, 1842, and lies buried in 
Cherry Point, where a monument marks his last resting place. 

Lemuel Gaylord was born February 14, 1765, in Bristol 
County, Connecticut; died November 17, 1854, and is buried 
in Cumberland cemetery, Evans Township, Marshall County, 
Illinois. 

Lemuel Gaylord 's father was killed in the famous massacre 
of Wyoming, July, 1778. His mother at once started for her 
old home in Connecticut, suffering untold hardships on the 
way. Three years after her return, Lemuel enlisted, serving 
as ensign in Colonel Eoger Enos' company. After the war 
he removed to Illinois, settling in what is now Marshall 
County. Kathryn Gaylord, his mother, was the first Eevolu- 
tionary heroine, for whom a public monument was erected, 
and the Bristol Chapter, D. A. E., of Connecticut, is named 
in honor of Kathryn Gaylord, the mother of this hero of the 
American Eevolution.