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Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in McLean County, Illinois

Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Illinois by Mrs. Harriet J. Walker, Reprinted for the web.

In the preparation of this work, every effort has been made to obtain the records of these soldiers, to verify them, and to ascertain their places of burial. This has been accomplished in various ways, by ascertaining the names of all who were pensioned and where the application was made. This does not always locate the burial place owing to the changing of the boundary lines of the counties of the state, making it necessary to obtain from the U. S. Treasury department the time and place of payment of the last pension.

Revolutionary War Graves of Soldiers Buried in McLean County Illinois:

Has preserved in bronze and stone the name of every soldier and sailor who ever resided in the county who participated in any war in which the United States has been engaged. On Memorial Day, May 30, 1913, the monument was dedicated with fitting ceremonies. Twelve names of Revolutionary soldiers who lie buried in McLean county are engraved 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 Stevenson 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. "Lest we forget; lest we forget."

EBENEZER BARNES was born in Boston, Massachusetts, February 3, 1759; he served his country by enlisting five different times, first as corporal in 1775 under Capt. Archelaus Batchelder, Col. Joseph Read; later the same year as sergeant with Capt. Aldrich; again in 1776 for nine months as sergeant under Capt. Gideon Foster, Col. Ebenezer Smith; re-enlisting in 1777, he was made lieutenant with Capt. Samuel Fletcher, Col. Timothy Bedel's regiment, serving four months; finally, the following summer, 1778, he served ten months as lieutenant with Capt. John Tyler, Col. Joseph 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 BARTHOLOMEW was a native of New Jersey, born March 15, 1766; was a private in Capt. Jonathan Rowland's company, Tradyffren, Pennsylvania line of troops, in 1780. He settled in Money Creek township in McLean county, Illinois, in 1830; died near Clarksville, Ill., November 2, 1840, and lies buried in Clarksville cemetery.

CAPT. SAMUEL BEELER, a native of Virginia, born about 1760; served in the Virginia line of troops 158 days. 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. "Virginia Records."

PHILIP CROSE was born in Hampshire county, Virginia, 1757; served as private in Captain Daniel Richardson's company 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 received a pension; from there he came to Illinois and settled in McLean county in 1836, in Randolph township, where he died about 1840.

JOHN ELLSWORTH served in the war from New York, enlisting February, 1776, with Capt. John B. Allen and Col. Frederick Weisenfels, in the Fourth New York Regiment. He was in the battles of Bennington and at Moses Kill, also at the surrender of Burgoyne. After having served three years, he deserted, in 1779. He came to McLean county, Illinois, and there applied for a pension, which was refused, even though he returned to the service, but did not serve six months, which would not entitle him to a pension. "New York in the Revolution" and "Pension Reports."

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 Bloomington, McLean county; died there April 15, 1843. This record is taken from the Haggard Genealogy. He was doubtless a brother of James Haggard, who is buried in Sangamon county and was pensioned. "Virginia Records" and "Family History."

FRANCIS HODGE was born about 1760. He served in the New Jersey Continental army, in the Artillery commanded by ---- Harrison. He came to McLean county, Illinois, and died there about 1836, and is buried in the Frankeberger cemetery. "New Jersey Muster Roll."

MOSES HOUGHAM or HUFFMAN, was a soldier of the American Revolution, serving in the Virginia line of troops. He received his pay at the close of the war at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Moses Hougham came to McLean county, Illinois, about 1830, died in 1845, aged 101 years, and is buried in Scogin's cemetery, Bloomington township. "Virginia Records."

CAPTAIN JOHN C. KARR was born in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, 1758; served as captain in Second Battalion, Somerset county, New Jersey, line of troops. He settled in McLean county, Illinois, in 1839; died near Leroy December 16, 1840; buried in Heyworth cemetery. Capt. 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 1776." He left a request that he be buried with the honors of war, which request was complied with. He was pensioned.

THOMAS McCLURE was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, July 15, 1765. He was of Scotch-Irish parentage. In 1781 he removed to Kentucky and there aided in fighting the Indians. His brother Robert was killed by the Indians. Coming to Illinois, he settled at Stout's Grove, McLean county, in 1827, and died there January 3, 1847; is buried in Stout's Grove cemetery, Danvers township. His grave is marked with an old soft marble headstone. "County History."

WILLIAM McCULLOUGH was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1756. He served as private in Capt. Alexander Lawson Smith's company, Col. Moses Rawling's regiment, Maryland troops, for two years. He came to McLean county, Illinois, about 1830, died there November 23, 1832, and is buried in the old McCullough family cemetery on what is now the Elkins farm. "Maryland in the Revolution."

WILLIAM McGHEE was born in Louisa county, Virginia, in 1761. He was a private, serving five different times in Capt. Pond's company, Col. Wade's regiment; also in Capt. Bracken's company, Col. Lofton's regiment; also in Capt. Smith's company, Col. William Shepard's regiment; also in Capt. John Armstrong's company, Col. Nicholas Lewis' regiment; again in Capt. James Shepard's company, Col. Nicholas Lewis' regiment, all in the North Carolina line of troops. He enlisted from Mecklenburg; was in the battle of Wilmington. He came to McLean county, Illinois, in 1828, and died at Diamond Grove, and is buried there. He died October 6, 1843. He was pensioned.

JOHN TOLIDAY was born near Poughkeepsie, New York, October, 1763. He served in Capt. Samul Bowman's company of New York rangers for four months, again serving under Capt. James Harrison, Col. Lewis Du Bois' regiment, for six months. He came to McLean county, Illinois, in 1830, residing in Mount Hope township. He died in Leroy about 1849, and is buried in Oak Grove cemetery. "New York in the Revolution."

JACOB WILLIAMSON was a soldier in the war, probably serving in the New Jersey line of troops. Mr. William Hieronymus, Jr., an aged resident of McLean county, remembers hearing Jacob Williamson tell of his service in the war. He came to Illinois, settling at Hittle's Grove about 1826. He died in what is now Danvers township, McLean county, June, 1838, and is doubtless buried in Stout's Grove cemetery. "County History" and "Traditional Records."

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