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Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Menard 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 Menard County Illinois:

LEWIS FERGUSON was born in Virginia in 1760. He enlisted in Culpeper county in 1778, serving until 1780. He was made lieutenant under Capt. Garland Burrly and Col. Francis Taylor. He died in Menard county in 1842. He was pensioned.

AARON HOUGHTON was born in Hopewell, Hunterdon county, New Jersey, April 15, 1761. He enlisted June, 1776, serving until April, 1777, in his father's company, Capt. Joab Houghton, and Col. James Johnson's regiment. In the fall of the same year he served one month in Lieut. Williams Parks' company, Col. Joab Houghton's regiment. He removed to Kentucky, and from there to Sangamon county, Illinois, in 1824. He died in Menard county in Rock Creek precinct. He was pensioned.

ZACHARIAH NANCE enlisted in New Kent county, Virginia, in Col. Charles Harrison's regiment. He was in the battles of Monmouth and Stony Point. He died in Sangamon county, Illinois, December 22, 1835, but Menard county was set apart from Sangamon in 1839, and the place of burial is now in Menard county. He was pensioned.

JOHN OVERSTREET was born in Virginia, where he enlisted in the First Virginia Cavalry when only fifteen years of age. He enlisted again in 1777 for three years in the Fourteenth Regiment. He was in many battles: Monmouth, Stony Point, Brandywine and Germantown, and was in the siege of Yorktown. He endured great hardships at Valley Forge. He removed to Ohio, and from there to Sangamon county, Illinois, where he died in Fancy Creek township, but was buried across the line in Athens, Menard county. He was buried with military honors. He was pensioned.

JOSHUA SHORT was born in Virginia about 1752. He enlisted in 1776, serving until 1778. At the close of the war he came to Sangamon county, Illinois. He was one of the aged men who rode in a canoe mounted on wheels and rigged as a ship in the procession at the Whig gathering in 1840. He died in Menard county in 1842. "Virginia Records" and "Family History."

JAMES THOMAS was born in Maryland in 1750; enlisted in 1776, serving six years as a private in Capts. David Hopkins and David Plunkett's companies, Col. Stephen Mayland, in Fourth Continental Dragoons. He was wounded in the battles of Germantown and Savannah, was also in the battles of Brandywine, Monmouth and the siege of Yorktown. After the war he removed to Indiana. Coming to Illinois, he resided in Menard county, where he died in 1833. He was pensioned.

BENJAMIN WALKER was born in Pennsylvania in 1758, and died in Menard county in 1847. He served at various times in the Pennsylvania troops from June 1, 1776, to March, 1779. He was given a pension. He died in Menard county, Illinois.

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