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Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Perry 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 Perry County Illinois:

PHINEAS BRONSON was born in Enfield, Connecticut, November 9, 1764, and died in Peoria county, Illinois, October 24, 1845, and is buried in the Princeville cemetery, where a tombstone, upon which is inscribed, "A Soldier of the American Revolution," tells the story of service. He served in the Third Company of the Second Regiment under Major Benjamin Walbridge and Col. Zebulon Butler. He was pensioned.

WILLIAM CROW was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, in 1758, and died in Peoria county, Illinois, January 25, 1854. He is buried in a private cemetery in Limestone township, near Pottstown. He was pensioned.

JOHN DUSENBERRY came from New York, where he served in the war in the Third regiment with Col. Rudolphus Rietzman, enlisting in January, 1776. He was first Lieutenant and then Captain of his company. He was wounded at the battle of White Plains, but again served from December, 1777, to March, 1778. He served under Col. David Van Schaik, Col. Philip Van Courtland, and Gen. Samuel Parsons, for two years under Lafayette. He came to Illinois, residing in Peoria, where he died September 26, 1833, aged 81 years. "New York in the Revolution."

JAMES HARKNESS was a "Minute Man," marching on the first alarm from Pelham, Massachusetts, in Capt. Candless' company, Col. Benjamin Woodbridge's regiment, serving eleven days; he re-enlisted for eight months; and again in June 1778, serving as corporal and sergeant in Capt. Joseph Perkins' company, Col. Nathaniel Wade's regiment. He was born June 21, 1756, and died at Harkness Grove August 18, 1836, and is buried in the Harkness cemetery, near Trivoli, Peoria county. "Massachusetts Soldiers in the Revolution."

PAULETTE MAILLET was born in 1753 at Mackinac, Michigan. He was an Indian trader and was the founder of Peoria in 1778. Hearing of the defeat of Thomas Brady at St. Joseph, Michigan, in 1777, he decided to revenge the killing of men by the British and Indians. With an armed force they marched to St. Joseph, where they fought like tigers and captured the fort. He returned to Peoria, but lost his life in a quarrel with a Frenchman in 1805. The place of his burial is not known. "County History."

JOHN MONTGOMERY was in the Virginia line of troops. He was born in Virginia in 1764 and died in Peoria county, Illinois, January 26, 1845, and is buried in the Princeville cemetery. "A soldier of the Revolution" is inscribed on his tombstone. He was pensioned.

ZEALY MOSS was a wagonmaster and assistant quartermaster in the Virginia troops. He enlisted in Loudoun county in the spring of 1777 and served two years. He re-enlisted in 1780 and served to the close of the war. He was born in Loudoun county, Virginia, March 5, 1755, and died in Peoria county, Illinois, October 30, 1835, and is buried in Springdale cemetery, Peoria. He was pensioned.

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