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Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Dewitt 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 Dewitt County Illinois:

EDWARD DAY was born in Charlotte county, Virginia, in 1760. He enlisted from that county in Capt. Charles M. Collier's company, Col. David Morgan's regiment, when only sixteen years of age, serving five months. He again served in Capt. William Price's company, Col. Thomas M. Randolph's regiment, serving three months, re-enlisting in Capt. Collier's company, Col. Randolph's regiment, he served three months; again enlisting he was in Capt. Gideon Spencer's company, Col. Randolph's regiment, serving two months, thus making a fine record of service for his country. He came to Illinois, settling in De Witt county, where he lies buried in De Witt cemetery. He died in 1836. Edward Day was the grandfather of Hon. W. H. Herndon, a law partner of Abraham Lincoln. "Virginia Records."

JOHN SCOTT was a native of Pennsylvania, born in York county, May 29, 1763. He enlisted from Washington county, Virginia, in May, 1780, in Capt. James Dysart's company, Col. William Gamble's regiment, Virginia line of troops, serving one year. He was in the battles of King's Mountain and Wetzell's Mills. The family came to Sangamon county, Illinois, in 1824; removed to De Witt county, where he died November 13, 1847, and is buried in Rock Creek cemetery, near Waynesville. "Virginia Records."

PETER CUTRIGHT, a native of Virginia, born in Hampshire county in 1759. He enlisted September 1, 1780, and served six months with Capts. Daniel Riteson and Robert Cravens, Col. Robert Stevens commanding. Peter Cutright came to Illinois and resided for a time in Macon county, his application for pension being from that county in 1833. He lived in Sangamon county until three years before his death, when he was a resident of De Witt county, where his last pension was drawn September 4, 1841. The place of his burial is not known.

WILLIAM VINCENT was born in Virginia and served from that state. Coming to Illinois, he settled at Long Point Timber, De Witt county. He applied for a pension in McLean county. He died in De Witt county in 1836, and is buried in Rock Creek cemetery. "Pension Reports" and "Virginia Records."

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