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Revolutionary War Soldiers
Buried in Edgar County, IL

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ELIJAH AUSTIN - was from Massachusetts, where he enlisted in Capt. John King's company, Col. Mark Hopkins' regiment. He enlisted July 15, 1776, serving sixteen days in Berkshire county. He came to Edgar county, Illinois, and died there; is buried near North Arm church. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

HUGH BARR - was from Massachusetts, where he served three days in Col. James Converse's regiment; again for three days in Capt. Francis Starr's company. He again enlisted in September, same year (1777), serving sixteen days in Capt. Benjamin Nye's company, Col. Nathan Sparhawk's regiment, serving three months. He came to Edgar county and died there; is buried near Flemington. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

JAMES BENSON was from Talbot county, Maryland. He served as a sailor and after the war settled in Virginia. In 1824 he came with his son to Edgar county, Illinois. He is probably buried in the county, as his son removed to Jasper county in 1851. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

GURDIN BURNHAM enlisted in Connecticut in 1775; he was on board the ship Alfred as a drummer, was captured in an engagement off Barbadoes and was exchange in 1778. He came to Edgar county, but the place of burial is not known. He is pensioned. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

ELIJAH CLAY - enlisted from Virginia in 1780. He was in the battle of Guilford Court House. He removed to Edgar county, IL, but his place of burial is not known. He was pensioned. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

JOHN CONREY - enlisted from New York where he served in the war; was in the battle of White Plains. Coming to Illinois he settled in Edgar county at a place called Bloomfield Ledge. He died July 1834, aged 84 years and is buried in the Wynn Grave Yard. He was pensioned. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

WILLIAM GANNON, SR. - enlisted from North Carolina in 1780; he was in the battles of Camden, guilford Court House, Eutaw Springs, and Hughanne, where he was wounded. He died in Edgar county, Illinois a very aged man. He was pensioned. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

FERREL HESTER was from Maryland where he enlisted in 1776; he again enlisted in the North Carolina troops in 1780, and was in the battles of Camden and Owans Ford. He came to Edgar county to reside and died there an aged man. He was pensioned. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

WILLIAM HURST - was born in Berkeley county, Virginia, in 1755. He enlisted in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania in July 1780, in Capt. William Campbell's company, Col. Archibald Loughrey's regiment. They were to have joined George Roger Clark's expedition, but at Loughrey's creek, they were attacked by the Indians, when both captain and colonel were killed. William Hurst was condemned to be burned, but was ransomed by McKee, a white chief, and was taken to Detroit where he was a prisoner until May, 1781, when he was taken to a place near Montreal and was exchanged, arriving in New York about Christmas, 1781. After the war he removed to Kentucky, and from there to Indiana and in 1836 he came to Edgar county, Illinois, where he died Dec. 7, 1836. A monument was erected to his memory at Mount Carmel cemetery and inspiring dedicatory services were held. Among others who gave addresses was Prof. G. W. Brown, Superintendent of Schools, who has been most interested in gaining information regarding the soldiers buried in Edgar county. William Hurst was pensioned. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

WILLIAM JAMES - was from Maryland where he enlisted July 20, 1776 by Michael Burgess. He enlisted again as corporal in the fourth regiment, 11th company, serving from April 1777 to Nov. 1780. He removed to Edgar county, Illinois, where he died and is buried near Asher church. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

JAMES KNIGHT SR. - enlisted from Pennsylvania in 1775, and again a second time, serving on the Frigate Randolph in 1776. His ship was in several engagements and captured three British ships. Coming to Illinois, he located in Edgar county and died on the farm where he located in Elbridge township. He was pensioned. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

WILLIAM MEADOWS - was from Maryland where he served in the war, enlisting in 1776. He came to Edgar county, IL to live and died there; he is buried in the Prior cemetery. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

WILLIAM MEANS - enlisted in South Carolina in 1780; he was engaged in Gen. John Green's campaign of the South. He removed to Ohio, and from there to Edgar county, Illinois, locating in Paris township, in 1822, where he is probably buried. He was pensioned. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)



ASA MOORE was from Maryland where he enlisted in 1778; he was in the battle of Stony Point. After the war he removed to Pennsylvania and from there to Edgar County, Illinois. He was pensioned. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

Additional Information from researcher Florence Moore (fdmoore38@gmail.com):
Info is correct up to the point of after the war. Then... "He removed to Kentucky and from there to Edgar County, Illinois. He was in Posey Co, IN when he died and is buried there - very probably in Reeves Cemetery. He was pensioned."
(Sources: REV War Pension, Abstract - MD Militia 1781-1783, pg 38; Maryland State Papers Vol 1-1775-89, pg 671; Cemeteries of Posey Co, IN pg 231)



STEPHEN OGDEN served from Morris county, New Jersey, in the Eastern Battalion; was wounded September 13, 1777, at Second River. He was pensioned in Kentucky, Morgan county. He came to Edgar county, IL and died there. He was buried on Tompkins farm in Edgar county. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

JACOB READ - buried in Pleasant Hill cemetery in Kansas. (source: Genealogical Records, Illinois Society DAR, 1939, compiled by Mrs. Edward J. Filbey)

GEORGE REDMON was from Rowan County, North Carolina, where he enlisted, serving as a wagoner; he was in Gen. John Greene's campaign. Coming to Edgar county, Illinois, he settled in Paris township and is buried in a private graveyard about two miles south of Paris, in the Shelly Green farm. He was pensioned. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

DANIEL RHODES was from Massachusetts, where he served in Capt. Samuel Payson's company, Col. John Graton's regiment, as a "Minute Man," enlisting April 19, 1775 for 8 days ; he again served for three months in Col. Joseph Read's regiment and again in Sept. 1776 in a battalion stationed at Hull. He came to Edgar county, Illinois and died there; is buried in the Ogden cemetery. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

DANIEL ROWELL was from Connecticut, where he served in a regiment commanded by Capt. Jonathan Humphrey, Col. Samuel McClelland, in 1777. Coming to Illinois he lived in Edgar county, in Elbridge township. He was pensioned. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

WILSON THARP was from Virginia where he served in the war. He came to Edgar county, Illinois, and there applied for a pension...("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

JOHN TUTWILER was from Virginia, where he served in the war. He came to Illinoios and for a time resided in Coles county, but removed to Edgar county, where he died and is buried in the [Fairview Cemetery] Kansas cemetery. He was pensioned. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917 & "Genealogical Records", Illinois Society DAR, 1939, compiled by Mrs. Edward J. Filbey)

ABRAHAM WOOD was born Feb. 7, 1753 in Frederick county, Maryland. He removed to North Carolina, where he enlisted, serving for six months from July, 1777, with Capts. John Johnson, James Chapman, and Col. Matthew Lock. He came to Edgar county to reside where he applied for a pension. He died Oct. 14, 1833, aged 80 years. He was pensioned. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)




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