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Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Gallatin 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 Gallatin County Illinois:


WILLIAM ABNEY served in the war from Virginia. He also continued in the service of the United States after the close of the war. He came to Gallatin county, Illinois, and is doubtless buried in that county. "Virginia Records."

WILLIAM ALLEN was born in Pennsylvania but enlisted in North Carolina, serving in both cavalry and infantry. He was sergeant in 1781 under Lieut. John Campbell and Ensign Robert Scoby, with Col. Archibald Lytle. He was taken prisoner at Hillsburg but exchanged August 11, 1782, and returned to his home in Orange county. He came to Gallatin county and is doubtless buried there. He was pensioned.

STEPHEN BOUTWELL served in the Virginia troops under Capt. Samuel Hawes and Col. Alexander Spottiswood from January 1, 1777, to June the same year, acting as corporal. He came to Gallatin county, Illinois, and is probably buried there. He applied for a pension. "Virginia Records."

GREENBERRY, CHOATE was born in Virginia in 1751. He served one month in 1779 under Capt. William Cocke and Col. Andrew Christie, in the North Carolina troops. He again enlisted in July, 1780, for four months under Capt. James Lawrence and Col. Andrew Christie. He again served one month with Capt. Ezekiel Smith and Col. Thomas Clark in 1781. He came to Johnson county, Illinois, but died in Gallatin county in 1842, and is buried on Eagle Creek, near Equality. He was pensioned.

JOHN DUFF was a Virginian. He gave George Rogers Clark valuable information regarding Kaskaskia when the soldiers were on their way to that place. In 1805 he was on his way to Virginia and was killed on Ripple Island, Gallatin county, and was buried near the old salt springs. "County History."

ABNER FOSTER was from Massachusetts, where he served in Capt. Benjamin Adams' company, Col. Jonathan Johnson's regiment, enlisting August 15, 1777, serving four months. He came to Gallatin county, Illinois, and is doubtless buried there as he was an aged man. He was pensioned.

BENNET HANCOCK served in the Virginia troops, for which he was granted 100 acres of bounty land. He was born in 1756 and served under Col. Christian Fehiger. He came to Gallatin county, Illinois, and died there April 7, 1833. He was pensioned, and his widow drew the pension after his death. "Virginia Records" and "Pension Reports."

WILSON HENDERSON was from Chester county, South Carolina, and served in the war from that state. He came to Gallatin county, Illinois, and is probably buried in the county. "Pension Reports."

JOHN LAMB, SR., was from North Carolina, where he served in the war in the Tenth Regiment, North Carolina troops, under Capt. James Mills, from January, 1782, to January, 1783. He removed to Gallatin county, Illinois, and settled near Ridgeway, where he is probably buried as he was an aged man when he applied for a pension. He was pensioned.

JAMES NORTON was in the war from Virginia. He continued in the service in the Sixth U. S. Infantry. He came to Gallatin county, and is probably buried there. "Virginia Records."

GEN. THOMAS POSEY was born in Virginia July 9, 1750. He is said to have been the natural son of George Washington, his mother being Elizabeth Lloyd. He served as captain in the Seventh Virginia Regiment; in 1776 was promoted to a major in Col. Daniel Morgan's regiment. He was made lieutenant-colonel, and after the close of the war was made brigadier-general. He was in the battles of Monmouth, Stony Point, and was at Yorktown. In 1794 he removed to Kentucky, where he was a Senator in 1805-06. He also served in the War of 1812. He was governor of Indiana Territory, serving until it was made a state in 1816. He removed to Illinois, settling in Gallatin county, where he died March 18, 1818. He is buried near Shawneetown, and his grave is marked by a monument, though it is in a decaying condition. "Virginia Records" and "The National Cyclopedia of Biography."

WILLIAM SUTTON was born in Virginia in 1764. He served in 1781 for two months under Capt. John Jackson and Col. Thomas Merriwether; he again served for six months with Capt. Thomas Eaton, and Col. William Darke. He was at the battle of Yorktown. He came to Gallatin county, Illinois, and died there. He was pensioned.

JOHN THADOWEN was a resident of Gallatin county, Illinois, and in 1840 was 85 years of age when he applied for a pension. It is not known from what state he served as the records of that time are not complete. "The 1840 Pension Reports."

ROBERT WEST was from Bertie county, North Carolina, where he served in the war. He came to Gallatin county, Illinois, and there applied for a pension. "North Carolina in the Revolution" and "Pension Records."

In 1825 Gen. Lafayette visited Gallatin county. On this occasion a poorly clad Frenchman stood at the door of the hotel looking at Lafayette. As soon as Lafayette saw him he advanced to greet him with both hands extended. He was an old soldier who had served as a bodyguard for Lafayette. "County History."


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