Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Greene 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 Greene County Illinois:
MICHAEL M. BAKER was born in 1753 in Borough of Southwark, London, England. He came to America in 1773 and espoused the cause of the new country. He enlisted in 1779 in Major Frederick Vernon's company, Col. David Broadherdin, Pennsylvania troops, serving as sergeant. He removed to Ohio and later to Greene county, Illinois, where he died in 1831. He was pensioned.
WILLIAM BEMAN was born May 2, 1758, at Kent, Connecticut. He enlisted June 1, 1776, for six months with Col. Heman Swift and Capt. Ebenezer Couch. In 1777 he again served for two months with Capt. Sackett and Col. Hooker, and served again in the same year for two months with Capt. Peter Mills and Col. John Wood. He served the fourth time in 1779 for six months with Col. Heman Swift. He came to Greene county, Illinois, and died there October 21, 1837. He was pensioned.
ALLEN J. BRIDGES was a native of Wake county, North Carolina, born in 1756. He enlisted in Rowan county and served seven month as private in Capt. Simeon Alexander's company, Col. Joseph McDowell's regiment. He was in the battles of Ramsour and Salisbury. He married in Greene county, Elizabeth Irwin, and after his death she drew his pension. He was buried in the Woodbury cemetery, Kane township. He was pensioned.
JOHN CLARK was born in 1765 in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. He served from 1778 to the close of the war, enlisting three different times, with Capts. Timothy Downing, Samuel Teeters and Cols. Matthew Williamson and William Crawford, in the Virginia line of troops. He was in battle with Indians at the time Col. Crawford was captured. He came to Greene county, Illinois, and died there September 13, 1844. He was pensioned.
JESSE CONWAY was from Virginia, where he enlisted at Reed Island in 1777 for eighteen months, and again in 1779 for sixteen months under Capts. William Buchanan and Isaac Riddle with Cols. Boon and Abraham Bowman. He died in Greene county, aged 79 years. He was pensioned.
JOHN FLATT served in the war from Middlesex county, New Jersey. He came to Greene county and there applied for a pension, but not having served six months it was not granted. "New Jersey in the Revolution."
JAMES GARRISON was born near Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, in 1747. He enlisted in Wilkes county, North Carolina, in 1775 for three months under Capt. John Hamlin, Col. Benjamin Cleveland; enlisted again in 1781 with Capt. Alexander Gordan, Col. Joseph McDowell. He was in the battles of Cross Creek, the surrender of Ninety-six, and Eutaw Springs. He came to Greene county, Illinois, and died there very aged; is buried in the Patterson cemetery. He was pensioned.
ADONIJAH GRISWOLD was born at New Milford, Connecticut, in 1758. He entered the service in Vermont under Capt. Joshua Barnum and Major Gideon Brownson, Vermont militia, serving as a scout until 1778, when he was taken prisoner and carried to Quebec; was kept there until 1781. He came to Greene county, Illinois, and died there September 1, 1841; is probably buried in White Hall. "Vermont in the Revolution."
JOHN HEWITT was born in Brunswick county, Virginia. He removed to North Carolina, where he enlisted in August, 1778; he re-enlisted seven times, serving until 1781; he was a sergeant under seven captains, viz., James Williams, Ballard Smith, William McFarlane, James Moore, John Henderson, Nathan Goodye, Richard White, John Fuller and Col. Francis Malmady. He was in the battles of Guildford Court House and Ramsour's Mill. He came to Greene county, Illinois, and died there in 1848; is buried in the Providence cemetery, East Carrolton. He was pensioned.
ROBERT LORTON was born in Charlotte, Virginia, where he enlisted in 1776, serving two years in the Fourth Virginia Regiment under Capt. John Morton and Col. Adam Stephen. He was in the battles of Trenton, Germantown and Brandywine. He enlisted again under Capt. John Holcomb, serving six months. After the war he removed to Kentucky, and at an early date came to Illinois, locating in Bond county, but later in Greene county, where he died in 1833. Robert Lorton was the founder of Lorton Prairie, near Whitehall, where he lies buried. He was pensioned.
FRANCIS MILLER was born at sea October 16, 1753, when his parents were on a voyage from Philadelphia to Charleston, South Carolina. They were in Mecklenburg county, where he enlisted in 1775 as private. He was made captain, serving three times as that officer in the Riflemen Rangers with Col. Robert Irwin. He served until 1781 and was in the battles of Hanging Rock and Guildford Court House. He came to Greene county, Illinois, at an early date and died there in 1843. He is buried in the North cemetery, Greenfield. He was pensioned.
JOHN A. MILLER was from Orange county, Virginia, where he enlisted, serving from April, 1778, to September, 1778, in company No. 5 with Col. Thomas Marshall in the Third Regiment. He came to Greene county, Illinois, where he applied for a pension, but not having served six months, it was not granted. "Virginia Records."
CALEB POST was a native of New Jersey, where he served in the war from Morris. He also served in the state troops. Coming to Illinois, he settled in Greene county, and is probably buried in Bluffdale. He was pensioned.
THOMAS RICHARDSON served in the war from Virginia. He continued in the service after the close of the war and was in the United State infantry. He came to Greene county, Illinois, and probably died there. "Virginia Records."
JONAH SCROGGINS was born in Brunswick county, Virginia, but enlisted in Burke county, North Carolina, in 1778, with Capt. Robert Temples and Major Charles Pickney. He re-enlisted three times under Capts. Philip Taylor, Philip Thomas and John Whitley, with William Dennis and Robert as majors. He came to Greene county, Illinois, where he died in 1845; is probably buried in Carrolton. He was pensioned.
AARON SMITH was born in 1765 in North Carolina. He enlisted there in 1781, only serving thirty-four days, when he was shot through the thigh in the battle of Eutaw Springs. He served under Capts. Elijah Moore and Michael Randolph, with Cols. Archibald Lytle and Henry Lee. He removed to Tennessee, and from there to Greene county, Illinois, where he died in March, 1841, and is probably buried in Roodhouse. He was pensioned.
WILLIAM THAXTON was from Caswell county, North Carolina, where he served in the war from May, 1782. He came to Greene county, Illinois, where he applied for a pension. "North Carolina Records."
JOHN THOMPSON was born in Botetourt county, Virginia. He enlisted in 1781 for three months with Capt. Henry Pawling, Col. William McClenahan. He again served for five months and again for one month in 1781 under Capt. David May, Col. Thomas Fleming, in the Virginia troops. He came to Greene county, Illinois, where he died March 27, 1843, and is buried in the Thompson graveyard, Burrow township. He was pensioned.
GEORGE VINCINER served in the war in the Kentucky artillery. He came to Greene county, Illinois, where he probably died. He was pensioned.
Related Revolutionary War Records;
- 1818 Pensioners of the United States: Illinois Territory
- 1820 Pension List: Illinois
- 1835 Illinois Pension Roll
- 1840 Illinois Census of Pensioners
- Illinois Pensioners Of Revolutionary War Struck Off The Roll