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Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Johnson 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 Johnson County Illinois:

DANIEL CHAPMAN was born in Westchester county, New York, July 25, 1756. He enlisted in 1775 for nine months under Capt. Richard Sackett and Col. John Thomas. One year later, in the Spring of 1776, he again enlisted for nine months and rendered most efficient service against the Tories, who were numerous in that county. In 1777 he acted as scout and was appointed second Sergeant under Col. Frederick Weisenfeldt, serving one year. In August, 1781, they marched south to meet Lord Cornwallis in Virginia. He removed to Johnson county, Illinois, and died there February 8, 1841, and is buried east of Vienna, on his farm. A monument erected by his family marks his grave. A most faithful soldier of the American Revolution. He was pensioned.

JACOB HARWICK was born in Pennsylvania in 1752. He served three months in 1781 under Capt. Thomas Hewitt, in Col. Joseph Phillips' regiment in the North Carolina troops. He again enlisted under Capt. Charles Gordon, and served one year. He removed to Johnson county, Illinois, and died there in 1833. He is buried two miles east of Vienna. A government marker has been placed at his grave by the Vienna D. A. R. He was pensioned.

RANDOLPH LAWSON was born in Cumberland county, North Carolina, in 1752, where he enlisted in 1780 under Capt. Cox or Gholston, guarding baggage during the battle of Camden. He again enlisted in 1781 and during the battle of Guildford Court House guarded baggage. He removed to Kentucky and from there to Johnson county, Illinois, where he applied for a pension, but having served less than six months, it was not granted. "Pension Reports."

HEZEKIAH WEST was born in Maryland, November 7, 1763. He enlisted in the South Carolina troops in Capt. Robert Frost's company, in Col. Richard Winn's regiment, for one month, and again for three months in same company. He again enlisted in 1782 with Capt. John McCoot's company of mounted rangers, in Col. David Hopkins' regiment for three months. His father served in the same company and was killed in 1778. Hezekiah West was a member of the Illinois State Convention in 1818 from Johnson county. He died July 29, 1845, and is buried in the West Eden cemetery, Johnson county. His grave is marked by a government marker. He was pensioned.

WILLIAM WIGGS was born in North Carolina in 1758. He enlisted in Wayne county, serving for thirty-five days in 1775, in Capt. William Fellows' company. He again enlisted in 1779 for five months with Capt. John Canada, and in 1781 he served three months under Capt. Joseph Sessions and was in the battle of Guilford Court House. He removed to Johnson county, Illinois, and died there in 1835. He was pensioned.

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