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Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Lawrence 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 Lawrence County Illinois:


JAMES BEARD was born in Pennsylvania. He served in the war from Cumberland county in the 2d company, 4th battalion, under Col. Samuel Culbertson, in 1782, and the same year with Capt. John McConnell. He removed to Kentucky and in 1810 came to Lawrence county, Illinois. Soon after the close of the war of 1812 he was plowing in a field when an Indian who had a fancied grievance against him, stole up behind him and shot him, killing him instantly. Thus came the tragic close of a life of service for his country. He was never married. He lies buried near Heathville, Crawford county, but is near the line in Lawrence county. "Pennsylvania Archives" and "County History."

ISHAM CHILDERS was born in Warren county, North Carolina, in 1766. He enlisted in 1779 for three months with Capt. Rowland Blanton and Col. Sewel; he again enlisted for three months with the same officers. In 1781 he served with Capt. William Johnston in the North Carolina troops. He removed to Lawrence county, Illinois, and died there. He is buried in Allison township, in the Howard graveyard. He was pensioned.

CHRISTOPHER COY was from Maryland, where he was born in 1761. He enlisted in 1779 under Capt. Henry Gaither, and Col. William Smallwood, serving to the close of the war. He was in the siege of Yorktown. He removed to Kentucky and from there to Lawrence county, Illinois, where he died October 12, 1839, and is buried in the Spring Hill cemetery. He was pensioned.

WILLIAM DENISON was probably from Connecticut and served in 1777. He was at Yorktown under Lafayette. He came to Lawrence county, Illinois, where he died and is buried in the Denison graveyard in the town of Denison. "Family Traditions."

TOUSSAINT DUBOIS was born in Vincennes, Indiana, about 1753. In 1774 he settled in what is now Allison township, Lawrence county. When Father Pierre Gibault came to Vincennes at the request of George Rogers Clark to use his influence with the French inhabitants of that place. Toussaint Dubois with his father and many others took the oath of allegiance in the little French church. He was also selected to confer with Washington regarding supplies. He was drowned while crossing the little Wabash river in 1811. "From Records found in St. Francis Zavier's Church, Vincennes.

TRUMAN GIBBS was from Litchfield, Conn. He served as trumpeter in 1776 with Capt. Moses Seymour and Major Elisha Sheldon in the Connecticut militia. He came to Lawrence county, Illinois, and died there and is buried in Bridgeport in the Spring Grove cemetery.

"Revolutionary soldiers buried in Litchfield, Conn.," by Ricards.

JOHN GLENN served from Virginia, in the Revolutionary war, and also continued in the service after the close of the war. He came to Lawrence county, Illinois, and is probably buried there. "Virginia Records."

BENJAMIN HIGHSMITH was from New Jersey. He is said to have served in the war, but no official record of service has been obtained. He came to Lawrence county, Illinois, and settled in what is now Montgomery township, where he died in 1832 and is buried near his home. "Family History."

SAMUEL KINCAID, or Kincade, came from New Jersey to Illinois. He settled in Lukin township in 1819. He died soon after coming and is buried in the Kincaid graveyard, Lukin township. "County History."

ADAM LACKEY was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1759. He enlisted in 1777 for three months, again for four months with Capt. William Wallace, and Col. Isaac Shelby in the Virginia line of troops. He served again for three months under Capt. William Welcher, and Col. Evan Shelby. He was in the battle of Monks Corner. He came to Lawrence county, Illinois, in 1815, and died there in 1836, aged 77 years, and is buried in the Lackey cemetery, Russell township. He was pensioned.

THOMAS LUKE served in the Pennsylvania line of troops. He came to Lawrence county and there applied for a pension, but having served less than six months it was not granted. "Pennsylvania Archives."

BENJAMIN MELTON served in the North Carolina troops with Capt. Berry Turner, Col. Henry Dixon, in 1776. He was drafted in 1781, serving three months, with Capt. William Hardin and Major Sharp. He again served for one year with Capt. Tilgham Dixon and Col. Henry Dixon. He came to Lawrence county, Illinois, in 1820, and died there and is buried in the Melton graveyard, in Denison township. He was pensioned.

WILLIAM MELTON also served in the North Carolina troops with Capt. Henry Dixon from December 13, 1776, to February 1, 1780, in the First regiment. He came to Lawrence county and died there. He is buried in the Melton graveyard, in the town of Denison. He was pensioned.

ANDREW PINKSTAFF was born in Frederick county, Virginia. He enlisted under Capt. George Berry, serving six months. He again served at two different times for eighteen months under Col. Daniel Morgan. He was in the battles of Cowpens and Guildford Court House. He came to Lawrence county and died there September 24, 1841, aged 99 years. He is buried in the Pinkstaff graveyard. The family have his sabre and other relics. "Family History."

CHARLES REED served as a cadet in the Virginia line of troops. He came to Lawrence county, Illinois, and there applied for a pension, but had not served the required time. "Pension Reports."

JAMES ROBINSON was born in Pennsylvania in 1761. He enlisted in 1776 under Capt. Andrew Kilbreth and James Waugh, with Cols. Frederick Watts and Anthony Wayne in the Pennsylvania line of troops. He again enlisted in 1778, for two months with Capt. James Lord, and in 1779 he served for ten months with Capt. John Rowan and Capt. Michael Simpson. He was in the battles of Trenton and others also with the Six Nations of Indians. He removed to Lawrence county, Illinois, where he died September 3, 1834. "Pensylvania Archives" and "Pension Reports."

JOHN ROGERS sered in the Virginia troops and continued in the service after the war. He came to Lawrence county, Illinois, and probably died there. "Virginia Records."

WILLIAM SPENCER came from Pennsylvania. He served in the war, probably from that state, but no official record of service has been obtained. In after life he was known as Colonel, and he was Captain of the Militia in Indiana. He came to Illinois at an early date, and died there. He lies buried in the old cemetery in Lawrence township. "Family History."

STEPHEN TERRY served in the war from Virginia, and continued in the service after the close of the war. He came to Lawrence county, and probably died there. "Virginia Records."

JAMES THOMPSON was in the war from Virginia. He served after the close of the war. He came to Lawrence county and is doubtless buried there. "Virginia Records."


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