Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Union 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 Union County Illinois:
ALEXANDER BEGGS was born in Antrim county, Ireland, May 30, 1754. Coming to America he entered the service of the colonies and served in 1776 for four months in Henry Lee's Artillery company; he again enlisted in 1778 for three months and in 1781 for the same period, he also served ten months in 1777. He was captured at Brandywine but escaped that night. He was also in the battle of Stono. He served first in the Pennsylvania troops. After the war he removed to Union county, Illinois, where he died Feb. 4, 1837. He was pensioned.
JOSEPH EDWARDS was from Virginia, where he enlisted for nine months in 1776 under Col. Adam Slencar, was discharged at Martinsburg, Virginia. He came to Union county Illinois, in 1829. When he applied for a pension he stated that his property consisted of one bed worth $3.00; one axe worth $2.00; one plow worth $3.00 and one hoe valued at $1.00, making a sum total of $9.00. He died in Union county. He was pensioned.
JOHN ELLIS was born March 9, 1735, in Frederick county, Virginia. He enlisted in Greenbrier county, served as an Indian spy from 1773 to 1783; was appointed by Gen. Andrew Lewis and served at Ellis' Fort under Capt. John Cook. He came to Illinois and resided in Union county, where he died May 29, 1834. He was pensioned.
JACOB FRICK was a native of Pennsylvania, where he was born about 1747; he enlisted in the Lower Milford township company, Buck's county, in 1775, under Capt. Harry Huber; he also served under Gen. Griffith Rutherford. In 1823 he came to Illinois settling in Jonesboro precinct, where he died. He was pensioned.
JOHN HARGRAVE was born Nov. 23, 1755, in South Carolina, near the line of North Carolina. He enlisted in 1776 for two and one half months with Capt. Dennis Haukins, and Col. Daniel Horry; again in 1780 for ten months with Capt. Thomas Hemphill and Col. Francis Locke; again in 1781 for six months with Capt. Francis Boykin and Col. Charles Middleton. He was in the battles of Ramsour's Mill and Eutaw Springs. He came to Union county, Illinois, in 1809, and is probably buried there. He was pensioned.
ELIAS HOUSE was from North Carolina, where he served in the war. He lost an arm in the service. Coming to Illinois, he settled in Union county, where he died very aged. He was pensioned.
CHRISTOPHER LYERLE was born in 1764 in North Carolina, where he enlisted in 1780 when only 16 years of age in the North Carolina troops in Capt. Archibald Lytle's company and Col. John G. McRae's regiment, serving eighteen months. He came with many others to Union county, where he died. He was pensioned.
PETER MEISENHEIMER came from Cabarras county, North Carolina, where he enlisted in the North Carolina troops. He removed to Union county, Illinois, in 1819 settling in what became known as the Meisenheimer precinct, where he died. He was pensioned.
PETER MILLER came from Rowan county, North Carolina. He served in both the North and South Carolina troops and was in several battles. He settled in Anna township, Union county, Illinois, and died there. He is buried two miles north of Anna. "County History."
ELIAS MOIERS was from South Carolina, where he served in the war under Capt. William Williams and Col. William Polk for ten months. He was discharged on the "High Hills" of Santee, South Carolin. He came to Illinois, settling in Union county. In 1828 he applied for a pension stating that he was wholly disabled, that he did not ask for a pension sooner because he was able to work. He enumerated his possessions as one horse, one saddle, bridle and saddle bags. "Pension Records" and "County History."
TRAVIS MORRIS was born in Richmond county, Virginia, June 12, 1758. He enlisted for three months in 1777 with Capt. John Hedges and Col. Jesse Eural in the Virginia troops. Later he served in the North Carolina troops twice, for three months each with Capts. Charles Madden, Samuel Hampton and Major Joseph Winston. He came to Illinois and lived in both Alexander and Union counties. His place of burial is not known. He was pensioned.
JOHN MURPHY was from Burke county, North Carolina. He first fought with the Tories, but becoming convinced that the Continentals were in the right, he entered the army. After the war he came to Cape Girado, Missouri, then to Alexander county, Illinois and later to Union county settling in Anna township in 1816, where he died. "County History."
WILLIAM PARKS served in the war from Virginia and continued in the service after the close of the war. He came to Union county, Illinois, and is probably buried there.
WILLIAM SCOTT served in the war in the New York line of troops, enlisting when only sixteen years of age. He came to Illinois, residing in Union county, where he is probably buried. "County History."
JOHN SOWERS was born in Rowan county, North Carolina in 1760. He enlisted July, 1776, serving one month; again in 1781 in January, for three months, and again for the same time under Capt. Lop. He came to Illinois, residing for a time in Adams county, but removed to Union county, where he died . He was pensioned.
JOSHUA VICK served in the war from Virginia. He removed to Tennessee and from there to Union county, Illinois, where he 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