George Bridges - A native of North
Carolina, born February 12, 1762, near Elizabeth, on Cape Fear river; he enlisted at Salisbury, March 10, 1777,
under Captains Griffith McCrea and Christopher Goodwin, serving nineteen months; enlisted again June, 1780, for
three months under Captain James Craig and Col. Fifer; he again enlisted November, 1780, for three months, again
serving for three months when he was taken prisoner by the British; and finally for another term of three months
in May, 1781. This record covers five terms of service during the war, for a time he acted as drummer for his company;
coming to Madison county, Illinois, in 1808, he settled near Troy, he applied for a pension in 1832, which was
Daniel Brown - Was born October,
1757, in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, removing to Virginia, he enlisted in Augusta county August 8, 1776, under
Captain John Gilmore, Cols. Russell and William Christian, serving three months enlisted again for six weeks under
Capt. Charles Gadliff; again for six weeks under Capt. John Martin; again for one month from May, 1782, was made
sergeant under Capt. McBride, Col. Stephen Trigg, and October, 1782, he served for one month under Capt. Samuel
Kirkham, Col. Benjamin Logan. Daniel Brown showed his patriotism by re-enlisting after the war in 1786, for a short
term of service. His claim for a pension was allowed in 1832 at which time he resided in Madison county, Illinois.
John Carnelison - Was a native
of North Carolina, he enlisted June, 1778, under Captains Armstrong and Ramsey, Cols. Mebane, Lytle and McLean;
he again enlisted for four years under Capts. Smith, Hedrick, Cole, Childs and Jennings. He was in the battle of
Stono; his claim for a pension was allowed while a resident of Fayette county, Kentucky. Removing to Illinois he
settled in Greene county, then in Madison county, where he lived with Solomon Pruit, in 1840, he was 82 years of
age and resided with W. C. Johns.
Michael Deck - Was born in Rockingham
county, Virginia, in 1759, where he married, April 25, 1790, Susanna Monger, who was born April 10, 1759; he died
April 13, 1843, and his widow was allowed his pension. Michael Deck enlisted May 5, 1778, under Capt. Robert Craven,
and again in 1781 under Capt. Michael Coker; he was in the battle of Yorktown, he early came to Madison county
to reside and is buried in Marine. He left a large family of children, thirteen in number.
The Gillhams - Seldom do we read
of so remarkable a family record for enthusiastic patriotic service as the war record of the Gillham family. Thomas
Gillham came to America from Ireland in 1730, settling first in Virginia, he removed to South Carolina, Pendleton
county. He early espoused the cause of the Colonies, and with his seven sons and two sons-in-law served in the
Revolutionary War. Five of these sons came to Madison county to reside, one, William, later removed to Jersey county.
Four names are engraved upon the bronze tablet; only two ever applied for pensions.
Isaac Gillham - Was born in Augusta
county, Virginia, November 10, 1757, removed to South Carolina in 1763, enlisted in Camden District, December,
1777, for fifty days under Captain Macupfee, Col. Neel, again March 29, 1778 under Lieut. Thos Gillham , when he
was wounded, served again from May, 1780, to August 18, 1780, under Capt. Barnett and Col. Neel; again enlisting
February 15, 1781, to May 1, 1781; and again serving as a scout during the winter and spring of 1781 and 1782,
with Capt.Barnett, Col. Bratton and Major Hartshorn. Isaac Gillham was engaged in the battles of Rocky Mount and
Fishing Creek. He early came to Madison county, Illinois, where his claim for a pension was allowed.
James Gillham - A son of Thomas,
also served with his father and brothers in the war, enlisting in South Carolina, serving acceptably always, then
joining the family came to Illinois, settling in Madison county, where he lies buried. He married Anne Barnett,
sister of Capt. Barnett, under whom he served.
Thomas Gillham - The third son
of Thomas, served 210 days in Capt. Barnett's company, Hill's regiment, and 14 days in Capt. James Thompson's company,
Bratton's regiment, and 40 days in the same company under Lieut. Dervin, and for this service was paid by the State
Treasurer. Thomas Gillham came to Madison county with his brothers.
John Gillham - The fourth son
of Thomas, Sr., served in the 6th South Carolina Regiment, as corporal; enlisting march 23, 1776, was discharged
June 1777; he was also in the militia under Col. Brandon. John Gillham married Sarah Clark, in South Carolina
and with other pioneers they came to Illinois, settling on the west bank of Cahokia creed, in 1802, in the month
of June. He died March, 1832, and is buried with his three brothers in Wanda Cemetery.
William Hall - A native of Pennsylvania,
born in 1762, near Lancaster; he removed to South Carolina and did valiant service in the war of the Revolution.
Enlisted in April, 1779, at Long Cane, South Carolina, taking the place of his Uncle, William, marched to Savannah,
Georgia, which was burned, later joining Gen. Lincoln at St. Marys; served under Capt. James McCall, was made sergeant
in Capt. William Alexander's company, serving four months. After serving a similar period in Capt. Gilbert Falls'
company, he was transferred to Capt. James Duckworth's company, where he served three months. He aided in the defense
of Charleston, then entered Capt. Pitt's company, was detailed to transfer provisions to General Gates, until the
battle of Camden, August, 1780; during his fifth service under Capt. Falls he was in the battles of Ramsour Mills
and Guilford Court House, was also in the battle of Eutaw Springs, where he had charge of 75 prisoners captured
in that engagement and delivered them to General Locke. William Hall lived in North Carolina and Tennessee, and
in 1815, he removed to Madison county, Illinois, settling near Collinsville, he died May 13, 1846. A government
marker has been placed on his grave.
Anthony A. Harrison - Was born
March 18, 1763, in Westmoreland county, Virginia. He enlisted in Greenville county, Virginia, February, 1781, serving
five months under Capt. Lucas, re-enlisted for six weeks under Capt. Newson, he again enlisted in his brother's
company, Capt. Joseph Harrison, Col. Alexander Dick. He was in the battle of Petersburg; he applied for a pension
while living in Greenfield township, Madison county; he died in 1842, and is buried in Madison county.
Benjamin Johnson - Was a native
of Orange county, Virginia, born in 1758, he served in the Revolutionary War from that state, and received a pension
for his service. While a resident of Virginia he is said to have held 18 slaves. After the war he removed to Madison
county, and was living in 1840, aged 82. The exact place of his burial is not known, he lived with W. L. Harrison.
John Long - A native of North
Carolina, born in 1732 in Granville, died in Madison county, February 10, 1839. He enlisted at Granville, serving
three months under Capt. Peace, March 1, 1781, and three months from Aug. 1, 1781, under Capt. Hargron Searsay,
Col. Taylor. He was in the battle of Guilford. John Long married in Caswell county, North Carolina, Frances Estes,
they came to Madison county, Illinois, at an early day, and prospered financially, owning large tracts of land
and after the custom of those early days they kept a hotel.
Elihu Mather - As the name indicates
was a resident of Connecticut, from Windsor, where he enlisted in the 3d Regiment, under Col. Wyllys, in Capt.
Daniel Allin's company, he was a sergeant in the Fourth Regiment, under Col. Butler, January 1, 1781. He came to
Illinois at an early day settling in Madison county, where he died and lies buried, probably in Collinsville.
William McAdams - Was born in
York county, Pennsylvania, in 1760, he enlisted at Hawsfield, Orange county, North Carolina, in the spring of 1779,
for three months, under Capt. John Carrington, Col. Armstrong; enlisting again for two years, from 1780 to 1782,
under Capt. William Douglass and Nathaniel Christmass, Col. William O'Neale. After he came to Madison county, Illinois,
to reside he applied for a pension, which was granted. He is probably buried in Jarvis.
Gaius Paddock - A native of Massachusetts,
enlisted in the conflict, was a member of Capt. Isaac Wood's company, Col. Larned's Regiment. He entered the service
January 1, 1776, was afterward with the troops that evacuated New York; was in the battle of Trenton and the skirmish
at Frog Neck. He re-enlisted for six weeks, and was in the second battle of Trenton and of Princeton; was in several
skirmishes and in 1779 and 1780, he served under Lieut. Bates, Col. Bradford's Regiment, Massachusetts line of
troops. Coming west he located in Madison county and lies buried in the family burying ground near Moro.
Martin Pruit - Was born in Virginia,
in 1748, he enlisted in the fall of 1778, for two years under Captains William Campbell and William Edminton with
Col. William Campbell, who was made colonel in 1780; he served as sergeant. He was in the battle of Kings Mountain;
he came to Illinois and resided in Madison county, where he died and lies buried in the family burying ground in
Fort Russell. He applied for a pension in 1832 at the age of 84 years.
Isham Randle - Was a native of
Brunswick county, Virginia, born in 1759, he removed to North Carolina, where he enlisted in Montgomery county,
but later he re-enlisted in Brunswick county, Virginia. His first service was in 1780, for three months under Capt.
Crump, Col. Ledbetter; the second service was November, 1781, for four months, with Capt. Edmund Wilkins. He applied
for a pension while a resident of Goshen, Madison county, in 1832. It is not known where he is buried.
Richard Randle - Was born in Brunswick
county, Virginia, in 1751, he was doubtless a brother of Isham, he enlisted in Brunswick county, in 1777, for six
weeks, with Capt. John Macklin; Col. Harrison, Virginia line of troops; he again enlisted August, 1780, for nine
months, with Capts. James Allen and West Harris, in the North Carolina troops. With his younger brother he came
to Madison county, Illinois, to reside, where he died at an advanced age; he and Isham are doubtless buried in
Henry Revis - Was born August
11, 1752, in Northampton county, North Carolina, he enlisted in the fall of 1775, for three months, with Capt.
Jacob Free; re-enlisted for three months under the same officer, enlisted again under Capt. William Neville, Col.
Martin Armstrong. His entire service was for one year. He enlisted at Surry county, North Carolina; came to Illinois
with his brother and resided in Madison county where he died; is probably buried in Collinsville. Was pensioned
Francis Roach - Was born in Fairfax
county, Virginia, in 1739, removed to North Carolina, where he enlisted in Dobbs county, April, 1776, in Joseph
Session's company, Col. Richard Caswell and Col. Bryant; enlisted again for three months in 1781, under Capt. John
Doughty; re-enlisted in 1782, for two months, under Col. George Rogers Clark; he again served his country by enlisting
in the militia in 1786, under Capt. John Doughty and Col. Benjamin Logan. He came to Madison county to reside and
his claim for a pension was allowed in 1832; Francis Roach located in Hamel, where he died in 1845, at the advanced
age of 106 years.
Laban Smart - A native of North
Carolina, born November 9, 1759, in Franklin county, he enlisted early in 1780, for three months, under Capt. William
Brickle, Cols. Allen, Sessions and Kinyon; re-enlisted in 1781, for three months under Capt. Jones, Col. Linton.
There is no record of any battles in which he was engaged. He came to Illinois and settled in Pin Oak township,
Madison county, where descendants of his still live. He was pensioned in 1832.
Henry Thornhill - Was born in
Virginia, in 1757, he entered the service in Rockingham county, under Captain Robert Craven, the year he could
not rememver served six months; again enlisted serving under Capt. Ragan, 10th Virginia Regiment, for three months,
and was discharged at Yorktown, five days before the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. In 1832 he was allowed
a pension while a resident of Goshen, Madison county, where he is doubtless buried.
Jabez Turner - Was a "Revolutionis
before the Revolution" since he entered the service in May, 1775, serving six months as a private under Captain
Samuel Wilmot; in Col. Ward's Regiment, Connecticut line of troops, again for six weeks in 1776, with Capt. Caleb
Allen; Col. Thompson; again in December, 1776, for three weeks, under Capt. Peter Johnson; again for ten days in
April 1777, under Capt. Caleb Mix, and the fifth time he enlisted October, 1777, for two weeks with Capt. James
Hillhouse. He was engaged in the expedition to St. Johns and Montreal; he was serving when the British threatened
New York. Jabez Turner was born in New Haven, Connecticut, January 31, 1756, and died in Godfrey, Madison
County, Illinois, December 12, 1846, when past 90 years of age. He removed to Great Barrington, Massachusetts
and later to Columbia County, New York, and a few years later came to Madison County, Illinois, to reside.
Several years ago his grave was marked with impressive ceremonies, the teachers and pupils of the public schools
were in attendance, thus an object lesson in patriotic study was given at the grave of this hero.
It is probably that there are two and possibly three more soldiers of the Revolution
buried in Madison County, their records have not as yet been verified, when this is completed, the military service
of these men will be given and their names will be perpetuated as have their companions-in-arms.
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