The Rev. James Caldwell Chapter, D. A. R., of Jacksonville, observed a Red-letter day in their history, when on March 10th, 1914, a bronze tablet was unveiled in memory of nineteen soldiers of the American Revolution who lie buried in Morgan county.

The exercises were held in the Circuit Court room and were alike impressive and patriotic.  The tablet was formally presented by Miss Effie Epler, chairman of the Tablet committee, and was accepted by the Regent of the chapter, mrs. O. F. Buffe, who in turn presented the same to Morgan county.

In behalf of Morgan county, Jdge E. P. Brockhouse accepted the tablet. The Hon. Horace Bancroft, a member of the S. A. R., in an address paid an eloquent tribute to the Soldiers of '76.

Hon. Richard Yates followed with a stirring address, highly commending the work of Washington, and in an especial manner giving deserved tribute to the women of that period in our history.

Appropriate music was rendered by a concert band and a chorus from the high school.  The invocation was given by the Rev. R. O. Post.

The tablet, which was placed on the south wall of the court house, was unveiled by lineal descendants of some of the soldiers commemorated, Miss Anna Clayton and Miss Janette Powell.

The State committee on Historical Research, earnestly hopes that every county in the State, where Revolutionary soldiers are buried, will honor their memory in like manner.


ISHMAIL BOBBIT

Was a native of North Carolina; he was in service under Captain Farley, and was at the siege of Yorktown.  After the war was ended, he removed to Illinois, settling in Morgan county, where he died, and is buried on the Paschal farm near Markham.

MARTIN BURRIS

Was born in Pennsylvania in 1754, died in 1839.  He served in the Virginia line of troops.  Came to reside in Morgan county, Illinois, at an early date and died there in 1839

CONSTANTINE CLARKSON

Was born in Virginia, December 18, 1762.  Served in the Virginia line of troops and was pensioned for faithful services.  He came to Illinois and resided in Morgan county, where he died and lies buried.

JOSEPH JACKSON

Was a private in North Carolina troops; was born in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, 1760; removed to Sumner county, Tennessee, and from there to Morgan county, Illinois, and died there October 11, 1844. * New Information -Source, Revolutionary War pensions microfilm: Joseph Jackson married Margaret Lyster on July 1784. Joseph died October 11, 1844 in Morgan County, Illinois. He moved there in 1829. His wife, Margaret (Peggy), was given a pension on October 5, 1850, at the age of 85. At this time she was living in Sumner County, Tennessee. Children mentioned were Nancy, Mary, William, and Nathan.

SAMUEL JACKSON

Was a private in the South Carolina troops; served in Blakeney's Company, Harlee's Battalion.  He came to reside in Morgan county, Illinois, and died October 11, 1844; is buried in Franklin cemetery, Franklin, Ill.

BOURLAND JOLLY

Died in Morgan county, Illinois, and is buried in the Franklin cemetery, but no record of service is given.  After further research is made, we shall hope to add his record to this statement as given by descendants.

JAMES JORDAN

Was born near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, November 15, 1755.  He was a private in the South Carolina troops, was pensioned. He came to Morgan county, Illinois, where he died, and is buried on the Massey farm two miles west of Jacksonville.

SAMUEL JONES

This name appears upon the tablet, though no record of service is given.  He lies buried in the Paschal farm near Markham.

*It has been the plan of the committee on Historical Research to accept no name unless accompanied by the military record; we earnestly hope that this important addition to history can be obtained when such record will be given.

LAWRENCE KILLEBRUE

Was a pensioned soldier of the American Revolution; was born May 10, 1763, at Tarbury Town, Edgecomb county, North Carolina.  He served from that state.  Coming to Illinois he settled in Morgan county, where he died April 4, 1835

DAVID McPEETERS

Enlisted with the North Carolina troops; was born there Jan. 14, 1756; died in Morgan county, Illinois, March 27, 1846.

EDMOND MOODY

Was born in Albemarle county, Virginia, September 18, 1755; died in Morgan county, Illinois, September 10, 1839.  He removed to Kentucky after the war, and from there to Morgan county, Illinois. He served in the Virginia line of troops.

JOHN ROBERTSON

WAs born in 1755; served with the Delaware troops; was pensioned, came to reside in Illinois, and died in Morgan county; is buried at Orleans on a farm.

WILLIAM SCOTT

Was a native of Virginia; born in 1755, and served in the war from that state.  He came to Morgan county, Illinois, to reside, where he died October 4, 1836, and is buried East of Jacksonville at Orleans on a farm.

JARRETT SEYMOUR

This name appears on the tablet, but no record of service has been sent;  he is buried five miles south of Franklin in the Providence churchyard.

ELISHA SMITH

Was in the New Jersey line of troops; he died and is buried in the Jacksonville cemetery, Morgan county.

ANDREW TURNER

Was a native of North Carolina; born April 5, 1762, and served from that sate during the war; was pensioned for service; he died in Morgan county, Illinois, August 8, 1842; buried in Rohrer cemetery.

WILLIAM WILLARD

Was born in Loudoun county, Virginia, in 1755; he enlisted from that state in July, 1778, serving under Captain James Ratekin, and Colonel Shepherd; later her served under Captain William Douglass and Colonel Russel; was discharged after the surrender of Cornwallis.

From record received William Willard's estate was settled in Morgan county, Illinois; but he lies buried in a farm in Emmet township, near Colchester, McDonough county, where he died November 9, 1846.

JOHN WOOD

Served with distinction during the Revolutionary war; he was born in Savannah, Georgeia, in 1752.  He enlisted twice, and was granted 250 acres of land for service rendered; he was a member of a scouting party and was entrusted with carrying private messages from General Marion to General Washington.  With his two brothers, William and Nathaniel, he served throughout the entire war.  He also acted as paymaster to the First Battalion, Georgia troops, having the rank and pay of a captain.

John Wood came to reside in Morgan county, Illinois at an early date; died October 21, 1831, and is buried in Franklin.

CAPTAIN JAMES WRIGHT

Served in the 7th Regiment from the state of Virginia, commanded by Colonel John Morgan.  He was commissioned Second Lieutenant, July 31, 1776.  First Lieutenant, July 2, 1779; he was a prisoner of war and was pensioned.  He died in 1845, in Morgan county, Illinois, and is buried in Franklin.


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