COLBY CREED was born in Orange County, Virginia, May 4, 1758.  He enlisted in Surrey County, North Carolina, in Captain James Giddings' Company and served during the war.  Coming to Illinois, he settled in Morgan County, where he drew a pension. He died in Cass County and is buried there.

PHINEAS UNDERWOOD, so far as known, is the only member of the Revolutionary army whose remains lie in Cass County soil. He was born in the state of Vermont in 1763; enlisted in 1781 in the Vermont line of troops under Capt. Josiah Fish, serving ten months. In 1826 Phineas Underwood came to Illinois, settling near what is now the city of Virginia. Several months since, through the efforts of the Grand Army Post of Virginia, the remains of this soldier were removed from the neglected grave yard to Walnut Ridge cemetery, where a U. S. Government marker now tells the story of this patriot.


WILLIAM DICKEY enlisted when quite young in the Virginia troops, under Capt. William Waters, in the first Artillery Regiment, commanded by Col. Charles Harrison. He served three years. Coming to Illinois in 1829, he settled in Macon County, where he died in 1832, and is buried in the old French Creek cemetery, Argenta (?Friends Creek Cemetery). On June 6th, 1912, the Decatur Chapter D. A. R. placed a marker at his grave with impressive ceremonies. Four generations of direct descendants were present.


THOMAS WILLIAMSON, a native of Hampshire County, Virginia, where he was born in 1757, enlisted about one year before the surrender of Cornwallis, under Capt. Anderson, Col. Holmes commanding. After the close of the war he removed to Indiana, and from there to Iroquois County, Illinois, where he died.


Prepared by Mrs. Helen Nye Rupp of Monmouth

DAVID FINLEY was born in Belfast, Ireland, March 9, 1761; coming to American when a lad, he enlisted in the Continental Army, serving under Captain Samuel Miller, Col. Aenas Mackey, 8th Penn. regiment. He was in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. In 1818, Mr. Finley was a resident of Clarke County, Indiana; he removed to Warren County, Illinois, where he died September 3, 1838. Mr. Finley is buried near Oquawka, Henderson County, which was at the time of his death in Warren County

DAVID LYNN, born in Connecticut in 1764, enlisted in 1780 under Capt. Martin Lord, Lieut. William Lynn (his brother) and in Col. Swift's regiment. After 1832, he removed to Warren County, Illinois, where he died Mr. Lynn is buried on a farm near the cemetery.

The old cemetery of the "Old South Henderson United Presbyterian Church," contains the grave of DANIEL McMILLAN, a soldier of the Revolution. He enlisted from South Carolina, where he was born in 1752; he died August 14, 1838.

BENJAMIN BLANKENSHIP, a native of Hampton, Virginia, enlisted in 1777, serving as private in Capt. Anthony Singleton's company, Col. Charles Harrison's regiment was in the battle of Camden. At the close of the war, he came to Shelby County, Ohio, and in 1836, removed to Warren County, Ill., where he died in 1844.

**Addition from the Western Illinois Factbook:

James MEADOWS ( buried in the Meridan Cemetery)


REV. SAMUEL MITCHELL was born in Cecil County, Maryland, in 1764. He removed to Fincastle, Botetourt County, Virginia, where he entered the service. He came to Illinois in 1817 and lived for a time in St. Clair County. He removed to Galena, Illinois, where he died, very aged. He was a Methodist minister and preached until he was past 80 years of age.


Widows who applied for pensions after 1836:

Margaret Mooney, soldier, Bryan Mooney

JOHN COTTON was born in South Carolina in 1753. He enlisted at Camden under Captain William McClintock and Colonel Thomas Sumter. He was sergeant of his company; was wounded in the shoulder and was discharged at Augusta, Georgia, three months after the close of the war. He came to Adams County, Illinois, to reside, where he died, leaving a large family of children. He was pensioned.

HENRY COVELL was a native of Connecticut. He enlisted at Danbury as a "Minute Man" in April, 1775, serving until December with Captain Noble Benedict, Colonel David Waterbury; enlisted again in the summer of 1781 for one year and five months under Captain Solomon Woodworth, Colonel Marinus Willett of New York; marched from Fort Plain to German Flats, where on September 7, 1781, their company was all captured or killed by the Indians. Covell with four others, was carried to Fort Niagara and turned over to the British. Covell was kept in close confinement for one year and three months in different parts of Canada until December, 1782, when he was sent to Boston, where he was discharged. After the war he removed to New York City and in 1832 came to Adams County, Illinois, to reside. He was born in 1747 and died in Adams County, very aged.

STEPHEN JONES was born in New Jersey. He enlisted in Captain Cornelius Wiliams' compnay, Second Regiment, Essex County. Coming to Illinois, he settled in Adams County, where he died, very aged, and is buried in Quincy in the Second Ward.

SAMUEL SHAW was born in Ireland in 1756. Coming to America, he joined the Continental Army, enlisting from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. He enlisted four times; in 1776, for two months with Captain Clarke, Colonel Frederick Watts; second, for four months in 1777 under Captain David Mitchell; third time for three months in 1778, with Captain William Blaine, Colonel Samuel Lyon, and the fourth time for two months, in 1778, under the same officers. He was in the battles of White Marsh and Gulf Mills. Coming to Adams County, Illinois, he applied for a pension in 1832, and only lived until July 1, 1833, 77 years of age at the time of his death. He is buried in Adams County.

CHARLES SHEPHERD was a native of Pennsylvania, where he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Artillery, Fourth Regiment, serving from February 1777, to November 3, 1783. He removed to New York after the war and was in Schenectady County in 1818. He removed to Adams County, Illinois, where he died and is buried in Quincy in the Third Ward.

DAVID STRAHAN was born in North Carolina March 1, 1755. He served in the North Carolina troops, and received a pension for his services. He came to Illinois to reside, first in Morgan County, then removed to Adams County, where he died in 1838, and is buried about four miles southeast of Clayton in the Baptist Cemetery.

DR. DANIEL WOOD was a native of New York. He served as a surgeon in William Malcolm's Additional Continental Regiment from March, 1777, to April, 1779, New York troops. His son, John Wood, born at Moravia, New York, December 20, 1798, came to Illinois, and resided in Adams County, being the founder of the city of Quincy, and was elected lieutenant-governor of the State in 1856. On the death of the Governor, William H. Bissell, March 18, 1860, John Wood succeeded to the office and served out the remainder of the term to January, 1861. During this time he removed the remains of his father, Dr. Daniel Wood, to Quincy, where he lies buried in the Woodland cemetery. Dr. Wood died in Cayuga County, New York, aged 92 years.

**Additions from the Western Illinois Factbook:

John FEE (probably buried in Adams County)
Stephen JONES (probably buried in Quincy)
Samuel SHAW
Charles SHEPARD ( probably buried in Quincy)
David STRAHAN ( buried 4 miles southest of Clayton in the Baptist Cemetery)
Dr. Daniel WOOD ( buried in Quincy, Woodland Cemetery)


SAMUEL PARKS was a native of Virginia, where he enlisted to sere in the Virginia troops. He received a pension and bounty warrants. After the war he came to Illinois, settling in Clay County, where he died very aged, as he was 93 years of age in 1840.

MOSES JOHNSON served in the Virginia troops, enlisting in 1777 under Captain Alexander Morgan in Company 2, Second Virginia Regiment, Colonel Alexander Spotswood. He came to Illinois and resided in Clay County, living to be over 100 years of age.

NATHANIEL WEST was born in Baltimore County, Maryland, May 6, 1750. He entered the service while living on Cross Creek, Virginia, in the fall of 1778, under Col. Crawford, serving three months, during which time he assisted in building Fort McIntosh. He also served in 1779 and 1780 with Captain Matthew Richie, and Col. Crawford. He came to Lawrence County, Illinois, but removed to Clay County, where he died at the advanced age of over 90 years. He received a pension.

*This county has not yet been completed. The data below was kindly donated by ancestors of the following men.

LEWIS HOWELL, born 3-27-1755 in Westmoreland County, VA. Died in Shawneetown, Gallatin County, Illinois on 4-27-1833.

His widow (second wife) was Leona Sisk whom he married 12-15-1814 (he was 59 by now) collected a pension. Leona was born about 1777 in North Carolina. Leona died in Saline County, Illinois on 1-25-1861...donated by Tom

THOMAS POSEY, born 9 July, 1750 in Charles County, Maryland, and died March 19, 1818 in Shawneetown, Gallatin County, Illinois. Army of George Washington: Bet. 1777 - 1781, Surrender of English at Yorktown, New Jersey, Burial: March 1818, Westwood Cemetery, Shawneetown, Gallatin County, Illinois. DAR Monument: Aft. 1818, Shawneetown, Gallatin County, Illinois. Government Appointment: 1816, Agent for Indian affairs, Illinois. Military service 1: 1776, American Revolution, 1st Virginia Regiment. Military service 2: 1781, With General "Mad" Anthony Wayne in Georgia. Occupation: Bef. 1774, Saddler on the Virginia frontier. Political Office: Bet. 1805 - 1809, Lt. Governor of Kentucky. Political Office 2: Bet. 1812 - 1813, U. S. Senator of Louisiana. Political Office 3: 1813, Appointed Territorial Governor of Indiana. 1814, Lost election to Benjamin Harrison. Residence: 1775, Augusta County Committee, Virginia. He married (1) Martha Mathews 1772 in Augusta County, Virginia, daughter of Sampson Matthews. She was born in August County, Virginia, and died in Virginia. He married (2) Mary Alexander January 3, 1772 in Augusta County, Virginia, daughter of John Alexander and Lucy Thornton. She was born in Augusta County, Virginia...Donated by SFC John B Langford Jr

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