SANGAMON COUNTY - There were present at the unveiling ceremony, descendants of more than half the soldiers whose names are engraved upon the Tablet; aged men and women came from long distances to attend the exercises given in honor of their Revolutionary ancestors.
ISAAC BAKER, a native of Fredericktown, Maryland, served as a fifer during the last two years of the war coming to Illinois in 1828, he settled in Rochester township where he died in 1848, at the age of 96 years. So thoroughly imbued was he with the spirit of patriotism, that in the Harrison campaign of 1840, at the advanced age of 88 years, yet with the ardor of a lad, he rode through the streets of Springfield in a log cabin drawn by 32 yoke of oxen; the cabin was lined with deer and coon skins, while the barrel of cider with which the campaigners were regaled, spoke eloquently of the apple crop in the forties. Mr. Baker is buried in the Rochester cemetery.
MOSES BROADWELL, a native of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, born in 1764, entered the army when a mere lad, serving but a limited time near the close of the war, in the 3rd New Jersey regiment, Col. Elias Dayton, enlisting September, 1780. Mr. Broadwell came to Illinois in 1820, settling near Pleasant Plains, where he died in 1827, and lies buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
GEORGE BRYAN, a native of North Carolina, born in 1758. When quite young, he removed with his parents to Virginia and from there to Kentucky in 1781. Mr. Bryan was not a member of any organized company, he yet rendered service in defending the Fort, which was named in his honor, against an attack by the Indians. The bravery of one of the young maidens exhibited during this attack of the Indians, won the heart of young Bryan, and a wedding followed in the early autumn. In 1834, Mr. Bryan came to Sangamon county with his children and grand children, dying in 1845, and is buried in the Woodside burying ground.
JOHN BURTON, born in Mecklinburg County, Virginia, in 1761, enlisted from that county in 1780, for three months in Capt.. Asa Oliver's company, Col. Fleming's regiment, and again in 1781, for three months in Stephen A. Berry's company, Virginia troops. He was at the siege of Yorktown. A pension was granted him in 1833, then a resident of Sangamon county, he died here in 1839, is buried in Chatham township.
ENOS CAMPBELL, a Scotchman, early espoused the cause of the Colonies, enlisting in New Jersey, serving six years, for which service he was pensioned. After the war he removed to Pennsylvania and from there to Ohio, thence to Sangamon county in 1835, settling in Gardner township. Mr. Campbell lies buried in Salisbury township.
CHRISTIAN CARVER, a native of Northampton county, Pennsylvania, born in 1759, entered the service in Surrey county, North Carolina, serving three months from August, 1777, in Capt. Henry Smith's company, and again for the same length of time, November, 1777, in Capt. John Crouse's company. Mr. Carver removed to Sangamon county where he died and is buried in Clear Lake township. His widow, a second wife, received a pension at his death.
BAZEL CLARK, whose record was given to the Historical Journal of April, 1913
MICHAEL CLIFFORD, born in New Jersey in 1759, enlisted in North Carolina in 1775, serving to the close of the war, was attached to Capt. John Johnson's company in Col. Locke's regiment, was in the battle of Pedee river, and the expedition against the Cherokees in Tennessee. After his death in Sangamon county, Illinois, in 1835, his widow was allowed his pension.
PHILIP CROWDER, born near Petersburg, Virginia, in 1759, was a true patriot. An elder brother was drafted for the service, but as he had a family, Philip volunteered to serve in his place. Mr. Crowder was present at the surrender of Cornwallis. He was pensioned while living in Sangamon county in 1833, he died in 1844, and is buried in a family burying ground west of the city.
AQUILLA DAVIS was born in St. Mary's County, Maryland. He was early taken by his parents to Fauquier County, Virginia. He enlisted March 19, 1781, under Lieutenants Robert Craddock and Luke Cannon, with Colonel Thomas Posey, in the Virginia line of Troops. Aquilla Davis and his wife, Isabella Briggs, came to Illinois in 1820, settling near Elkhart; they removed to Fancy Creek township, then back to Elkhart, where he died August 15, 1831. From the family record, it appears that he was buried in Wolf Creek cemetery in Sangamon county.
JAMES DINGMAN, born in Northampton county, Pennsylvania, in 1758, entered the service there in 1778, in Captain John Van Etten's fourth company, Col. Jacob Stroud's Regiment, sixth battalion. Near Riverton in Sangamon county, in a family burying ground, rises a marble shaft which marks his last resting place, bearing the following inscription: "James Dingman died September 3rd, 1836, aged 79 years, 11 months and 3 days; a Revolutionary patriot who fought the battles of this country without reward save a consciousness of duty well done."
ROBERT FISK was one among those who heard the tocsin of the American Revolution sounded April 19, 1775, at Lexington, Mass., his place of residence. Serving as a minute man, he later enlisted for the entire war, was a sergeant in Capt.. Joshua Walker's company, David Green's regiment. He was given 200 acres of land, a sum of money, and was granted a pension while a resident of Sangamon county.
JAMES HAGGARD was born in Albermarle county, Virginia, 1757. He enlisted form that county in 1780, and again in 1781, in Col. Lindsey's regiment, Capt. John Henderson's company. A Pension was granted him while living in Sangamon county, he died here in 1843, and is buried in Gardner township.
EZEKIEL HARRISON, the son of Thomas, the founder of Harrisonburg, Virginia, was an active soldier in the Virginia line of troops, was wounded at the battle of Point Pleasant; coming to Illinois with his wife, three sons and one daughter in 1822, he settled in Cartwright township where he resided till his death in 1836, is buried on the farm where he settled.
JOHN LOCKRIDGE, a native of Augusta county, Virginia, early enlisted in the service, was in many battles, principally Guilford Court House, and the Cowpens. In 1835, he came to Sangamon county with four sons and four daughter, settling in Ball township, where he died in 1848, aged 87 years.
THOMAS MASSIE, born 1759, in Albermarle county, Virginia, where he entered the service, drawing a pension near the close of his life. After the close of the war he removed to Kentucky, and from there came to Sangamon county, Illinois, settling in Curran township, where he died in 1835, is buried in the Salem burying ground in Curran.
JOEL MAXCY, another son of Virginia, born in Rockingham county, in 1761, was in the Virginia line of troops, was in the battle of Guilford Court House. His memory of distinguished officers and events as clear. Mr. Maxcy removed to Kentucky, and from there to Sangamon county, Illinois, where he died in 1844, aged 83 years. A government marker is placed at his grave in the old Salem burying ground.
PETER MILLINGTON, a native of far-away Vermont was in the service from that State, accompanying Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold on their expedition to Quebec, was taken prisoner, but when released, he again enlisted in Captain William Hutchin's company, was made sergeant, then Lieutenant. He came to Ohio, and from there to Sangamon county, settling in Cotton Hill township where he is buried.
ZACHARIAH NANCE enlisted at New Kent county, Virginia, in Col. Harrison's regiment, was in the battles of Monmouth and Stony Point. He applied for a pension while a resident of Sangamon county, in 1833, lived but two years, dying December 22, 1835, aged 75 years.
JOHN OVERSTREET enlisted in the First Virginia Cavalry, when only fifteen years of age, and again in 1777, for three years in the Fourteenth regiment. He was in many battles; Monmouth, Stony Point, Brandywine, and Germantown, re-enlisting, he was at the siege of Yorktown. He endured great hardships at Valley Forge. After the war was ended he removed to Ohio, and from there to Sangamon county, settling in Fancy Creek township, where he died in 1848, was buried with military honors.
WILLIAM PENNY was born in North Carolina in 1751. He was Captain of a Cavalry company, and passed through great privations during the war. He removed to Pope county, Illinois, and from there to Sangamon county, settling on Richland creek, where he died, is buried in the Richland cemetery, Cartwright township.
JOHN PURVINES, a native of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, born in 1763, enlisted in North Carolina, serving three years under Cols. Davis and Wade Hampton, with Capts. James White, William Penny, and ? Burns. He was in the battle of Camden and in the last skirmish of the revolution, at Stono Ferry, South Carolina. He was given a pension after residing in Sangamon county, he died in 1833, and is buried in Richland cemetery, Cartwright township.
WILLIAM RALSTON was a native of Virginia, enlisted there when young, was present at the surrender of Cornwallis; he removed to Kentucky, and in 1828, came to Gardner township, Sangamon county, Illinois. He died in 1835, and is buried in the Morgan cemetery, Gardner township.
JOHN STRINGFIELD was born in North Carolina about 1760. He served in the North Carolina troops, and was in the battle of King's Mountain, October y, 1780. He came to reside in Sangamon County in December, 1821, but only lived nine days, dying January 5, 1832. He lies buried nine miles northeast of Springfield.
THOMAS ROYAL, born in Manchester, England, 1758, coming to America, he, with a comrade, enlisted in the war for Independence. The friend was instantly killed in battle and Mr. Royal was wounded in the ankle. At the close of the war, he removed from Virginia to Ohio, and from there to Ball township, Sangamon county, Illinois, where he died in 1834, is buried in the Brunk cemetery, Ball township.
JAMES TURLEY entered the war from Virginia in 1777, in Capt. Thomas Pollard's company, Col. Rumsey's regiment; he again enlisted in 1781, and again for four weeks in Col. Lyon's regiment; he was in the battle of Germantown. A pension was granted him after coming to Sangamon county, Illinois. He died here in 1836, is buried three miles east of Springfield.
JOHN WHITE was in the Pennsylvania line of troops in Capt. Benjamin Loxley's company, he enlisted in 1776, was
pensioned while a resident of Sanagmon county, Illinois, died here October, 1853, aged 92 years.
ASHAEL GILBERT was a native of Connecticut, born in Hebron May 6, 1760. He enlisted May 1, 1778, serving as a trumpeter in Captain Seymour's company, Second Light Brigade, with Colonel Elijah Sheldon. He was discharged in 1780. Ashael Gilbert came to Illinois in 1847, and resided in Galesburg, where he died November 23, 1852. His grave is marked.
ABRAHAM HAPTONSTALL was born April 6, 1761, in Orange County, New York. He enlisted first under Captain Thomas Moffatt for three months in 1775. In 1776 he served under Captain Seth Marvin for three months; he again served for six months under Captain Francis Smith. He applied for a pension while residing in Gallia County, Ohio, in 1831; removing to Illinois, he settled in Knox County, where he died February 14, 1858. He lies buried near Hermon in a private burying ground.
JOSEPH LATIMER was a member of a most remarkable family. His father, Colonel Jonathan Latimer served in the war and his twelve sons each served in turn under the father's command. This record of service can not be duplicated in the history of the American Revolution. Joseph Latimer was born in New London, Connecticut. He served as captain, being commissioned July 6, 1775, was discharged in December the same year. He came to Illinois, settling in Knox County in 1826, where he died August 18, 1846, in Cherry Grove
****In the Journal, Vol. VII, No. 2, July, 1914, the record and name of a member of the Latimer family was incorrect. We are glad to make the correction****
Joanathan Latimer was a native of New London, Conn. He was commissioned first as Captain, then Major, and finally as Colonel, serving in the Connecticut line of troops. He was in the Third Connecticut Regiment known as Webb's Regiment. This sturdy patriot was doubly honored, since six of his sons were in the service of their country. Colonel Latimer came to Illinois, settling in Know county in 1832, where he died and lies buried in Cherry Grove cemetery, Abingdon. Jonathan Latimer and his six sons, deserve all the honor that the present and coming generations can give. The heroic men of that period did not stop to ask "What is all this worth?" or "What is there in it for me?" They cherished high ideals, and these ideals were placed above all else that the world could give. Verily, "the nation that forgets to honor its heroes will sonn cease to be herioc."
GEORGE SORNBERGER was a native of New York, where he was born in 1759. He served under Colonel Roswell Hopkins in the Duchess County Militia. He came to Illinois in 1838, settling in Victoria, Knox County, where he died September 27, 1841. His wife and several children came with him to Illinois.
JOHN STRANGE was born in Westchester County, New York. He enlisted in the Westchester County Militia, serving under Colonel Pierre Van Courtland. After the war closed he came to Illinois to reside, settling in Knox County, where he is buried. He received a pension for service in the war. He lived to be a very aged man, past 90 years of age.
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