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Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Illinois

researched by Mrs. E. S. Walker,

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JONATHAN COLLOM was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, December 10, 1760, and served as a musician in the war. In 1778 he was drafted for three months to fight the British, under Capt. Marpole, Col. Dawling. In 1779 he was again drafted to serve in New Jersey with Capt. Dowling, and Col. George Smith. He served both times as a musician and was paid as such. He again served as a minute man. When Cornwallis was marching through Virginia he again enlisted, but was taken sick and thus prevented from being present at the final surrender. After the close of the war he removed to Washington County, Tennessee, where he made application for a pension. He came to Illinois with his son William, settling in Coles County, where he died in the town of Charleston.

GEORGE COTTINGHAM was a native of Maryland where he served in the war. He removed to Kentucky in early times, and in 1836 came to Coles County, Illinois, and died in Charleston. He was a shoemaker by trade and it is said he made boots for Washington. He died in 1860 aged 100 years.

ELISHA HADDEN was from North Carolina, and served in the battle of King's Mountain and was wounded in a battle with the Cherokee Indians. For three months he lay in the Fort helpless and was carried home to North Carolina on a litter. He came to Illinois and resided in Coles County, where he received a pension. He died there very aged.

JOSEPH FROST served in the Virginia line of troops. After the war he came to Illinois with his son and settle in Charleston, Coles County. When 87 years of age he received a pension for his service in the war. They came to Coles County in 1831

JOHN HART was a native of Virginia. He served with George Rogers Clark in 1776 before coming to Illinois, and was in several battles with the Indians. He came to Illinois in 1826, coming from Hardin County, Kentucky, first to Wayne County, then to Coles County, Paradise Township, where he died November 19, 1833. He was pensioned in 1831.

JOSEPH PAINTER was born in New Jersey in 1744. He served in the North Carolina troops, enlisting six times from 1777 to 1781, with Captains William Bateman, John Turnbull, James Robinson, and ? Gillyfalls; under Colonel Bateman, Hugh Brevard, ? Armstrong and ? Davidson. He was in the battle of Ramsour's Mill and several skirmishes with the Indians. He came to Illinois with his son and settled in the town of Hutton, Coles County. He was pensioned in 1833. He lived to be over 90 years of age.

JAMES RYAN was a native of Virginia and enlisted there under Captain James Calderwood, February 28, 1777, in the Eleventh and Fifteenth Virginia troops, Colonel Daniel Morgan. He came to Illinois, settling in Coles County, where he was pensioned in 1831, aged 83 years. His place of burial is not known.

GRIFFIN TIPSOWARD was born in Pennsylvania in 1755. He enlisted in the County of Roan (Rowan), North Carolina, in 1775, serving in General Rutherford's brigade, with Colonel ? McKatty, Major Horn and Capt. Grimes. He was in the battle of Eutaw Springs under Gen. Greene; battle of King's Mountain under Col. Shelby; battle of Charleston under Col. McKatty and Capt. McGuire. He resided in Kentucky and came from there to Coles County, Illinois, in 1810, settling in Hutton Township, where he died.

From researcher Ann Hinrichs (
src. #190):

Pension File of William Galbreath

Born October 1, 1757 to John and Mary Ann Galbreath (Galbraith) in Staban Township, York County Pennsylvania. Married Phebe Foreman at the 3rd Street Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 27, 1788. William died on May 3, 1839 in Ashmore Township, Coles County, Illinois.
Patriot is buried in Mitchell Cemetery Northeast of Ashmore Illinois
Recognized for service by the Daughters of the American Revolution # A043190

From the National Archives Concerning William Galbreath W C 23 093

Parents: names not shown
Birth; the date and place of birth are not given, but in November 1832, the veteran stated he was 75 years of age.
Service: In a declaration dated November 8, 1832, in Scott County Indiana, William Galbreath alleged that his service in the Revolutionary War was as follows: He enlisted in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, in 1776, and served as a private and sergeant in Captain Samuel Shannon's Company of Colonel Archibald Lochry's Regiment for about 3 yrs. In 1779 he served a tour in Captain John Wood's Company of Colonel James Smith's Pennsylvania Regiment.

On August 24, 1779, he enlisted in Berkley County, Virginia and served until the spring of the year 1780 as a Horse-Master under Colonel Archibald Steele. He then served 60 days in Captain George Glen's pack horse company. In the spring of 1781 he served 3 months in Captain William Vestil's and Captain Michael Stup's Virginia Company. Later he was in Captain Cloak's Virginia Company for 3 months. Then in 1782 he served 4 weeks in Captain Isaac Eaton's Virginia Company. He was discharged at Shephardstown, Berkley County, Virginia.

From the General Accounting Office, Washington D.C.

Concerning William Galbreath
A pensioner of the Revolutionary War, Certificate # 13856, Indiana Agency, the records of this office show that on Sept 18, 1849 satisfactory evidence was presented to the Probate Court in and for Scott County Indiana, that the pensioner died on May 3, 1839, and left a surviving widow Phoebe Galbreath. The arrears of pension due the decedent, covering the period March 4, 1838 to May 3, 1839, were paid to the widow pursuant to a certificate issued by the Treasury Department, third Auditors office dated Oct. 9, 1840.
In the case of Phebe Galbreath, widow of William Galbreath and a pensoner of the Revolutionary War, Certificate #2748, Illinois agency, the records show that the last payment of pension covering the period from Sept. 4, 1851 to Mar 4, 1852, was made on March 9, 1852, at the Pension agency for the State of Illinois, to Erastus Wright, as attorney for the pensioner. On Mar. 5, 1852, the pensioner certified that she has resided in Coles County, Illinois, for a period of eighteen years and previous thereto she had resided in Scott County, Indiana.

Department of Interiors Widow's Pension

I certify that , in the conformity with the act of Feb 2, 1848, Phebe Galbreath, widow of William Galbreath, who was a Private and Sergeant in the Revolutionary War, is inscribed on the pension list at the rate of eighty-two dollars and thirty-three cents per annum commencing on the 4th of Mar. 1848, and continuing for life, unless she should marry again; in which case the pension is not payable after the time of such marriage.
Recorded in the Pension office on the roll of Pensioners under the act of Feb. 2nd, 1848
Page 345, Vol. 3.

List of children from the marriage:

1. William, dying when a child.
2. James, dying when a child Some records state the name "John"
3. Fanny Rebecca, married Joseph Clinkenbeard
4. Mary A. Dying when a child
5. John Galbreath b. Mar. 28, 1799, in Berks County PA
d. Sept. 8, 1874, In Coles Co Illinois
m. Scott County Indiana to Polly Ann Keith b. June 8, 1801
d. Mar. 15, 1846
6. Sarah Galbreath b. May 2, 1805, in Berks County PA
d. Oct 23, 1861, in Coles County Illinois
m. James Hughbanks b. Apr. 25, 1806
d. Oct 5, 1876
7. Phebe Galbreath b. Oct 8, 1806, in Berks County PA
d. July 3, 1888 in Coles County, Illinois
m. Robert Vincent Johnson b. Mar. 10, 1812
d. Nov 30, 1852
8. William Hunter Galbreath b. Aug 17, 1809 in Berks County PA
d. May 20, 1890 in Coles County, Illinois
m. Nov 4, 1830 to Louisa Lashbrook b. June 14, 1811
d. Mar. 20, 1889 Coles Co, Il
9. Robert Galbreath b. 1812
d. 1850 m. Debby Pounds d. 1850
10, James Galbreath b. Mar. 12, 1815 in Nicholas County Kentucky
d. Aug 14, 1897 in Coles County Illinois
m. May 2, 1839 to Martha Houston Mitchell

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