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Revolutionary War Soldiers

Some of the soldiers of the American Revolution came to Jersey County early in its history, here died, and were buried in its ceme teries. As far as can be learned, the following list comprises those belonging to this class.

William Gillham, a son of Thomas Gillham, who came from Ireland to Virginia in 1730, later removed to Pendleton, S. C. He espoused the cause of the Colonies, and with his seven sons, and two sons-in-law, enlisted and fought during the American Revolution. After the close of the war, five of the sons moved to the American bottom, locating there in 1802. In 1820, William Gillham, one of the original brothers, and father of John D. and Ezekiel Gillham, and father-in-law of Judge John G. Lofton and John MeDow, removed to lands adjoining his sons, where he died in 1825.

Joseph Chandler was born in Vermont, September 10, 1753, and died at the home of his son, Hiram Chandler, in Otter Creek Township, October 4, 1844, aged ninety-one years and twenty-four days. He had his father were in the battle of Bennington, Vt., during the American Revolution, under General Stark. During this battle, his father was killed, but Joseph Chandler survived and served during the remainder of the war. On May 30, 1899, a tablet was unveiled at the grave of Joseph Chandler, in the Noble Cemetery near Otterville, Ill., and Hon. S. V. White, of Brooklyn, N. Y., who was married to a granddaughter of the old soldier, delivered an appropriate address.

William Bates was born in Pennsylvania in 1759. He served during the American Revolution in Co1. Charles Pinckney's regiment, First South Carolina, from April to December, 1776. Mr. Bates was pen sioned by the government. After his death, he was buried in what is now Elsah Township, in 1848.

Jonathan Cooper was born in Maryland, but served as a drummer boy in a Pennsylvania regiment during the American Revolution. After the close of that war, he went to Kentucky, and from thence to what is now English Township, Jersey County, where he died in 1845. While he was living in Kentucky, he was pensioned by the government.

Josiah Cummings was born in Connecticut, of Scotch parentage. His ancestors were pioneers of New England. During the American Revolution, he served under General St. Clair, and was at the battle of Bennington, Vt., and he also served under Anthony Wayne against the Indians. About 1790, Mr. Cummings came to Illinois, stopping first in Monroe County, from whence he later came to Jersey County, locating on section 11-7-11 in 1819, where he remained until his death.

Source[History of Jersey County, Illinois 1919, Edited by Oscar B. Hamilton, President ot Jersey County Historiical Society, Published 1919]