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By Mrs. Edwin Walker
as published by the Illinois Historical Association

Transcribed by K. Torp

WILLIAM BENNETT was born at Sandown, New Hampshire, May 9, 1758. He enlisted four different times; first, August, 1776, under Capt. Nathan Brown, Col. Pierce Long, New Hampshire troops. Second, 1779, serving with the same captain and colonel. Colonel Bedel, third time, July 1780, in Massachusetts troops, Capt. ? Johnson, Colonel Wadsworth; fourth time, September 1782, with Capt. Cutting Farror, New Hampshire troops. He was in the battle of Fort Ann. After the way he removed to New York, Geneseo County, and in 1836 he came to Kane County, Illinois, where he died Feb. 15, 1846, and is buried near Wasco in a private burial ground.

NATHAN BROWN, a native of New York, enlisted in the Chapin Company, under Capt. Benjamin Chapin, Col. Thaddeus Crane's Regiment, Westchester County. After the war he came to Illinois, settling in Kane County where he died and is probably buried in Batavia township

This additional Information kindly provided by Linda Farroh Eder, a member of the Kane County Genealogical Society:
"Nathan/Nathanial Brown according to his pension papers left Kane Co and settled in Brown Twp (named for him), Linn Co., IA. He died and is buried in Brown Twp."

DANIEL BURROUGHS was born in New York, he enlisted in the Charlotte County Militia with Capt. Elshama Tozer and Cols. Alexander Webster, and Thomas Armstrong, in the Dorset Regiment. He came to reside in Kane County, Illinois, and died in Batavia Township.

This additional Information kindly provided by Linda Farroh Eder, a member of the Kane County Genealogical Society:
"Daniel Burroughs, Sr. came with his son Daniel Burroughs, Jr and settled in the southern part of Kane Co. about 1836. He can be found on the 1840 census with his son. In 1841 Kendall Co. was formed from the bottom of Kane Co. and the northern part of LaSalle Co. So even though he did not move he became a resident of Kendall Co. and he is buried in Griswold Cemetery, near Plano, Kendall Co., IL"

C.W. FRINK - died 13 Nov 1883 (?) and is buried in the South Burlington cemetery.
(source: "Genealogical Records", Illinois Society DAR, 1939, compiled by Mrs. Edward J. Filbey)

W.R. MILLER - buried in the West Aurora Cemetery in Aurora.
(source: "Genealogical Records", Illinois Society DAR, 1939, compiled by Mrs. Edward J. Filbey)

ABNER POWERS was born in Richmond, New Hampshire, Dec. 15, 1760. He enlisted Jan. 1, 1777, serving until December, 1781, under Col. John Stark, again served in the Seventh Company 1778 for two years, Capt. William Farwell's Company. He again served from Richmond until 1782. He came to Illinois, settling in Kane county where he died Oct. 19, 1852 in Virgil Township, and was buried at Lily Lake. A marble slab was placed at his grave, bearing the significant date 1776, and the inscription, "A Soldier of the Revolution," also a sword carved in the marble.

Several years since, while attending a Knight Templar's funeral, Mr. Lewis M. Gross, of Sycamore, noticed that the slab was broken in three pieces. Investigation of his military history revealed the patriotism of this Hero of the War, and that he served in the battles of Bennington, Saratoga, Valley Forge, and Yorktown. As a result it was determined that a suitable monument should be erected to his memory. Several years ago on July 4th, a beautiful and imposing granite monument was unveiled with appropriate ceremonies.

The monument stands thirty feet high, of rough granite, the west side of the die being smooth where the inscription is placed.


Three companies of the Third Regiment, and five hundred members of the Grand Army, with a large band of forty-eight pieces, civic societies, and a large number of citizens, came to do honor to Abner power's memory. We cannot too highly honor these men who sacrificed so much that an enduring government might be handed down to their descendants.

From the "History of Kane County", 1908:
"The veteran of the Revolution was the father of Manly Powers, of Virgil, Kane county."

Samuel Sawine - served in the Massachusetts troops from September 4, 1778, to September 11th, under Capt. John Walter. He came to Kane county, Illinois, and there applied for a pension.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

FREDERICK VAUGHN came from the State of Connecticut, where he enlisted under Lt. Col. ? Canfield in the Connecticut Militia. He was born in 1767, and died in Aurora, Kane County, Aug. 6, 1845, and is buried in the Root Street cemetery (now forsaken), Aurora, Illinois.

From: ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917): He was born in Connecticut in 1767. He enlisted under Lt. Col. Samuel Canfield in the Connecticut Militia. He came to Kane county, Illinois, and died there August 6, 1845, and was buried in the Root Street cemetery, but through the efforts of the Aurora Chapter, D. A. R., his remains were removed to Spring Lake cemetery, Aurora. The chapter placed a granite and bronze marker at his grave.

This information is not in Mrs. Walker's book, but has been sent in by Linda Farroh Eder, a member of the Kane County Genealogical Society:

"Recently the KCGS was notified that John Gowdy,who is buried in Eastside Cemetery in Batavia, is a Revolutionary War Soldier. His pension papers have verified this fact. He moved to the Batavia area with his son Elam in late 1852 and applied for his pension to be transferred to Batavia, Kane Co in May, 1853. He died in 1854.

Further info received from descendant James Wray, of Maryland and published in the Kane County Chronicle 4/9/04:

"Gowdy enlisted in the Connecticut militia in June 1776, and served with his unit through 1778. After his discharge from service, he married and started a family in Connecticut. He relocated to Massachusetts and then to New York. At the age of 92 he moved with his son Elam to the Batavia area. He was buried in the East Batavia Cemetery, where a small grave marker notes his name, age (94) and the date of February 3, 1854"

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