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Randolph County Illinois
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Revolutionary War Soldiers
Buried in Randolph County

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Transcribed by K. Torp

Randolph County is the burial place of many soldiers. Doubtless many were buried where the ravages of water have washed away the land, thus making it impossible to locate their graves. The remains of some of these pioneer-patriots were removed to the cemetery on the hill overlooking the little railroad station called Fort Gage, where the State of Illinois has erected a monument to their memory which bears the following inscription:

"Those who sleep here, were first buried at Kaskaskia and afterward removed to this cemetery. They were the early pioneers of the great Mississippi valley. They planted free institutions in a wilderness and were the founders of a great commonwealth. In memory of their sacrifices, Illinois, grateful, erects this monument. 1892."

In the following list are many soldiers who came with Clark, and also those who were from Southern and Eastern states, all of whom lie buried in Randolph County.


JOSEPH ANDERSON was a soldier under George Rogers Clark; he settled on Nine-Mile creek about 5 miles from Kaskaskia, where he died.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


EZEKIEL BARBER, a Connecticut Revolutionary War soldier. He is buried in the Barber Cemetery at Rockwood, Randolph County, Illinois. His grave has been marked by the Sons of the American Revolution, and I have been to his grave in 1997. He is listed by the DAR as Ancestor # 005843. His father, Doctor Samuel Barber of Simsbury Connecticut, was just given status as an American Revolutionary War Patriot last Monday, April, 12, 2010.
Private Ezekiel Barber, b. 12 April 1750, d. in Illinois 1806 in Randolph Co.
Married #1 Lourancy XXXX. d. 1 1778.
Married #2 Elizabeth Goddard. of Barkhamsted, CT 15 Jan 1779.
Buried in Barber Cemetery on Barber Property, in Rockwood, Randolph, IL.
(Submitted by Mary Barnsback Byron)


ROBERT BRATNEY was born in Ireland; coming to America, he settled in Tennessee where he entered the service. In 1820 he removed to Illinois settling near the mouth of Little Plum creek in Evansville township.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


BENJAMAN BYRUM was born in New Castle, Penn., in 1753. In the spring of 1781 he came to Kaskaskia. He showed his discharge papers from the service and an oath of fidelity taken at Fort Pitt. He did not live long after coming to Illinois.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


MELLINTON COUCH was in the battle resulting in the surrender of Cornwallis. It is not known from what state he enlisted. He is buried at the Preston U. P. cemetery, 6 miles from Sparta. He first resided in Marion County.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


JOHN CLENDENIN was a native of Virginia and served in the troops of that state. After the war he removed to Kentucky, settling in Green County, from there he came to Randolph County, Illinois, locating where the city of Chester now is, he resided on a farm now known as the Porter farm.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


JAMES CURRY was a soldier with Clark, he settled near the other soldiers with whom he came, not far from Kaskaskia. James Curry had a thrilling experience with the Indians. He and Levi Teel were out hunting and took possession of a cabin built by David Pagan, which was unoccupied, to remain over night. During the night the Indians appeared, and as Teel stood by the door with one foot near the "cat hole," an Indian thrust his spear through his foot, attempting to pull it out, they pinned his hand thus nailing him to the floor. Curry would not listen to Teel who advised opening the door, but went to the loft and fired, killing three; he then tumbled the whole roof, as it was not nailed on, down on the Indians, killing the chief and disabling others which caused the remaining number to flee. Curry helped Teel to reach Kaskaskia where he remained until he recovered from his wounds. James Curry was chosen by Clark to undertake any desperate or hazardous service. He lived and died on Nine-Mile creek. One day he, with Joseph Anderson, was out hunting, as he never returned, it is supposed that he was killed by the Indians and his body taken away by them.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


JOHN DODGE was a native of Connecticut, was a trader at Sandusky, Ohio, before the Revolutionary War. He strongly favored the cause of the Colonists, and as a result was arrested by the British who carried him to Detroit and later to Quebec when he escaped in 1779. In that year he was recommended by Washington to Congress as a man who would be useful in the West. He went to Virginia and was appointed Indian Agent; coming to Kaskaskia he rendered aid to Clark in the work there. He died before 1800 and was doubtless buried in Kaskaskia.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


JOHN DOYLE a soldier with Clark, settled near Kaskaskia. He was a man of some education and taught one of the earliest schools in the county. He was also a French scholar.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


CAPT. JOHN EDGAR was born in Ireland, he was in the British Navy. When the Revolutionary war broke out he was a resident of Detroit. He openly espoused the American cause and was seized by the British Commander and sent a prisoner to Quebec; escaping near Montreal he found his way within the American lines. Entering the service he was made captain in the Navy. He remained some time in the service, but came West and in 1784 settled in Kaskaskia. He was a man of great wealth for those times. During the administration of Gov. Arthur St. Clair he was elected to the legislature which convened at Chillicothe, Ohio. He was appointed Major General of the Illinois militia, and in 1790 was made judge of the common pleas court. He died in Kaskaskia in 1832. He was pensioned.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


JOHN HILERBRAND AND DAVID HIX were soldiers under Clark, coming to Illinois in 1780, they settled on the east side of Kaskaskia river near the mouth of Nine-Mile creek.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


WILLIAM FOWLER was a native of South Carolina where he served in the Revolutionary war, and afterwards received a pension for his service. He came to Illinois in 1816 locating in the Harmon settlement. In 1825 he was living in the township of Mary, where he doubtless died. He was pensioned.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


PAUL HARROLSON was from South Carolina, where he served in the war. He came to Illinois in 1802, settling on the west side of Kaskaskia river near the mouth of Camp creek. He was a man of prominence in the early days. In 1809 he acted as Justice of the Peace and from 1803 to 1809 he was commissioner and county clerk. He was pensioned.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


DAVID HOAR - served from Massachusetts in the Revolutionary war. He remained in the service after the close of the war. Came to Randolph county where he died.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


JOHN LAWSON - served in the Virginia line of troops. He came to Randolph county, IL and there applied for a pension, which was not granted, as he had not served six months.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


JOHN LIVELY came from South Carolina in 1805; he was in the war from that state. He was seemingly a soldier by nature, as he also served in the war of 1812. He settled in the town of Central where he died in 1826.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


CHARLES McNABB was born in Maryland, he enlisted Jan. 7, 1778, was a sergeant in the 6th company 1st Maryland Regiment in Capt. Beaty's company; he enlisted again in the 7th company of the 3d Regiment. He came to Illinois, settling in Randolph county, where he died Nov. 1, 1780. He was pensioned.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


HADON MILLS, HENRY SMITH AND ELIJAH SMITH were soldiers with Clark, returning to Illinois, they settled east of Kaskaskia above the mouth of Nine-Mile creek. They were doubtless buried there.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


JOHN MONTGOMERY was a private with Clark's soldiers, he returned to Illinois locating four miles from Kaskaskia, where he built a small water mill which was used for many years. He, with many others, was given a body of land for service in the war. He was a well known citizen of the county.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


DANIEL MURRAY lived in Kaskaskia with his brother William, before the arrival of George Rogers Clark. He gave Clark substantial aid in Kaskaskia, died there later being shot in a quarrel over some money affairs.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

DAVID PAGAN was one of Clark's soldiers, coming to Illinois he settled on Nine-Mile creek a few miles from Kaskaskia. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)
Descendant Linda Johns adds this info: "He is not buried in Illinois. While he did live on Nine Mile Creek for several years, had a cabin there with a still existing cemetery (still called the Pagan Cemetery) near the cabin assumed to be the family cemetery, David sold his lots in Clark’s allotments and returned to Virginia in the mid 1780’s. He had lost his first wife, Elizabeth Ferrell Pagan, while in Illinois and married a second time in Virginia to my ancestor, Mary Carter Harman. David bought and sold land in Bedford and Franklin counties, Virginia, until after 1800 and appears in numerous court records in both counties post 1780. He last purchased land in Franklin County in 1805 and died there in 1815. In her statement in support of her application for a Revolutionary War pension, Mary Carter Harman Pagan states David died in Franklin County, Virginia in January 1815. David and the two other men from Bedford county with whom (Henry Blankenship and George Key) he enlisted to join the Illinois troops have extensive pension records in the National Archives and Virginia State Archives with depositions about their war service and later life."
Read his widow's application for pension on our
Genealogy Trails Franklin County, VA website


-- JAMES and RICHARD PILLARS - were from Virginia and served in the war in the Virginia line of troops. In 1781 they were in Fort Massac, IL and in 1793 they removed to Randolph county. James died there in 1833 or 1834. A granddaughter of James remembers that he died while at a celebration, or reunion, of the old soldiers. Their record of service may be found in Virginia in the Illinois papers.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


RAWLEIGH RALLS was born in Virginia, and served in the Virginia troops, enlisting in the latter part of the war, when quite young. After the war he removed to Tennessee, and in 1809 came to Illinois, settling first in Monroe County, but later on the beautiful ridge afterward known as Rall's Ridge. He only lived a few years after coming to Randolph County.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


ROBERT SEYBOK was with Clark's soldiers, he came to Illinois in 1783, and with other settlers was obliged to take refuge in Kaskaskia on account of the Indians.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


WILLIAM SHARP - was born in Maryland in 1762. He enlisted in the Fifth Regiment, May 29, 1778. He was made Corporal October, 1781; was discharged May 1, 1781. He removed to Illinois, settling in Randolph county, where he died. He was pensioned.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


GEORGE STAMM was born in Maryland. He enlisted at Fredericktown in May 1780 and served until 1783. He was both Private and Musician with Capt. John Smith and Capt. Christian Orendorff and Col. John Eccleston in the Sixth Maryland Regiment. He came to Randolph County, Illinois, and settled at Kaskaskia where he doubtless died. His name is mentioned in the History of Randolph County in various places.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


CAPT. JOHN STEELE was a native of Virginia and served as Captain of a company in the Virginia troops. After the war he removed to Tennessee and in 1789 came to Illinois, settling in Randolph County. He was the founder of Steeleville and died Sept. 11, 1820, on the farm where he located.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


JACOB STOPPLEBEAN was born in the state of New York, he enlisted in the Albany County Militia, 8th Regt. under Col. Robert Van Rensselaer. He again enlisted in the Levies under Col. Marinus Willett. The story is told of him that coming home after his first enlistment he met some one of his old home friends who informed him that his wife supposing him dead, had married again and removed to parts unknown. Stopplebean re-enlisted and served to the close of the war. After the war he came to Randolph County, Illinois, where he obtained some land. He died in Jan. 1845, and was buried in what is known as the "Hull Graveyard." He was very eccentric, always sitting with his hat on in the house, one of his foibles was that he was two years younger than General Washington.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


LEVI TEEL was a soldier with General Clark and coming to Illinois settled on Nine-Mile creek. He was severely wounded by the Indians when James Curry saved his life. He died in Randolph county. ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


ALEXANDER WHITTAKER - served in the war from Maryland. After the war he came to Randolph county, IL and thee applied for a pension.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


ROBERT WHITEHEAD was a soldiers with Clark. He came to Illinois, settling near Kaskaskia, dying there at an advanced age.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

HENRY CRUTCHER & JOHN ROBERTS served with Clark. Roberts was a Lieutenant and Crutcher was Quartermaster and later was appointed Commissioner. He with Roberts rendered service by purchasing treasury notes to aid in prosecuting the war. Both these men lived in Randolph County long after the close of the war and are doubtless buried near Kaskaskia.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)

The records of the French who were loyal to the American cause are mostly lost.

Col. Clark soon after taking Kaskaskia appointed several men as officers to recruit companies to aid in the conquest of Vincennes. Among the number was Francis Charleville who was appointed Captain. He raised 50 men who enlisted for eight months from Jan. 1779. Of the little band of 50 men, only 28 returned to Illinois, and of this number 10 resided in Kaskaskia after the war, and were listed as heads of families or members of the Militia, later. It would be manifestly unjust to make no mention of these loyal French subjects of the American cause, and we must conclude that the men whose names here presented were buried in Randolph County, in or near Kaskaskia:

Bazelle Allere

Michael Antere

Daniel Blouin

Antoine Bienvenue, Sr.

Jerome Danis

Joseph Danis or Daney

Michael Danis

Antoine Lavigne

Joseph Richard

Joseph Toulouse

Joseph ALLERE was a soldier under Clark and lived in Kaskaskia long after the war.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


JEAN BAPTISTE BARBAU, Sr. was from New Orleans, born in 1722. He was Commandant at Prairie du Rocher, a justice and deputy county lieutenant. His will is recorded in Randolph County. He died in 1810.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


JEAN BAPTISTE CHARLEVILLE AND MICHAEL GODIN were officers appointed by Colonel Todd. They lived in Kaskaskia after the close of the war and were heads of families.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


NICHOLAS JANIS was made Captain and resided in Kaskaskia after the close of the war. It is not known where he died.
("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917)


GORDON MILLER - buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Chester.
(source: Genealogical Records, Illinois Society DAR, 1939, compiled by Mrs. Edward J. Filbey)



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