Genealogy Trails



Recently the Daughters of the American- Revolution in Greencastle have undertaken to locate the graves of all the Revolutionary soldiers who have died and are buried in the county. When the list of names and full military history of these early patriots is complete the same will he inscribed in a bronze tablet which is to be erected in the rotunda of the court house. Thus far the following names and data have been secured :

Isaac Armstrong, belonged to Virginia militia; was in battles of Hot Water and Jamestown: horn July. 1762. Augusta, Virginia: applied for pension in Putnam county in 1837.

William Banks, sergeant, in Capt. James Pamplain's company. Colonel Richardson's regiment Virginia militia; born Culpeper county, Virginia, July 23. 1762 : died in Putnam county. Indiana. September 5, 1839.

Jonathan Byrd.
John Bartee.

John Buck, private, sergeant and lieutenant. Captain McConnell's company. Colonel Laughrey's regiment Pennsylvania volunteers: taken prisoner by the Indians and retained four months; engaged in two battles in New York: born in Hanover. Europe. 1752; applied for pension in Putnam county,April 24. 1834.

Charles Bowen. served more than two years in North Carolina and Virginia regiments: was in battle of King's Mountain: enlisted at Crab Orchard, Virginia : born on James river. September. 1749: was living in Putnam county, Indiana, in 1834.

William Brown.
William Cornwall.

Nathaniel Cunningham. September, 1776. private Capt. Robert Ballard's company. Col. Patrick Henry's regiment Virginia volunteers; 1778. transferred to General Washington's Life Guard; in battles of Trenton, Princeton. Brandywine. Monmouth and Gates' defeat; applied for pension Randolph county. North Carolina. May 6. 181S. aged sixty-four years; died in Putnam county. Indiana. August 16. 1832.

Samuel Denny, born August 28. 1755. Chester county, Pennsylvania; served fourteen months between T778-S1 in Col. John Smith's regiment Virginia volunteers; was in battles of Brandy wine and Germantown; enlisted at Frederick county. Virginia: applied for pension in Putnam county. Indiana. April 23. 1835.

Jacob Grider.
Silas Hopkins.

Laban Hall, served about two years, between 1775 and 1778. in New Hampshire regiment under Colonels Hale and Chase; was at Ticonderoga: applied for pension April 7, 1818. at Chelsea. Orange county. Vermont; sixty-three years old; died in Putnam county. Indiana. September 9, 1842.

George Hammer, April. 1781. to February, 1782. private Capt. Michael Trautman's company. Col. John Gregors regiment. Maryland militia: born near Philadelphia. May 4. 1763: applied for pension in Putnam county. Indiana. October 5. 1S32.

Thomas Jones, enlisted in fall of 1775 for three years in Captain Fontaine's company. Colonel Stevens' regiment Virginia militia: in battles of Brandy wine and Germantown: applied for pension in Mercer county. Kentucky. July 7, 1818: resided in Putnam county, Indiana. 1832.

Joseph LaFolIette. Sr.
John McHaffie.

William McGahey, enlisted Carlisle. Pennsylvania. for two years in a Pennsylvania regiment: applied for pension Bath county. Kentucky. June 17, 1818; fifty-five years old; moved to Putnam county. Indiana. 1826.

Andrew McPheeters. born March 22. 1761. Chester county. Pennsylvania: served three years in Pennsylvania and North Carolina regiments, having enlisted at Chester county. Pennsylvania, and Guilford. North Carolina; applied for pension August 22. 1832. Granger county. Tennessee; lived in Putnam county. Indiana, in 1834.

Benjamin Mahorney. born Fauquier county. Virginia: March. 1779. to October. 1780. in Colonel Buford's Third Virginia regiment: applied for pension. Oldham county. Kentucky. November 17. 1826; sixty-eight years old: died December 25. 1854. Putnam county. Indiana.

Samuel Moore, born Staunton. Augusta county. Virginia. July 14. 1761; February to September. 1781. private in Maj. Andrew Hamilton's regiment Virginia militia: applied for pension Putnam county. Indiana. October 25. 1832.

John Norman, born 1743. Sussex county. Delaware: enlisted at Johnson. Sussex county. Delaware: Captain Vaughn's company. Delaware volunteers; in skirmish Bayshore, Delaware; applied for pension Clinton township. Putnam county, Indiana, May 6, 1833.

Thomas Rhoten, November, 1776, to January. 1781; enlisted at Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, in Captain Harris' company. Colonel Cook's regiment Pennsylvania volunteers; in battles Brandywine. Germantown and Stony Point; applied for pension Brown count)-, Ohio. December 21, 1819; lived in Putnam county, Indiana, 1S35.

Isaiah Slavens, born Augusta county, Virginia. June 14, 1762; enlisted for one year, 1780, in Virginia regiment; in battles Hot Water and Jamestown; applied for pension April 26, 1833. Putnam county. Indiana.

Abraham Stobaugh.

Peter Stoner: 1780 and 1781, in North Carolina and South Carolina regiments; in battle Eutaw Springs; wounded in back and hip. Monks Corner: applied for pension Orange county, North Carolina, September 7, 1832; died in Putnam county, Indiana, April 6. 1851.

Thomas Tucker, born Fairfax county. North Carolina. February 11, 1757; enlisted Washington county. North Carolina, 1779, for two years in North Carolina regiment; April 25, 1832, applied for pension in Putnam county, Indiana.

John Walden, born March 6, 1756, Middlesex county, Virginia; served from 1777 to end of war, 1783. in Col. William Dent, Abraham Buford and Henry Lee regiments, Virginia volunteers; in battles Monmouth. Stony Point, and present at evacuation of Charleston; applied for pension Henry county. Kentucky, April 5, 1821; died Putnam county. Indiana. December 22, 1835.

Robert Whitehead; enlisted Holston River, western North Carolina, served from October, 1779, to October. 1782; private. Captain Bailey. Colonel John Montgomery, Gen. George Rogers Clark, Illinois regiment, Virginia line; applied for pension Putnam county, Indiana. April 22. 1833: seventy-one years old; died Putnam county. Indiana. February 20. 1852.

John Walls, born York county, Pennsylvania. April 4. 1762; drummer 1776, one year Capt. J. Wright's company, H. Miller's regiment. Pennsylvania volunteers; 1780. six months, drummer. Capt. William Wales company, same regiment; applied for pension Putnam county. Indiana. October 26,


Several years ago the late William Henry Ragan. who had made some inquiry into the history of certain Revolutionary soldiers who happened to settle in that part of the county in which he himself had spent the earlier years of his life, prepared and read before the Putnam County Historical Society a paper on the subject, which is so full of interesting reminiscences and data the liberty is taken to insert a portion of it here.

"There is a small section of country lying immediately north and west of the village of Fillmore." related Mr. Ragan. "in which five survivors of the Revolutionary-war spent their last days on earth and in which their sacred ashes still remain. Three of the five the writer very distinctly remembers, the others dying but a short time before his recollection. I doubt if there is an area so small within the limits of the county, or even of the state, where so many of the patriots of our war for independence spent their last days. Why this should have been is, perhaps, a mere coincidence as I know of no community of interests that could have thus brought them together. Indeed, they may have been, for aught I know, entire strangers to each other. Certainly there were no close ties of consanguinity existing among them. Hence I conjecture that their settlement in such close proximity was merely a coincidence and not by design or purpose on their part.

"The area in which these patriots resided embraced a small portion of the adjacent townships of Floyd and Marion. Three of them resided in the former and two in the last named township. At least three of the five came to this county with their families'—the others perhaps with children or friends. Their deaths occurred in the order in which they are named.

"Abraham Stobaugh came from Montgomery county, Virginia, in company with his son. the late Jacob Stobaugh. and settled in the southern portion of Floyd township. He was the grandfather of Mrs. A. M. Robinson, of Fillmore, and of the late Mrs. Owen, the wife of our fellow townsman and ex-county recorder. George Owen. From Mrs. Robinson I learn that this worthy patriot died in September, 1836, and that he was buried with the honors of war. A militia company from Greencastle. commanded by the late Col. Lewis H. Sands, fired the salute at the grave. He was buried in a private cemetery on the old Borham farm, in Marion township. There is today no trace of his grave remaining, none at least that would identify it among those of numerous friends and relatives. Mr. Stobaugh left quite a large number of descendants, some of whom still remain in the neighborhood of his former home.

"Silas Hopkins, if tradition may be credited, was a native of the city of Baltimore, and a supposed relative of the late millionaire merchant and philanthropist. Johns Hopkins, whose name will go down to posterity in connection with the great university his beneficence endowed.   Silas Hopkins was the father of the somewhat noted John Deroysha Hopkins, whose eccentric characteristics will be well remembered by many who are present. He was also the father of the late Mrs. Thomas Gorham, with whom he made his home.   Patriot Hopkins was in some particulars not unlike his eccentric son.   His death occurred near the close of the fourth decade of this century. How long or when and at what period of the revolutionary struggle and in what branch of the service, or under what command these patriots served, is perhaps unknown to living mortals; but that they were revolutionary soldiers there is not a shadow of doubt.   Jacob Stobaugh. son of Abraham, was a veteran of the war of 1812. and some of the descendants of Silas Hopkins laid down their lives to preserve that government to the establishment of which he gave his best years.   Even his eccentric son, John D.. was for a time a Union soldier in the war of the Rebellion.   Although at the time he was beyond the age of military service, he enlisted in Company C, Seventieth Indiana Regiment, and served part of the second year of the war as a member of that regiment, which was commanded by the only living ex-President of the United States.   At least four grandsons also served in the Union army, two of whom,
Silas and Thomas Gorham, laid down their lives in their country's service, and now rest side by side in the village cemetery at Fillmore.   There is something sadly pathetic in the story of the death of these patriotic grandsons of Silas Hopkins,   They had survived the mishaps of the war from 1861 to 1865, when one of the brothers began to decline in health. The war was over, and they were really no longer needed at the front   So the sick brother was given a furlough to his home, and for company the well one was sent with him.  On the Vandalia train while halting at the Greencastle station, and within six miles of home and friends, the invalid brother quietly breathed his last. The survivor tenderly supported the lifeless form of his brother in his arms until the train reached Fillmore, where kind and loving friends performed the last sad rites.
But one month elapsed until the remaining brother was gently laid by his side "in the shadow of the stone." In those early days almost even- farm had its private burial place, in which members of the family were interred. The Gorham farm was not an exception to this general rule. On the north end of this farm, known to the older residents as the Judge Smith, of Gorham farm, and now owned by Albert O. Lockridge of this city, and the first land in the township conveyed by the government to a private individual, is one of these neglected burial places. The location is obscure, and but for a few rough stones, one of which bears the inscription "W. B." . there is naught to indicate that it is a pioneer cemetery in which many of the early settlers sleep their long sleep. Here rest the mortal remains of Abraham Stobaugh and Silas Hopkins of Revolutionary memory. But a few fleeting years will elapse until this graveyard will be entirely unknown and forgotten, and posterity will then have naught but tradition as a guide to this sacred spot where the two of the founders of our republic.

"Samuel Denny resided in the southern part of Floyd township, on what is now known as the Gravel Pit farm, which is owned by the Big Four railway. His home was with an adopted daughter, Mrs. Isaac Yeates. he having had no children of his own. Mr. Denny first settled in Warren township, where his wife died and was buried. He was the great uncle of our fellow-townsman. James T. Denny, Esq. Patriot Denny had long predicted that his death would occur on the Fourth of July, which prediction was verified by the fact. In the early summer of 1843, his rapid decline was noted, and on the nation's sixty-seventh birthday, his gentle spirit took leave of earth. I well remember Mr. Denny, and have him pictured in my mind as a most venerable personage. Indeed, he was highly respected and honored by all who knew him. I have already referred to the fact that he raised no children of his own. It is. however, a well verified tradition that he raised thirteen orphan children by adoption, thus showing the great benevolence of his character. He was buried in Warren township at what is known as Deer Creek Baptist cemetery by the side of his deceased wife, and I have no doubt with the honors of war so well befitting the day and the occasion.

"John Bartee's home was on a fraction of the same farm on which Patriot Denny died, and to which he had in some way acquired a fee simple title. There were ten acres of the little homestead upon which he resided. He lived in a humble log cabin, with but one room. Here, in company with his feeble-minded second wife and still more imbecile daughter, he spent his last days in extreme poverty. The family were objects of charity. Through the exertions of the late Anderson B. Matthews, himself a member of the board of county Commissioners, that body made a small appropriation. I am not able to say how much, in support of this superannuated veteran: but with all this, only a small share of the good things of earth fell to the lot of our worthy patriot in his declining years. At the age of sixteen he participated in the siege of Yorktown and the capture of Lord Cornwallis. His death occurred in February of 1848. and he was buried in the little graveyard on the Yeates farm, near by his former home.

"Benjamin Mahorney. the fifth and last survivor, and perhaps among the very last of his race, died in the summer of 1854. more than seventy years after the close of the great struggle in which he was an active participant. His residence was in the northern portion of Marion township, and immediately on the line of the Big Four railway, one mile east of the little station of Darwin.   He lived with his son, Owen Mahorney, who made him comfortable in his last days.  He was a most venerable personage, known to the people of the neighborhood as one worthy of veneration and respect-   His hair was as white as the driven snow.   He was a Virginian and enlisted from Fauquier county, in that state, in the spring of 1779, for a term of eighteen months. He served under Captain Walls, in Colonel Buford's regiment of Virginia militia.   His regiment met the British cavalry under the celebrated Colonel Tarleton, at Waxhaw, North Carolina, and were repulsed with great loss in killed, wounded and prisoners.  Patriot Mahorney was one of the few who escaped injury or capture.   His term of enlistment closed on October 25, 1780, nearly seventy-four years prior to his death in this county.  From records of our county clerk's office, I learn that he made application for a pension at the April term of court in 1833.. and that he was at that time seventy-three years of age.  From this record I also learn the above facts concerning his enlistment and service in the patriot cause.   At the time of his death there was in the neighborhood a military company with headquarters at the village of Fillmore and commanded by James H. Summers, a Mexican war veteran and afterwards colonel of an Iowa regiment in the war of the Rebellion. Captain Summers called together his company, and fired a salute over the open grave of the last survivor of Revolutionary memory in the neighborhood. The interment was at what is known as the Smythe graveyard, just south of the Vandalia railway, and one mile east of Fillmore. It is probable that the grave of Mr. Mahorney might still be identified. An incident occurred, after the burial of Patriot Mahorney, when Captain Summers., with his company, returned to Fillmore to store their guns in the company's armory,   A member of the company, Noah Alley, also a Mexican veteran, and afterwards killed at Cedar Mountain, Virginia, as a member of the Twenty-seventh Indiana Regiment, through an awkward mishap thrust the fixed bayonet of his musket through his leg just above the ankle, making a serious and painful wound. The village boys, out of juvenile curiosity, had gathered about the military company, and were many of them witnesses to this painful accident. The writer well remembers the impression it made on his youthful mind, and this incident will go clown in his memory associated with the death and burial of the last survivor of the Revolutionary struggle in that part of Putnam county, if not in the state.   Of these five Revolutionary patriots, two only, Hopkins and Stobaugh, have living descendants in our midst. Denny, it will be remembered, had no children of his own. Bartee's wife and daughter are long since dead, and the younger Mahorney, after his father's death, together with his family removed to Fountain county, where they have been lost sight of in the busy throng that now throbs and pulsates through our land."

Source: Weik, Jesse William,. Weik's history of Putnam County, Indiana. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1910.

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