Saturday, January 24, 2015

Montgomery County Illinois History

Revolutionary Soldiers of Montgomery County

Mr. A. T. Strange

Secretary Montgomery County Historical Society: -

I shall try to comply with your request to furnish the Society with a sketch of the solders of the Revolutionary War, who lived in Montgomery County, who died here, and who are buried in its soil.

I believe that I shall be able to furnish you with the names of all the Heroes of the Revolution that have lived at any time in Montgomery County; however I shall only be able to give the resting places of only a few of them. 

Some of them may have removed from this county after filing evidences of their services as Revolutionary soldiers, with the Commissioners Court of this county; while others possible lie unmarked, forgotten and in neglected graves.

From the records of the Court above mentioned I have been able to gather the evidence which I shall submit to the Association.

1st WOOTEN HARRIS.  Of the Hurricane (Van Burensburg) settlement, enlisted in Capt. Elliott’s company of Militia, Brunswick County, Virginia, in 1777, and was regularly discharged after a short period of ninety days.  He re-enlisted thereafter under Capt. William Peterson of Colonel Harrison’s regiment, with whom he served until the close of the war.  He was personally acquainted with General Washington, General Greene, Colonel Morgan,  General LaFayette and others.  Wooten Harris died in 1837, and was buried in the Seribner graveyard in Fillmore Township.  About fifteen years ago, his remains, together with other members of the family, were removed to the Fillmore graveyard, where they now repose.  The relationship of many of the families of Fillmore township to Wooten Harris is direct, and but little effort will be required on their part to give them standing in the Societies of Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution.

2nd EZRA BOSTICK .  Of Bostick settlement, now Irving, enlisted under Capt. Patrick Bogan, in command of the mounted volunteers of Anson County, North Carolina, October 15th, 1780.  From that time until the close of the war he saw service under different officers.  He was born in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, in 1753.  He came to Montgomery County in 1818, forming a settlement not far from the village of Irving.  Many of the leading families can lay claim to membership in the aforementioned organizations by reason of being able easily to trace their ancestry to Ezra Bostick, whose remains slumber in the little graveyard not far from the corporate limited of the aforementioned little city (Irving). 

3rd JACOB SIGHTS.  A resident of the Bostick settlement, enlisted under Capt. John Reese in 1776, was transferred to Capt. Plunkett’s company, 4th regiment, Light Dragoons of the Pennsylvania line.  He was taken prisoner in 1778, but shortly afterwards escaped and rejoined the army under General Washington, and served with him until the close of the war.  He was in the battles of White Plains, Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, Germantown and others.  I am sorry that we lose sight of Jacob Sights at this particular point of his history; as I have been unable to find any one who can remember anything concerning him.  Possible reference to the records at Washington might reveal where he received his last pension from the Government.

4th HARRIS REEVES.  Of the Hurricane settlement, enlisted under Sergeant Langham, Saulsbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, in the fall of 1780.  He was stationed at the Majazine and remained there until the close of the war.  He was born in North Hampton County, North Carolina, in 1750.  He was one of the Commissioners of this county during its early history.  He died at his home near Van Burensburg in 1837, and was buried in the Wright graveyard, near that place.  Many of the families in that section of the county can trace their lineage to this old soldier of the Revolutionary War.

5th THOMAS CRAIG.  Of East Fork Township, Montgomery County, entered the service of the United States in Capt. Smith’s company, North Carolina, in 1781.  He later re-enlisted in Lincoln County, North Carolina, in the Indian Spy service of the Southwest, and was sent into the Indian country, serving under Capt. Brown Stimson, and Col. Sevier.  He was personally acquainted with Col. Isaae Shelby.  He was born in Granville County, North Carolina, in October, 1762.  Many residents of Montgomery can claim place in the Association by relationship to this old hero.  Where he is buried I do not know, possibly some of his descendants in their county may be able to give the information wanted.   

6th JOHN LIGET.  Entered the service under Capt. James Gilmore, in 1780.  He was in the battle of the Cowpens, and served with Morgan in his campaign against the Tories.  He was personally acquainted with General Washington and Col. Pickens.  He served under General Greene at the battle of Guilford Court House, and took part in the siege of Yorktown. He was present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis and it was in that siege that he received a wound from which he afterward was made a cripple.  He was born in Augusta County, Virginia, In March 1762.  Like Jacob Sights, the story of John Liget end with his application for a pension before the Commissioners Court of Montgomery County in September of 1832.  I shall be very glad if any one who reads this little bit of history, who can add anything to these personal histories, will inform me concerning them. 

7th HENRY BRIANCE.  Entered the service under General Rutherford in 1777.  Served also under Col Wade Hampton, Gen. Sumpter and Gen. Marion.  He took part in the battles of Eutaw Springs, Fridays Fort, Thompsons Fort, Monks Corner, and Monroe’s Old Field.  He knew most of the Generals who commanded the forees in the South.  He, like some of the others mentioned, drops from view when he made application for pension in 1832.

8th.  JAMES RICHARDSON.  Of Hillsboro.  Entered the service under Capt. Lemuel Smith, Col. Peter Perkins’ regiment, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, in August, 1780.  He served under Capt. Miner Smith of General Rutherford’s command on the Yadkin.  He was in the battles of the Brick House and at Georgetown.  He was born in Middlesex County, Virginia, August 25th, 1757.  Several families about Hillsboro trace their ancestry back to James Richardson.

9th BENJAMIN GORDAN.  Entered the service July, 1780, under Thomas Sumpter, near Charlotte, Mecklenberg County, North Carolina.  He was sent, after the battle of Guilford Court House, as wagoner to General Greene’s army, with the wounded.  Later he served as a Mountaineer Ranger under Gen. Clark of Georgia.  He was discharged in Newberry County, South Carolina, in 1783, after serving three years.  He was personally acquainted with General Morgan, General Greene, General Sumpter, General Clark and General Casey.  He was born in Newberry County, South Carolina, August 30th, 1762.  That Benjamin Gordan belonged to the Hurricane settlement is evidenced by the fact that Rev. Henry Sears attested his papers as a Revolutionary Soldiers.  Whatever became of him, or what lines of his descendants he may have left, is unknown to the writer. 

10th THOMAS BROCKMAN.  Entered the service early in 1776, under Capt. John Marks, of Col. Charles Lewis’ regiment in General Greene’s Division of the United States Army.  He served in this particular company under Capt. Marks for three years, and during the remainder of the Revolutionary War under Capt. Archibald Moon.  He was in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Stoney Point, and many other minor engagements.  He was born in Albermarle County, Virginia, date uncertain, and died in Montgomery County about 1838.  He recites in his application for a pension that he resides on the East Fork of Shoal Creek.  His remains lie buried in a little graveyard, at the side of the road, at the present in a pasture lot belonging to Joseph Spinner.  His grave is unmarked, but the late John Brockman wrote me only a few weeks before his death that he could possibly give the exact location of the grave.  Now, that he is gone, it is doubtful if any one living can point out the exact spot where he lies.

11th  JOHN CRABTREE.  A resident of “South District” Montgomery County, in his application for a pension as a Revolutionary soldier, recites the following facts:  He was born in Randolph County, North Carolina, on the 3rd day of May, 1763, and that he entered the service of the United States, under Capt. Edward Williams, in 1780, under whom he served but a short time.  He afterwards reenlisted under Capt. John Knight, whose energies and efforts were directed against the Tories in his section of North Carolina.  John Crabtree was among the first settlers in Montgomery County and lived in what was known as the “Street Settlement”, about four miles southwest of Hillsboro.  Many families of Montgomery County are directly connected with John Crabtree, the pioneer Revolutionary soldier.  His remains lie buried in the family graveyard not far from the old homestead.   

12th BENJAMIN TODD.  Father of the late Thomas Jefferson Todd, of Fillmore, claims a place in the galaxy of honored names.  We find no documentary evidence to support this claim.  If it exists it has escaped our notice in my investigations concerning these old heroes.  Many descendants of Benjamin Todd live in Fayette County and in the eastern part of Montgomery County.  His remains lie buried in the Ables Cemetery, just over the line in Fayette County.

I have been able to give you a summary of the facts obtainable concerning the matter of which you wrote me.  They are not colored, but appear as the documents to which we have referred, present them.

Very Obediently Yours, JACOB L TRAYLOR.

JACOB SIGHTS, Revolutionary Soldier.  Mr. Traylor, in his article on the Revolutionary Soldiers of this county, says that the record is incomplete as to the burial place of Mr. Jacob Sights.  Mrs. Bette Hughes has furnished the desired information in the following letter: 

Irving, Illinois

April 7th, 1914

Mr. A.T. Strange:

In answer to your request for information concerning Jacob Sights, I will say:  He was born in Germany in 1755.  Came to America when quite young:  and after the Revolutionary war settled in Kentucky.  There he married a Miss Mary Black, and reared a large family.  A few years after the establishment of the Bostick Settlement in this county, he with his wife and the families of two daughters (Mrs. James Grantham and Mrs. Jack Bostick) came to what is now known as the Meadowfield District, one and a half miles southwest of Irving in this county.  He died here in 1845, at the age of 90 years, and his body lies in the Hopewell Cemetery in this district.  There is one grands0n still living in Padueah, Ky., Dr. Sights, perhaps he could give you some facts I cannot.


This information is gratefully received, and if others can give further information pertaining to any Revolutionary soldiers that lived in this county, we will be glad to hear from them.

A.T. STRANGE, Corresponding Secretary County Historical Society.

In reference to John Liget and Henry Briance, the Department of the Interior, Washington, has furnished me the following information.

John Liget, born March, 1762, in Augusta County, Virginia.  Enlisted in the Revolution from Rockbridge County, VA.  Applied for pension from Montgomery County, Illinois; date of application Sept. 18th, 1832; claim allowed; battles engaged in Cowpens, Guilford; wounded in left hand, in siege of Yorktown.  Enlisted in 1780 first for six months as a private under Capt. James Gilmore; soon after for six weeks under Capt. James Hall; later for six weeks under Capt. Jas. Hall; and still later for three months under Capt. Hall.  He had children living in Arkansas in 1836.

Henry Briance.  Born March 27th, 1760, in York County, PA.  Enlisted in Revolution from Mecklenburg County, N.C.  Battles engaged in, Fridays Fort, Entaw Springs and Monks Corner.  Applied for pension Sept. 18th, 1832.  Pension allowed.  No family reported.

Another Revolutionary Soldier

Mt. A.T. Strange, Cor. Sec’y Montgomery Co. Historical Society.

My Dear Sir: -

I am glad to know that we have a Historical Society in our county, and gladly embrace the opportunity of recording the name of my Revolutionary ancestor, Reuben Sibley, upon its roll of honor.  Respectfully,

Mrs. Abigail E. Torrey Sibley Hood

32 E. Union Avenue, Litchfield, Ill.

Captain Reuben Sibley was born in Sutton, Mass., Feb. 20, 1743.  Died Nov. 17, 1810.  Capt. Sibley was chosen Captain of the 2nd Sutton Company, Col. Thomas, 5th Regt.  Was ordered in Council June 28th, 1776, that said officers be commissioned.  Reported Commissioned June 28th, 1776.  Capt. Sibley was in service at Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown and North Castle, New York, in 1776.  He also served in Col. Josiah Whitney’s regiment.  Roll made up for service in Rhode Island in August and September, 1778.  Also in Col. Jacob Davis regiment July 30th, 1780. 

The Foregoing items were taken from memoranda of authority in archives commemorative of Massachusetts War Service, Office of War Service.

 Transcribed by Ann Stoddard 1/29/12 

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