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Jersey County Historical Society
601 N. State Street
Jerseyville, Illinois 62052
618-498-3514

webmaster: Beth McGlasson
webmaster@jerseyusa.net
Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
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Last
Name
First
Name
Birth
Death
Spouse
Service
Buried at
Armstrong
Joshua
Aug 1, 1756
in PA
Sep 25, 1844
Sarah Morris
Artificer, Pennsylvania private. North
Carolina Continental troops. Was a soldier in
the Col. George Rogers Clark expedition. On
pension roll, Greene Co., IL, Jan. 21, 1834.
Armstrong in
Jersey County
Bates
William
1757 in PA
Feb 1848
Five wives,
last one
named
Elizabeth
Private, NC & SC. Served First Carolina
South Regiment commanded by Col. Charles
Pinckney from Apr 14, 1776 to Dec 1776.
Pension roll, Greene Co. May 28, 1833.
Lockhaven in
Jersey County
Chandler
Joseph
Sep 10, 1753
in CT
Oct 4, 1844
Patience
Mary
Andrews
Private, CT. Served in the battle of
Bennington with his father, who was killed.
Enlisted for seven months in Capt. John
Sedwick's company, Col. Benjamin Hinman's
regiment. Enlisted in 1776 and served one
year in Capt. Theodore Woodbridge's
company, Col. Samuel Elmore's regiment.
Discharged April 1777. Applied for pension
while living in Wooster, OH.
Noble in    
Jersey County
Cooper
Jonathon
Feb 2, 1758
in MD
Aug 11, 1845
Eleanor
Jones (1st)
Eleanor
English (2nd)
Private, PA. Served as a drummer.
Pensioned while living in KY.
Falkner in
Jersey County
Crain
Silas
Feb 5, 1762
in VA
Jan. 1842
Elizabeth
Served with Captains Charles Evans and
James Fletcher and Colonels Hicks and
Simmons
Lax in       
Jersey County
Cummings
Josiah
CT
May 25, 1829
Mrs. Sarah
Gillis
Soldier in VT. Served at the Battle of
Bennington. Served in Gen. Wayne's
campaign against the Indians. Participated in
defeat of the Gen Arthur St. Clair's Army.
Cummings in
Jersey County

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Gillham
William
Abt 1750 in
VA
Oct. 27, 1825
Jane McDow
Private & Sergeant in SC. Served in
Brandon's regiment before and after the fall
of Charleston.
East Newbern in
Jersey County
William Bates was married four or five times and became a father for the final time at the age of 69. His family was friends with
Daniel Boone, and when Boone moved west, Bates followed with his family. While Bates and his family lived near Wood River Creek,
near the present site of the Alton State Hospital, two of his grandsons were killed by Indians during the 1814 Wood River Massacre.
His daughter's life was spared only because she turned back shortly before the ambush. Bates and his family settled on Piasa
Creek near Lockhaven in present-day Jersey County in about 1817.

According to Joseph Chandler's headstone, he was "sixth in descent from Myles Standish and John Alden."

Like William Bates, Jonathon Cooper followed his friend Daniel Boone to Kentucky before moving to Illinois in 1835.

William Gillham served in the Revolutionary War with his father, six brothers and two brothers-in-law. Five of the Gillham brothers
traveled west to Madison County, Illinois in 1802, and in 1816, William continued north, settling on Lofton's Prairie near Otterville in
Mississippi Township in Jersey County.