Here is information and photos of
tombstones I've taken at the Knox County cemeteries. Any other information
on these unsung heroes would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Feel free to
email me at any time. Will also be adding to this site the Daughter's
of the American Revolution. Right now I have one online already with a daughter
of James Williams of VA, Rachael Peckenpaugh.
Click on her name to for more information.
I was the one
who marked her grave site, Rachael Peckenpaugh's, as being a Daughter of
Revolutionary War Soldier, with the help of my Lucretia Leffingwell, NSDAR
Chapter, Knoxville, Illinois. Thanks, Gals!!! Love ya!
When, in 1818, Illinois was admitted to the Union, it
contained fifteen counties, the most northerly of which was
Madison, which then included all the northwestern part of
the State. An Act of Legislature, approved June 20, 1821,
organized Pike County, which originally embraced all the
territory lying north and west of the Illinois River. Later,
Schuyler County was organized from this district. By a
subsequent Act, of February 10, 1826, Knox county, as such,
was attached, in common with the territory north and west of
it, to Fulton County, for governmental purposes. These
changes explain why, when the land records were completed,
it was not infrequently necessary to go to Lewiston,
Rushville, Edwardsville, and Kaskaskia-- the county seat
when Illinois was but one county--- to secure a completer
chain of title to land conveyed.
When the Military Tract was laid off into counties, most of
them were named in honor of military heroes of the nation.
This county was christened in honor of the brave
statesman-general, Henry Knox. The following is a brief
personal sketch of him whose name this county now wears:
Henry Knox, an American general and statesman,
commander of the artillery during the Revolution, and
Secreta4ry of War under Washington, was born in Boston, July
25, 1750, and died in Thomaston, Me., October 25, 1806. He
was of Scotch and Irish Presbyterian stock, and his father
came from St. Eustatius, one of the British West India
islands. He received the common school education of his time
in Boston, and was remarked as youth of fine abilities
and generous disposition, fond of the heroic examples of
former ages, and according to Dr. Eliot, who was nearly his
cotemporary, giving constant prestige of future eminence.
General Knox played a most important in the
revolutionary struggle for liberty, and was admired and
beloved by Washington, and like him, after a long, active,
and eminently successful public career, retired to private
life. General Knox was large in person, of a robust and
athletic frame, enterprising and resolute in character, of
generous, buoyant and social disposition, cordially
appreciated and beloved by friends, posing unquestionable
integrity, unsurpassed energy, and a mind liberally
cultivated by study.
photo of General Henry Knox which hangs in the old
Courthouse Knoxville, IL.
Peter Bruner buried in
the Bruner Cemetery.
Adam Bruner buried
in the Bruner Cemetery.
Ashael Gilbert. was a native of Connecticut, born in
Hebron, December 15, 1760, in Hebron, Connecticut. He
married Anna Goodrich, who was born in 1760 and died in
1827. Their son was Charles W. Gilbert. He enlisted May 1, 1778, serving as a
trumpeter in Captain Seymour's company, Second Light
Brigade, with Colonel Elijah Sheldon & saw action at Bemis
Heights & Poundridge.. He was discharged in
1780. Ashael Gilbert came to Illinois in 1847, and resided
in Galesburg, where he died November 23, 1852.
He is buried in the Hope Cemetery,
Foxie's Note: two
different births dates. tombstone says May 06, 1760 and
cemetery records gives the above date.
Rebecca Parke Chapter, DAR, marked the grave about 1906
with a bronze insignia.
was born April 6, 1761, in Orange County, New York. He
enlisted first under Captain Thomas Moffat for three months
in 1775. In 1776 he served under Captain Seth Marvin for
three months; he again served for six months under Captain
Francis Smith. He applied for a pension while residing in
Gallia County, Ohio, in 1831; removing to Illinois, he
settled in Knox County, where he died February 14, 1858.
Abraham is buried in the
was from Easton, Mass., where he enlisted with Col. Thomas
Carpenter, and Capt. Samuel White, in August, 1778, being
discharged in September the same year. He is buried in Russell Cemetery.
The photo are the
far right and darker than the other two was taken last fall
late in the afternoon. The two other photos were taken
on March 11, 2006. David's grave site was also marked by the
Rebecca Parke Chapter of DAR; but the top of it is missing
as you can see from the photo at the right.
was a native of New York, where he was born in 1759. He
served under Colonel Roswell Hopkins in the Duchess County
Militia. He came to Illinois in 1838, settling in Victoria
township, Knox County, where he died September 27, 1841. His
wife and several children came with him to Illinois. New
York in the Revolution; Buried
in Victoria Cemetery. Had biographies in the old history
books of Knox county and relation still lives around
was born February 8, 1764, in Poughkeepsie, New York. He
enlisted in May, the year Fort Ann was taken, in Capt. Peter
Magee's company, and Col. Henry Livingston's regiment,
serving until November in the New York line of troops;
New York in the Revolution. He is
buried in the Victoria Cemetery.
Jesse Witt of the 10th Virginia Reg., Col. William Davies
Commanding, 1760 - 1852.
Jesse is buried in the Henderson
This is in correct. This Jonathan
Latimer is not the Revolutionary War Soldier he is a
grandson of the Jonathon Latimer who fought in the
Revolutionary War. So, I will be removing this
Jonathon Latimer from my list of Revolutionary War Soldiers
buried in Knox County, IL. I am a member of the Leffingwell
Chapter of NSDAR in Knoxville , IL
Joseph Latimer & Patriot of the Latimer family of Knox
Elder Joseph Latimer
Soldier This gentleman has the honor of being the
founder of the Latimer Family in Knox County, Illinois. It
is almost needless to add that a splendid line of stanch men
and good citizens are numbered among the Latimers. Elder
Joseph was a native of Connecticut, and was born seven miles
from New London, June 08, 1766. Previous to his death he
often related his recollection of distinctly seeing the
smoke at the burning of that town by the traitor Arnold.
There many other events of moments connected with e
Revolutionary War, of which this gentleman had a distinct
remembrance, among them the casting overboard of tea in
Boston Harbor, necessitating the use of Yankee tea.
His father was a Colonel in the War of
Independence, and his twelve sons in their turn served under
their parents command--one of the most remarkable events of
family history on record. The gentleman under
consideration came with his father's family to
Tennessee in 1790, and took an active part in several of the
battles fought by the Indians in the vicinity of Nashville,
as well as on the Cumberland River, east of that city. In
one of these battles his drinking cup was hot from his
shoulder, and in another his younger brother, Nathaniel, was
killed by his side. Not long after the suspension of
Indian hostilities, Nov. 10, 1796, he was married to Anna
Dobbins, and settled in Robinson County.
In the very
memorable revival of that year both he and his wife
experienced religion, and when the Cumberland Presbyterian
Church was organized they were among its earliest members.
He was early ordained an Elder, and became an active
supporter of that church. His sympathies there with remained
undiminished to the date of his death. In company with his
family he emigrated to Sangamon County, Ill., in 1826, and
in 1831, with a part of his family, moved to Knox County and
settled in Cherry Grove, where the remainder of his children
soon followed him. This district was then almost entirely
unsettled. The marriage of his daughter Susan to U. D. Coy,
in 1833, was the first marriage in Cedar Township, and his
son David, who died in 1836, was the second person buried in
Cherry Grove Cemetery.
While still advanced in
years he superintended the building of a very comfortable
home, aside from acquiring valuable property. He lived to
see seven of his ten children prosperously settled around
him. In organizing the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at
Cherry Grove, which was the first church building in Knox
county, the aid he rendered to the project was noticeable to
everyone. The building of the structure had his constant
attention. This was ten years prior to his death, which
occurred at his home, August 18, 1846.
Personally, Elder Joseph Latimer
was a man of ardent religious sentiment, and remarkable for
his quiet, peaceable and patient disposition. He lived to
enjoy the friendship of a large circle of admirers, and it
has been said that he had not an enemy in the world. His
descendants throughout Knox County are very numerous, and
are very likely to impress their influence on the coming
generations. Biography also
on the biography page. Biographies on his sons and
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created February 22, 2006
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