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Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Kane Co., IL

WILLIAM BENNETT was born at Sandown, New Hampshire, May 9, 1758. He enlisted four different times; first, August, 1776, under Capt. Nathan Brown, Col. Pierce Long, New Hampshire troops. Second, 1779, serving with the same captain and colonel. Colonel Bedel, third time, July 1780, in Massachusetts troops, Capt. ? Johnson, Colonel Wadsworth; fourth time, September 1782, with Capt. Cutting Farror, New Hampshire troops. He was in the battle of Fort Ann. After the way he removed to New York, Geneseo County, and in 1836 he came to Kane County, Illinois, where he died Feb. 15, 1846, and is buried near Wasco in a private burial ground.

NATHAN BROWN, a native of New York, enlisted in the Chapin Company, under Capt. Benjamin Chapin, Col. Thaddeus Crane's Regiment, Westchester County. After the war he came to Illinois, settling in Kane County where he died and is probably buried in Batavia township

DANIEL BURROUGHS was born in New York, he enlisted in the Charlotte County Militia with Capt. Elshama Tozer and Cols. Alexander Webster, and Thomas Armstrong, in the Dorset Regiment. He came to reside in Kane County, Illinois, and died in Batavia Township.

ABNER POWERS was born in Richmond, New Hampshire, Dec. 15, 1760. He enlisted Jan. 1, 1777, serving until December, 1781, under Col. John Stark, again served in the Seventh Company 1778 for two years, Capt. William Farwell's Company. He again served from Richmond until 1782. He came to Illinois, settling in Kane county where he died Oct. 19, 1852 in Virgil Township, and was buried at Lily Lake. A marble slab was placed at his grave, bearing the significant date 1776, and the inscription, "A Soldier of the Revolution," also a sword carved in the marble.

Several years since, while attending a Knight Templar's funeral, Mr. Lewis M. Gross, of Sycamore, noticed that the slab was broken in three pieces. Investigation of his military history revealed the patriotism of this Hero of the War, and that he served in the battles of Bennington, Saratoga, Valley Forge, and Yorktown. As a result it was determined that a suitable monument should be erected to his memory. Several years ago on July 4th, a beautiful and imposing granite monument was unveiled with appropriate ceremonies.

The monument stands thirty feet high, of rough granite, the west side of the die being smooth where the inscription is placed.

Three companies of the Third Regiment, and five hundred members of the Grand Army, with a large band of forty-eight pieces, civic societies, and a large number of citizens, came to do honor to Abner power's memory. We cannot too highly honor these men who sacrificed so much that an enduring government might be handed down to their descendants.


The photos on this page were contributed by Tracy St. Claire. Thank you so very much Tracy! I love to pay tribute to our American Veterans and especially to the ones who fought in the American Revolutionary War because without them we would not even have the country we have today. I am also saying many Thanks to this fellow for  his patriotism.

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