The American Revolution has been an interest of mine for many years, so when I spotted an item in the March 8, 1935 Noblesville Daily Ledger that named several Hamilton County Revolutionary War veterans, I was intrigued.
According to the article, the Indiana chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was attempting to locate the graves of all Revolutionary War veterans buried in this state. In the process, they’d compiled a list of soldiers who were granted pensions while living in this county.
Lisa Hayner and I took a stab at tracking down those soldiers’ burial sites ourselves and had mixed results.
Of the seven men on the DAR’s list, three gravesites have eluded us so far.
Samuel Torrens/Torrons/Torrence served two hitches in the Virginia militia during the war and one hitch afterward, guarding British prisoners. Although the 1830 census doesn’t specify where he lived, judging by the names near his on the census form, I’m guessing it was Fall Creek Township. An article in the April 22, 1939 Ledger states that he’s buried in this county, but we haven’t found him yet.
The 1840 census shows Isaac Haman (or Hamman, or multiple other variations) living in Jackson Township. He supposedly moved to Ohio after his pension was granted, so he may be the “Isaac Hammon,” who’s buried in Hamilton, Ohio. I’ve been unable to verify that, however.
Micah French appears in the 1830 Hamilton County census, but is otherwise a mystery. According to the DAR, he served in the New York militia. I couldn’t confirm that, nor did we locate his burial site.
Lisa and I had better luck with the other four men on the DAR list.
George Abney’s grave is in the Highland (or Beaver) Cemetery on Hoosier Road, a little south of 116th Street in Fishers. Abney enlisted in the South Carolina militia three times during the war. He fought in two minor engagements against Indians on the South Carolina frontier, scouted and ranged against Tories, and participated in the sieges of Augusta, Georgia and Ninety Six, South Carolina.
A member of the Virginia militia, John Hair (or Hare,) took part in an expedition against Indians who were attacking the frontier settlements near Fort Pitt (today’s Pittsburgh.) He was also in the battle of Guilford Courthouse in North Carolina and he guarded British prisoners after the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. He’s buried in the Hair Cemetery, on 191st Street, just east of Prairie Baptist Road.
Levi Holloway helped protect the Maryland and Delaware coastlines from raiding parties sent out from British ships to plunder the countryside. He’s buried in the Carey Cemetery, which is north of Strawtown at the intersection of State Road 37 and Pennington Road. (By the way, he was 107 when he died!
An American flag flies over William Cutts’ grave in the Gibson Family (or Cutts) Cemetery. The small cemetery is located atop a knoll on the southwest corner of the intersection of 236th Street and Anthony Road. Cutts served two years as a private in the army and was present at the siege of Yorktown.
These are just the names that appear in that 1935 Ledger article. I won’t claim this is a complete list of all the Revolutionary War veterans buried in Hamilton County in case the DAR missed someone, or a veteran was awarded a pension elsewhere, then moved here later.
There may also have been veterans who didn’t apply at all. (Levi Holloway didn’t realize he was entitled to a pension until he was 104.)
Thanks to Lisa Hayner for research help.
Notable Nineties Update: Nancy Gilpin has added her aunt, Jane Roudebush to the list. Congratulations, Jane!

Paula Dunn’s From Time to Thyme column appears each Wednesday in The Times. Contact her at younggardenerfriend@gmail.com