After I wrote that column on Hamilton County’s Revolutionary War veterans, Lisa Hayner discovered yet another list of veterans supposedly buried here. This one was created by the Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
While the SAR list contains some of the same names as the Daughters of the American Revolution list, a few new ones have been added. Unfortunately, like the DAR list, the SAR list has some problems.
According to the SAR list, Henry (or Heinrich) Baltzell (or Bolser) is buried in this county, but Lisa found evidence that seems to indicate his grave is probably in Hamilton County, Ohio, not Hamilton County, Indiana.
While a man named George Dale was indeed an early settler of this county, I’ve been unable to document his service during the Revolution and haven’t yet found his gravesite.
John Burke is a puzzle. The SAR list states that Burke served in Virginia. A Virginia veteran by that name did apply for a pension and I was able to track him to Indiana, but only to Clark, Franklin and Dearborn Counties, not Hamilton County.
Findagrave.com has a memorial page, complete with headstone photo, for a Revolutionary War soldier named John “Burk” — no “e” — who is buried in the abandoned Burk Cemetery near 141st Street and Prairie Baptist Road.
However, when I tried searching pension applications under “John Burk,” I found four men, none of whom matched the information on the SAR list. Moreover, I was only able to trace one of them to Indiana, and that was to Wayne County, not Hamilton.
At this point, I’m not comfortable identifying any of these men as the John Burk(e) buried here.
The one unquestionable hit on the SAR list is Davis Whelchel, whose grave was (is?) in the destroyed Whelchel Cemetery, east of Olio Road between 113th and 116th Streets.
Welchel fought Tories and Indians as a soldier, ranger and spy in the South Carolina militia until the British drove him from his home. He then joined a North Carolina company until he was able to return to South Carolina following the Patriots’ victory at the Battle of Cowpens.
In the meantime, Nancy Massey managed to come up with four more names, although there is some question about three of them, too.
Elias Morgan, who settled near Olio in Fall Creek Township, was supposed to have been a veteran of both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, but I couldn’t find documentation to confirm his service in either war. I’ve also been unable to locate his burial site.
John Burris may be the “John Burrus” listed on a North Carolina muster roll, but I haven’t yet seen definite proof that he’s the same John Burris who’s buried in the Burris (“Old” Boxley) Cemetery, just west of the Boxley Cemetery on Six Points Road.
Early Wayne Township settler Eli Coverdale supposedly served in the Revolutionary War when he was only 15. While his gravesite is no mystery — the Fellowship Baptist (Bethel) Cemetery at the corner of Middletown Avenue and State Road 38 — I found no documents to confirm his service.
The only one of these last four men to apply for a pension was Justus Scott. Scott enlisted in the army in his home state of Connecticut and drove an ox team carrying munitions from Connecticut to Fishkill, New York. He was such a good teamster, they also tapped him to haul dead bodies away from the gallows!
Although William Conner vouched for him, Scott’s pension was denied because he didn’t serve in a “military capacity.” We’re still searching for his grave.
Thanks to Lisa Hayner and Nancy Massey for their research.