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Whitewater in Walworth County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Revolutionary War Veterans

 
 
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By William J. Toman, June 10, 2011
1. Revolutionary War Veterans Marker
Inscription. Two Revolutionary war veterans, Eli Pearce and Israel Ferris, are buried in this cemetery.

Born August 24, 1760, in Middleborough, Massachusetts, Eli Pierce enlisted April 13, 1776, and served six months in Col. Christopher Lippett's Rhode Island "Minute Men" Regiment. He reenlisted on May 1, 1777, and served three more years in Col. Thomas Marshall's Massachusetts Regiment. Along with 13,000 other troops, Pierce fought in the Battle of Monmouth, the Revolutionary War's biggest one-day conflict, on June 28, 1778. He was discharged April 3, 1780.

At age 37, Eli married Polly Lyon, from Woodford, Vermont, on April 28, 1798. Together they had ten children. In 1847, Eli and family relocated here from upstate New York. Eli died December 26, 1852.

Born October 25, 1751, in Connecticut, Israel Ferris enlisted November 18, 1776, in Lt. Col. Jonathan Mead's Ninth Connecticut Militia. He served nearly two months under General David Wooster at "Saw Pits" now Port Chester, New York, where both armies often fought for the nearby port. Israel was discharged January 11, 1777.

In 1774, Ferris married Ruth Mead, born March 27, 1757, in Greenwich, Connecticut. Together they had thirteen children. Ruth died in 1827 in Milo, New York. Afterwards, Ferris moved to Whitewater with his second wife, Mary, and his son
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By William J. Toman, June 10, 2011
2. Revolutionary War Veterans Marker
Thompson. Israel died January 2, 1844.
 
Erected 2007 by the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Wisconsin Society Sons of the American Revolution, the Whitewater Historical Society, the American Legion Post 173, VFW Post 5470, Fort Atkinson-Eli Pierce Chapter NSDAR, and Carol Pierce Calkins. (Marker Number 512.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 50.034′ N, 88° 43.443′ W. Marker is in Whitewater, Wisconsin, in Walworth County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and North Wakely Street, on the left when traveling east on East Main Street. Click for map. The marker is in the Oak Grove Cemetery, which is fenced and locked, with a key available at the Hillside Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Whitewater WI 53190, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Whitewater Historical Society Depot Museum (approx. half a mile away); Black Hawk War Encampment (approx. 5.9 miles away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Black Hawk War Encampment (approx. 6.2 miles away); Fort Koshkonong
Revolutionary War Veterans Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathleen Taylor, circa February 2008
3. Revolutionary War Veterans Marker
Eli Pierce-Patriot of the Revolution
(approx. 8.4 miles away); Panther Intaglio (approx. 9.1 miles away); Revolutionary War Veteran (approx. 9.5 miles away); Lake Koshkonong Effigy Mounds (approx. 9.8 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors (approx. 10.2 miles away).
 
Additional comments.
1. Ruth Mead Ferris
Ruth Mead Ferris was the daughter of Jonathan Mead, Lt in Capt. Ebenezer Husted and James Talmadge company, and Sarah Thompson Mead. Jonathan and Sarah are buried in Plasterville Cemetery, near North Norwich, NY.

Ruth was born and was married in Dutchess County NY. See North Norwich, Early Settlements in the History of Madison and Chenango Counties.
    — Submitted March 30, 2012, by Hazel Mead Richmond of Gaithersburg, MD.

 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Revolutionary War Veterans Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 10, 2011
4. Revolutionary War Veterans Marker
Looking east on East Main Street.
Mary and Israel Ferris Grave Markers image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 10, 2011
5. Mary and Israel Ferris Grave Markers
The Eli Pierce grave marker was not readily located.
Oak Grove Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 10, 2011
6. Oak Grove Cemetery Entrance
Oak Grove Cemetery Notice image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 10, 2011
7. Oak Grove Cemetery Notice
 
 
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