Revolutionary War Veterans Historical Marker
N 42° 50.031 W 088° 43.418
16T E 359129 N 4743805
Quick Description: The Revolutionary War Veterans Historical Marker is located in the Oak Grove Cemetery on East Main St in Whitewater, WI.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 11/20/2007 12:59:57 PM
Waymark Code: WM2ME5
Two Revolutionary War veterans, Eli Pierce 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 Thompson. Israel died January 2, 1844.
Made possible by 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
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