Marker 491: Revolutionary War Veteran (Phineas Cadwell)

Erected 2004 by Wisconsin State Historical Society,
Wisconsin Society of the Sons of the American Revolution,
Direct Descendants of Corporal Cadwell
Union Grove, Racine County, Wisconsin
42° 40.382′ N, 88° 3.022′ W
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Resting in this cemetery is a Militia veteran who fought in the American Revolutionary War of 1776-1783. In the last years of his life, he moved to Wisconsin and helped found what is now known as the Union Grove Congregational Church. He served as the church’s first librarian.

Revolutionary War patriot Phineas Cadwell was born in Hartford, Connecticut on February 28, 1757. In 1776, at age 19, he enlisted with the 18th Regiment, Connecticut Militia. Cadwell was discharged with the rank of Corporal on March 6, 1780.
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Phineas Cadwell married Eleanor Heydon on Christmas Day, 1780. They lived in Harwinton, Connecticut and kept an inn. They had four children.

In 1801, they moved to New York where he farmed and taught school until, at age 70, he became blind. Eleanor died in 1841 and nine years later, at age 93, Phineas moved to the Town of Yorkville in Wisconsin.

In 1856, Cadwell was given a government land grant of 160 acres in recognition of his war service. He died the next year on February 11th, just 17 days short of his 100th birthday.
NOTE: This is a two-sided marker.

The marker is located to the rear of Union Grove Cemetery on Main Street / South Colony Avenue / U.S. 45, 1/2-mile south of its intersection with Durand Avenue / 15th Avenue / Wisconsin Route 11, Union Grove, Wisconsin 53182.

Wisconsin Revolutionary War Patriots (click on "Patriot Book" for alphabetical listing and short biography of all 41 Wisconsin Revolutionary War veterans).

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