Marker 512: Revolutionary War Veterans (Eli Pierce and Israel Ferris)

© Photographed August 12, 2013
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 Calkin
Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsin
42° 50.034′ N, 88° 43.443′ W
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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.
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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.
The marker is located in Oak Grove Cemetery on East Main Street, at its intersection with North Wakely Street, Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190.

NOTE: The marker/cemetery is no longer accessible; it is now behind a locked fence. To access cemetery, one must contact Hillside Cemetery Association, 418 South Wisconsin Street, Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190; (414) 473-2565. Otherwise, it's not that difficult to take photos through the fence, which is what I did.

This marker is included in the Wisconsin Society Sons of the American Revolution (WISSAR) Revolutionary War Graves Project.

Wisconsin Society Sons of the American Revolution: Eli Pierce (1762-1852)

Wisconsin Society Sons of the American Revolution: Israel Ferris (1751-1844)

Wisconsin Revolutionary War Patriots (click on "Patriot Book" for alphabetical listing and short biography of each veteran).

 The road was closed the day of my visit,
but it was still easy to access the marker to this point.

 Unfortunately, I arrived too late in the day to be able to get the keys.

 Summer construction the day of my visit.

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