William Willard (Woolard) (1755 - 1846)

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Birthplace: Leesburg, Loudon CO. VA
Death: Died in Colchester, McDonough Co. IL
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About William Willard (Woolard)

Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Illinois: McDonough County. William Willard was born in Loudoun county, Virginia, in 1755; he entered the service in July, 1778, serving under Capt. James Ratekin and Col. Abraham Shepherd. Later he served with Capt. William Douglass and Col. William Russell. He first resided in Morgan county, Illinois, but died in Emmet township, McDonough county, near Colchester, November 9, 1846. He was pensioned.

  • WILLARD, WILLIAM DAR Ancestor #: A125802
  • Service:  VIRGINIA    Rank: PRIVATE
  • Birth:  1755    FAIRFAX CO VIRGINIA
  • Death:  11-9-1846     MCDONOUGH CO ILLINOIS
  • Pension Number: *S31489
  • Service Source: *S31489
  • Service Description: 1) CAPT DOUGLAS,COL RUSSELL
  • Residence 1) County: LOUDOUN CO - State: VIRGINIA
  • Spouse Number Name  1) JANE COOK  

Notes William died in Emmet Township,McDonough County, near Colchester, Illinois. 1840 census McDonough Co. page 212 shows him as a pensioner for Revolutionary War and age 89 and living with John McCord. 1840 census Warren Co.page 177 living with John Willard. He also listed as a pensioner for Revolutionary War.

Information received from Dale Gerdeman December 1991. Page 27 from a book on the Atkinson Cemetery: " Willard, William; d. Nov 9, 1846; age 97y (NOTE: Mr. Willard is one of the very few Revolutionary War Veterans Buried in McDonough County. He enlisted at Leesburg, Va. in July 1778. He was born in Loudoun County, Virginia and was married to Jane Cooke. Their daughter, Mary was born in Virginia in 1785, later married John McCord and lived in Overton County, Tennessee before moving to Illinois.)"

Notes from the 1919 History Book of Adams County:

In the year before the Blackhawk Indian war, there came into Houston Township (Illinois) some of the first white families to invade that wilderness, and among them were the Willards. For nearly 90 years, that name has been prominent and has been and is today associated with some of the largest and most prosperous farmers and farm holdings. A leading representative of the present generation is John V. Willard, a grandson of one of the pioneer settlers.

Willard, William Enlisted at Leesburg in July of 1778, served 7 months under Capt. James Ratican in Col. David Shepard's Regiment. In 1781 he reenlisted for 3 months and joined company "A" at Leesburg under the command of Capt. William Douglas. His papers were signed by Capt. Douglas and Col. Russell. His pension certificate was #7988 Service Record File # 31489 issued on May 2, 1833 for $31.67 per annum.

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William Willard's Timeline

1755
1755
Leesburg, Loudon CO. VA
1782
1782
Age 27
Loudoun, VA, USA
1783
1783
Age 28
Loudoun, VA, USA
1784
1784
Age 29
Loudoun, VA, USA
1785
1785
Age 30
Leesburg, VA, USA
1791
1791
Age 36
Leesburg, VA, USA
1795
October 16, 1795
Age 40
Leesburg, VA, USA
1797
1797
Age 42
Overton, TN, USA
1799
1799
Age 44
Henry, VA, USA
1846
November 9, 1846
Age 91
Colchester, McDonough Co. IL