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John Montgomery, I

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Orange County, North Carolina, Colonial America
Death: January 26, 1845 (80)
Peoria County, Illinois, United States
Place of Burial: Princeville, Peoria County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexander Montgomery, II and Martha Montgomery
Husband of Susanna Elizabeth Montgomery and Sarah Elizabeth Montgomery
Father of Alexander Montgomery; Anna Watson; Samuel Walker Montgomery; John Montgomery Jr; Joseph Montgomery and 6 others
Brother of Alexander Montgomery, III; Michael Montgomery; Phillip Montgomery; Joseph Montgomery; William Montgomery and 1 other

Occupation: Soldier, Revolutionary War; Was a fiddler in much demand; farmer
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John Montgomery, Sr

  • Birth: Aug. 5, 1764 in Orange County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death:  Jan. 26, 1845 in Peoria County, Illinois, USA
  • John was born in North Carolina
  • the son of
    • Alexander Montgomery II and Martha Walker and
  • the grandson of
    • Alexander and Anna (Sutherland) Montgomery I and
    • John and Ann (Huston) Walker.
  • On August 5, 1785 he married Susanna Elizabeth Porter (1st Cousin)
    • the daughter of Patrick Porter and Susanna Walker.
  • Their children are:
    • Alexander Montgomery,
    • Anna (Montgomery) Watson,
    • Samuel Montgomery,
    • John Montgomery Jr.
    • Martha May (Montgomery) Allen,
    • Joseph Montgomery-1795/1803,
    • Jane (Montgomery) Poplett and
    • Margaret Montgomery.
  • On December 30, 1802 his first wife Susanna died in Virginia.
  • On November 20, 1804 he married second wife Elizabeth Harris.
  • Their children are:
    • A Son Montgomery-died an infant,
    • Sarah (Montgomery) McGinsis and
    • Susanna Montgomery.
  • John Montgomery Sr. was a Soldier in the Revolutionary War.
  • John Montgomery was born in Orange County, North Carolina, Aug 5, 1764.
  • His birth was recorded by his father and in 1833 was in the possession of his (John Sr) brother James Montgomery.
  • In 1771 when John was 7, he moved to Virginia with his father, Alexander Montgomery, his mother Martha and his brother, Alexander and others.
    • The same fall Robert Trimble, Benjamin Logan and some other stayed at his fathers house.
  • While residing at Moores Fort, Washington Co., (on Clinch River) Virginia, John Montgomery enlisted as a private in the summer (June) of 1777 when he was 13 yrs old, for 5 years service.
    • Michael Montgomery (who knew John since childhood) was present or was the one who informed John's parents that John and his brother, Alexander, had enlisted under Nathan Reed (Captain).
    • John was placed under captain John Snoddy,
      • who commanded the fort until he would be called by Reed to march in the continental Army.
    • He served in the 7th regiment of the Virginia line.
    • Instead of marching under Reed he served under Captain Dazey's (Or Dazzard's) Company;
    • his Major was David Ward, his Colonel was William Campbell.
    • He marched from the Fort the spring after he enlisted, about 25 miles to Abbington in the county of Washington, state of Virginia.
    • He remained there under Captain Dasey until he marched to the Guilford battle in which he was engaged
      • (but a few days before that engagement he was engaged in the retreat skirmish at Whitsell Mills).
    • After the Guilford battle he was sent back Moores Fort and place under Captain Snoddy where he remained until he was discharged in the year 1782.
    • He was recommended for Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion 72nd Regiment of Virginia Militia by the court of Russell Co in Aug. 1797 at the age of 33.
  • He was in the posse with Samuel and John Porter when the horse thief Amos Allord was killed.
  • After the war John made his fathers' house his home.
  • In 1785 he was married to Susanna Porter and
    • they removed to Amherst County, Virginia where from the government he had title to a piece of land called a "Corn Right".
  • He moved to Russell County, Virginia probably between 1790 and 1795.
  • Dec 30, 1802, Susanna died, leaving him a family of four girls and four boys.
  • On 20 November 1804 John Montgomery married Elizabeth Harris of Virginia.
  • From 1796 through 1810, John Montgomery was married to Elizabeth Harris of Virginia.
    • He continued farming in Russell County for a time.
    • Daughter, Sarah, was born Sept 20, 1812 in Russell County, Virginia.
  • In 1820 John was involved in a land transaction of some sort (Martin 1983:35, does not provide complete information) for "land on Copper Creek Ridge on the waters of Clinch River, known by the name of McCorkle's Clearing...."
    • This may be the property acquired by Patrick Porter in 1783 referred to as 'McCorkle's Siding'. This transaction was witnessed by Wm. Bickley, Thomas Moore, Patrick Porter (presumably Jr.), and Peter Hutchinson.
  • Then once more hemoved with his family to Floyd County, Kentucky, about 1821.
  • At the end of three years, about 1824, he took his family in wagons and carefully avoiding the Indians arrived safely in Franklin County, Indiana, where he remained for seven years.
  • In 1826, the children from his first marriage were grown and no longer living with him, but Sarah and Susanna were 14 years and 11 years old.
    • They removed to Parke County, Indiana, in 1829.
      • In 1830-33 John Montgomery was living in Sugar Creek Township, Parke County, Indiana where Michael Montgomery was a neighbor living 2 1/2 miles from him.
        • Michael Montgomery was born about 1765.
    • Sarah was married to George I McGinnis in Parke County, Indiana, January 1, 1829.
  • In 1835 they removed to Peoria County, Illinois with their daughter, Sarah, her husband and two children. * In 1839 three of John Montgomery's children, including the youngest, were then living in the state of Illinois.
    • That year the Millers bought out "Old Mr Montgomery", John Miller owning that property in 1915.
  • John Montgomery was for a time a friend and companion of Daniel Boone, being with him at Fort Boone when it was besieged by the Indians.
  • The Montgomery family was represented in the French and Indian Wars and in the War of 1812.

Family links:

  • Spouses:
    • Elizabeth Harris Montgomery (1770 - 1846)
    • Susanna Elizabeth Porter Montgomery (1763 - 1802)*
  • Children:
    • Sarah Johnson Montgomery McGinnis (1812 - 1897)*
  • Burial: Princeville Township Cemetery in Princeville, Peoria County, Illinois, USA, Plot: Div A, Row 1

From: “History of the Thompson Poplett Family” 1933:

Military Experience:

  • After the Declaration of Independence in 1776, John Montgomery’s father enlisted him in the Continental army at the age of a little past twelve years.
  • He served until the close of the Revolution and articles of peace were signed between the United States and England, having served seven years in the army.
  • He fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill.
  • John Montgomery enlisted from Moore's Fort in Washington County, Va., June 1777,
    • served at Moore's Fort under Capt. John Snoddy, commander of the Fort.
    • Then served in Captain Dazy's (or Dezzard's) Company, Colonel William Campbell's Va. Regiment.
    • When he enlisted in said Moore's Fort, Washington County, State of Virginia he remained under Capt. Dasey until he marched to the Guilford battle in which he was engaged (but a few days before that engagement he was engaged in the skirmish at Whitsells Mills);
    • after said Guilford battle he was sent back to said Moore's Fort and placed under Capt. Snoddy where he remained until he was discharged at sometime in 1782.
    • His pension application, number S 33124.
  • He was a close friend of Daniel Boone.
  • He and his wife lie buried in the Princeville Cemetery at Princeville, Peoria County, Illinois.

From: Martin, Henry G. 1983. Pickin Up the Porters. Privately printed and bound, 432 pp. (Martin 1983:35; 1983:260:303)

  • John was the son of Alexander and Martha Walker Montgomery, and Susannah’s first cousin.
  • He served in the frontier militia ‘during the Indian troubles’ and
  • was recommended for Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion 72nd Regiment of Virginia Militia by the court of Russell Co in Aug. 1708 (? date??? as not born until 1764. Wonder if typo and should be 1808???).
  • He was in the posse with Samuel and John Porter when the horse thief Amos Allord was killed.
  • After the death of Susanna Elizabeth he married ca. 1804 Elizabeth Harris (1770-1846).
  • Elizabeth and John are buried in the Princeville Cemetery in Peoria Co., Illinois.
  • In 1820 John was involved in a land transaction of some sort (Martin 1983:35, does not provide complete information) for “land on Copper Creek Ridge on the waters of Clinch River, known by the name of McCorkle’s Clearing...” This may be the property acquired by Patrick Porter in 1783 referred to as ‘McCorkle’s Siding’. This transaction was witnessed by Wm. Bickley, Thomas Moore, Patrick Porter (presumably Jr.), and Peter Hutchinson.
  • John Montgomery was well known to have a fiddle and play for various functions.

Peoria Journal Star  reprint in history column. Jan. 27, 1845; Source: Peoria Notebooks, page 637:

  • John Montgomery, a veteran of the revolutionary War,
  • died in Peoria yesterday at the age of 80.
  • He was buried in Princeville Cemetery, and on his gravestone was inscribed simply: "A veteran of the Revolution"
  • Born in Virginia, Montgomery moved to North Carolina with his family when the colonies started fighting for their independence.
  • He was only a lad in his teens when his father took him down to the continental Army headquarters and saw him enlist to fight the redcoats.  
  • He served until the close of the war, then he came west and settled in Peoria county.
  • He was much is demand as a fiddler for neighborhood dances and usually carried the flag at  the head of patriotic parades. 
  • Grave #2, at #41, Section A/P.H.S. with inscription “A Soldier of the Revolution.”


  • John Montgomery was born 5 Aug. 1764, in Orange Co. North Carolina.
  • He married (1) Susannah Elizabeth Porter, his first cousin, on 5 Aug. 1785.
    • She died on 30 Nov. 1802.
  • He married (2) Elizabeth Harris on 20 Nov 1804.
    • She was born about 1770 and died 14 Sept.1846.


  • In 1771 his father and several others moved their families to the ClinchRiver area in Virginia, in what was then Washington Co. Virginia, but which fell in Russell Co. when the county was formed in1786.
  • In 1777, John Montgomery at the age of 13, with his older brotherAlexander III who was 15, enlisted for five years in the U.S. Army.
    • Thomas Quick was the recruiting officer under Captain Nathan Reed.
    • John was placed under Captain John Snoddy "until he would be called upon by Captain Reed to march in the Continental Service."
    • On 30 January 1777, John Montgomery, Alexander, Sr. & Jr. were listed in troops at Moore's Fort.
    • According to his pension application, John served in the 7th Regiment of the Virginia Line.
      • The spring after he enlisted, he marched from Moore's Fort about 25 Miles to Abingdon, where he remained under Captain Dosey until he marched to the Guilford Battle, in which he was engaged.
    • After the Guilford Battle, (15 March 1781), he was sent back to Moore's Fort and placed under Captain Snoddy, where he remained until he was discharged some time in the year 1782.
  • In 1782, John Montgomery bought 300 acres of land in Russell County on both sides of Falling Creek, a branch of the Clinch River, adjoining PatrickPorter's land on the South Side.
    • (Patrick Porter was uncle to John Montgomery, being married to Susanna Walker, sister to John's mother, Martha.)
  • On 5 August 1785, on his birthday, John Montgomery married SusannaPorter, daughter of Patrick & Susanna (Walker) Porter. (They were first cousins; their mothers were sisters.)
  • John Montgomery and his family moved to Tennessee for a time in 1793.
    • On 22 February 1793, John Montgomery Jr. was born in Tennessee, according to census records.
  • They returned to Russell County, Virginia by 25 March 1794, when he was allowed bounty for killing an old wolf.
    • John appeared on the tax list for the first time, in Lower District. He was on all subsequent lists through 1816.
  • John was recommended as Lieutenant in the County Militia on 22 August1797.
  • In 1802, he was certified for Captain of the 2nd Battalion 72nd Regiment.
    • He was later referred to as Captain John Montgomery, but is not to be confused with the man by that title who distinguished himself in the Revolutionary War.
  • On 30 Nov. 1802, Susanna (Porter) Montgomery died.
  • John remarried on 20 Nov.1804 to Elizabeth Harris,
    • she was born about 1770, died 14 September1846.
  • On 7 October 1806, John Montgomery bought 65 Acres on Copper Creek Ridge from Dale & Catherine (Porter) Carter. This tract was known as McCorkle's Clearing.
    • Catherine (Porter) Carter was John's sister-in-law, also, his 1st cousin.
  • The 1810 Russell Co. Virginia Tax Lists show John Montgomery with 3 tithables.
    • These would be himself, his son John Jr. and his son Samuel.
  • Scott Co. Virginia was formed in 1815.
    • On 4 January 1815, the first County Court organized "A Commission of Peace for the County of Scott".
      • John Montgomery was a member of this Commission.
    • On 29 May 1815, the First Superior Court of Law in Scott County was held at "Mocquison Gap".
      • John Montgomery was member of the first Grand Jury.
  • On 1 January 1816, John & Elizabeth Montgomery Sr. of Scott County, Virginia "for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which we bear to Samuel Montgomery and John Montgomery Jr. of Scott County" gave their property on McCorkle's Clearing as well as all their horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, blacksmith tools and utensils for smithing and there still and utensils for stilling, their houses and house hold furniture, etc.
    • It seems strange that John and Elizabeth gave away "everything" except wearing apparel.
    • They were going to Kentucky, and apparently wanted to"travel light". At some time during the year, John Montgomery and his wife Elizabeth moved to Kentucky.
  • On 4 February 1817, John Montgomery of Floyd Co. Kentucky bought 160acres on Puncheon Camp Creek from Lewis Craig of Woodford County, Kentucky.
    • This land in southeast of Salyersville, presently in Magoff in County.
  • John and his family sold their land in Kentucky and moved to Franklin Co. Indiana.
    • He applied for his Revolutionary War pension on 20 March 1826,
      • he was rejected and had to wait a long period of time before he could reapply.
    • On 12 September 1832, he again applied for pension in ParkeCounty Indiana.
    • He was a resident of Sugar Creek Township.
    • He was granted 80 dollars per year.
  • In the 1840 census, John Montgomery was living in the home of James Mills in Jackson Precinct of Peoria County, Illinois,
    • he was listed as aRevolutionary War Pensioner, at the age of 75.
  • John Montgomery died in Peoria County, Illinois on 26 January 1845 and is buried in Princeville Cemetery. He was 82 years old.
  • Eighteen months later his wife Elizabeth followed him.
  • This union was blessed by four children (the first two boys died in infancy, and two girls, Sarah and Susanna.)

The Children of John & Susanna (Porter) Montgomery were:

  1. Alexander Montgomery, born 16 May 1786, married Barbara Harris
  2. Anna Montgomery, born 7 Jan. 1789, married John Watson
  3. Samuel Montgomery, born 16 February 1791, died unmarried about 1819
  4. John Montgomery, Jr. born 22 February 1793 married Sara Flannery
  5. Martha May Montgomery, born 1 Jan 1798, married about 1816, Isam Allen of Scott Co., Virginia. She died abt 1845 and is buried in Parke Co. Ill.
  6. Joseph Montgomery, born 28 September 1795, died about 1803.
  7. Jane Montgomery, born 7 May 1800, Married 12 August 1819, Thompson Populate (Poplett). She died 16 Nov. 1841 and is buried in Mt. Hawley Cemetery, Peoria, Illinois.
  8. Margaret Montgomery, born 4 Oct. 1802. Possibly died in infancy, her mother died 30 November 1802.

The Children of John Montgomery and Elizabeth Harris:

  1. William Montgomery, 13 Feb 1805, died as an infant.
  2. A son, died as an infant.
  3. Sarah Johnson Montgomery, 20 Sep. 1812, Russell County, Virginia, married 1 Jan. 1829, George I. McGinnis, of Parke Co. Indiana. She died 22 July 1897
  4. Susanna Montgomery, 27 Sep. 1814, Russell Co. Virginia.


A muster roll of Captain Joseph Martin's Co. stationed on the frontier of Washington County under the Command of Col. Evan Shelby from May 1 - June 30, 1777 lists the following:

  • Patrick Porter, Lewis Green Jr., Robert Kilgore, James Alley, Charles Kilgore, Samuel Alley, John Montgomery, Samuel Porter, Zachariah Green, John Alley, Alexander Montgomery Sr., Alexander Montgomery Jr., Andrew Cowan, Frederick Fraley, John Kinkhaid, John Barksdale, James Ozburn, Tomas Ozburn and Nehemiah Noel. [GCThomasJr.FTW] [John Montgomery & related family in bold/ps]


1840 Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services; with their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshals of the Several Judicial Districts 
Under The Act For Taking The Sixth Census. Washington: Printed by Blair and Rives, 1841. Transcribed by K. Torp @

Names of pensioners for revolutionary or military services in Peoria County:

  • John Montgomery
  • Age: 75
  • Names of head of families with whom pensioners resided June 1, 1840: John Hines

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John Montgomery, I's Timeline

August 5, 1764
Orange County, North Carolina, Colonial America
- 1782
Age 12
American Revolution
May 16, 1786
Age 21
Scott (Russell) County, Virginia
January 7, 1789
Age 24
Russell County, Virginia
February 16, 1791
Age 26
Russell County, Virginia
February 22, 1793
Age 28
Virginia, United States
September 21, 1795
Age 31
Russell County, Virginia, United States
January 1, 1798
Age 33
Russell, Virginia, United States
May 6, 1800
Age 35
Russell, Virginia, United States