Grave In Eldorado
Jonas Hobart, the only one of the three McDonough Co Revolutionary War veterans to be
wounded during the war, will be saluted by the McDonough County Bicentennial Commission
Sunday May 30, at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Hobarts grave is in the Foster Point Cemetery in Eldorado Township near the Fulton County line. Because the condition of dirt roads is uncertain, those attending are urged to go four miles south of Adair, one mile east, half mile south and one mile east to reach the site.
The same order of service will be used for Hobart as for the salutes earlier in the afternoon for Thomas White at 1 p.m. at the White Cemetry, Northwest of Tennessee and for William Willard in the Atkinson Cemetery Northeast of Argyle Lake Partk at 2 p.m. The Presentation of Colors will be given by the Blandinsville, Colchester, and Macomb American Legions; the
Macomb VFW and Boy Scout Troop 330 from Macomb. Following the Pledge of
Allegiance, the Invocation will be given by Mrs. Iris Berresford from the Macomb
|Chapter of DAR.
Hobarts biography will be given by a descendant, J. Mac Hobart from Coc Hobart from Colchester, and the wreath will be placed by descendant, John Edwin Hobart from Springfield. The salute will be fired by Barry Anderson from the Bicentennial Commission and the Benediction will be given by a local minister. A Spirit of 76 trio composed of Stanley Creasy, Melissa McClure and Debbie Cale will take part.
Jonas Hobart, born Nov. 15, 1744 at Groton, N.H. was enlisted by Lieutenant James Gould at Hollis, and mustered March 17, 1777, by Jonathan Childs, Muster Master, for three years at the age of 32. He was paid a twenty pound bounty and received a bounty coat. New Hampshire State papers record him as Corporal, Fourth, Company, First Regiment, New Hampshire State Continentals, Capt. John House and Col. Joseph Cilley. He was given his honorable discharge Jan. 1, 1781 and was given $191.12 with the following
explanation "The following rolls, which were compiled for the purpose of paying the men a sum of money equivalent to the depreciation of currency in which their wages had been from time to time paid." He had been severely wounded Jan. 10. 1770 at the Battle of Ticondergoa, and drew a pension of $96.00 per annum to the time of his death. His brother Isaac was killed at the battle of Bunker Hill.
Hobarts wound at Ticondergoa, is described thusly: he was struck in the cheek by an ounce ball, knocking out two of his teeth, went rifting through his throat and found lodgment against his collar bone. The ball was immediately extracted on his arrival at the hospital, but one of the teeth lay in the abcess four months and finally he coughed and spit it out. He had the ball, as well as the tooth, for many years as a sourvenir.
Jonas Hobart and Betsy Kemp were married on October 9, 1770 and they came to Illinois in 1823. Hobart died in 1833.
Ministers taking part in the services will be James Ruberg, Rev. Chas. Claypool and Rev. Ray Watson in that order. Taps will be played at each site by Walter Lewis, a White descendant.
The public is invited to attend all three salutes.