Paul Revere Warns:  "The British Are Coming" 1775
While tension between the British forces in and around Boston and the Colonists continued to mount, no colonist had fired at a British soldier.   That was soon to end in Lexington.    The British were aware that the Colonists were stockpiling arms and munitions in Concord and General Gage was determined to seize the arms.   The Colonist knew of Gages plans however, and were vigilant.    Thus came about the most famous ride in American history-that of Paul Revere.   Revere was among a small group of Patriots whose job it was to keep track of the movements of the British.    On the evening of the 18th, the British were observed gathering, Paul Revere gave the word to light two lanterns at the North Church, thus complying with a prearranged signal, "one if by land, and two if by sea."   Paul Revere then began his ride.    He rode between Medford and Lexington warning almost every house along the way.   During his ride he was temporarily detained by British officers, but escaped.
Even though Irving, Illinois was not in existance at the time of the Revolutionary war, they do have four early settlers of Irving Township who are veterans of that war and buried in Irving Township cemeteries.   They are:-

EZRA BOSTICK:-.    Born 1753 At Queen Ann County, Maryland.  Married Drusella Liles (she died in 1849) on February 24, 1792 in Anson County, North Carolina.   Ezra died February 19,1843 and both were buried in McCord Cemetery.
    He enlisted on October 15, 1780 and served until January 15, 1782 when he was discharged.   He Served as Pvt. in the Anson County, North Carolina mounted volunteers under Captain Pastrick Begans.
    He and his family settled two miles south of Irving in what became known as the Bostick settlement.    His children were Benjamin, John, James, Edney Haller, Harrison, Joe, Martha Knight, Barsheba Knight, Belia Mallory, Marie Crawford and Nancy Rutledge.
    He first settled near Donnelson about 1824.   In 1826 he and his sons-in-law, William and Joel Knight, moved about 2.5 miles Northeast of Hillboro in Irving Township.
    Article taken from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties by Robert R. Bliss:-
Mr. Bostick settled in Irving in the year 1826,.   He was an old revolutionary soldier, and many were the thrilling stories he told of the memorable struggle while seated with his grandchildren around the blazing hearth of the little cabin home.   He was in nearly all the batles of the war, and received a severe;wound in one engtagement, which so disabled him that he remained a cripple during the rest of his life

JAMES RICHARDSON:-   Born August 25, 1757 Middlessex County, Virginia.   Married Jamina ???.   Died March 28, 1842. Buried in McCord Cemetery.
    Served as Pvt. with the North Carolina Continental Troops.   Enlisted August 1780 in Spottsylvania County, Virginia under Captain Lemuel Smith, , Col.  Peter Prkins' regiment of Virginia Troops.   He also served in Captain Miner Smith's Co. of North Carolina Troops.

JACOB SIGHTS:-    Born July 4, 1755 at Pittsburg (Philadelphia), Pa..   Married to Mary Elizabeth Preston - Mary Black.    Jacob died July 1845.    Buried in Hopewell Cemetery.   Children were Elizabeth (wife of Jack Bostick), Ann Bentley, Catherine Gibson, Adam, Isaac, Frances Granthem (wife of James), David and Mary Brown.   Jacob  Ssights settled in the Bostick settlement.
    He enlisted in 1776 under captain John Reese and was transferred to Captain David Plunkett's Co. 4th regiment light dragoons of the Pennsylvania Line.   He was captured in 1778, escaped and rejoined the army under George Washington until the close of the war.

JOHN RUTLEDGE:-    Buried in McCord cemetery.    Enlisted July 12, 1781 from Botetourt County, Virginia under Lt. H. Waterson.


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