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Ezra Bostick
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Birth: Jan., 1753
Queen Anne's County
Maryland, USA
Death: Feb. 10, 1843
Illinois, USA

Ezra's original marker has been missing for many years. It was surveyed in 1946 with other markers in this cemetery but not found in 1980 & 1985 surveys, or in 2009/2010. I initiated an application to the federal dept. of Veteran Affairs for this granite marker (as seen in the photo) as part of their program to recognize and honor our veterans. The marker was furnished and shipped by the federal government at no charge.

Accepting shipment of the marker and installing it was coordinated and accomplished by local sources. Without these efforts, this project would not have been possible. Many thanks to the McCord Cemetery Association, Bass-Patton-Dean Funeral Home (Hillsboro), Restore McCord, and the Irving Area Historical Museum.

In the words of Lemar Hartman, chairman of the local Irving Area Historical Museum, "Ezra is back home."

The site of the new granite marker is surrounded by other Bostick family members who died in these early years, and Ezra's service in the Revolutionary War is once again honorably recognized.

Recent restoration efforts have gone a long way to restoring this cemetery and maintaining it, but more work needs to be done. Volunteers and financial support are imperative to its survival.

Learn more about this historical cemetery and its preservation at:

For his pension application, Ezra Bostick appeared before the Montgomery County Court on 17 Sep 1832 and stated that he had formerly lived in Anson County, NC until 1803, then moved to Kentucky and lived there until 1820, and then moved to Illinois. He was born 1753 in Queen Anne's County, Maryland.

Clergyman John Grantham and James M. Rutledge, both residents of Montgomery County, IL, stated their acquaintance with Ezra Bostick and their belief that the information provided in his application was correct. James Mayes Rutledge was the brother-in-law of Ezra's daughter Nancy Bostick who married Mark Smith Rutledge on August 10, 1820, in White County, Illinois. Both Mark and his brother James moved to Montgomery County before 1830.

On 31 Oct 1843, Drucilla (also named in records as Drusilla) Bostick, the widow of Ezra, appeared in Montgomery County court and stated that Ezra had died 10 Feb 1843. She and Ezra had wed February 1792 and she was now age 74. [Drusilla is also interred at McCord Cemetery, having died in 1849.]

The names and birth dates of the following children are recorded in the pension file (Number W23653), Some birth dates are also recorded, but I cannot read them clearly from the online record:

Martha Bostick
John Bostick
Joel Bostick
Nancy Bostick
Bathseba Bostick
James Bostick
Edney Bostick

All of Ezra's children are buried here at McCord Cemetery except for Joel.

(Ezra Bostick's pension file can be found at the National Archives (NARA), M804, Rev. War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application files, Pension #W.23,653, Ezra Bostick and online at


Ezra Bostick, another early settler of Irving Township, came from Kentucky to Illinois some time prior to the year 1824, in company with his two sons-in-law, William and Joel Knight. They stopped for a couple of years in the southern part of the county, near where the little village of Donnellson now stands, in East Fork Township. Mr. Bostick settled in Irving Township in the year 1826, but at just what place could not be learned. He was an old Revolutionary soldier, and many were the thrilling stories he told of that memorable struggle while seated with his grand children around the blazing hearth of the little cabin home. He was in nearly all the battles of the war, and received a severe wound in one engagement, which so disabled him that he remained a cripple during the rest of his life.

From Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Illinois by Mrs. Harriet J. Walker (c) 1917:
pg 104 Montgomery County, IL
Ezra Bostwick born 1753 Queen Anne Co, MD. Enlisted under Capt. Patrick Began, NC Troops 15 Oct 1780. Came to ILL 1818 in Bostwick settlement, not far from present village of Irving. Buried in little graveyard not far from Irving. No pension.

From Soldiers of American Revolution Buried in Illinois by Illinois State Gen. Society (c) 1976:
Bostwick (Bostic), Ezra Died Jan 1843
Buried McCord Cemetery, near Irving, IL. Spouse: Drucilla
Pension - Illinois Pension Census 1 June 1840, Montgomery County, age 86.

My gratitude to Lemar Hartman for the photos.
Family links: 
  Drusilla Liles Bostick (1769 - 1849)
  Martha Bostick Knight (1792 - 1855)*
  John Bostick (1794 - 1844)*
  Nancy Bostick Rutledge (1799 - 1855)*
  Barsheba Bostick Knight (1801 - 1860)*
  Edna Bostick Haller (1807 - 1866)*
*Calculated relationship
"Ezra Bostick --------Revolutionary soldier"
(from 1946 reading)
Note: Original stone/monument cannot be located - Dec. 7, 2009. Existed in 1946 survey but not 1980 & 1985.
McCord Cemetery
Montgomery County
Illinois, USA
Plot: In rear of cemetery near west side.
Created by: J Johnson
Record added: Oct 15, 2009
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Ezra Bostick
Added by: J Johnson
Ezra Bostick
Added by: J Johnson
Ezra Bostick
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Added by: J Johnson
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Thank you. May you rest in peace.
- jlumb
 Added: Dec. 26, 2014
Abstracted from his marriage bond in Anson County, NC. Know all now by thesepresent, that we Ezra Bustick , LawrenceFranklin & John Doty are held and firmlybound unto his excellency Alexander Martin EsquireGovernor, Caslam, General, and commander in chie...(Read more)
- Steve Franklin
 Added: Sep. 27, 2014
Rest in Peace.
- dennis bostick
 Added: Mar. 18, 2014
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