Some of the Patriots in the area of the Zeally Moss Chapter
Lt. John Dusenberry
(1752 - 1833)
1st Lieutenant John Dusenberry died in Peoria County, Illinois, September 26, 1833, and was buried in the ‘Old French Cemetery’ which becameBlock 35 when the Town of Peoria was formed in 1835.
Descended from mid-1600s immigrants from the Netherlands, John Dusenberry was born in New York c. 1754 and enlisted in the service of his country in December, 1775. On February 26, 1776, while residing in Dutchess County, New York, he was appointed First Lieutenant of the 8th Company of the 3rd Regiment of the New York Forces of the Continental Army. His Commission was signed by John Hancock, then President of the Congress of the United Colonies.
Through 1776, Lt. Dusenberry served under General George Washington at the Battle of Long Island with Lord Sterling, the retreat from Manhattan, the Battle of Harlem Heights, the Battle ofWhite Plains where he was wounded, the Battle of Trenton after crossing the Delaware River, and the Battle of Fort Independence in early 1777.
He then continued service as a recruiter and guide “due to being well acquainted with the ground.” Lt. Dusenberry’s service concluded at Philadelphia as the officer commanding the guard over the ordinance taken from Cornwallis at Yorktown until it was distributed to the States.
He was discharged in early 1784, and later received a pension of $20 per month and letters patent to 500 acres of land in Seneca County, NY.
Documentation of his service can be found at the National Archives in the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files. Roll: 0876 (S.45353).
Veteran Dusenberry came to Peoria in the early 1830s from Sterling, New York, either with or shortly after his only surviving child David Dusenberry and grandson Moses Yoeman Dusenberry, both of whom also died in Peoria, in 1846 and 1908, respectively.
Among the few items in his extremely modest estate after death was only one book entitled “The Life of Christ.”