Fox Valley Chapter Patriot Profile


Sergeant Daniel Burroughs 1755 - 1843

This page has information on Daniel Burroughs, one of the soldiers who fought in the American Revolution and who are buried in the counties served by the Fox Valley Chapter. This page contains his biography, photographs of his grave, and info on the memorial ceremony on the 250th anniversary of his birth.

Daniel Burroughs fought in the famous battle of Saratoga where British General Burgoyne was defeated. Daniel Burroughs lived to be 88 years old and is buried in the Griswold Cemetery in Plano, Kendall county, Illinois.


Biography of Patriot Daniel Burroughs


Daniel Burroughs was born in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut on May 28, 1755, the son of John Burroughs and Sarah Abbe. In 1775, he was residing in Alstead, New Hampshire.

In 1775, Daniel Burroughs volunteered as a private in a Company of Captain Jason Wait, in the regiment under the command of Colonel John Stark. The regiment marched to Cambridge, Massachusetts and was stationed there for about three months. After this time Daniel was discharged by proclamation and he returned home to Alstead.

On June 1, 1776, Daniel again volunteered for a one year term of enlistment, again in the Company of Captain Jason Wait in the regiment commanded by Colonel Bidel. Daniel Burroughs was appointed a Corporal in Captain Wait’s Company. Shortly thereafter, the regiment marched from Alstead, New Hampshire to Fort Ticonderoga. Fort Ticonderoga was originally built by the French in 1755-58 above a narrow, strategic choke-point between Lake Champlain and Lake George. Here, Daniel Burroughs was stationed until November 1st, and was then again discharged by proclamation.

Early in April 1777, Daniel once again volunteered at Alstead, New Hampshire, this time in a Company commanded by Captain Christopher Webber in Colonel Benjamin Bellow’s regiment. At this time Daniel was promoted to First Sergeant, and again marched to Fort Ticonderoga, where he was stationed until the fort was evacuated by the Continental Army on July 6, 1777 after British General Burgoyne had managed to place cannon on Mount Defiance, forcing the American General Arthur St. Clair to evacuate.

Daniel Burroughs remained with the militia and took part in the Battle of Saratoga in October 1777, which forced the defeat and surrender of British General Burgoyne to Washington’s forces. It was at the Battle of Saratoga where a British army of approximately 7,000 was defeated by the Continental Army and militia units under the command of American General Horatio Gates.

The end for Burgoyne and his army at Saratoga came on the heels of a long and arduous campaign that began with the stunning British victory at Ticonderoga. In an attempt to link his forces with those of British General Howe traveling north from New York, Burgoyne sailed with his army down Lake Champlain, and headed for Albany. They paused only to capture the formidable American fort at Ticonderoga.

British expectations were dashed, however, in the American countryside. Burgoyne's cumbersome entourage, which included 30 carts of Burgoyne's personal possessions, and several cases of champagne, was hindered by the dense New York forests. By the time Burgoyne reached Freeman's Farm near Saratoga, American patriots were less cowed by Burgoyne's haughty pronouncements demanding their surrender, than they were of general fears of having an invading army in the neighborhood.

In November of 1777, Daniel Burroughs was again discharged by proclamation, and returned to his home in New Hampshire.

In September of the year 1780, Daniel Burroughs volunteered as a Sergeant under Captain Amos Shepard, again in the regiment of Benjamin Bellows. From Alstead, New Hampshire the regiment marched to Lake Champlain and on to Royalton, Vermont in pursuit of the Indians who were allied with the British and had burned the town of Royalton. Daniel Burroughs was on duty with this expedition about two months, and was again discharged.

After the war, Daniel Burroughs relocated to Williamstown, Vermont where he lived for seventeen years. He eventually moved to Shalersville, Portage County, Ohio and lived there a number of years. Daniel Burroughs came to Kane County, Illinois in 1837 with his son, Daniel Burroughs, Jr., who was a veteran of the War of 1812.

Daniel Burroughs arrived before the land had been surveyed by the U.S. Government. He marked his claim by scoring the bark on certain trees and piling up rocks at appropriate places. The Daniel Burroughs claim was one of the largest in Kendall County estimated between 500 and 570 acres. All of the land (257 acres) in the Silver Springs State Park on the north side of the Fox River was probably in the Burroughs' claim.

The Griswold Cemetery was probably part of their claim as well. One of the succeeding owners of the Burroughs' claim was Elihu Griswold who was born in Schoharie County, New York on October 9, 1825. He came to Little Rock Township in Kendall County in 1838, married in 1852, bought part of the Burroughs' claim in 1853 and died in 1913. He left $1500 in his will to the Griswold Cemetery and smaller amounts for tombstones for people, mostly outside of his family.

At the time of the 1840 Federal Census, what is now Kendall County was part of southern Kane County. Kendall County was organized in 1841. Hence the census record shows Daniel Burroughs living in Kane County in 1840.

Daniel Burroughs passed away on October 18, 1843 at the age of 88 years, 4 months and 20 days. He is buried in the Griswold Cemetery in Plano, Kendall County, Illinois.

Daniel Burroughs Revolutionary War Pension File, #S.32.144
A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services, Sixth Federal Census
Rev. Hicks' History of Kendall County, page 186.
E-mail from Elmer Dickson, dated December 1, 2003
Kendall County News, March 26, 1913
1790 Federal Census, New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Alstead
1800 Federal Census, Vermont, Orange County, Williamstown
1810 Federal Census, Connecticut, Tolland County, Hebron Township (?)
1830 Federal Census, Ohio, Portage County, Shalersville
1840 Federal Census, Illinois, Kane County, Illinois


Photos from the Griswold Cemetery in Plano

Daniel Burroughs passed away on October 18, 1843 at the age of 88 years, 4 months and 20 days. He is buried in the Griswold Cemetery in Plano, Kendall County, Illinois. The cemetery is on the south side of 13325 River road.
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Griswold Cemetery Daniel Burroughs grave (tall and thin) can be see in the center of this photo taken from River road. Burroughs Grave looking toward River Road Daniel Burroughs grave is in foreground with River road in the background. Note the fallen graves.
Burroughs Grave looking toward Fox River Sun halo on Daniel Burroughs grave looking toward Fox River with Griswold mausoleum on right and family plot on left. Daniel and Abagail's Grave Fallen graves of War of 1812 veteran Daniel Burroughs, Jr. and his wife, Abagail.
Daniel Burroughs Grave Close-up of the text on Daniel Burroughs grave stone. He lived to 88 years and almost 5 months. Burroughs DAR Plaque Close-up of the custom DAR marker from the Aliso Canyon chapter.

Photos from 250th Commemorative Ceremony

Burroughs ProgramOn May 28, 2005, there was a ceremony to unveil a commemorative stone to mark the 250th anniversary of Daniel Burroughs' birth. Three organizations -- Plano's Past, The Fox Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Kendall County Genealogical Society -- actively participated for 10 months to plan and execute this ceremony. This was a model of civic cooperation and fellowship. Even the weather cooperated as 300 enjoyed a memorable one hour ceremony. Adding to the significance of the event was a speech by the honorable Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House, who had been invited by Mike Johnston, VP of the Fox Valley chapter of the SAR.

Burroughs Commemorative Committee Burroughs Commemorative Committee with Speaker Hastert. A great job, team! Burroughs Stone Three groups planned the event: Plano's Past, the Fox Valley SAR and Kendall County Genealogical Society.
Flags on Main Dozens of Betsy Ross and Green Mountain Boy flags flew along Main and Center Streets for almost 2 months. Scouts With Flags The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts held these flags creating a welcoming corridor at the cemetery on May 28th.
Color Guards The combined SAR and American Legion color guard marched in to start the ceremony. Fife and Drums The Theatiki Fife & Drum Corps provided stirring music and pageantry thru out the ceremony.
21 gun salute Daniel Burroughs received a 21 gun salute from American Legion Post 395. Keith Tucker During the eulogy, Keith Tucker explained that he and his wife will be buried just 90 feet from Daniel Burroughs.
Flag Folding Don Parrish of the SAR and Anne Sears of the DAR unveil the memorial stone and fold the flag which covered it. Flag to Hastert Don Parrish, on behalf of the Burroughs Commemorative Committee, presents the flag to Speaker Hastert.
Descendants and SAR Color Guard Two of Daniel Burroughs Descendants with the SAR Color Guard. Hastert and SAR Color Guard Speaker Hastert, Ken Griswold, President of the Illinois Society of the SAR, and the SAR Color Guard.

Commemorative Ceremony Article: "We Hope You Saw it!"

by Kristy Lawrie Gravlin

Perhaps a hundred years from today another writer may present information to the Plano Record relating ancient history of a community event--much like the Yesteryear articles tell of past events. But to you and to me, this news is still only a few days old.

On Saturday, May 28th, the Commemoration of the 250th Birthday of Daniel Burroughs, Revolutionary War Veteran, was celebrated in Griswold Cemetery south of Plano.

Daniel was born in Connecticut. He enlisted at age 20 and spent four different enlistments in the Militia over a five year period as he helped fight battles that eventually won the Revolutionary War. He raised a family, moved to Vermont and then Ohio; and finally moved with two of his sons (grown and with families) to Little Rock Township in 1837 (17 years before Plano began) at the age of 82.

Consider what a trip that must have been! Traveling by wagon, crammed in with everything they felt they had to take with them, they rarely made more than 15 miles in a day. A trip from Plano to Hinckley and back would have taken them two full days. There was no radio to listen to, no air conditioning, no cushioned seats, and no restaurants or motels. He chose to make that difficult trip.

Once they finally arrived, he helped to farm the 570 acres that his boys claimed--despite his advanced years. Retirement was rarely considered then. He died at 88 and was the first pioneer buried in that little cemetery on River Road.

Two kids showed up about 90 minutes early that morning. Paul and Celia were VERY excited about the event. They commented on how much better the cemetery was looking (thanks to the hard work of Gayla Struck and Bob Newton). They told us that they were anxiously awaiting the guest speaker, hoped "desperately" to get an autograph (they did), and that it was so wonderful that he was coming. They knew his entourage was going to use their driveway to park in and base out of. You would think it was a rock star who was on the way. Then they worked hard with us, hauling chairs, setting them up, etc. They really made a difference in getting done on time.

There was lots of pageantry that morning. Sixty uniformed Scouts, both boys and girls, formed a corridor holding Revolutionary War flags. A Legion color guard (part modern, part Revolutionary uniforms) presented the Colors. A fife and drum corps in uniform and a bagpiper played period music at several points during the service. Rich Healy introduced the speakers who brought us much to consider.

Plano Mayor Bill Roberts led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Historian Elmer Dickson shared Daniel’s biographical information, and he shares Daniel's birthday too. The eulogy was given by Keith Tucker before Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert spoke to the group about the courage of Patriots such as Daniel, and all the others who have risked their lives in order to preserve our Country.

Next came the unveiling of the commemorative stone. It was beautifully engraved and set in place by Kings Monuments of Sandwich.

Don Parrish of the SAR, and Anne Sears of the DAR, removed the Green Mountain flag. Two descendants of Daniel were there to place a wreath in his memory, Bonnie Gifford Naramore and Phyllis Jones Wykes. The flag was presented to Speaker Hastert.

Whitney French read a poem entitled “Freedom is not Free.”

A 21 gun salute by seven Plano Legionnaires, and the playing of taps, closed the service. The Color Guard and musicians then retired from the cemetery, marching through the Scout corridor that was still standing there at attention. They did their job so professionally!

There were estimated to be more than 300 people of all ages who gathered in the cemetery to be a part of this commemoration. The Committee was very pleased to have so many who made the effort to walk down River Road, risk a sprinkle, and listen so attentively to the program. The Kendall County police helped slow traffic on that busy road, and made sure that people could get there safely.

We finally got the 'customers' out of the cemetery. Denny stayed for nearly an hour so all could take pictures and chat with him. The Boy Scouts carried the sixty chairs back to the road, loaded them up and returned them for us! People took the time to chat with friends and walk through the stones to see the names of other pioneers buried there.

Plano’s PAST had several photographers there and there are plans to create a video to preserve the events of the day. If you happened to take a particularly good picture, and would be willing to share a copy of it for our records, please drop it off at the Depot as soon as possible. Mike Johnston of the SAR will be working on the project soon.


In 2005 we were honored by Dennis Hastert's presence as Speaker of the House. Since then his reputation has been sullied by a conviction in 2016 related to sexual molestation of minors. Fox Valley SAR's respect for the office of Speaker in the House is not to be interpreted as approval of what we learned later of Mr. Hastert's life.