|Wisconsin Society Sons of the American Revolution|
American Revolutionary War Patriot
George Dill, Sr (1759-after 1845) was born in Germany and came to the United States in 1776. Dill was a private in a company of Grenadiers commanded by Captain March or Martz in Colonel Count Donop's Hessian Regiment. Dill remained in the Hessians until June 1782, when he deserted and enlisted in a German-speaking unit in Kingsbridge, New York. Dill saw service with the American forces in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, and Goshen, New York. His term of enlistment expired in March 1783, and he was discharged at that time.
After the revolution Dill lived in New York and Pennsylvania, before moving to Wisconsin. On March 29, 1845, Dill certified the reason for moving to Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Territory-"his children had removed to the last mentioned place and he was unable to support himself without their aid." The George Dill family appears in the Milwaukee County Census in 1846 and 1847 and in the Court records as early as 1843. George Dill Sr. apparently died in Milwaukee in 1847or 1848, but his burial place is unknown. A bronze government "In Memory Of" marker to George is located in the Milwaukee County War Memorial building.
George Dill is not listed in the SAR or the DAR Patriot Indexes. Gravesite information found in the SAR Grave Register was found to the incorrect, i.e., "buried on the grounds of the Milwaukee Elks Club." The fact is, George died many years before the Milwaukee Elks Club was organized in the City of Milwaukee and therefore could not have been buried on the grounds of a club that did not exist at the time.
GPS coordinates (of plaque) -- N43.04024°; W087.89582°
(Portions reprinted from Solders of the American Revolution Buried in Wisconsin by Robert G. Carroon, who was Curator of Research Collections for the Milwaukee Country Historical Society in 1975.)