Washington County's Revolutionary War Soldiers
Pictured on the Washington County Freedom Rock are Revolutionary War soldiers in silhouette represent the Washington County residents who served in the Revolutionary War. They are Timothy Brown and Samuel Lewis.
Timothy Brown was born on April/May 30, 1762, in New Jersey. He died on January 3, 1852, in Washington County, Iowa.
He was originally buried in a pioneer farm cemetery known as Todd Cemetery. In 1903, his grave site was discovered by the editor of the Washington Democrat.
The editor recognized that Brown had been a Revolutionary War soldier, who had served for three years under General George Washington. His body was then moved to Soldier Circle in Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington, Iowa, where re-interment services were held on October 19, 1903.
In 1908, a monument, paid for by the Iowa State Legislature and local citizens, was dedicated in his honor. The Washington Chapter NSDAR is responsible for the monument's perpetual care.
Many of Brown's descendants still live in Brighton and throughout Washington County.
Samuel Lewis was born in 1766 in Ireland or Maryland.
He died on December 21, 1851, in Washington County, Iowa, and was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery at Brighton, in south Washington County.
The Washington Chapter NSDAR added a boulder on his grave with an inscribed bronze plaque that read, "Samuel Lewis, Revolutionary War Soldier 1766-1851."
This dedication was performed on June 14, 1957.