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Colonel Francis Barber


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Colonel Francis Barber

Began his service in the Revolutionary War as Major in the 3rd Regiment NJ Artillery 18 Jan 1776 and promoted to Lt. Colonel 28 Nov 1776. Fought at the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown. Assistant Inspector to De Steuben at Valley Forge. Wounded at the Battle of Monmouth 28 Jun 1778. Served as Adjutant-General with General Sullivan in his campaing against the Indians. Wounded at the Battle of Newtown 29 Aug 1779. Served with the Jersey brigade at the Battle of Springfield. Transferred to the 1st Regiment NJ Line 1 Jan 1781. Served under Lafayette at the Battle of Green Spring. Wounded at the Battle of Yorktown 14 Oct 1781. Quelled the mutiny of unpaid soldiers from PA and NJ. Colonel of the 2nd Regiment NJ Line 7 Jan 1783. Last served as Colonel in the 3rd Regiment NJ Line. Born in Princeton, NJ in 1751 and was killed accidentally by a falling tree in Newburg, NY on 11 Feb 1783 while the Regiment was stationed there. Born in Longford County, Ireland in 1751. Graduate of Princeton 1767 and MA Degree 1770. Principal and Rector of the Academy in Elizabethtown, NJ in 1769. Protege’ of Tapping Reeve. Married 1st Mary Ogden and 2nd to his first wife’s cousin Anne Ogden on 24 Mar 1778. [Sources: M; H; (98); “Who Was Who In The American Revolution”, 1993; “Drake’s Dictionary Of American Biography”, 1872. www.famousamericans.net; “National Cyclopaedia Of American Biography”, Vol. 1; “The Ogden Family in America” by William Wheeler, 1907. Pic: “National Cyclopaedia Of American Biography”, Vol. 1.]