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Deputy Quartermaster General John Nielsen


Deputy Quartermaster General John Nielsen

Began his service in the Revolutionary War as a Captain of Minute Men in Jul 1775 and served under General Heard on Long Island; Colonel of the Middlesex County Regiment of Minute Men, 31 Aug 1775; Colonel of 2nd Regiment of the Middlesex County, New Jersey Militia, 1 Aug 1776; promoted Brigadier General of NJ Militia, 21 Feb 1777. Commanded the Militia of New Jersey 1777-1780. Appointed by the Continental Congress to be Deputy Quartermaster of New Jersey under Quartermaster General Pickering of the Continental Army, from 11 Sep 1780 to the close of the war. On 18 Jun 1782, along with William Houston and James Ewing, was a commissioner to settle the remaining account of depreciation in the value of the pay of the New Jersey Line. Born 11 Mar 1745 at Raritan Landing, NJ. Died 3 Mar 1833 in New Brunswick, NJ. In the shipping business. Declined a seat in the Continental Congress in 1776. Elected to the Continental Congress in 1778, but declined. Delegate to the NJ Constitutional Convention of 1787. In 1790 and 1791 was one of the commissioners appointed to build bridges over the Hackensack, Passaic and Raritan Rivers. Member of the NJ State Assembly, 1800-1801. Member of the Board of Trustees of Rutgers College, 1782-1833, and sometimes President of the Board. After the war, was visited at his home in New Brunswick several times by General Washington. Lafayette presented him with a sword after the war, during his return in 1824. Married Catherine (Schuyler) Vorhees on 31 Dec 1768. [Sources: Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey by Lee, Vol. IV, p1656, 1910; NJ Pension File- S-4607.]


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