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Major John Polhemus


Original Member, admitted 1783

Major John Polhemus

Suspended from the roll of the society in 1793 and dropped in 1794. Began his service in the Revolutionary War as 1st Lieutenant in the 1st Regiment NJ Line. Captain 29 Oct 1775 to 10 Nov 1776. Captain again 22 Nov 1776. Sent to disarm the Tories on Long Island, NY. Was in the expedition to Canada in 1776. Fought at the Battle of Long Island. Fought at the Battle of Three Rivers; served on Lake Champlain; Crown Point and Fort Ticonderoga. Captain again 22 Nov 1776. Fought at the Battles of Trenton; Princeton; Iron Hill; Brandywine; Paoli; and Germantown. Made a Major at Valley Forge by General Washington. Not long after the Battle of Monmouth, when engaged in military service near Amboy, was taken prisoner and confined in the Provost Gaol and the old Sugar House Prison, New York City for two years. In 1780 was released on parole. Retired 1 Jan 1781. Born in Hopewell, NJ on 25 May 1738 or 1742 and died in Philadelphia, PA on 25 May 1834. Before the Revolution served with General Braddock in the Provincial Forces in 1755, and was in the disasters at Duquesne, at Braddock’s Defeat in the French and Indian War. Served with General Wolfe at the Capture of Quebec in 1759. After the war owned an interest in the Rocky Hill Mills. Was a grist mill and saw mill owner and tavern owner. Purchased the “Indian King” tavern. Coroner of Hunterdon County in 1788. Married Susannah Hart, daughter of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Hart on 26 Nov 1776. [Sources: M; H; (66); (98); (C); Find A Grave Memorial; Rootsweb’s World Connect Project; “Decennial Register of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution 1888-1898”. Pic: (J).]