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Captain John Stotesbury


Original Member, admitted 1793

Captain John Stotesbury

First joined the PA Society in 1783 and transferred to the NJ Society 4 Jul 1793. Began his service in the Revolutionary War as Ensign in the 2nd Regiment PA Line. 2nd Lieutenant in the Old 11th Regiment Pennsylvania 30 Sep 1776. Prisoner of War in New York. Set free one day before the revolt of the Pennsylvania Lines by the influence of his brother, who was an officer on Lord Howe’s staff. 1st Lieutenant 9 Apr 1777. Fought in the Battles of Princeton and Trenton. He was at the Morristown Encampment in 1777. Fought and wounded at the Battle of Brandywine 11 Sep 1777. He was at Valley Forge. Transferred as 1st Lieutenant to the 8th Regiment PA Line. Captured 14 Feb 1778 or 20 Mar 1778 near Black Horse, Philadelphia, PA and exchanged 31 Dec 1780. Served in the 2nd Regiment and was Captain in the 6th Regiment PA Line in 1781 in the Southern Campaign, and the South Carolina Campaign in 1782. Served to Jun 1783. Born about 1750 and died in Poughkeepsie, NY on 17 Feb 1800. After the war, worked at Chelsea Forge in the iron industry. In 1791 purchased the Hibernia Furnace in Hibernia, NJ. Married Sarah in May 1783. [Sources: M; H; (66); (98); (C); “Virtutis Praemium, The Men Who Founded the State Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania”, by James Kilbourn; PAsociety of the cincinnati.org military history of John Stotesbury.]


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