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Patriot John DUNHAM (1762-1840)

      John DUNHAM, "Musketman8"
Name: John DUNHAM 1
Sex: Male
Name Prefix: Patriot
Father: Elisha DUNHAM (1732-bef1783)
Mother: Elizabeth FREEMAN (1732?-aft1783)

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth 7 Oct 1762 New Jersey 2,3,4
Military (1) frm 1777 to 1781 (age 14-19) Private in Essex County Militia; Essex County, New Jersey 5
Military (2) 3 Dec 1833 (age 71) Revolutionary War Pensioner; Essex County, New Jersey 6
Death 26 Nov 1840 (age 78) Westfield, Essex, New Jersey 3
Burial 1840 (age 77-78) Revolutionary War Cemetary 3,7

Additional Information

Military (2) $40 annual allowance commencing 4 March 1831.
Burial opposite the Presbyterian church, Westfield, New Jersey


1Dr. Lewis Condict, "Condict Abstracts" (Name: Digital Antiquaria, 2005;). pp. 20-21.
2Ibid. pp. 20-21.
Text From Source: Service in 1777, when 15 ...
3"US Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963". image 2046.
4Godfrey Memorial Library, comp, "American Genealogical-Biographical Index" (Name: Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999;). Vol. 46, Pg. 483.
Text From Source: Name: John Dunham
Birth Date: 1762
Birthplace: New Jersey
Volume: 46
Page Number: 483
Reference: Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 6 Apr 1925, 2859
5Dr. Lewis Condict, "Condict Abstracts" (Name: Digital Antiquaria, 2005;). pp. 20-21.

"My father lived al Trembly's Point during the whole War. I grew up young; was stout, athletic and more capable of performing military duty at 15 than most lads at 16. Service in 1777, when 15, was three months under Capt. Scudder and Capt. Laing as a volumeer and as a substitute for some of father's neighhbors, who were so situated thai it was very difficult or impossible for them to leave their homes. At their earnest request and solicitation, offered to go in their stead as a substitute and the Captain, considering me to be capable of military duty, I was accepted and did service. I have endeavored to remember for whom I was a substitute but cannot recollect. The three months were for different persons in each Tour. My father, Elisha Dunham, was himself a Captain of militia and was out when his regular Tour of duty came to be performed."

His first Tour was in the Fall during cold nights, and, according to his best recollection was late in Sept. and October. His second Tour was in cold weather, most probably late in November, under Capt. Laing, and he does not remember whether he was home a week or a month between. He was performing guard duty along the Jersey shore opposite Staten Island. There was only a Captain in command at the place he was stationed, which was at David Ball's house, one room of which was occupied as a guard room. Another station was at Thomas Bradbury's, and another at David Trembly's; all within view of each other and within gunshot. The Company was divided and distributed at these places, the better to watch the movements of the enemy on the opposite shore and to guard against surprise.

Second Tour when he was 16; one month under Capt. Mulford. It was the season of getting hay, probably July.

Third Tour, 1779, four months; quartered first month at Daniel Williams', near Capt. Mulford's house. One room of Williams' house was guardroom. First momh was in Winter; second in March in Elizabeth Town and at Halsted's Point. Nutman's house in Elizabeth Town was guardhouse, opposite Gen. Dayton's. Was alarmed one night. Capt. Meeker of the cavalry was going round to give the countersign and, riding rapidly, was ordered to Stop and give the sign. He made some reply that he would give the countersign and rode off, upon which he, Dunham, and David Williams both fired upon him but missed him; in the dead of night. Third month was probably in April. Was stationed al Elizabeth Town, part of the time at Nutman's; part at Williams'; on guard duty in the Town and at the Point. Fourth month in June [same place].

In 1780, under Lord Stirling, a plan was laid to cross to Staten Island on the ice under Col. Mulford. Crossed at the old Point, and crossed the Island to Cuckold's town fort, where the enemy laid. Some stores were taken and brought off; some burnt. Some prisoners taken. The party returned, some that night, some the next day. Capt. Joseph Wheedon (?) of the army was on this excursion. In March stationed at Elizabeth Town; same house and duty. In May was at Rahway and Trembly's Point. Was at Elizabeth Town when Springfield and Connecticut Farms were burnt; was not in those skirmishes.

Robert Woodruff was killed in a skirmish with the enemy on their retreat from Springfield to Staten Island, near the crossroads below Elizabeth Town, in the woods. Saw him brought out a corpse. Another man was wounded, Elijah Terril, a musket ball passing through his thigh.

Served four months in 1781. First month, in April under Mulford at Rahway; second, in June, under Mulford at Trembly's Point; third, under Herriman, at Elizabeth Town; fourth under Mulford, at Elizabeth Town. Duty was guarding lines, etc. Received a certificate for some part of his service in this last year, which was paid him.

David Williams: Knows John Dunham was on guard duty at Elizabeth Town under Capt. Mulford in September, 1778. Both served with Capt. Meeker.
6"New Jersey Pensioners, 1835" (United States Senate. Report from the Secretary of War, in Obedience to Resolutions of the Senate of the 5th and 30th of June, 1834, and the 3d of March, 1835, In Relation to the Pension Establishment of the United States. [New Jersey Section]. Washington, D.C.: Duff Green, 1835.).
7Colonel C. Malcolm B. Gilman, "The Story of the New Jersey Blues" (Arlington Library for Clinical and Historical Research, Red Bank, NJ, 1962). p. 39.


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