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2nd Sussex Militia/Thomas Anderson/ Anthony Swartout/ Henry Dodderer/Taylor
Posted by: Janice McCarty (ID *****5429) Date: April 20, 2003 at 16:14:38
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Thought the following would be of interest:
"The Minute Men who repelled Indian attacks at our borders and in nearby New York and Pennsylvania were men from the Second Sussex Militia, mostly from Hardyston and Wantage, who fought Brant, the Indian raider, at the Battle of Minisink in Orange County, NY and lost at least six on a July day in 1778.

During Washington's two winters at Morristown the supplies from Sussex County were important. Thomas Anderson of Newton, distributed broken down cavalry horses to local farms to be nursed back to health. He was so successful that Sussex County became a leading convalescent center for the horse flesh of the Continental Army."

*From the book Sussex County A History by Warren D. Cummings page 14

"Anthony Swartout's home was attacked by the Delaware Indians during 1755/56 along with the Harkers and Hunts. They shot Mrs. Swartwout as she went to the milk house in the evening. Mr. Swartwout sprang for his loaded rifle and musket and killed two or three and wounded others, before he was captured. They took him about one mile NW of his home and fastened one end of his entrails to a tree, and then he was tortured to death, after having been compelled to witness the destruction of a large family of children, [four kids] except two, a son and a daughter. They beat him, lacerated him and forced him to wind out his bowels around the tree by walking around it. The little Swartwout girl married a chief among them and the boy too was raised by them. He came home once but returned to the Indians later."

*info from' Hist. Coll. of the state of NJ,' page 479, by Barber and Howe.

I am still looking for marriage info for Alice Wintermute and Henry Dodderer April 16, 1794 but where? Also would like info on Barbara Taylor who married Jacob P. Struble [1802]---who were her parents?


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