"Ketcham" or "Ketchum" is English. The Coat of Arms at left features: Per chevron argent and sable, with three water bougets countercharged. ('water bougets' denote someone who carried water to the arms or to a besieged place.) The Crest displays an arm in armour embowed, issuing from a cloud in the sinister, holding a sword all proper. In other words, the Ketchams were fighters.
   Ketcham genealogies give various accounts of the origin of the name, but they all agree that of the four typical origins of names (patronymic, occupational, nickname, and place name), "Ketcham" was derived from a place name. The ending -ham is a typical English village name, and the lineage of our family to the Ketchams can be traced back to an ancient Kentish village known by the variant spellings of Cætham, Catham, Cetham, Ceteham and Chatham; its members were termed "de" Catham, or whatever variant spelling may occur in any given case. Later on the "C" gradually gave way to the "K", though still often found. In all cases, however, the name ended in "-ham." The Chatham family seems to have been (an) early offshoot, which soon went its separate way.
   In our family, the form "Ketcham" seems to have won its way into general use in the course of the 17th century, although the parish records of Cambridge continue to refer to our ancestor EDWARD KETCHAM by the name of Cecham, Cetham and Kecham. In Ipswich, the records name him and his family as Catcham, a spelling nowhere found in England, and in this country used only in Ipswich and in Edward's will of 1655.¹
   Edward was born sometime around 1595 in Cambridge, England. He was a Puritan, and was noted in the records most frequently as "Edward Catcham." He was married in St Andrew the Great Parish church at Cambridge, England, to MARY HALL
(b: CA 1600 in Cambridge, England) on 22 Aug 1619 in Cambridge. They had the following children:


  • MARY KETCHAM b: 1620 in Cambridge, England. Birth: 1620 in Cambridge, England. Baptism: 7 May 1620 Cambridge, England, St. Andrews Church. Mary is mentioned in the will of her father in June, 1655.
  • JOHN KETCHAM b: CA 1622 in Cambridge, England; family listed below.
  • HESTER KETCHAM Baptism: 10 Apr 1626 Cambridge, England, Holy Trinity Church. Christening: abt 1635. Hester Ketcham (Chattcham in baptisman record) was emancipated from her master John Woolridge, Jan. 1639/40 in the Court of Assistants of Massachusetts Bay Colony, apparently becuase of his propensity to drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
  • ANN KETCHAM was baptized on 19 Oct 1628 Cambridge, England, at St Michael's Church. Last name was spelled Ketham in baptismal records, Cambridgeshire Antiquarian Society Publications, vol. 25, p. 7).
  •    Edward either sailed to America around the year 1630 in the Winthrop fleet, or in 1633 on the Ipswich, during the great Puritan Migration. The book Colonial Families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut reports: "Edward Ketcham appears to have been a sojourner at Cambridge, Co. Cambridge, England at the time of his marriage in 1619. For the next nine years, at least he was a resident of Cambridge or its immediate vicinity; after 1628 he has not been found in English Records. He is found in Ipswich, Massachusetts, on 9 Mar 1636/7 when he was made a freeman.
       Savage says he was at Ipswich as early as 1635 and is recorded as a cattle owner in 1638 and 1639. He sold land to a Mr. Boreman abt. 1640 and was still at Ipswich 3 Mar 1639/40 when Hester, his daughter, was freed from her service to John Woolridge.
       Afterwards he removed to Southold, L.I. Early records of Southold are lost but records that remain show that he was a resident there before 1651, and on 8 Aug 1654 William Wells bought land in Southold from Alexander Bryan which had been the property of Edward Ketcham of Southold. Other references to land purchases and sites are recorded in 1652, 1653, 1654, and 1655.
       Mary died before 1645, when Edward married a second time, to SARAH SALMON (b: abt 1620), about 25 years younger than him. (She survived him to marry Henry Whitney of Huntington, Hew York, and Norwalk, CT. (See Whitney-Ketcham in Seversmith's Colonial Families.) Despite being half a Century old, Edward doubled his output of children in the next ten years, and had his last child when his first was over 30 years old! They had the following children:


  • SARAH KETCHAM b: abt 1645. Birth: abt 1645. She married Joseph Whitman and had sons, Nathan (Nathaniel) and Zebulon. Sarah was liv., age 60, at Huntington, L.I. in 1699 when she and her husband, Joseph, deeded land to their sons, Nathaniel, Nathan, Samuel, Zebulon. Possible daughters were Sarah who m. John Scidmore (1627-1683) and Joan who probably m. Samuel Ketcham b. 1672 s/o Samuel of Huntington.
  • REBECCA KETCHAM b: abt 1650. She was listed as the daughter of Edward Ketcham of Stratford, CT in Norwalk, CT records. On 14 Feb 1667, she married Thomas Taylor of Norwalk.
  • JOSEPH KETCHAM b: abt 1650 in Southold, Long Island, New York. Joseph and many of his descendants spelled the surname Ketchum. He married on 13 Apr 1679 to Marcy Lindall (b. at New Haven, CT 18 Dec 1658), dau. of Henry Lindall of New Haven. He married a second time, to Sarah Jaggers, daughter of John and Hannah (Cross) Jaggers, and granddaughter of Jeremy Jaggers. There was a 22 year difference in ages between Joseph and Sarah. He married her after 1688. Death: 1730 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT.
  • HANNAH KETCHAM. Hannah is mentioned in the will of her father in June, 1655. By which wife she was born has not been determined.
  •    Edward's will was made 8 June 1655 at Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut. While damaged in places and missing sections which apparently contained the names of some of his children, it does list the following children: John, Mary, Hannah (an alternate spelling of "Anna"), and Hester. His will was probated 17 Jun 1655 and the inventory was taken 9 Jun 1655. It amounted to £90/11/6 (90 pounds, 11 shillings, 6 pence).
       Our next ancestor in this line is Edward's son, JOHN KETCHAM, born sometime around 1622 in Cambridge, England, and baptized on 8 Sep 1622 in St. Andrews Church in Cambridge. He sailed to America with his father and first appears on the public record in Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1646 where he purchased household items at an auction. He is listed again in 1647 as a landowner, and in 1648 in a document concerning compensation to a Major Denison. He then married a woman named SUSAN (sometimes called MARY) in 1649/50 in Southold, Long Island, New York. They had the following children:


  • SAMUEL KETCHAM, b. abt 1646 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA. He married MARY TITUS (b: C 1649) in 1670 in Huntington, Long Island, NY. Family listed below. Death: Jul 1707 in Newtown, L.I., NY.
  • JOHN KETCHAM, b. 1650 in Southold, L.I., NY. He married Elizabeth Wicks (b: CA 1655) in 1673. Death: 1714 in Huntington, Long Island, NY.
  • HESTER KETCHAM, b. abt 1653 in Huntington, Long Island, NY. She married John Wickes in 1673. (For thieir descendants see Wickes, p. 896, in Seversmith's "Colonial Families.")
  • EDWARD KETCHAM, b. abt 1655 in Huntington, Long Island, NY. He married Mercy Harcourt, dau. of Richard and Elizabeth (Potter) Harcourt, and had sons Daniel and John. Death: 1724 in Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY.
  • PHILIP KETCHAM, b. abt 1657 in Southold, L.I., NY. He married Martha Betts, dau. of Richard Betts. Martha died bef. 2 Dec 1726, when Philip married a second time, to Charity (Smith) Edsall, dau. of Michael and Francina (Berry) Smith and widow of John Edsall. Philip died on 12 Jul 1734 in Newtown, L.I., NY.
  •    John appears in Southold, Long Island, in 1653 when he purchased land at Hashamomack from Stephen Goodyear of New Haven for ú20. In late 1659 at Brookhaven he received a lot from the town on condition of building a mill for the town's use.
       John was appointed Constable in 1662. He next appears in connection with Captain John Scott, an adventurer who pretended to have authority to adjust town boundaries. Scott was finally arrested, tried and as a result had his property sequestrated. On 9 Jun 1664, Mrs. John Scott is about to move and the townsmen order that Mr. Richard Woodhull, William Cromwell and John Ketcham take an "exackte invoyse" of the goods of Captain Scott. These goods were to be impounded in John Ketcham's house until the General Assembly of the Colony of Connecticut should determine their disposal.
       On 12 May 1664, John was the Commissioner at Setauket. He soon moved to Huntington were he was a deputy representing the town at a Convention in 1665 and is recorded as having been appointed lieutenant of the train band there. He is called Lieutenant John Ketcham of Huntington when, with wife Susan, he conveyed property at Southold to Thomas Moore and is cited in the Nicholls patent to the town of Huntington as a townsman on 30 Nov 1666. John's first wife apparently died soon after, because he then took a second wife, Bethia Richardson (b. @1640), daughter of John and Martha (Mead) Richardson of Westchester County, on 14 Mar 1676/7. They had the following children:


  • JOSEPH KETCHAM, b. abt 1677 in Newtown, L.I., NY. He married Martha Phillips and had Joseph, b. in Hewtown, 1715 and m. Gertrude Johnson of Long Island; and John, b. 1722 m. Mintia or Miniteh __?__.
  • NATHANIEL KETCHAM, b. abt 1678 in Newtown, L.I., NY. Death: 1732. Nathaniel was apparently unmarried.
  • BETHIA KETCHAM, b. abt 1679. She was married on 20 Jun 1710, to Josiah Reader.
  • JANE KETCHAM, b. abt 1680 in Newtown, L.I., NY. She was married on 20 Oct 1710, to David Rogers of Huntington, L.I. s/o Jonathan and Rebecca Rogers. (See Seversmith's Colonial Families under Rogers.)
  • SUSANNA KETCHAM, b. @ 1682 in Newtown, L.I., NY. She was married in First Presbyterian Church at Newtown, on 20 Oct 1710, to Thomas Rush of Huntington, NY, s/o Thomas and Sarah Brush. (See Colonial Families by Seversmith under Brush, Vol. I, p. 437.)
  •    John moved his new wife and family again, this time to Newtown, where it is stated that he was appointed a deputy to meet with deputies of other towns concerning country affairs. On 6 Aug 1673, he was chosen again as a deputy with John Burroughs to "goe to the forte to appere there in the name of the towne being somonsed by the commanders of the ships of war untder the states generall and under the prince of oring" (i.e., the Prince of Orange of the Netherlands). As New York had been taken by the Dutch, for a brief period Lt. Ketcham was a Dutch citizen.
       John was overseer of the will of John Ramsden of Newtown with Content Titus on 20 Sep 1686. He died at Newtown in 1697, and his estate was granted to Bethia.

    A map of Essex County, Massachusetts, as drawn by Nathan Hale. (Click here to enlarge.)

       John's son SAMUEL KETCHUM (by his first wife) was born around the year 1646 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. He married a woman named MARY TITUS. The Titus family was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The Coat of Arms is a shield divided quarterly: 1st and 4th, gold with a gold lion passant guardant on a red chief; 2ndd and 3rd, gyronny of eight gold and blue. On a silver escutcheon, a blackamoor's head couped wreathed.
       Samuel and Mary had children born in 1672 and 1675 in Newtown/Brookhaven/Huntington/Long Island (according to Torry's "N.E. Marriages Prior to 1700" which records his birth as 1651, and his wife as Mary Titus). According to Seversmith, Samuel was brought by his father to Long Island, and settled at Huntington, New York, where he was made freeman in 1664. (Joesph B. Felt in his History of Ipswich, Essex and Hamilton, Mass. states that Edward Ketcham senior, grandfather of this Samuel, was at Ipswich as early as 1639. Seversmith says that if this is so Samuel may have been born at an earlier date than indicated (1646), and that he is convinced that Samuel, freeman of Huntington in 1664 was not a son of the senior Edward Ketcham. Why Seversmith feels Samuel may have been born earlier than the earlier 1646, (as opposed to even 1651) is unclear to me. Perhaps he meant to say later than 1646. But that his grandfather was in Ipswich in 1639 doesn't preclude his arguments in my opinion in either event.)


  • SAMUEL KETCHUM , JR., b. 5 May 1672 in Huntington, Long Island, NY. Note: Samuel Ketcham, Jr. and his wife Joan received lands from his father, Samuel Ketcham, on 8-Mar-1704. On 7-Aug-1707 Samuel, Jr. went to Huntington, L.I. and recorded his confirmation of a deed by his father, dated 10-Dec-1704, to his brother Nathaniel. This deed seemed to indicate to the historian, Seversmith, that Samuel Ketcham the elder, was very recently dead. (Colonial Families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut, p. 1,716 and supplement on p. 2,045.) Death: bef 18 Dec 1723 in Huntington, Long Island, NY.
  • JOSEPH KETCHAM, b. 17 Jan 1674 in Huntington, Long Island, NY.
  • MARY KETCHAM, b. 4 Jun 1677 in Huntington, Long Island, NY. Mary was living in Huntington, NY on 02 Aug 1707, apparently unmarried.
  • NATHANIEL KETCHAM, b. 9 Oct 1679 in Huntington, Long Island, NY. He married Abigail __?__ and had ch. Nathaniel, m. Charity Carll; Caleb, m. Sarah Hobart or Hubbard; Isaac, m. 1) Hannah Barker and 2) Mary (Whitehead) Rogers; Jonathan m. Hannah Ketcham; Keziah, m. Timothy Kelsey; Abigail, m. Jonathan Sammis; Stephen, m. Ann Titus; and Ruth m. Timothy Conklin. For recs. of Nathaniel, Caleb, Isaac, and Jonathan see Seversmith's Colonial Families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut, pp. 1721-22, 2046. Death: 1758 in Huntington, Long Island, NY.
  • JONATHAN KETCHAM, b. 1 Apr 1682 in Huntington, Long Island, NY. Jonathan died intestate without issue. In 2-Aug-1707 his heirs disagreed in in the partition of his estate. It was agreed that Samuel Ketcham, Jr. was to have the house, home lot and orchard; Nathaniel Ketcham to have certain lands; Ephraim, Mary, Sarah and Hester Ketcham, brother and sisters of Jonathan, are are referred to also. (Huntington, NY Deeds, Liber I, p. 56). Death: bef 2 Aug 1707 in Huntington, Long Island, NY.
  • EPHRIAM KETCHAM, b. 4 Feb 1685 in Huntington, Long Island, NY. Death: 1745 in Huntington, Long Island, NY. Ephriam's will, dated 7 Aug 1745, was probated 27 Jan 1745/6 and filed at Liber 15, p. 505 of Wills at New York City, New York. His wife's name was Mary. They had Joseph, m. Sarah Conklin; Benjamin, m. Elizabeth Sprague; Abijah, m. 1)Agnes Pins and 2) Mary Smith a widow of Huntington; Jonathan, m. Mary Davis; Susanna; and Mary. For further records see Seversmith's Colonial L.I., NY and CT; pp 1720, 1722 and 2046.
  • HESTER (ESTHER) KETCHAM, b. 4 Jul 1687 in Huntington, Long Island, NY.
  • SARAH KETCHAM, b. abt 1690 in Huntington, Long Island, NY.
  •    Samuel Ketcham's Hollow is mentioned in land transactions 24 Dec 1667, showing that he was already a property holder. On 16 and 17 April, 1672 he was a holder in the first of the ten farms set up by Huntington in a title dispute with Richard Smith of Smithtown, New York, and his associates were Joseph Whitman (his uncle by marriage) John Sammayes, Richard Williams and Timothy Conklin. He is on the list of taxpayers of 1675 at Huntington. On 7 Dec 1675. Samuel Ketcham's lot is to "bear the denomination of a two hundred pound lot", and he recorded lands in 1681, 1682 and 1683 and was assessed £0/13/09 on property in 1688. Arthur S. Wardwell's investigations seem to show that Samuel was in Newtown prior to December, 1683, and that he was not living in Huntington in 1707. The Samuel Ketcham who purchased land from Obadiah Wilkins was Samuel, Jr.
       The elder Samuel died in Newtown, perhaps in July of 1707. On August 7, 1707 Samuel, Jr. of Queens county, eldest son and heir, went to Huntington and recorded his confirmation of a deed by his father, dated 10 Dec 1704, to his brother Nathaniel. The Samuel Ketcham mentioned in the Newtown church record in 1708 was Samuel, Jr. (Seversmith, ibid., pp 1,716, 2045.)
       The next generations are unclear, but we know we are truly linked to this family because of George F. Ketchum, the grand-nephew of our ancestor, Nathaniel Ketcham, who was the subject of a biography in "Portrait and Biographical Record of Orange County, New York" (p. 305-6). The sketch states that "The Ketchum stock represented in this line is from Samuel, of Long Island, where he was a resident prior to 1683." Supporting this is Seversmith's Colonial Families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut, p. 1,716, line 19 appended p. 2,045. "Samuel (1), res. of Newtown bef. 1683, had sons Samuel (2), Joseph, Nathaniel, Jonathan, and Ephraim. Jonathan died without issue. Ephraim was married and had children at a date much too late to have been a father of Edward. Nathaniel and his children are all accounted for." The only other possibility is Joseph, no further records. If Joseph lived to marry and have children, he was out of the area of New York and Connecticut. That the name Joseph does not appear in our branch of the family seems to indicate that he was not a direct ancestor. This leaves only Samuel, who not only had children of the appropriate age, but also named his only son 'Samuel,' a name which continued down through the generations. Therefore, while there is no solid proof yet that this is the father of Edward, it seems a fair assumption.

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    An map of the New York/New Jersey border in 1802, by Simeon Dewitt. The town of Warwick is in the center of the map. From the collection of the Historical Society of the Town of Warwick (click to enlarge).

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    Name:   Edward Ketcham
    Township:   Warwick
    County:   Orange
    State:   New York
    Year:   1800
    Roll:   M32_21
    Page:   370
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       EDWARD KETCHAM, who was born sometime around 1725, probably in New Jersey, is our first confirmed ancestor. The name of his wife is unknown. They eventually settled in the village of Warwick, in Orange County, New York.
       Orange County had already been organized on paper in 1683 by the English Crown, during the reign of William, Prince of Orange (for whom the land was named) yet few Europeans had settled there up until 1700. Within the new Wawayanda Patent lay most of what is today the Town of Warwick. No government existed and only a handful of widely scattered whites squatted on the land. The land was "officially" held by absentee landlords.
       One of the original patent holders, Benjamin Aske, named his land "Warwick", presumably after an area of England near his ancestral home. He began to sell it off to settlers in 1719. His first parcel of land, 100 acres, was sold to Lawrence Decker. Other familiar family names of the Valley appeared in subsequent years. Among them were Baird, Benedict, Bradner, Burt, DeKay, Demarest, Jones, Knap, Minthorn, Roe, Sanford, Sayer, Stage, Vail, Van Duzer, Welling, Wheeler, Wood, and, of course, Ketcham.
       Edward and his wife lived all their lives in Warwick and had four children:


  • NATHANIEL KETCHAM was born in 1750 in Warwick, Orange County, New York. He married POLLY DRAKE (b: 1753 in Warwick, Orange County, New York) on 28 May 1773 in Goshen, Orange County, New York. Family listed below. He died on 11 Dec 1827, in Warwick. He's buried in the Old School Baptist Churchyard, or Saint Stephens Cemetery, Warwick, Orange County, New York. Read his pension application for the Revolutionary War by clicking on the image at right.
  • PHILIP KETCHAM was born in 1752 in Warwick. Philip probably married Hannah Howell, daughter of Richard and Deborah Howell of Southampton, L.I., NY. Hannah's mother is sometimes said to have been Prudence Hallock, widow of a Mr. Griffing. The Howell's resided at Southold, L.I., NY. Philip and Hannah were early members of the first Baptist Church in Warwick, in 1766. Will made 1820, proved 1826 names nephews Abner and Robert, (sons of Samuel); in partnership with brother Samuel in mill at Warwick. Newburg Sunday Telegram of 25 August 1895 calls Phillip and Samuel brothers and in "1795, purchased a farm in Warwick; erected small mill on what is now Main Street in Warwick."
  • SARAH F. KETCHAM was born in Warwick. She married a man named BENJAMIN WHITNEY (b. in Ridgefield, Conn., 1 June 1750, according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Ridgefield LR1:241), a farmer. He lived in Warwick, N.Y., after 1760, until the close of the Revolutionary War, during which he was one of a company of militia, under Capt. Minthorn. They moved to Romulus, N.Y., and from there to Shelby, N.Y., where he died in 1825 or 6, and she in 1831—both at the house of their daughter, Mrs. Sarah (Whitney) Goldsborough. They were buried in Shelby, at Weatherwax Corners. Their children: John (b. about 1777, Warwick, NY; m.[1] Mary Sears; m.[2] Magdalena [Wheeler] Walworth), Samuel (b. 16 Nov 1779, Warwick, NY; m. Hannah Carpenter), James (b. 10 Feb 1783, Warwick, NY; m. Mary Frisbie), Sarah (b. 24 Mar 1785, Warwick, NY; m. Robert Gouldsborough), Nathan (b. Warwick, NY; m. Anna Caton), Hannah (b. Warwick, NY; m. Samuel Todd), and Elizabeth Whitney (b. 20 Mar 1790, Warwick, NY; m. Reuben Tooker). SOURCE: The Whitney family of Connecticut, and its affiliations; being an attempt to trace the descendants, as well in the female as the male lines, of Henry Whitney, from 1649 to 1878; to which is prefixed some account of the Whitneys of England, by Stephen Whitney Phoenix. (New York : Priv. Print. [Bradford Press] 1878), p. 63 and pp. 182-184. Samuel submitted an affidavit for Polly Ketchum, wife of his brother Nathaniel, in a pension application dated 18 Jul 1838. He died on 24 Sep 1843 in West Lafayette, Coshocton County, Ohio.
  • AZARIAH KETCHAM was born on 18 Feb 1755 in Bedford, in Westchester County,³ according to pension records. (His relationship with the other Ketchums isn't clear, but I've included him here.) In 1781 he married Elizabeth Thorp, daughter of a neighboring farmer on Chuck's Hill. They then spent some years in New York City, Azariah probably working at his trade as a carpenter and house wright. They returned to Warwick in 1809. Azariah is the first of his name in the Ketchum family. There was, however, an Azariah Howell in the Revolutionary War. Azariah fought as a private and corporal under Nathaniel during the Revolutionary War.³ He was the master carpenter for the Old School Baptist Meeting house. Azariah died on 10 Dec 1832 in Warwick. His own house is now the home of the Warwick Historical Society, 26 Church St, PO Box 353, Warwick, NY 10990. Phone: 845-986-4833.
  • SAMUEL KETCHAM was born 12 Nov 1757 in Warwick. (Bible records show that Samuel was born 13 Nov 1755: Pension Application Papers show 13 Nov 1757.) Enlisted 5 May 1778, served until 5 Sep 1779 in Captain Marvin's Company, Regiment of Colonel H.B. Livingston, New York. (File Number #542,762) applied for pension at Monroe, Orange County, New York. 1813 Warwick tax rolls list Samuel and his brother together, worth $3250 in real estate and $2437 in personal belongings. On 13 May, 1828 Samuel, pauper, age 70 applied for a pension, testifying that until 1 May 1827 he was lawful owner of a 600 acre farm of mountain land in Monroe, Orange County which was taken from him by some court action, but which would revert to his heirs at his death, and this is why he didn't apply earlier. (Ketchum Kables, Volume 1, No. 2, page 15, paragraph 8.) MIL: 1778-1779 Marvin's Co., Livingstone's (4th) Regiment, Orange County, New York Militia. Died on 24 Sep 1843 in Coshocton, Coshocton County, Ohio. He married Phoebe Lyon (b: 26 Sep 1760 in Springfield, Union Co., NJ) on 29 May 1782 in Warwick, Orange Co., NY. Children: Nancy b: 25 Jan 1785; Nathaniel b: 4 Jul 1787; Enos b: 6 Apr 1789 in Brooklyn, NY (father of George); Hannah b: 16 Jan 1792; Elizabeth b: 27 Jan 1794; Robert b: 17 Apr 1798; Abner b: 19 Mar 1800. Samuel is buried at Baptist Cemetery, West Lafayette, Coshocton County, Ohio. Died at the home of his son, Abner.
  • Muster Roll
    Name: Nathaniel Ketchum
    Military Organization: Hathorn's Regiment of Militia
    National Number: M246
    Date Range: 1777-81
    State: New York
    Folder: 114
    Page: 61, 62
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    Pages: 61, 62
    SOURCE INFORMATION: National Archives. Personnel, pay, and supply records of American Army units in the Revolutionary War, '75-'85.
       Edward Ketchum died in 1806. His son, Samuel was named as Administrator of his estate in the Goshen, County Seat of Orange Co., NY, on the 10th of January in 1806.
       Edward's first son, NATHANIEL KETCHAM, married POLLY DRAKE (1753 - 11 Sep 1839) of Warwick, Rockland County, New York, on the 28th of May, 1773 in the town of Goshen. But marital bliss didn't last long, for Nathaniel was a soldier: He became a Lt. in the Revolutionary War, called to duty under Colonel John Jackson, stationed in Long Island. The American army was on the run—they retreated to Brooklyn Heights, then to New York, then to King's Bridge, and then to White Plains before the British capture of New York. The Colonial Army in this period were basically guerilla fighters: There weren't enough of them to overcome the British, so their strategy was always to inflict heavy losses, then fall back before the Redcoats could respond. Nathaniel also served four months under Captain John Wisner and was stationed at Fort Constitution in March of 1776; Three months under Colonel William Allison in the winter of 1777; and various stints between 1778 and 1779 under Captain John Hinthorn and Colonel John Hathorn out of Warwick. You can view muster rolls with Nathaniel, at right.

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    Name:   Nathaniel Ketcham
    Township:   Warwick
    County:   Orange
    State:   New York
    Year:   1790
    Roll:   M637_6
    Page:   1478
    Image:   0351
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    Name:   Nathaniel Ketcham
    Township:   Warwick
    County:   Orange
    State:   New York
    Year:   1800
    Roll:   M32_21
    Page:   379
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    Name: Nathaniel Ketcham
    Township: Warwick
    County: Orange
    State: New York
    Roll: M252_29
    Page: 356
    Image: 194.00

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    Name: Nathaniel Ketcham
    Township: Warwick
    County: Orange
    State: New York
    Year: 1820
    Roll: M33_64
    Page: 261
    Image Number: 269

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       After the war, Nathaniel returned to his job as a carpenter, while his brothers ran a mill nearby. They are all mentioned here in "THE PELTON FAMILY OF WARWICK" by Henry Pelton, in the Warwick Historical Papers, 1933: "To begin with the Village of Warwick consisted of only a few houses . . . Next was Nathan Reed, who came in 1804 from Darien, Conn. This was the stone house built by Francis Baird. Next was a store kept by Edmund Raymond. Next was a small house standing where John Cowdrey now lives. On the opposite of where Mrs. Pierson is; was Lewis Randolph who kept a tavern. Next was the house where June's Hotel is, occupied by Thomas Geraghty as a store and tavern. Next was NATHANIEL KETCHUM, a carpenter. Next was John Mabee a black-smith. Next was Rev. Lebbeuns Lathrop in the old stone house lately demolished by Mr. Bradner. Next was Wlm. Benedict the father of William L. Bendedict. Next was James Benedict, Esq. Next was Capt. James Benedict, his son, where John Blain now lives. Next was the two Ketchum brothers—SAMUEL AND PHILIP; they had a little mill and a pond from the spring on the west side of the road."
       Nathaniel Ketcham and Polly Drake had five children:


  • TEMPERENCE KETCHAM was born in 1774 in Warwick, Orange, New York. She married George Dill, Jr. (1770-1844), and they had the following children: Elizabeth (b. 1793), John (1794-1872), Margaret (b. 1796), Mary (b. 1797), Magdalena (b. 1798), Charles (b. 1800), Naomi (b. 1802), Justus (1804-1887), George (b. 1809), Edward (b. 1811), Robert (1814-1873), and Major William Dill (1816-1886), producing EIGHTY-FIVE grandchildren!!! Temperance died in 1874 in Florida, Orange, New York. SAR Membership: 91635 (Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls.) "Res. of son Justice Dill, Florida, Orange Co NY: Temperance wid of late George Dill 78y married at ae 17yrs —Mother of 14 children 13 of them grew to manhood — grandmother of 85 children great grandmother of 25 children." (Newspaper Extracts, 1801-1890, Barber Collection: "Brooklyn Eagle" and the "New York Evening Post")
  • ABNER KETCHAM was born on 24 Mar 1778 in Warwick, Orange County, New York. He married Hannah Sayre (1782-1848) and had the following children: Ann Eliza, Nancy, Mariah Ketcham (b. 1794). He was in the Seneca County Militia in 1805 (see record at right from Military minutes of the Council of Appointment of the State of New York, 1783-1821, compiled and edited by Hugh Hastings, State Historian, and Henry Harmon Noble, Chief Clerk. N.Y.: State of New York, 1901-1902, p. 769), and died on 2 May 1823 in Ovid, Seneca County, New York. Abner is buried at Ovid Cemetary, Ovid, Seneca County, New York.
  • ESTHER KETCHAM was born on 05 Sep 1779, in Warwick. She married JOHN HAUSE, whose family is on the next page of the 1790 census, on 06 Nov 1796. They had thirteen children, listed below. She died on 21 Sep 1853 in Fayette, Seneca County, New York.
  • ABIJAH KETCHAM was born between 1774 and 1784 in Warwick. (Age estimated by 1790 census.)
  • AZUBAH KETCHAM was born on 28 Feb 1790 in Warwick, Orange County, New York, and was baptized in 1845 at the Old School Baptist Church in Warwick. Azubah died on 14 Aug 1850 ("Burials at Warwick, NY, lists, Ketchum, Azubah, 14 Aug 1840 Source: "Early Settlers of New York State," by Janet Wehty Folet, Vol. ll, reprinted by Genealogical Publ. Co. 1993.) She is buried at the Saint Stephens Cemetery in Warwick, Orange County, New York.
  • Personal Information
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    Name:   Nathaniel Ketcham
    Township:   Warwick
    County:   Orange
    State:   New York
    Year:   5/28/1838
    Number:   W 20310

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    SOURCE INFORMATION: Ketcham family request for a military pension.
       Nathaniel lived in Warwick until his death on December 9, 1827, according to his military pension file. He is buried at the Old School Baptist Churchyard, in Warwick, Orange County, New York.⁴ Polly died 11 Sep 1839 according to War Dept. Rev. Claim dated 13 Jan 1843, stating at that time that she was Nathaniel's widow and the date of her decease. Debts to Polly were payable to "Temperance Dill Ketcham, Esther "Haize" (Ketcham is crossed out) and Abijah Ketcham, only surviving children of Polly Ketcham, deceased." Polly is buried at the Saint Stephens Cemetery, alongside their youngest daughter, Azubah.
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    Name: Hause, Esther Ketcham
    Township: Fayette
    County: Seneca
    State: New York
    Year: October 13, 1853
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    SOURCE INFORMATION: Seneca County Wills, 1853, p 186 - 193.
       Their second daughter, Esther (our next ancestor in this line), was a member of the Barrington Baptist Church, as were other family members, according to the History & Directory of Yates Co., Vol 1, Published in 1873, by Stafford C. Cleveland (Pg. 161 – 163), along with Swarthout and Sanford family members (they would marry into the Hause family, as well), and Elizabeth (Sunderlind), wife of Lodowick Disbrow (whose daughter, Anne Marie, would marry Esther's nephew-in-law, Charles). Esther seemed to be a very opinionated woman, as you can read in her will. She married JOHN HAUSE and had the following kids:


  • DELABAR HAUSE was born on 7 Sep 1797 in Orange Co., New York. He married Sarah Burroughs (b. 4 Dec 1794 in Hunterdon Co, NJ). They appeared in the 1830 US census in Seneca Falls, Seneca Co, NY, ("Dellaber Hause," 1 male 15-20, 1 male 30-40, 1 female 0-5, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 30-40), and in the 1860 US census in Nunda, Livingston Co, NY, ("Delaby HOUSE," age 63 born NY, Sarah 66, NJ). Sarah died after the 1860 census, probably in Nunda, Livingston Co, NY. He died on 18 Feb 1868, at age 70.
  • CHARLES HAUSE was born on 3 March 1799 in Orange Co., New York. He married Elizabeth Young and they had: Caroline (b. 1837), Ethial (1840-1864), Marilda (Moyer, 1841-1880), Alonzo (1844-1927), a twin (1844-1844) and Cordelia (b. 1846)—making him by far the best child-namer in his generation of Hauses. He died in June of 1885, and you can read his obituary, in the Havana Journal, Saturday, 20 Jun 1885, by clicking on the image at right. He is buried at is buried at the Hause Point Cemetery (Canoga Cemetery) in Seneca Falls, Seneca County, New York (Section 5 Plot 74). See Charles' son Alonzo and his descendants in 1919 at Canoga Pond here.
  • ELECTA ANN HAUSE was born on 2 Jan. 1801 in Orange co., New York. She married John D. Williams, Jr., 0n August 25, 1818. According to an article from the "History of Seneca Co., NY," John D. Jr, the son of John D. Williams, was the first white person to be born on the Indian Reservation. The reservation was divided up for Rev. War veterans. They had the following children: Caroline, Mary, Roxanna, James, Maria and Frances Josephine Williams. Electa and John Jr. are buried at the Hause Point Cemetery (Canoga Cemetery), in Seneca Falls, Seneca County, New York (Section 5 Plot 205). There is a joint tombstone for the two (pictured at right), with the following: "Orange County was her birthplace, And Fayette was her station, Heaven is her dwelling place, And Christ is her salvation." The date of birth on her tombstone is 3 Jan 1801. She died on 25 Aug 1869 in Canoga, Seneca Co., N Y. The information on Birth, Marriage, and Death are taken from loose sheets inside Samuel Deal's Bible.
  • AUGUSTUS HAUSE was born 14 Jan 1804 and married (1) JANE JONES (1802-1850). They had four children, John J. (1829-1912), Laban Augustus (1831-1906), Augustus Jr. (1835-1913) and Basheba Jane Hause (1838-1913) and moved to Royalton, New York, near the Erie Canal and prospered on a large farm. After Jane died, he married (2) Fanny Christopher (1825-1901) and had to more daughters: Sarah A. (1863-1870), and Ella E. Hause (1867-1926). Augustus is buried wirth Jane and Sarah at the Royalton Union Baptist Cemetery, in Royalton Niagara, New York. Click on the photo at right to access the Augustus Hause Genealogy Page.
  • AZUBAH HAUSE was born on 28 March 1806, named after aunt Azubah Ketcham (28 Feb 1790 - 14 Aug 1850). She died on 31 March 1821, three days after her fifteenth birthday, in Seneca County. Azubah is buried at the Hause Point Cemetery (Canoga Cemetery) in Seneca Falls, Seneca County, New York (Section 5 Plot 72).
  • BELINDA HAUSE was born on 28 April 1808. She married James Updike (b. 1 Oct 1803) on 21 Jan 1829: "Married—On Thursday last by Rev. Lane—Mr. James Updyke to Miss Belinda Hause both of Fayette."—From the Waterloo Gazette, published by George Lewis. They had the following children: Belinda, Chester, Almira, Catherine, Martin, Alanson, Esther, Charity, Phoebe, Carolyn and James Updike, Jr. They moved to Lenawee county, Michigan, sometime before 1840. Biography of James Updike, Jr., from Portrait and biographical album of Lenawee County, Mich, Volume 1, by Chapman Brothers, 1888, p. 249: "They continued in the Empire State until after the birth of three children." Belinda died on 30 Nov 1873.
  • ALANSON HAUSE was born on 12 March 1810 in Canoga, Seneca Co., New York. He married Margaret Van Fleet (who was about 15 years younger than him) and they had: Lansing Hause, Abram B. (1840-1842), Melissa J. (1843-1897), Albert Elisha (1849-1912), Theron J. (1852-1858), Emma E. Hause (1856-1879). He remained in Fayette and farmed the family lands, still working there during the 1880 census, and died on 12 Dec 1880. He is buried at Hause Point Cemetery (Canoga Cemetery), in Seneca Falls, Seneca County, New York (Section 5 Plot 72)
  • JOHN HAUSE, JR. was born 12 March 1812 in Canoga, Seneca Co., New York. That's right, ANOTHER John! He married Belinda Burtless on 31 Dec 1835 in Waterloo, Seneca Co., and had the following children: James (1839-1925), John (1 Dec 1842 - 19 July 1894), Sarah (1851-1928) and Esther Ann (1837 - 2 Dec 1911). The family moved to Lenawee Co., Michigan in about 1835 with John's cousin, Stanford Hause. In the census' in 1870 and 1880, they lived on a farm in Leoni, Jackson, Michigan. He died on 19 Jul 1894 and is buried at Riverside Cemetery, in Clinton, Lenawee Co., MI. See a genealogy from his family here. (.PDF file; Thanks to Christopher Hause.)
  • CAROLINE HAUSE was born on 18 Feb 1814 in Seneca, New York. She died on 24 Aug 1816 in Seneca, New York, and is buried at the Hause Point Cemetery (Canoga Cemetery), in Seneca Falls, Seneca County, New York (Section 5 Plot 72).
  • LOISA HAUSE was born on 11 Feb 1816, but died before her first birthday. She is buried at Hause Point Cemetery (Canoga Cemetery), in Seneca Falls, Seneca County, New York (Section 5 Plot 72).
  • FANNIE JANE HAUSE was born on 21 Nov 1817 in Canoga, Seneca Co., New York. She married Nathan C. Roberts and had a daughter, Ameretta Roberts. Fannie died at age 21. Nathan was a butcher. He remarried and was living with his son-in-law, Austin Emens, in the Fayette 1880 census.
  • LOUISA M. HAUSE was born on 10 Feb 1819 in Seneca Co., New York. She married Gideon S. Wilbur of Washington, Dutchess, New York, on 15 Feb. 1843. He was superintendent of the poor for about fifteen years and was deputy sheriff for two years. "The death of Gideon Wilber occurred when he had reached the venerable age of eighty-five years. In his family were five children, one daughter and four sons." (Source: The History of Cass County.) Among the children were: Francis, Theodore and Lloyd. In the 1870 census, they lived on a two hundred and sixty acre farm next to Theodore and his wife, Fannie, in La Grange, Cass County, Michigan. Louisa died on 11 July 1902.
  • CAROLINE LOUISE HAUSE was born on 12 Apr 1821 in Canoga, Seneca Co., New York. In 1844, she married John Storm Gage (1816-1888) and had four kids: Annis A (1849-1895), Cyrus J (1850-1887), Ira Barnes (1855-1928) and Ina Gage (1862-1862). The last of John's kids to be alive, Caroline chronicled the Hause genealogy for the family then died on 17 Sep 1905 in Dowagiac, Cass Co., MI. Caroline and John are buried at Gage Cemetery, Cass County, Michigan.

    EDWARD KETCHAM (pre-1730 - 1805) begat...

    NATHANIEL KETCHAM (1750 - 1827) who married POLLY DRAKE (1753 - 1839) and begat...

    ESTHER KETCHAM (1779 - 1853) who married JOHN HAUSE (1773 - 1844) and begat...

    AUGUSTUS HAUSE (1804 - 1875) who married JANE JONES (1802 - 1850) and begat...

    LABAN HAUSE (1831 - 1906) who married MELISSA SANDERSON (1839 - 1921) and begat...

    FRANK HAUSE (1867 - 1951) who married FLADELLA RAYMOND (1869 - 1961) and begat...

    CARLISLE HAUSE (1891 - 1972) who married MARJORIE MARCHANT (1892 - 1939) who begat...

    CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, SR. (1917 - 1983) who married JEANNE BRUNNER (1918 - 2000) and begat...

    CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, JR. (1939 - 2014) who married MARTHA WENK (b. 1940) and begat...

    JEFF (who married LORI ANN DOTSON), KATHY (who married HAL LARSEN), ERIC (who married MARY MOONSAMMY), and MICHELE HAUSE (who married JOHN SCOTT HOUSTON).

    TOP ILLUSTRATION: Chatham, Kent. Drawn by J.M.W. Turner, R.A. Engraved by W. Miller. London: Published 1832, by Moon, Boys & Graves, Pall Mall. Printed by McQueen.


    ¹—James Mortin, writing a genealogy column under the pen name "Amiko" in the Boston Evening Transcript of 11 May 1940 reports: "Sources show the first plain trace of the family in Horton (Kent, near Canterbury) and Folkestone, Kent, where the published marriage records show a family named Ketcham, as early as 1459, and thence to 1526. In one case, toward the latter date, the name is spelled Ketham, applied to Edward himself a century later."

    ²—Map of Warwick Valley in 1805, prepared in 1933 by Mrs. Elizabeth C. VanDuzer.

    ³—Deposition for Revolutionary War Pension of Azariah Ketchum, National Archives Publication No. M804 Pension No. 16,316: "State of New York, Orange County. On this fourth day of December 1832 personally appeared in open court before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the said County (being a Court of ?) now sitting Azariah Ketchum of Warwick Orange county and said State aged seventy seven years, who being fist duly sworn according to law, doth on his Oath, make the following Declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832. That he entered the service of the United States, under the following named officers, and serviced as herein stated. Deponent saith that he was born in Bedford in West Chester County, in said State, on the 18th day of February in the year 1755, as he believes, and as he has often read the same in his father's family Record. That deponent was living in said town of Warwick where he first entered the services of the United States. Saith that in the month of April as he believes, in the year 1776, he volunteered in the company of Militia commanded by Captain John Wisner, Asa? Wisner being Ensign and belonging to Colonel John Hathorn's Regiment, and as a corporal in the said company, was mustered for one month; was marched to fort Constitution on the side the Hudson River, where his company was attached to or commanded by Colonel Newkirk; at this place deponent was employed with his company in building said Fort, up to the end of the month, Deponent further saith that he volunteered and served two months at Fort Montgomery, in the same summer (1776) under Captain John Minthorn, Lieutenant Nathaniel Ketchum & George Vance--his Regiment commanded by Colonel John Hathorn. Deponent further saith that in the same Year he was a volunteer in the company of Captain William Blain in Colonel Nicoll's regiment and served one month at White Plains--saith that he was in the Battle and fought the Brittish Troops on the 28th day of October of that Year, was personally acquainted with and was there under he Orders at several times, of Generals Putnam and George Clinton. Deponent saith that in the winter of 1777 he served as corporal three months under Captain John Minthorn, laying or being stationed at Chloster near the Hudson River. During the same year deponent saith that he served as a corporal under Captain Daniel Gore at the Susquehannah out along the Indian frontier for the space of five months. Was a volunteer under the command of Captain Minthorn four months at West Point in the year 1778, and also one month at Ramapo. Was marched to and lay one month at New Windsor and Fishkill in the year 1779, being as deponent saith in the month of November. Deponent further saith that in the Year 1777 he was ordered under Lieutenant Nathaniel Ketchum and marched to New Windsor, thence to Esopus or Kingston and from thence went as an escort to continental Waggons from Boston to Easton in Pennsylvania. This service deponent believes lasted about two months. Saith that he was stationed one month at Goshen to guard the prisoners there, at the time the Notorious Claudius Smith and his band were executed. Deponent further saith the he served as Corporal aforesaid under Captain John Minthorn two months at different times on the Minisink frontier. Also under the same Captain and in Colonel John Hathorn's Regiment deponent served three months at other periods at Haverstraw and West Point. Beside frequent excursions which he performed with his fellow soldiers in arms in ?illegible word? the depredations of the Tories who haunted and robbed the Wig inhabitations along the River towns. Deponent declares that the whole time which he faithfully served his country in the Revolutionary War and in the capacity of corporal in the Militia, amounted to more than two Years. Saith he, deponent, never received any written discharge from the service. Deponent further saith that he is acquainted with John C. Murphy, a clergyman who resided in his neighborhood and who will testify as to his belief of his having been a solder of the Revolution known from general reputation as to his credibility. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state. (signed) Azariah Ketchum. In open court the day and year aforesaid. Asa Deming, clerk"

    ⁴—"Aged 77 yr's" as recorded in The Warwick Historical Society: Inscriptions on Tomb-stones in Old School Baptist Cemetery; the stone was next to the farm owned by Mrs. Thomas Whitted when copied by Miss Elizabeth Burt, on Sept. 22, 23, and 24, 1910. The cemetery is located at the intersection of Forester Avenue and Route 17A. The cemetery is to the immediate left as you enter the drive that takes you to the Saint Stephens Cemetery (where Polly Drake Ketchum and Azubah Ketchum are buried), which is straight ahead. The two cemeteries are often confused due to their proximity. The only sign for the Old School Baptist Church Cemetery is a New York State Historical sign that can be seen as you drive by on Route 17A. Another name for this cemetery is the '1795 Cemetery'.


  • "Colonial Families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut," by Seversmith, Herbert Furman, Ph.D. p. 1713-16, 1729-34, and Supplemental Information p. 2,045.
  • Orange Co. Portrait and Biographical Record, p.305
  • Torry's "N.E. Marriages Prior to 1700" which records his birth as 1651, and his wife as Mary Titus
  • "A History of the Titus and Related Families" by Elroy Wilson Titus,
  • "Saga of Two North American Families: Andrews-Titus" by John Alva Titus,
  • "A Titus Family" by Ianthe Hebel
  • History of Orange County with an Enumeration of Names of its Towns, Villages, Rivers, Creeks, Lakes, Ponds, Mountains, Hills and Other Known Localities, and their Etymologies or Historical Reasons Therefor; Together With Local Traditions And Short Biographical Sketches of Early Settlers, Etc. By Sam'l W. Eager, Esq., Member of the Historical Association of Newburgh, and Corresponding Member of the Historical Society Of the State of New York. Newburgh: S. T. Callahan, 1846-7. Page 386: "During the Revolutionary war Mr. Burt, though young at its commencement, was a very active whig, and vigilant in defending his neighborhood against the secret and open attacks of the tories. We relate one instance among many others. A man by the name of Johnston, who had been an English Sea Captain, lived in a stone house in the village of Warwick. The house then belonged to Mr. William Wisner. Johnston was a silversmith and followed that business at the time. Supposing him in possession of money and other valuable property, his house was attacked one rainy night by eleven tories, some of whom belonged to that vicinity. Two sisters and two negro boys were living with him at the time. The robbers broke into the house, and Johnston, while defending himself most manfully, received a cut in the shoulder from a sword, which wholly disabled him. One of the negro boys and a Mr. Coe had been out eeling that night, and just at this time were returning home. As they approached the house, the tories saw them, and thinking the settlers were coming upon them, decamped, taking with them all the valuables of the house and among them a very valuable sword. At this time young Burt was a Lieut. in a military company commanded by Capt. Minthorn, and his brother Daniel Burt, jr. came over from the village to inform him of the affair, and to direct him to warn out his company forthwith to go in pursuit of the robbers. It was dark as Erebus and rained in torrents. He started to go as far as Bellvale, and while going through the woods on the side of the hill in front of his house he heard three distinct snapping of guns. He drew up his musket to fire, though he saw no one; but instantly thinking if he did, he might be seen by the flash of his own gun, and be shot down by the robbers, refrained and passed on. Having warned out his neighbors Joshua Carpenter, Nathaniel Ketcham, Daniel Jayne, Philip, Samuel and Azariah Ketcham, Benjamin Whitney, and a few others, they started in pursuit. In the morning they found some continental troops down in the mountains who went with them. The company took down one side of the mountain and the soldiers the other, who came suddenly upon the robbers while together eating in the woods, fired upon them and killed five of the eleven. Here they found many of the stolen articles and Johnston's sword. The six fled, but one of them was shot through the leg, taken and put in gaol. The five continued to flee down towards New Jersey, hotly pursued by all along the route, who turned out to help capture the tory robbers. Three of the five were killed during the chase and two only of the eleven thus far escaped. The two found their way to Hackensack and there they stole a pair of horses, were pursued again, and one was shot and killed-the other wounded. (NOTE: James Burt was the Executor in the will of John Hause III.)