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Franklin Township New Jersey in the Revolutionary War
Colonel Charles Stewart
Bethlehem, New Jersey
Colonel Charles Stewart House
Hamden Rd.
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This house is a private residence.
Please respect the privacy and property of the owners.

This house, which was built in 1763, was the home of Charles Stewart. [1] Stewart, who was born in Gortlea, County Donegal, Ireland, in 1729 and emigrated to the United States  in 1750, [2] served in number of roles, both political and military, during the Revolutionary War era.

  • Between May 1775 and March 1776, he served as a deputy (delegate) for Hunterdon County at four sessions of the Provincial Congress of New Jersey. [3]
  • On February 15, 1776, he was commissioned colonel of a battalion of Minutemen. [4]
  • On June 18, 1777, he was appointed Commissary General of Issues of the army by the Continental Congress. [5]
  • After the war ended, he remained politically active: in 1784 and 1785 he served as a member of the Continental Congress [6].

Colonel Stewart died June 24, 1800. He is buried at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Pittstown. [7]

Bethlehem, New Jersey Historic Sites

Captain Jacob Gearhart
Franklin Township, New Jersey

Captain Jacob Gearhart House and Smokehouse
River Rd.
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The house is a private residence.
Please respect the privacy and property of the owners.

The historic sign in front of this circa 1765 house identifies it as belonging to Captain Jacob Gearhart, a "Revolutionary War patriot who secured boats for Washington's Crossing and wintered at Valley Forge."

Across the street is a circa 1789 smokehouse (Shown left) that is believed to have been part of the Jacob Gearhart homestead. [8] 

Franklin Township, New Jersey Historic Sites


1. ^ Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission sign in front of the house.

2. ^ Compiled by James B. Snell, assisted by Frank Ellis and a numerous corps of writers, History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, New Jersey (Philidelphia: Everts & Peck, 1881) p. 252
Available to read at Google Books here

3. ^ Minutes of the Provincial Congress and the Council of Safety of the State of New Jersey (Trenton: Naar, Day & Naar, 1879)
Available to be read at Google Books here
Stewart is listed as a deputy attending :
    the May and June, 1775 session - on page 169
    the August, 1775 session - on page 184
    the October, 1775 session - on page 197
    the January 31 - March 2, 1776 session - on page 325

4. ^ William S. Stryker, Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War (Trenton: Wm. T. Nicholson & Co, 1872) p. 356
Available to be read online at Google Books here

5. ^ Complied and annotated under the direction of Major General Henry C. Corbin, Adjutant-General of the Army, by Raphael P. Thian, Chief Clerk Adjutant-General's Office, Legislative History of the General Staff of the Army of the United States (Its Organizations, Duties, Pay, and Allowances), from 1775 - 1901 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1901) p. 238
Available to be read at Google Books here

6. ^ United States. Congress, Andrew R. Dodge, Betty K. Koed, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005 (Government Printing Office, 2005) p. 36
Available to be read at Google Books here

7. ^ Grave marker at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Pittstown.

8. ^ Research linking the house and smokehouse to Captain Gearhart was done as the Eagle Scout Project for Ethan Everett White Eagle (Troop 401: 2006-2007)
Historic marker in front of the house states, "Ethan White 2007 Eagle Scout Project".

Ethan Everett White's project was published in book form in 2007 as The Jacob Gearhart Farmstead of Franklin Township, Originally Kingwood Township, Hunterdon County, NJ, 1765-1791 (Includes research reports by Marfy Goodspeed.)
Copies of this book are available to be read at the Hunterdon County Library, the Hunterdon County Historical Society, and the Library of Congress
(At this time, I have not personally read any of this book.)

Captain Jacob Gearhart