Franklin Township, New Jersey Revolutionary War Sites
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Franklin Township New Jersey in the Revolutionary War
Colonel Charles Stewart
Bethlehem, New Jersey
Colonel Charles Stewart House
Hamden Rd.
Map / Directions to the Colonel Charles Stewart House
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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 Colonel Charles Stewart House. Colonel Charles Stewart served as George Washington's Commissary-General of Issues. [1]

The Bethlehem Township website provides the following biographical sketch of Colonel Stewart:
"Colonel Charles Stewart was born in Gortlea, County Donegal, Ireland, in 1729. In 1750 he immigrated to the United States where he engaged in agricultural pursuits. Stewart was commissioned a lieutenant colonel of the Hunterdon County Militia on April 10, 1771. He was later commissioned colonel of a battalion of Minutemen on February 15, 1776. Colonel Stewart was appointed commissary general of issues by the Continental Congress on June 18, 1777. He would later serve as a member of the Continental Congress in 1784 and 1785. Colonel Stewart died in Flemington, New Jersey on June 24, 1800. Historical records show he is interned at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Pittstown. [2]

Bethlehem, New Jersey Historic Sites

Captain Jacob Gearhart
Franklin Township, New Jersey

Captain Jacob Gearhart House and Smokehouse
River Rd.
Map / Directions to the Captain Jacob Gearhart House / Smokehouse
Map / Directions to all Franklin Township Revolutionary War Sites

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. [3] 

Franklin Township, New Jersey Historic Sites


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

2. ^ History page of the Bethlehem Township website.
They list their source as:
Charles H. Riddle Colonial and Revolutionary Bethlehem Township (Flemington, NJ; Bradford Press 1975)

3. ^ 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 for 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