Colonel William Scudder[1, 2, 3]

Male 1739 - 1793  (54 years)


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  • Name William Scudder 
    Prefix Colonel 
    Born 6 Apr 1739  Huntington, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Gender Male 
    AFN M79K-0D 
    Cemetery Old Tennent Churchyard Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 3C86688E3C09D511A5C1205002C100007CA8 
    Died 31 Oct 1793  Middlesex county, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried Tennent, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I95  Scudder
    Last Modified 22 Aug 2017 

    Father Jacob Scudder,   b. 29 Nov 1707, Huntington, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1772, Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Abiah Roe,   b. 23 May 1708, Huntington, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1791, Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 5 Aug 1731  Huntington, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    _UID 0F86688E3C09D511A5C1205002C100004FD8 
    Family ID F72  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Hannah Skelton,   b. Abt 1741,   d. Abt 1761  (Age ~ 20 years) 
    Married Abt 1760  [9
    _UID 2386688E3C09D511A5C1205002C100006318 
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F82  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah Van Dyke,   b. Abt 1750,   d. DECEASED 
    Married Est 1785  New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 10
    _UID 2586688E3C09D511A5C1205002C100006538 
    Children 
     1. Isaac Scudder,   b. 9 Feb 1786, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1834, Cranbury, Middlesex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     2. Hannah Scudder,   b. 10 Oct 1787, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1817, Cherry Valley, Otsego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
     3. Eleanor Scudder,   b. Est 1789, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Est 1789, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     4. William Scudder,   b. Est 1791, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Est 1791, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     5. William Scudder,   b. 1794, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1819, Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     6. Sarah Ellen Scudder,   b. 23 Feb 1794, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1850, Cedar Bayou, Harris, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F83  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Sarah 
    Married Abt 1788 
    _UID D9DB96509776664E97BA6CE6398948FB0367 
    Children 
     1. William S. Scudder,   b. Abt 1790,   d. 1824, Salem county, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years)
     2. Ann Scudder,   b. Abt 1795, Salem county, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
     3. David Scudder,   b. Abt 1796, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1870, Camden, Camden, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     4. John S. Scudder,   b. 1797, Salem county, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1847, Pilesgrove, Salem, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     5. Elijah Elmer Scudder,   b. Abt 1800, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1871, Lower Alloways Creek, Salem, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years)
     6. Leah Noble Scudder,   b. 1803,   d. 1829  (Age 26 years)
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F9968  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Colonel William Scudder owned a large landed estate and several mills near Princeton, which, from his well-known patriotism and that of his brother, Colonel Nathaniel, were much damaged by the British when passing through New Jersey in pursuit of Washington. He was a firm patriot and served his country during the Revolution, being lieutenant-colonel of the Third Regiment of Middlesex county, was at the battle of Monmouth. He was one of the founders and principal supporters in 1763/4 of the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton, and one of its board of trustees from 1786 to 1793.

      William inherited his father's mills and managed them very well. Like Nathaniel, he was very active in the Revolution. He was a member of a Princeton committee to draw a Plan of Association to prevent trade and communication with the enemy and to present the plan to the citizens for their signatures. This probably occurred shortly after the outbreak of hostilities.

      As a Captain during the Revolution, he commanded a detachment of troops at Elizabethtown, October 1776; at Red Bank, November 1777. During September and November 1777, as Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded the 2nd and 3rd regiments of the Middlesex county Militia which was stationed at Fort Mercer, Red Bank, a supply point for men and material. During the Battle of Monmouth, June 28, 1778, William commanded the 3rd Middlesex Regiment. This was the same battle in which his brother Nathaniel took part. He also served in the battle of Springfield under Brigadier General Nathaniel Heard, June 11, 1780. Records indicate that William was in military service as late as July 23, 1783, the year that the Peace of Paris was signed, ending the war between the United States and Great Britain.

      While William was away from home serving his country, the British burned his mills; one was a grist mill, the other a fulling mill. Before this happened they had used the mills as barracks. William rebuilt the mills. In October 1782, he submitted an inventory of his losses to the U.S. Government, totaling one thousand, one hundred and eighty-eight pounds, six shillings. Presumably he was compensated, at least in part.

      William's death was mysterious. It was said that he died "either of apoplexy or by the hand of a slave."

  • Sources 
    1. [S20] Scudders in the American Revolution, Hamilton Cochran; ed., (Chester, PA: John Spencer, Inc., 1976), pp. 103-104.

    2. [S94] Clemans Scudder, Daughter of Thomas Scuddder and Mary Ludlam of Huntington, New York, Scudder, David B., comp., (Scudder Searches), Vol. V, No. 2, p. 7, Summer 1993.

    3. [S131] Ancestors of Stan Page, Page, Stan, comp. , (GEDCOM file downloaded from World Wide Web, 5 Feb 1999 ).

    4. [S16] Genealogy of Descendants of Jacob Scudder T-2-3-7-Partial and Descendants of Peter Scudder T-2-3-11, Edwin Lefort Soper; comp., (Scudder Association Bulletin), Bulletin XXVIII, p. 13.

    5. [S19] Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, Genealogical and Personal Memoirs, Wilfred Jordan; ed., (New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., Inc., 1939), Vol. 8, p. 44.

    6. [S18] Genealogy of Early Settlers in Trenton and Ewing, "Old Hunterdon County," New Jersey, Eli F. Cooley; comp., (Trenton, N.J.: W.S. Sharp Printing Co., 1883; rpt.), p. 249.

    7. [S1849] Find a Grave Index, 1600s to Current, (database online).

    8. [S269] John Roe of Brookhaven, Long Island and Some of His Descendants, a Record of Six Generations, Clarence Almon Torrey, comp., (Boston: by the author, 1941), pp. 6-7.

    9. [S1989] New Jersey, Marriage Records, 1670-1965, (database online).

    10. [S16] Genealogy of Descendants of Jacob Scudder T-2-3-7-Partial and Descendants of Peter Scudder T-2-3-11, Edwin Lefort Soper; comp., (Scudder Association Bulletin), p. 13.