Category Archives: New Jersey

The Jersey Land Disputes: How indifference, incompetence and greed led to the American Revolution

BY ALYSON L. BURNETT, DSDI Member One could call the founding of the New Jersey colony a comedy of errors, except for the fact that there was little humor to accompany the many mistakes made in identifying who possessed titles to … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey | Leave a comment

New Jersey 4th celebration more than 100 years old

DSDI’s Thorny Lockwood was grand marshal of the Fourth of July celebration in Ridgewood, New Jersey, this year. Thorny is a descendant of signer Josiah Bartlett, and a first cousin, eight times removed, of Benjamin Franklin. The celebration began with … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey, News | Leave a comment

John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon, the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence, was born in Yester, Scotland on 5 Feb 1722 or 1723. This is the same day, just the difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars. His parents were James … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey, Signers by state | 11 Comments

Richard Stockton

Judge Richard Stockton was the only signer to be put in irons, starved and imprisoned under brutal conditions by the British four months after signing the Declaration of Independence. He paid the supreme price for placing his signature on the … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey, Signers by state | 6 Comments

Francis Hopkinson

Francis Hopkinson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 21 September 1737 (o.s.), the eldest of the eight children born to Thomas Hopkinson and Mary Baldwin Johnson. His father died when the lad was only 14 years of age, but his … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey, Signers by state | 4 Comments

John Hart

While the actual date of John Hart’s birth is unknown, biographers have put it in the year of 1713, in Hopewell Township, NJ. His grandfather, for whom he was named, was a carpenter, who came from Newtown, Long Island. His … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey, Signers by state | 23 Comments

Abraham Clark

In the early hours of July 4, 1776, Abraham Clark wrote his friend Elias Dayton, the Colonel of a battalion of Jersey troops at German Flatts, from his lodging in Philadelphia. . . . Our Congress Resolved to Declare the … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey, Signers by state | 8 Comments