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John Hart
Birth: 1711
Death: May 11, 1780

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Jersey. Born in Stonington, Connecticut, he moved to the area near Hopewell, New Jersey, where he spent the majority of his life. In 1739, he bought a farm there and married his neighbor, Deborah Scudder. They would have 13 children, and with hard work, the family became well to do. He was called “Honest John” by his neighbors because of his integrity and fairness, and he served as a judge for several years. Hart served in the New Jersey Assembly from 1761 to 1771, and as speaker of the Assembly in 1776. He was an early supporter of the American cause and opposed to the Stamp Act. In June 1776, New Jersey recalled its delegates to the Second Continental Congress, and appointed new ones, including John Hart. Hart took his seat in Congress on July 1, 1776, and the next day, voted for independence at the age of 65. Soon afterwards, he returned to his farm in New Jersey. In late 1776, the British Army advanced near Hopewell, and John had just enough time to get his children to relatives, before he could escape himself. Hiding out in caves and sleeping out in the open, he refused the British offer of a pardon if he gave up the patriot cause, and after George Washington won the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey on January 3, 1777, he finally returned to his farm, to find his wife dead and the farm destroyed. He attempted to find his children, but was never able to gather all of them back together again. His health wrecked by his months spent out in the open winter as a fugitive, he died on May 11, 1780. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
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 Parents:
  Edward Hart (1683 - 1752)
  Martha Furman Hart (1691 - 1745)
 
 Spouse:
  Deborah Scudder Hart (1721 - 1776)*
 
 Children:
  Nathaniel Hart (1747 - 1825)*
  Susannah Hart Polhemus (1750 - 1832)*
  Abigail Hart Stout (1754 - 1832)*
  Edward Scudder Hart (1755 - 1812)*
  Daniel Hart (1762 - 1848)*
  Deborah Hart Ott (1765 - 1838)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
First Baptist Church Cemetery
Hopewell
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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- lookin4kin
 Added: Oct. 19, 2014
THANK YOU, Sir, for all you did and endured to make us all a free people. May the PEOPLE of this Nation read and understand the Law, and make their public servants and other citizens OBEY it! We have no idea how good we have it, thanks be to God and the w...(Read more)
- Farmer
 Added: Sep. 6, 2014
We appreciate your faithful service to our great country. Thank you for your service to the United States of America. Happy Memorial Day GGGG Great Grandfather!
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 Added: May. 26, 2014
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