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Pvt Nathan Blackford
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Birth: Jul. 14, 1756
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Aug. 21, 1851
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA

Pvt N.J. Rev War
Nathan served as Private in the 1st Regiment, Middlesex County Militia - served monthly tours from 1776 - 1780. He served along with his brother, David (also buried at Samptown cemetery). He was married in 1794 to Rachel Runyan by Rev. Ruene Runyan (Rachel's uncle) of the First Baptist Church of Piscataway.

Nathan did not apply for his pension until 5 months prior to his death at 95 years old. In his declaration he says,
that he entered the service as a militia man of New Jersey, in the year 1776.

"There were militia stationed the most of the time at Woodbridge and our company was there for four months, in monthly tours, for most of that year. In 1778 we were called out as in the preceeding year, and were stationed at Woodbridge, in monthly tours. In this year, I was out at least six months. In this year, I recollect that the Battle of Monmouth took place, but our company was not in the battle. In 1779, I was called out to serve in monthly tours, and was marched to the shore during one of the tours, at this time some of the militia were ordered over to Staten Island. In this year, I served with Captain Randolph and was out four months. In the year 1780, I was ordered out under Captain Frazier and and performed my monthly tours at Woodbridge and served five months, during this year we were marched to different points when alarm came of the enemy landing at Sandy Hook and other places. In the year 1781, we were ordered out and stationed at Woodbridge principally. We were several times ordered to Brunswick and to other places not now recollected. There were a number of incidents which occurred while in service. Col Simcoe came up to Brunswick at one time, and Captain Voorhees was killed at that time. I knew a number who were living a few years ago who seved with me, but they are now all dead. Aaron Bishop and William Estell were two persons who I now recollect. I have always lived within a few miles of where I now do, in Middlesex County. Having had enough to live on and for my support, I never would consent to apply for a pension, but being now aged and infirmed, I think I may as well,
as others, claim the bounty of my country."

"Dear Ancestor,
Your tombstone stands among the rest neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out on polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care, it is too late to mourn
You did not know that I'd exist - you died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you, in flesh, in blood, in bone
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled one hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left who would have loved you so
I wonder if you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot and come to visit you."

Author Unknown

Children: Anne Blackord Runyon 1797 - 1863
Nathaniel Blackford 1799 - 1870
Ephraim Blackford 1801 - 1880
Sophia Blackford Dayton 1803 - 1830
Lewis Blackford 1805 - 1857

Family links: 
  Rachel Runyon Blackford (1762 - 1854)*
  Anne Blackford Runyon (____ - 1863)*
  Nathaniel Blackford (____ - 1870)*
  Ephraim Blackford (1801 - 1880)*
  Sophia Blackford Dayton (1803 - 1830)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Headstone is badly leaning and inscription is worn off
Hillside Cemetery
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section O, Plot 4, Grave 1
Maintained by: Rhonda
Originally Created by: Misty & Company
Record added: May 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69858568
Pvt Nathan Blackford
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Pvt Nathan Blackford
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Pvt Nathan Blackford
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My 5th great-grandfather, rest in heavenly peace.
- Rhonda in NY
 Added: Jun. 13, 2013

- Misty & Company
 Added: May. 15, 2011

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