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John Hart
Birth: 1714
New London County
Connecticut, USA
Death: May 11, 1779
Hunterdon County
New Jersey, USA

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) 
Family links: 
  Edward Hart (1685 - 1752)
  Martha Furman Hart (1690 - ____)
  Deborah Scudder Hart (1721 - 1776)*
  Sarah Hart Wikoff (1741 - 1821)*
  Nathaniel Hart (1747 - 1825)*
  John Hart (1748 - 1790)*
  Susannah Hart Polhemus (1750 - 1832)*
  Abigail Hart Stout (1754 - 1832)*
  Edward Scudder Hart (1755 - 1812)*
  Daniel Scudder Hart (1762 - 1848)*
  Deborah Hart Ott (1765 - 1838)*
  John Hart (1714 - 1779)
  Sarah Hart Burrowes (1716 - ____)*
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Hopewell Baptist Meeting House Cemetery
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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It is my honor to visit your Memorial, Mr Hart.You could have lived an easy life with your wife and 13 children had you taken the British's offer to renounce your beliefs of your visions for the United States of America, but YOU WOULD NOT. Your refusal co...(Read more)
- In your debt.
 Added: Oct. 25, 2016
Dear John, Thank you for helping start this Great Nation. You are my 5th Great Grandfather on my Mothers side: Alby Plant Horton Jardine. She taught us 4 kids and all the grandchildren all about you. We are so proud of your accomplishments and your huge ...(Read more)
- Claire Horton Jardine-Reader
 Added: Sep. 11, 2016
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 Added: Jul. 4, 2016
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