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Col Jacob Piatt
Birth: May 16, 1747
Sixmile Run
Somerset County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Aug. 14, 1834
Petersburg
Boone County
Kentucky, USA

REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETERAN NJ-JUDGE BOONE COUNTY KY-ESTABLISHED FEDERAL HALL PLANTATION KENTUCKY-SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI FOUNDING MEMBER NJ-ESTABLISHED PIATT'S LANDING FERRY, KY Colonel Jacob Piatt was one of five Piatt brothers who served the patriot cause during the American Revolution. Jacob Piatt fought in the battles of Quebec and Three Rivers in Canada; the battles of Germantown, Brandywine and White Horse Tavern (Battle of the Clouds) in Pennsylvania and the battles of Crosswicks Bridge, Short Hills and Monmouth in New Jersey, where he was seriously wounded. On June 28, 1778, at the Battle of Monmouth, he heard General Washington "dress down" General Charles Lee for retreating. Lee responded with insubordination for which he was arrested. Jacob Piatt also served as a Captain during Major General John Sullivan's 1779 Campaign against the Iroquois Confederacy. During that campaign he was in Brig. General William Maxwell's 1st NJ Brigade and in Colonel Matthias Ogden's 1st. NJ Regiment. He participated in the the battles of Newtown and Chemung, NY, during that campaign. Brothers William and Daniel also served in the same unit during the Sullivan Campaign. Jacob was present at the final engagement and surrender in Yorktown, Virginia. Jacob Piatt's First New Jersey Continental Regiment Orderly Book (1777-1778), kept by Adjutant Jacob Piatt, includes orders issued at Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania (General George Washington's encampment during the battle of Germantown and before retirement to Valley Forge), November 20, 1777-January 13, 1778; orders issued at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, January 14-February 18, 1778; and weekly returns, February 6-27, 1778. This regiment was under the command of Colonel Matthias Ogden. The book was donated to the New Jersey Historical Society in 1871 by Augustus T. Coddington, ca. 1871. Jacob Piatt married Hannah Cook McCullough on March 15, 1779. They first lived near Bloomsbury, NJ. His wife Hannah, was born 1 1/2 miles west of Bloomsbury, Hunterdon County, NJ in Greenwich Twp., (Stewartsville), Warren County, formerly Sussex County, NJ, along the Pohatcong Creek in the Musconetcong River Valley. The house she was born in is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as "Kennedy House and Mill," named for the family that owned the property later. Jacob Piatt was a Captain during the Revolution and served on General Washington's staff. He later became a Colonel while in Boone County, Kentucky. After the revolution, he traveled to Kentucky in 1795. He first moved his family to Cincinnati, Ohio before finally settling in Boone County, Kentucky in 1799 on 510 acres of land. In 1804 he erected Federal Hall on his Petersburg, Boone County Plantation. The ruins of his large stone mansion are located on the hillside above Second Creek overlooking the Ohio River. Jacob Piatt was a Judge in Boone County for thirteen years. As a judge in Boone County, he was the one of the first judges in the state of Kentucky to sentence a defendant to death. He was also was a charter member of the Society of the Cincinnati. While at the Federal Hall Plantation, according to census figures, Jacob Piatt owned slaves. Major Daniel Piatt and Captain William Piatt, his brothers, were also members. In 1825, General Marquis de Lafayette, along with his friend from New Jersey, Colonel Zebulon Pike, father of explorer, General Zebulon M. Pike, visited Federal Hall. Colonel Pike settled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, just across the Ohio from Federal Hall. General LaFayette had made an earlier stop in Scotch Plains, NJ to visit Jacob's brother William Piatt. Apparently, he was unaware that William had been killed in battle. The General was a also a friend of Captain William Piatt, a former Scotch Plains resident and a bodyguard to George Washington. When Lafayette toured the colonies at the invitation of Congress, he tried to contact William. Unfortunately, William Piatt had been killed at the Battle of Wabash in 1791. The General dined at the Stage House with Jacob's nephew Dr. William F. Piatt, II, M.D., and other members of his late friendís family, The Stage House is located down the street from where William lived. The historic restaurant is still in operation. Colonel Jacob Piatt, Boone County Judge, died at Federal Hall Plantation. Jacob, Hannah and other members of their family, are buried near the stone mansion he erected. His tombstone read: Jacob Piatt Born May 16, 1747 Died August 14, 1834 A Soldier of the Revolution and A Soldier of the Cross [NOTE] In 1934, the tombstones of Colonel Jacob Piatt and other family members were knocked down and broken into pieces and the burial grounds nearly plowed over. In 1938 a restoration ceremony by the Elizabeth Benton Chapter of the DAR took place and a plaque honoring Colonel Jacob Piatt was placed at the burial grounds. The ceremonial plaque was stolen twice and returned after rewards were paid. The plaque is now located in the Piatt Castles Museum in West Liberty, Ohio. The Federal Hall Mansion and Colonel Jacob Piatt Burying Grounds are located on privately owned property and are overgrown with vegetation. Only the stone ruins of the mansion remain following a fire in the late 1980's. Attempts are being made to preserve both the decaying structure and what remains of the cemetery. The burial grounds are located about 200 yards east of the mansion. A cenotaph memorial honoring Hannah Cook McCullough Piatt (1760-1818), the first wife of Colonel Jacob Piatt (1747-1834), is located in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio. After Hannah died in 1818, Jacob Piatt married Martha Perry in 1819 in Cincinnati, Ohio. SOURCES: Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution 1888-1898, Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Company, submitted by Walter George Smith. The Tribe of Jacob Piatt, N. Louise Lodge, 1934. M. V. Woodrough September 2002.
The children of Colonel Jacob Piatt and Hannah Cook McCullough Piatt:
I. Benjamin McCullough Piatt b: 26 Dec 1779 Bloomsbury, Sussex Co, NJ d: 28 Apr 1863 Mac-O-Cheek, West Liberty, Logan Co, OH (buried Piatt Family Cemetery, Logan Co, OH) m: 24 Sep 1799 Boone Co, KY, Elizabeth Barnett b: 2 Oct 1780 d: 8 Apr 1867 (buried Piatt family Cemetery, Logan Co, OH)
II. John Hopper Piatt; b: 15 Aug 1781 Bloomsbury, Hunterdon County, New Jersey d: 11 Feb 1822 Washington, DC. He married Martha Ann Willis. John Hopper Piatt started in the steamboat business and established the first private bank west of the Allegheny Mountains: John H. Piatt & Co. He was well known and highly regarded throughout the Northwest Territory. During the War of 1812, William Henry Harrison's army desperately needed supplies. He mortgaged nearly all of his assets to feed the armies in the western theater of operations. When the government failed to reimburse him he left for Washington, D.C. He was eventually bankrupted and ended up in debtors prison. He died penniless in Washington, D.C. 1822. He was just 40 years old. His heirs continued the case after his death and it eventually ended up in the Supreme Court of the United States. It was finally settled in 1875 and his heirs were only reimbursed for the original amount without interest. President elect, William Henry Harrison eulogized his friend before leaving Cincinnati for Washington. He said his friend risked his entire fortune to feed his army in the west during the War of 1812 and a statue should be erected in his honor. Piatt Park in Cincinnati, Ohio is named in honor of John Hopper Piatt and his brother William McCullough Piatt who donated the land in 1817.
III. Frances Annabelle Piatt b: 21 Oct 1783 Bloomsbury, Hunterdon County, NJ d: 9 Jun 1840 Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana m: 22 Nov 1804 Boone Co, KY, Isaac Dunn
1.Jacob Piatt Dunn m: Harriet Louisa Tate :
2.Louisa Maria Dunn m: Henry Wesley Tutewiler
Hattie Mary Tutewiler b: Indianapolis, IN, DAR ID Number: 20915
3.Catherine Dunn b: Evansville, IN, DAR ID Number: 20910
4.John Piatt Dunn m: Almira Buell
5.William McCullough Dunn m: Amy Talbot
6.Amy Nell Dunn b: Philadelphia, PA, DAR ID Number: 34752
IV. Hannah Cooke Piatt b: 30 Mar 1798, Boone Co, KY d: 10 Oct 1884, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co, OH m: 17 Sep 1816 Boone Co, KY, Phillip Grandin
V. William Piatt b: Boone Co, KY (died as an infant [NOTE]: A photo of a piece of a tombstone was posted at the memorial site of Hannah Cook McCullough Piatt, the mother of William Piatt. It reads: barely legible; Wm followed by M. Piatt. It may well be the a fragment from the tombstone of William Piatt (infant son of Colonel Jacob and Hannah Piatt). William McCullough Piatt.
VI. Abraham Sedam Piatt b: 30 Nov 1801 Boone Co, KY (or Cincinnati, Hamilton Co, OH) d: 29 Dec 1876 Petersburg, Boone Co, KY m: 6 Jun 1822 Boone Co, KY, Mary Pope McCoy b: 10 Jan 1805 VA d: 8 Jul 1886 (both buried in the Abraham Piatt Family Cemetery in Boone County, Kentucky)
Jacob Piatt's eldest child Benjamin McCullough Piatt became a lawyer and judge. Judge Piatt was a wealthy landowner and entrepreneur. Judge Piatt married Elizabeth Barnett. Their two sons Abram and Donn erected the Piatt Castles which are National Historic Sites. Benjamin McCullough Piatt and Elizabeth Barnett McCullough's daughter, Isabella Piatt Runkle married Ralph E. Runkle. They had a son General Benjamin Piatt Runkle; Find-A-Grave Memorial #12982 is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Benjamin McCullough Piatt and Elizabeth Barnett McCullough's daughter Arabella Sanders Piatt (1808-1830) married William Budd McCullough (1801-1868). Benjamin McCullough Piatt and Elizabeth Barnett McCullough's daughter Martha Ann Piatt Read Worthington (1814-1881); Find A Grave Memorial #26435255 married (1) Hon. Nathaniel C. Read (1810-1853); Find A Grave Memorial #53220633, who was a Ohio Supreme Court Judge and married (2)James Taylor Worthington (1802-1881); Find A Grave Memorial #24726851. His father Thomas Worthington was a U.S. Senator, Governor of Ohio, member of the Ohio Hall of Fame and Father of the Erie Canal. Her finals days were spent at the Adena Mansion built for Thomas Worthington by Benjamin Latrobe, and was completed in 1807. It is located on a hilltop west of downtown Chillicothe, Ohio. It was inherited by her husband James Taylor Worthington. She had six children. Three died young and three survived into adulthood but remained unmarried. SOURCE: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans 1904. Benjamin Piatt Runkle, soldier and clergyman, was born in West Liberty, Ohio, Sept. 3, 1837; son of Ralph E. and Hannah Isabella (Piatt) Runkle; grandson of Jacob and Euphemia Runkle and of Benjamin Marshall and Elizabeth (Barnett) Piatt, and a descendant of Adam Runkle, who was descended from the Lords of Runkel of Hesse Nassau, Germany, and of Col. Jacob Piatt of the Continental Army, who was a descendant of John Piatt, a Huguenot emigrant. He was graduated at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, A.B., 1857; was admitted to the bar in 1859, and practiced law in Cincinnati, 1859-61. He was commissioned captain, 13th Ohio volunteers, April 19, 1861; was promoted major, Nov. 8, 1861; honorably mustered out, Aug. 18, 1862; commissioned colonel, 45th Ohio volunteers, Aug. 19, 1862, and again honorably mustered out, July 21, 1864. He served in the West Virginia campaign, 1861, under Rosecrans; in the Shiloh campaign under Buell (in which he was severely wounded and left for dead on the field), in the campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee under Gilmore and Burnside, and in the Atlanta campaign under Schofield and Sherman. He was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the veteran reserve corps, Aug. 22, 1864; was commissioned major 45th infantry, U.S.A., July 28, 1866; was honorably mustered out of the volunteer service, Oct. 5, 1866, and was brevetted lieutenant-colonel, U.S.A., for gallant and meritorious services in the battle of Shiloh, March 2, 1867, and on the same day was brevetted colonel for gallant and meritorious services during the war. He was brevetted colonel, brigadier-general and major-general for meritorious services, Nov. 8, 1868, and was retired, Dec. 15, 1870, because of wounds received in duty. He was editor of the Urbana, Ohio, Union, 1873-75; attended Bexley Hall, the theological seminary of Kenyon college at Gambier, Ohio, 1879-80; was professor of military science and tactics in Milner Hall, Kenyon college, 1879-80, and was admitted to the decanoate of the Protestant Episcopal church in 1880; serving in parishes in Galena, Ohio, Midland, Mich., Minneapolis, Minn., and Greencastle, Ind., 1880-85. In 1888 he became manager of Belford's Magazine. He was married, Feb. 10, 1894, to Lalla Leins, daughter of Andrew and Anna R. Trimble (McDowell) McMicken and granddaughter of Gen. Joseph J. and Sallie Allen (McCue) McDowell. In 1895 he resigned the decanoate. He was professor of military science and tactics in Miami university, 1900-01; in University of Maine, 1901-02, and in 1902 accepted a like position in Peekskill Military academy. He was a founder of the Sigma Chi fraternity, of which he was grand counsel, 1895-97; a trustee of Miami university, 1863-72, and received the degree of L.H.D. from Miami in 1900.
SOURCE: Johnson, Rossiter, ed., Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans., Vol. I-X. Boston, MA, USA: The Biographical Society, 1904.
[ENDNOTE] COLONEL JACOB PIATT: Ensign, Captain Andrew M'Mires' Company First Battalion, First Establishment, December 15, 1775; Second Lieutenant, Captain Elias Longstreet's Company, November 29, 1776, Adjutant, First Battalion, Second Establishment, First Lieutenant and Adjutant, First Regiment, January 10, 1777; Captain-Lieutenant, First Regiment, to date from February 2, 1779; Captain by brevet; Captain, First Regiment, October 26, 1779, New Jersey Line; resigned to date March 11, 1780. Society of the Cincinnati. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Hull Piatt (1712 - 1760)
  Frances Vliet Wyckoff Piatt (1713 - 1776)
 
 Spouses:
  Hannah Cook McCullough Piatt (1760 - 1818)
  Martha Huddy (Perry) Piatt (1766 - 1842)*
 
 Children:
  Benjamin McCullough Piatt (1779 - 1863)*
  John Hooper Piatt (1781 - 1820)*
  John Hooper Piatt (1781 - 1822)*
  Frances Annabelle Piatt Dunn (1783 - 1840)*
  Hannah C Piatt Grandin (1798 - 1884)*
  Abraham Sedam Piatt (1801 - 1876)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jacob Wyckoff (1734 - 1797)**
  Margaret Wyckoff (1735 - 1738)**
  Frances Wyckoff (1737 - 1738)**
  John Piatt (1740 - 1820)*
  Abraham Piatt (1741 - 1791)*
  William Piatt (1743 - 1791)*
  Daniel Piatt (1745 - 1780)*
  Jacob Piatt (1747 - 1834)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Jacob Piatt Family Burying Ground
Union
Boone County
Kentucky, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 30, 2011
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In Honor of my 6th Great Grandfather.
- Donald Pyatt
 Added: Dec. 23, 2014
Love to my 5th Great-Grandfather.
- Judy Chatfield Montei
 Added: Oct. 8, 2012
Love, and rest in peace,
- Pat Flanigan Jordan
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