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Capt John Wall
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Birth: Apr. 27, 1742
East Freehold
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 1814
Harrison County
Kentucky, USA

Captain in the Washington County Militia/2nd Battalion in Pennsylvania.

The Wall family remained together in New Jersey until 1766, when Walter and James Wall, together with Benjamin, William and Thomas Applegate, and others, emigrated to western Pennsylvania and settled on lands in the "Jersey Settlement" of Westmoreland County - now Allegheny County.

In 1775, John emigrated from New Jersey to Washington County, PA - then to Harrison County, KY where he died.


John Wall was born 27 Apr 1742, married Agnes McDuffee, born 17 Dec 1745 in Freehold Twp, Monmouth Co, East New Jersey, only child of Robert and Agnes McDuffee. The latter, born 1727, was living, widowed, on a farm on which part of the "Battle of Monmouth" was fought 28 Jun 1778. The story of that afternoon, as handed down from generation to generation is "the old woman and children were hurried to a place of safety, while the younger women followed their men, keeping as near as they could, to carry water to them, for the day was the hottest of a hot summer. Gen. Charles Lees unnecessary retreat caused great despair among them and it was during the rally that "Molly Pitcher"/Mary Hays saw her husband fall and she took his place. Agnes McDuffee was with these women and was a friend and neighbor of "Molly Pitcher".

We have, in our family, a reticule made by Agness McDuffee, also a curious valentine whose unfolding is a puzzle, made by Robert McDuffee.

Agnes (McDuffee) Wall died and John Wall married Hannah Ketchum, born 4 Feb 1750 in New Jersey, and emigrated to Washington County, PA and settled where the town of Finleyville now stands in 1775 and here the remainder of his children were born.

The land embraced in the present borough of Finleyville, Washington Co, PA, is part of a tract called "Mount Pleasant", containing 405 acres, on which Capt John Wall settled in 1775, and for which he received a patent from the Supreme Executive Council of the State dated 3 Dec 1787. In 1776, he erected a stone dwelling, the first house in the place, called "the Mansion House."

The history of this region commenced soon after Gen. Forbes' expedition was sent out to retrieve the "lamentable" defeat of Braddock. Washington County was part of a disputed territory claimed by both Pennsylvania and Virginia. Active clash of authority was suspended during the War of the Revolution, which explains the late date of land, bought in 1775 and rights secured in 1787.

Capt John Wall served as a captain of militia while Washington County was under the jurisdiction of Virginia and, as Captain, in the War of the Revolution under commission from Pennsylvania. In 1768, he emigrated to Kentucky where he purchased a large tract of land.

(DAR record, V.1 (1925-7), pgs 204-207; prepared by LoEmma Temperance (Strong) Chester, #122532, William Henry Harrison Chapter, Valparaiso, IN)
Family links: 
  Garratt Wall (1715 - ____)
  Catherine Carr (1720 - ____)
  Agnes McDuffee Wall (1745 - 1774)
  Hannah Ketchum Wall (1749 - 1831)
  James Wall (1766 - 1850)*
  Daniel Wall (1768 - 1805)*
  William Ketchum Wall (1786 - 1853)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Graveyard
Harrison County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: Sue McDuffe:)
Record added: Oct 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43305389

- Lisa
 Added: Feb. 29, 2016
in remembrance of my 5th great grandfather
- Pamela (Wall) Barnes
 Added: Jan. 3, 2015
May GOD Bless you and our other Harvey/Harvie families as you so have blessed these UNITED STATES of North America and Europe! Thank you for your being and service!
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: May. 9, 2013
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