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John Emery
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Birth: Jan. 1, 1742
Hunterdon County
New Jersey, USA
Death: May 13, 1814
Plain Grove
Lawrence County
Pennsylvania, USA

John Emery, son of Conrad and Margreth Emery, was born in New Jersey on January 1, 1742, according to most available information. This date is in agreement with the tombstone inscription in the Plaingrove Presbyterian Cemetery, but differs by two years from the records of this church, which give his date of birth as January 1, 1744.

That John Emery of Plaingrove, PA, was the son of Conrad Emery of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, there can be but little doubt. In the records of the Presbyterian Church of Plaingrove, Pennsylvania, on a slip of paper are recorded both John and Mary Emery's dates of birth, his date of marriage to Mary Reed, and a list of their children, with dates of birth for each. The names of the children correspond closely with those of John Emery's brothers and sisters, including a Conrad, and to further substantiate the lineage, four of the children listed at Plaingrove are identical in names and dates of birth to the four children of John and Mary Emery contained in the baptismal records of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Lebanon, New Jersey.

John Emery was married November 28, 1765, in New Jersey to Mary Reed, born December 22, 1743. They settled in New Jersey, where their eleven children were born. The name John Henry appears on a list of Ratables in the Township of Lebanon, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, in the year 1778, at which time he is listed as being owner of 170 acres of land. The name disappears from the tax rolls after 1786, about the time he removed to Pennsylvania.

On January 20, 1777, John Emery enlisted in the Revolutionary War, his name appearing first on the muster roll of May 15, 1777, as enlisted with the rank of private for the duration of the war. He served in Captain James Moore's Company (later Captain Isaac Seeley's Company), Fifth Pennsylvania Regiment, commanded by Colonel Francis Johnston, and his name last appears on the roll of September 9, 1778, which shows him sick at the Yellow Springs. Although a resident of New Jersey, he served in a Pennsylvania regiment, which was not unusual for persons living near the Pennsylvania border in New Jersey.

Sometime after 1788, when their youngest child was born, John and Mary Emery removed to Pennsylvania, settling near Younksmantown (later Miflinburg) in the Cumberland Valley. Mary Emery died in 1807, supposedly in Bedford County in the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania, and is presumably buried there. The same year, John Emery removed with his family to the vicinity of Plaingrove, Lawrence Co., Pennsylvania, which was then a part of Mercer County. His son, John, had preceded him by several years, and no doubt the father followed the son to this region after the death of his wife.

John Emery spent his remaining years in the vicinity of Plaingrove, Pennsylvania, and died May 13, 1814, aged 72 years, 4 months and 11 days. He is buried in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Plaingrove, where his tombstone still stands as a stone slab with a very ornately carved top, with the above dates clearly inscribed. Some of his children are also buried in this cemetery, as many of them settled in and around Lawrence and Butler County. The early Emery families settled in the area east of Harlansburg, across the Slippery Rock Creek.
(source: book "Conrad Emery and His Descendants") 
Family links: 
  Conrad Emery (1709 - 1757)
  Margreth Emery
  Mary Reed Emery (1743 - 1807)
  Mary Emery (1766 - 1766)*
  John Emery (1768 - ____)*
  Peter Emery (1770 - 1839)*
  Conrad Emery (1771 - 1854)*
  William Emery (1772 - 1854)*
  William Emery (1772 - 1854)*
  Mary Emery Taylor (1773 - ____)*
  Joseph Emery (1775 - 1848)*
  Jacob Emery (1777 - 1844)*
  David Emry (1780 - 1855)*
  Catherine Emery Fisher (1785 - ____)*
  Henry Emery (1788 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
In Memory of
John Emery
Who Departed
This Life May
13th 1844 aged 72
Years 4 months
And 11 Days
Note: 6/25/2011 Michael Finnestad added link to parents
South Plain Grove Cemetery
Plain Grove
Lawrence County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Record added: Mar 15, 2010
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