Martha Piatt was born Martha Huddy on April 22, 1766 in Salem, New Jersey. Her mother was a widow. Her married named was Mary Borden. After her mother died in 1771, her father moved to Colt's Neck in Monmouth County, NJ. Her father next married Catherine (Applegate) Hart. She was also a widow and had six children. Joshua Huddy, her father, was hanged by Loyalists near Monmouth NJ in 1782. Martha Huddy married: (1) William Perry August 10th, 1786 (2) Jacob Piatt 1819 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Joshua Huddy, her father, was born November 8, 1735 to a prosperous family in Salem County, New Jersey, the oldest of seven brothers. His grandfather, Hugh Huddy, Martha's great grandfather, was a well-known judge in Burlington and founded the earliest chartered stagecoach service in America along the "Old Burlington Path" on April 11, 1706; The Burlington to Perth Amboy Stagecoch Line. It connected Perth Amboy, the capital of East Jersey and Burlington, the capital of West Jersey. Additional ferry service provided a direct link between New York and Philadelphia. Joshua Huddy's grandmother was Martha Hunloke, the wife of Hugh Huddy. Joshua Huddy spent most of his early life in Salem, where he was considered rebellious and a troublemaker. He was disowned by Quakers in Salem in 1757 for his “disorderly” conduct. His “rough ways” continued into adulthood; he was tried and convicted several times for crimes including assault and theft, and repeatedly was in financial difficulties. He was forced to sell a 300 acre plantation in Salem to pay his debts and was forced into debtor’s prison for a time. In 1764, he married his first wife, the widowed Mary Borden, by whom he had two daughters, Elizabeth and Martha. In the 1770s, he moved to Colts Neck in Monmouth County, where on October 27, 1778, he married his second wife, Catherine (Applegate) Hart (1732-1783), also a widow and owner of Hart's Tavern (Colt's Neck Inn). She inherited the tavern from her first husband, Levy Hart (1720-1775), a merchant who emigrated from England. Levy Hart and Catherine (Applegate) Hart were married on December 29, 1757 and had six children; (I) Rebecca Hart (b.1758), she married (1) Elias Longstreet (2) William White, (II) Jacob Hart (1760-1816), married Margaret (no children); he owned and lived at the tavern after his mother's death; he willed the tavern to his nephew John Hart who was the son of his brother John Hart, (III) Ebenezer Hart (1761-1831), a veteran of the American Revolution, a matross in Captain Barnes Smock's Company, he married Permillia Wainright; they had a son Elias Hart; Find A Grave Memorial #11786218, who was a veteran of the War of 1812, (IV) Napthali Hart (b.1770), (V) Catherine Hart (b.1771), who married Mr. Knott and (VI) John Hart (1773-1846) who married Ann Trafford. Joshua Huddy was accused by the Monmouth County sheriff of trying to steal the tavern from his wife and force her and her children out into the street. He became estranged from his second wife Catherine. He often was in civil and criminal court, either as plaintiff or defendant. In 1836, Huddy’s only living daughter from his first marriage, Martha Huddy Perry Piatt, wrote to Congress that the nation had never expressed its gratitude to Huddy and asked for money and land for herself and her late sister’s children. Although some published accounts state that she was successful, the bill was tabled and never acted upon. Much has been written and many monuments in Monmouth County, NJ have been erected for Captain Joshua Huddy.
Descendant of Captain Joshua Huddy, of New Jersey: Mrs. Mary Swift Thoms; Find A Grave Memorial
#79056858, born in Ohio. Wife of Joseph Clark Thoms Daughter of Briggs Swift and Martha Perry Hubbell (Briggs-Swift Mausoleum, Spring Grove Cemetery), his wife. Granddaughter of Gabriel Hubbell and Martha Perry, his wife. Great granddaughter of William Perry and Martha Huddy, his wife. Great-great granddaughter of Joshua Huddy and Mary Huddy, his wife. Joshua Huddy entered the militia in 1776, and was captain of Artillery in 1777. When in command of the post at Tom's River, in 1782, he was captured by a party of British soldiers and hanged on the heights of Middleton. Washington announced to the enemy that unless the murderers were given up, he would retaliate upon an officer of equal rank. Lots were drawn among the prisoners and Capt. Asgill, a brilliant young officer drew the fatal number, but his execution was delayed and Congress finally pardoned him at the request of Count Vergennes and to the gratification of the Commander-in-Chief.
Joshua Huddy and the American Revolution in New Jersey
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