Maj Jonathan Cilley

Maj Jonathan Cilley

Birth
Nottingham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 21 Mar 1807 (aged 45)
Colerain Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Dunlap, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 18007505 · View Source
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Revolutionary War Officer, Militia Officer. A native of New Hampshire, he was a member of the prominent Cilley family. The son of a Revolutionary War General, Joseph Cilley, he was captured by the British at the age of 15 when his father marched to Ticonderoga. Realizing that he was not associated as a soldier in the rebellion, the British released him to return to his home. When he made it home, he asked to be pressed into the service and was commissioned as an Ensign in the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment. In July of 1780, Cilley became a Lieutenant and was later transferred to the 1st New Hampshire Regiment for the remainder of the war. Afterwards, he returned to New Hampshire and married Dorcas Butler Cilley. He was appointed as Justice of the Peace for Rockingham County and made Inspector and Major of the 3rd Brigade of New Hampshire Militia. He moved west with his family to Ohio in 1804, settled in Hamilton County near Cincinnati, and purchased land to farm in Colerain Township. He briefly commanded the Newport Barracks and returned to his farm. He died a few years later in his fields in 1807 when he was 45 years old. His older brother, Bradbury Cilley, was a Congressman from New Hampshire. Two of his other brothers, Greenleaf Cilley and Jacob Cilley, were War of 1812 Officers. His son, Joseph Cilley, was also a War of 1812 Officer. His nephew, Jonathan L. Cilley, was a U.S. Congressman from Maine and was best known for receiving a mortal wound in a formal duel that precipitated a Congressional bill to outlaw dueling.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Jonathan Cilley (8 Mar 1762–21 Mar 1807), Find a Grave Memorial no. 18007505, citing Hedges Cemetery, Dunlap, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by K Guy (contributor 46886706) .