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 William Colfax

William Colfax

Birth
New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death 9 Sep 1838 (aged 82)
Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Wayne, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 6817628 · View Source
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Revolutionary War Army Officer, War of 1812 Militia General. Born in New London, Connecticut, at the age of seventeen he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Continental Army. He participated in all battles of the Revolutionary War from Bunker Hill to Yorktown, and was present at the surrender of General Charles Cornwallis. George Washington made him Captain of his personal Life Guard. At the end of the war, he settled in Pompton, New Jersey where he married Hester Schuyler, a cousin of Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler, on August 27, 1783. He continued to be active locally after the war and became a Judge of the Bergen County Court of Common Pleas until his death. He also served in the New Jersey Legislature from 1806 to 1813. In 1810 he was commissioned a Brigadier General in New Jersey Militia and served his country again militarily in the War of 1812. He died in 1838 and was buried with full military honors.

Bio by: Rich H.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Rich H.
  • Added: 3 Oct 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6817628
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Colfax (3 Jul 1756–9 Sep 1838), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6817628, citing Colfax Family Burying Ground, Wayne, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .