Years Of The American Revolution In Pequannock Township
At the start of the Revolutionary War residents of the Township of Pequannock issued a declaration of support for the Continental Congress known as the Pequannock Articles of Agreement for the Continental and Provincial Congresses.
During the Revolutionary War in 1779 county tax records indicated that there were 43 slaves in Pequannock Township.
A "Liberty Pole" in support of the Patriot Cause was erected in Pequannock Township at a location where the current Township of Pequannock Municipal building sidewalk meets the curb along the present Newark-Pompton Turnpike.
In a book entitled Men from Morris County New Jersey Who Served in the American Revolution, compiled by Barbara Hoskins, 67 men from Pequannock Township served in the Revolutionary War.
David Provost, a Revolutionary War veteran, is listed as a school teacher in Pompton Plains in 1807.
If you visit the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains you can see the tombstone and grave of Simon Vanness (1734 to 1831), an American Revolutionary War veteran.
The Newark-Pompton Turnpike, once called the "King's Highway," was "one of America's major Revolutionary Highway's." It took American Revolutionary War soldiers from West Point and the Hudson Highlands to Trenton and points south.
No less than 17 american Revolutionary War generals used the present-day Newark-Pompton Turnpike, during the Revolutionary War.
General George Washington began a letter written on July 14, 1777 to the Continental Congress, with these word: Vanaulen (currently the present-day van Allen House in nearby Oakland), 8 Miles from Pumpton Plains.