Jehu (John) Dunham (1761-1842)

Jehu Dunham was born 24 Sept. 1761 [ DAR Patriot Index], in Washington, NJ (now South River).

During the years 1775-1783, the American Revolutionary War was being fought. At this time, Jehu Dunham would have been ages 14 – 22.

Upon becoming age 16 (1777), Jehu became eligible to participate in the New Jersey Militia.

Jehu’s pension application is a several page letter in his own handwriting. The application \ letter states that he was a “private in the company commanded by Captain Magliman of the regiment commanded by Colonel Nielson in the New Jersey Militia for 2 years.” Jehu would have been a member of the “2nd Regiment” of the Middlesex County Militia to fight under Colonel John Neilson, Captain Magliman, and John Taylor.

Jehu is listed as having served as a Private in the “Jersey Line” Continental Army on page 582 of the Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War.

Additionally, the Pension Roll of 1835, vol. II, page 71 confirms that Jehu was a “private” in the “New Jersey Militia.” For his service in the militia, Jehu’s annual pension is listed as having been $80.00 and as having commenced on Mar 4, 1831.

In 1791 Jehu married, Elnorah Van Tine. She was daughter of Charl (Funtein) VanTine and Adriaentje Van Nuis.

Children of Jehu and Elnore:
Elizabeth 7 b. 24 Nov. 1792
David 7 b. 11 May 1794, Dunhams Corners
James 7 b. 1796
Lewis 7 b. 8 Jan. 1799
William G. Dunham b. 10 Apr. 1801
Abraham 7 b. 24 Oct. 1802

Jehu died 6 April 1842. He is buried off Summerhill Rd. E. Brunswick, Middlesex Co., NJ in Obert Cemetery, New Brunswick, NJ. His headstone reads – “Jehu Dunham (1761-1842)” and can be found in the Obert Cemetery, New Brunswick, New Jersey.