James Clinton


James Clinton


Brigadier General James Clinton
(9 Aug 1733, Orange NY)
(22 Dec 1812, Orange NY)

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James Clinton

University of Tennessee Biography

James Clinton (1733-1812) -- American general in the Revolutionary War. He was born in Orange County New York, on August 9,1733 During the French and Indian War he took part in Lt. Col. John Bradstreet's successful campaign against Fort Frontenac (now Kingston, Ontario) in 1758. When the American colonies revolted, he commanded a New York regiment and accompanied Brig. Gen. Richard Montgomery on disastrous expedition against Quebec in 1775. The next year Clinton was commissioned brigadier general in the Continental Army. He was unable to hold Forts Clinton and Montgomery in New York against the British forces in 1777, but he and Major General John Sullivan defeated the Loyalist and Indians two years later at Newtown (Elmira) , New York. In 1781 he participated in the siege of Yorktown. Clinton died in Little Britain, New York, on December 22, 1812. He was the brother of George Clinton, vice president of the United States in 1805-1812, and the father of DeWitt Clinton.


JAMES CLINTON (VI.) known as General James, married first, Mary DeWitt, of Deerpark, and second, Mrs. Mary (Little) Gray, widow of ______ Gray, an immigrant from Ireland. By his first wife he had:

I. ALEXANDER, who though but a lad at the time, was a lieutenant in Colonel Lambís Regiment of Artillery in the Revolutionary War, and served until its close. He was drowned in the Hudson River in his 22nd year. He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati.

II. CHARLES, married Elizabeth Mulliner. He had three children - Mary De Witt, who married Captain Robert Gourley; Alexander, who married Adeline A. Hamilton; Ann Eliza, who married James Foster, Jr.

III. DE WITT, Governor of the State of New York, also Mayor of the City of New York. He first married Maria Franklin; second Catharine Jones. By his first wife he had ten children. Four of them died young. The others were: Charles Alexander, married Catharine Hone; James Henry, died at sea; George William, married Laura C. Spencer; Mary married David S. Jones, Franklin, died unmarried; Julia, died unmarried.

IV. GEORGE, married Hannah Franklin, sister to Maria, wife of his brother De Witt. They had three children - Mary Caroline, married Henry Overing; Franklin died young; Julia Matilda, married, first George C. Tallmadge; second James Foster, Jr.

V. MARY, married first, Robert Burrage Norton; second Judge Ambrose Spencer. She had two children by her first husband - Clinton, married Sally Pearsall; Mary, married Alexander C. Spencer. No issue by second.

VI. ELIZABETH, married Lieutenant William Stuart of the Revolutionary Army, and a member of the Society of the Cincinnati. They had seven children.

VII. KATHARINE, married first Samuel Lake Norton, brother to her sister Maryís husband. No issue. Second, Judge Ambrose Spencer, her sisterís widower.

General James Clintonís children by his second wife, Mrs. Mary Gray, widow, were six in number: James, died young; Caroline H., married Judge Charles A. Dewey, of Northampton, Mass.; Emma L., died at the age of 21, unmarried; James Graham married Margaret Conger; they had one son, DeWitt: Letitia, married Dr. Francis Bolton: they had two children, Thomas, who died young, and James Clinton, who married Laura Tallmadge; Anna married Lieutenant Edward Ross, U.S.A.

GEORGE CLINTON (VII), married Cornelia, only daughter of Petrus Tappen and Tjaatje Wynkoop, his. wife, of Kingston, February 7th, 1770, and had:

I. CATHARINE, born in New Windsor, November 5th, 1770; married first John Taylor of New York, October 25, 1791. Her husband died November 26th, of the same year, and June 4th, 1801, she married Major-General Pierre van Cortlandt. She died at Peekskill January 10th, 1811.

II. CORNELIA TAPPEN, born in New Windsor, June 29th, 1774; married Citizen Edward Charles Genet, Minister from the French Republic to the United States, November 6th, 1794, and died March 28th, 1810.

III. GEORGE WASHINGTON, born in Poughkeepsie October 18th, 1778, married Anna Floyd, daughter of General William Floyd, September 19th, 1808; died March 27, 1813, leaving one son, George William Floyd, born in Poughkeepsie October 31st, 1809, died unmarried in New York, May 12th, 1842.

IV. ELIZABETH, born in Poughkeepsie July 10th, 1780; married Matthias B. Tallmadge October 25th, 1803; died April 8th, 1825.

V. MARTHA WASHINGTON, born in Poughkeepsie October 12th, 1783; died February 20th, 1795.

VI. MARIA, born in New York October 6th, 1785; married Dr. Stephen D. Beekman; died April 17th, 1829.


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