Saved from findagrave.com. He was buried on month day1690, at burial place, Connecticut. We do not have any photo volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. Despite having those … Some were solitary agents—others were part of a ring of spies managed by a military officer. Sadly, much like the Cold War and today, the true exploits of this patriot hero did not sell nearly as well as the fictional account by the famous novelist. All counted there are at least six letters during the war in which Washington mentions Hunter to others or corresponds directly with him. View 20 photos for 48 Caleb Brewster Rd, East Setauket, NY 11733 a 5 bed, 4 bath, 1.24 acres. He commanded a fleet of whale boats from Black Rock Harbor, New York, and used these to run messages from the Culper Spy Ring to General George Washington. Caleb eventually enlisted in the Continental Armyand by the autumn of 1776, he was a Lieutenant. An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request, There is an open photo request for this memorial. There is more on the green afterwards making it a great patriotic day. Richard Warren This feature takes a brief look at ten patriot spies, some who have become famous, others who remain obscure. 1827;aged 79 years.He was a brave and active officerof the Revolution. Share this memorial using social media sites or email. Translation on Find a Grave is an ongoing project. This prepared him with an expert knowledge of the waters. State # 3. Later in the war, McLane served as a soldier, intelligence officer and spy in two battles—Stony Point in July 1779 and Paulus Hook a month later. Daniel Bissell (1754-1824) was born into the locally prominent patriot Bissell family of the Windsor, Connecticut area. McLane and his wife Rebecca are marked by their original tablestone monument only a few feet from the Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery in downtown Wilmington. The arrest ordered by traitor General Arnold of Hercules Mulligan as a suspected spy for the patriots understandably caused fear for Townsend. Black Rock, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA. We have 2 volunteers within ten miles of your requested photo location. The 40+ year old annual ceremonies were held by the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter NSDAR and the Oliver Wolcott Senior Branch S.A.R. It was replaced sometime in the late 1800s with an impressive monument. Please enter your email address and we will send you an email with a reset password code. From what you say, I am led to hope he is; but nevertheless, if he is really in the confidence of the enemy, as he himself believes to be the case, it will be prudent to trust him with caution and to watch his conduct with a jealous eye. Try again later. Joshua and his brother John deserve acknowledgement for their exploits as two teenage boys from Elizabethtown (now the city of Elizabeth), New Jersey. John Honeyman, of Griggstown, New Jersey helped provide valuable information to Washington leading up to the Battles of Trenton and Princeton. Hamilton recommended Mulliganas a patriot spy after the Continental Army was forced to withdraw from New York. As it turned out, Hunter led an eventful life particularly during the Revolution. Save to an Ancestry Tree, a virtual cemetery, your clipboard for pasting or Print. Honeyman’s story is open to question since primary documents supporting it are not present. He and his wife are buried in a historic cemetery across the street from the childhood home of this author. Please reset your password. Lambertville, NJ. Meanwhile, Benjamin Tallmadge, … Your password must be at least 8 characters, Please check the I'm not a robot checkbox, If you want to be a Photo Volunteer you must enter a ZIP Code or select your location on the map. in 2020 despite COVID restrictions abd will be there in force in 2021! Towards the end of the war, in 1782, he purchased a stately home in rural Litchfield, Connecticut, which was Litchfield County’s center and included the county courthouse. I am not aware of any connection she may have to exposing Arnold. If you have questions, please contact support@findagrave.com. Thanks to the career as well as cogent historical scholarship of regular JAR contributor Ken Daigler, readers can more fully appreciate the important contributions of Allen McLane (1746-1829) in two key roles as intelligence officer (handling spies) and as a spy. Woodhull was courting Anna [Smith] Strong’s niece, Mary Smith, at that time and the Smith family was very influential on L.I. A lengthy letter from General Washington on October 29, 1777 included twenty-seven military intelligence questions for McLane. Thanks for using Find a Grave, if you have any feedback we would love to hear from you. GREAT NEWS! He never married. Please contact Find a Grave at support@findagrave.com if you need help resetting your password. He resided in Black Rock. Woodhull married his friend Mary Smith in 1781 and they had three children together. Try again later. All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. Townsend was given the alias of “Culper, Jr.” and the Tallmadge code book number 723, while Woodhull revised his alias to “Culper, Sr.” That alias helped provide some cover, as Townsend and Woodhull were not related. Of Hunter’s capacity as a double agent Washington writes: Tallmadge also created a concise but effective code book that improved the tradecraft, secrecy and plausible deniability of the entire ring, including himself as well as his boss, General Washington. Both Joshua and John were born on nearby Staten Island, and provided important intelligence several years before the Culper Ring even existed. The First Efforts to Limit the African Slave Trade Arise in the American Revolution: Part 1 of 3, The New England Colonies, This Week on Dispatches: Brian Gerring on “La Petite Guerre” and Native American Irregular Warfare, All at Sea: Naval Support for the British Army During the American Revolution, The Most Unlucky Man: Patrick Ferguson’s Early Years, A Chink in Britain’s Armor: John Paul Jones’s 1778 Raid on Whitehaven. Tallmadge also served as a brave cavalry officer who personally trained the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons on the town green in his temporary hometown of Wethersfield, Connecticut during the early part of 1777. Your email address will not be published. He based his leading character, Harvey Birch, on the exploits of Crosby as told to Cooper in many stories by his friend, John Jay, years after the war. The email does not appear to be a valid email address. Journal of the American Revolution also produces annual hardcover volumes, a branded book series, and the podcast, Dispatches. Elijah Hunter is buries at Dale Cemetery in Ossining, NY. Calebpassed away on month day1690, at age 72 at death place, Connecticut. However, in a letter to Washington, the only time that numbered agent is mentioned in correspondence, the context seems to indicate that Anna Strong has that identity. For the reasons I mentioned to you the other day I have not the least objection to our real strength being known, and it will be well for you to inform that you came by the knowledge of it from inquiry and your own observations of the troops when under arms upon which you formed an average estimate of the force of each regiment in the different Brigades; to give your account, the greater air of probability you may observe that the Officers are very incautious in speaking of the strength of their regiments. After the war Townsend ended his business in New York and returned to Oyster Bay to lead a quiet life. Failed to remove flower. With Tallmadge stationed in Connecticut and most of the spy work transpiring in New York City, Brewster’s role was to transport information across the sound from Long Island. Among the most interesting of these is an exchange between Washington and Hunter regarding the latter’s service as a spy. Dad’s role as owner of a local stagecoach line operating in New Jersey between Philadelphia and New York, as well as his role as deputy commissary of prisoners under Elias Boudinot, also of Elizabethtown, provided both logistical as well as informational support for the two brave sons. That meant Caleb was ready. Died: July 22, 1929 Mystic, CT. National #476. John’s gravesite is unknown, but Joshua has a well-marked grave in rural Presho Cemetery, along Interstate 99 and the Tioga River in the upstate town of Lindley, New York. Tallmadge recruited Abraham Woodhull as his initial primary agent or spy. The grave of spy Abraham Woodhull can be found in the cemetery of the Setauket Presbyterian Church. Providing timely intelligence while living as a stay-behind agent inside British-held New York City was particularly dangerous work. He could eavesdrop there and at nearby locations while also gathering some needed supplies for his family farm as part of his cover. His original headstone is embedded into one side of the brick facades of a simulated table stone grave marker that was probably constructed in the early twentieth century; the site is well-maintained. Grave stone of Jeremiah Kinner Cedar Hill Cemetery, Port Jefferson, LI, NY. The legendary exploits surrounding Mulliganmake for interesting reading, with some stories more plausible than others. You are only allowed to leave one flower per day for any given memorial. Although their identity is not known for sure, Agent 355 would have made a fascinating addition here, given that he/she is sometimes credited with unmasking Benedict Arnold. Our work has been featured by the New York Times, TIME magazine, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian, Mental Floss, NPR, and more. The Mersereau brothers might have played a role in exposing Maj. John Andre as Maj. Gen. Benedict Arnold’s handler because of Andre’s use of the alias, John Anderson. Each of them has a story and contributed in different, heroic ways. Woodhull then recruited his friend Townsend to share in the duties of primary agent. Some of them were forgotten before the war ended, as was the case during World War II and the Cold War when these secretive figures, and everyone in the intelligence community, acquired the sobriquet “spooks.” Many of them faded into obscurity. Failed to report flower. One has to wonder how many officers and soldiers got away with plundering and faced no consequences? Their spy activities haven been overshadowed by others such as the Culper Ring. Please try again later. Author James Fenimore Cooper published his first best-selling novel, The Spy, in 1821. Spies. Woodhull initially gathered information by traveling into New York City to visit his sister and brother-in-law’s boarding house where British officers often stayed. Caleb Brewster, 1747-1827 Caleb Brewster grew up in Setauket and also had a very important job during the spy ring. He suspended his secret communication to better ensure his safety, resuming his cover correspondence in 1782, sending what was likely his last dispatch on September 19, 1782. He did have very close calls while living mostly in what is now South Street Seaport in southeastern Manhattan. I am &c.’ Abraham Woodhull (1750-1826) was a childhood neighbor of young Benjamin Tallmadge in the seaside village of Setauket, located on the north shore of Long Island. Townsend also informed Tallmadge and Washington of the British seizure of reams of special paper used by U.S. Congress to produce money. 27 Sept 1713 d. 14 March 1782. Caleb Brewster, Circa 1791 - 1827CalebBrewster17911827. He resided in Black Rock. He later worked for the American side as a spy and double agent in New York City and there exists a number of letters and other related documents in the George Washington papers that reference Hunter’s role as a secret agent. His original headstone was ripped out by the British and never recovered. Under direct orders from General Washington, Bissell posed as a deserter in New York City from August 14, 1781 all the way until September 29, 1782. Make sure that the file is a photo. The Cutter Service later became known as the U.S. Coast Guard. Proof of Anna’s role in the Culper Ring remains elusive. Elijah Hunter was a valuable double agent for Washington, having the trust of New York City British military and civilian leaders. When I hosted a conference a year ago on spies in the American Revolution, there was not enough time to talk about each of the known patriot spies, or speculate on the identities of anonymous agents or unproven spies. Much of the correspondence between Arnold in Philadelphia and Andre in New York passed through New Jersey, perhaps on the Mersereau stagecoach line. such that the Smiths could move about L.I. No animated GIFs, photos with additional graphics (borders, embellishments. His children and grandchildren convinced him to write his memoir, which was not published until 1858, thirty-three years after his death. Daigler describes how McLane juggled overt and covert roles as a cavalry officer who also debriefed his informants. Caleb Brewster was essential to the communication of the Culper Spy Ring, as he coordinated the exchange of intelligence and instructions between Major Benjamin Tallmadge and General George Washington and the spy ring. Austin Roe of Setauket, brought the secret messages from the chief spy in New York, Robert Townsend (alias Culper, Jr.). Once in Setauket, the intelligence was carried across the sound by Caleb Brewster to Major Tallmadge in Connecticut. Joshua (1759-1857) and John (1760-1841) were among the five brothers who served different roles in the war, each of them sons of patriot leader Maj. Joshua Mersereau. Quickly see who the memorial is for and when they lived and died and where they are buried. We feature smart, groundbreaking research and well-written narratives from expert writers. Woodhull agreed to serve, and he sent his first dispatch as “Samuel Culper” on October 29, 1778 after he had sworn an oath of loyalty to the British King, which helped maintain his cover as an agent. Ben and Caleb arrived at the Continental outpost in Connecticut to rescue Hewlett, only to discover the outpost been ambushed. Calebhad 12 siblings: Wrestling (Wrestling (With The Devil) /Brewster/) Brewster, Unknown Brewsterand 10 other siblings. After the Revolutionary war he settled in the Town of Mt Pleasant where the Village of Ossining now stands and he died on December 22, 1815 in New York City. I am a descendant of the Caldwells…, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION © 2018. He worked on his farm and did some black smithing. To date there is no documentation which specifically identifies Agent 355 of the Culper Ring. You established your credibility with me by relating information that I’d gathered in separate research so, the new info was welcomed. Use the links under “See more…” to quickly search for other people with the same last name in the same cemetery, city, county, etc. The Old Burying Ground is located behind the Old Town Hall, near the corner of Beach Road and Old Post Road. Captain Brewster also made his own independent, direct reports to General Washington regarding British naval activities in New York and Long Island Sound, so he also performed as an agent himself. Well done Damien! Townsend wasted no time in providing helpful intelligence, sending his first dispatch on June 29, 1779. Tallmadge and his wife, Mary Floyd Tallmadge, are buried in the town center’s cemetery just down the hill from his house and the center of town. Drag images here or select from your computer for Capt Caleb Brewster memorial. He died in Setauket in 1826 and is buried in the Setauket Presbyterian Church and Burial Ground. 27 Sept 1713 d. 14 March 1782and Sarah BriggsBenjamin Brewster was the son of Daniel Brewster and Anna JayneHe served on a whaling vessel when very young. Also an additional 2 volunteers within fifty miles. Son of Benjamin Brewster b. The original headstone of Crosby’s grave in the small, rural Gilead Cemetery in Carmel, New York, fell into disrepair over a century ago. They lived in the shadows playing a very dangerous, life-or-death game while they served in various roles of espionage for the patriot cause during the American Revolution. Reverend Nathanial Brewster's (great-great grandfather of Caleb Brewster) grave. or don't show this again—I am good at figuring things out. This allowed Washington to prepare his army for what he hoped would be another large battle with patriots holding the high ground, similar to Bunker Hill. Brewster did not join the Intelligence Service until 1778, but joined the Revolutionary War effort in 1776. In Plymouth Colony, by virtue of his education and existing stature with those immigrating from the Netherlands, Brewster, a Brownist (or Puritan Separatist), became senior elder and … GREAT NEWS! A profile sketch in ink of Townsend reading a book survives, as well as his family’s house “Raynham Hall” in Oyster Bay. If you may be considering doing a follow-up article, perhaps you can discover the final resting place of Mr. Kinnicutt. Caleb Brewster (1747-1827) was born in Setauket and was a friend of the Woodhull and Strong families. Naturally, Loyalists and British alike became suspicious of Townsend, but they never caught him performing any espionage or even discovered his two small glass containers of invisible ink and developer. Once Anna found out where Caleb was, she hung out her black petticoat. His cousin, Israel Bissell, was the courier who rode several horses all the way from eastern Massachusetts down to Philadelphia to alert locals and then Congress that British troops had confronted residents and regional militia at Lexington and Concord. Gen. Benedict Arnold. He was also a delegate to the Assembly of Westchester County. Capt Caleb Brewster (1747 - 1827) - Find A Grave Photos - Burial: Old Burying Ground Fairfield Fairfield County Connecticut, USA. Under this recollection of circumstances I cannot hesitate to Certify, that I thought at the time and still conceive your services were of such an interesting Nature as entitled you to the good opinion and favorable Notice of your Countrymen. Between 1793 and 1816, when he retired he was in the employment of the new government serving in the capaicity on a ship that was working on preventing smuggling. The cove where he very likely came and went in his whaleboat to operate as a courier and spy is next to where he lived later in life, and came to be called Brewster Cove. Once the novel sold so well, Crosby decided to disclose himself. Congressman. If a new volunteer signs up in your requested photo location, they may see your existing request and take the photo. Your email address will not be published. In memory of Captain CALEB BREWSTER,who diedFebruary 13th. Caleb Brewster’s Espionage on Long Island Sound. I thought you might like to see a memorial for Capt Caleb Brewster I found on Findagrave.com. Probably significantly more than were caught! Much like the modest spy that Townsend was, his small headstone is tucked alongside a fence. ). According to Daigler, that was a rare combination. Bissell served in the war as a corporal in the 5th Connecticut Regiment and then as a sergeant in the 2nd Connecticut Regiment in the Continental Army. Mulligan graduated from King’s College (now Columbia University) and was a member of the New York Sons of Liberty. However, his most important service was a civilian when he supervised a network of counterintelligence agents operating in the Fishkill area. His vertical wide headstone is difficult to read but is structurally sound and well-marked and maintained. War he was a very important factor of the "Culper Spy Ring." Oops, we were unable to send the email. Are you sure that you want to delete this photo? Try again. Previously sponsored memorials or famous memorials will not have this option. Brewster died February 13, 1827, aged 79, and is buried in Fairfield Cemetery. GREAT NEWS! The Enoch Crosby Chapter of the New York Daughters of the American Revolution helps keep his legacy alive. Please try again later. Are you adding a grave photo that will fulfill this request? Also an additional volunteer within fifty miles. Everyone raefing this is welcome to visit Litchfield on Independence Day starting at the East Cemetery on Route 118 at noon. Note from "Ye OLD BURYING GROUND OF FAIRFIELD, CONN." by Kate Perry, p. 27: "Captain Brewster was a large powerful man. Selah and Abe were taken into British custody, but after the intercession of Abe's father, Abe was released by … For help using the website visit our help page or contact support@findagrave.com. Damien, I thoroughly enjoyed your article because I learned something new about a subject that is of great interest to me. GREAT NEWS! Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. You have chosen this person to be their own family member. We were unable to submit your feedback at this time. Ben discoverd a grave marked with Hewlett’s name, as well as Washington’s le… He was an early mentor and landlord of young Alexander Hamilton. A skilled boat captain, he navigated through hard-to-reach coves and channels to pick up information gathered by the other members, and deliver it to Tallmadge. (Author) Following the war Brewster married Anne Lewis of the Connecticut coastal town of Fairfield and moved there. Caleb Brewster Hackley 1815 – 1894 Gravesite Details First burial at Old Village Cemetery, reinterred at Oak Hill 1897. 13, p. 161, New England Historic Genealogical Society (Online Database) . Finally, Washington sent McLane into New York City in the fall of 1781 to meet with James Rivington, the important intelligence agent and Tory newspaper printer. American Patriot Caleb Brewster, cousin of Joseph Brewster and presumably a frequent visitor to the house, was a … Note from Ye OLD BURYING GROUND OF FAIRFIELD, CONN. by Kate Perry, p. 27: Captain Brewster was a large powerful man. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. British authorities had caught Hale when he was on his way back to his regiment after having penetrated the British lines to gather information. Also reporting to spy master John Jay was another Westchester County resident, Elijah Hunter. Family members linked to this person will appear here. Mulliganserved a dangerous role as a “stay behind agent” in the British-occupied city. In the autumn of 1776, Simcoe was a Lieutenant and stationed in Setauket, serving under Captain Charles Joyce. In order to obtain the key information that Washington desired, he enlisted in the British Army, specifically, the American Legion, the combined infantry and a cavalry unit commanded by Brig. Before the famous Culper Ring could be created at General Washington’s request, it needed a handler or case officer to supervise the spies and couriers as well as filter and transmit their intelligence to General Washington. He was born on August 4, 1749 in the Town of Cortlandt Manor on a farm near the Village of Bedford. She died in 1806. Include gps location with grave photos where possible. I believe it, however. In a follow up letter to General Robert Howe who would later confront Burgoyne at Saratoga, NY and environs, Washington refers to Hunter as number “95” in some correspondence and as “Mr. His accurate, timely information significantly undermined Loyalist efforts in the region. Following the war Brewster married Anne Lewis of the Connecticut coastal town of Fairfield and moved there. We have a volunteer within fifty miles of your requested photo location. Luckily, enough of a paper trail, especially the approved pension applications for their service during the war, survived, allowing us to reassemble several important portions of a complicated puzzle that will never be fully solved. According the Ken Daigler, General Washington waited until the summer of 1779 to allow Tallmadge and Woodhull to add an intelligence agent. Robert Townsend (alias: Samuel Culper, Jr.) gathered intelligence in British occupied New York City by Abraham Woodhull (alias: Samuel Culper, Sr.). Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. Initially, McLane was a Delaware militia officer in 1775 and 1776 before being commissioned a captain in the Continental Army in January of 1777. Caleb Brewster of Setauket. Like his friend Alexander Hamilton, Mulliganlater served as a founding member of the New York Manumission Society in their efforts to end slavery in New York. One of these is Washington’s letter to Hunter in which the General attaches exaggerated information about the strength of the American forces in the lower Hudson valley area. For memorials with more than one photo, additional photos will appear here or on the photos tab. 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