Grave stone of Jeremiah Kinner Cedar Hill Cemetery, Port Jefferson, LI, NY. Caleb Brewster of Setauket was an important member of the American spy ring that operated out of Setauket during the Revolutionary War under the direction of Major Benjamin Tallmadge. If you have questions, please contact He is included on this list of ten spies to remind readers of the importance of the dangerous work of couriers who might not gather intelligence, yet often faced very difficult and perhaps deadly confrontations while transmitting intelligence from one location to another, especially as suspicion and clues mounted for astute observers. Congressman. Tallmadge became a prominent local merchant, opening a shop adjacent to his home. He wrote and published The Spy Unmasked: Or Memoirs of Enoch Crosby, Alias Harvey Birch. 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. Place the pin on the map to plot a location. Please enter your email address and we will send you an email with a reset password code. This discovery helped prevent British counterfeit money from flooding the U.S. market. This account has been disabled. MRS ALBERT HALEY. 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. Bissell’s intelligence proved valuable, and remnants of it include his sketch of a British fort on Staten Island as part of his lengthy debriefing. 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. His gravesite includes a large, twentieth-century replacement of his long-gone original headstone. Benjamin Tallmadge (1754-1835) proved a very capable case officer, recruiting trusted friends from his childhood spent in Setauket, Long Island. Mulliganserved a dangerous role as a “stay behind agent” in the British-occupied city. Author James Fenimore Cooper published his first best-selling novel, The Spy, in 1821. Try again later. Sorry! Family members linked to this person will appear here. Robert Townsend (alias: Samuel Culper, Jr.) gathered intelligence in British occupied New York City by Abraham Woodhull (alias: Samuel Culper, Sr.). 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. She died in 1806. His story is well known but I’d be interested in learning more details of his exploits if you can provide any. Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. Proof of Anna’s role in the Culper Ring remains elusive. Try again later. such that the Smiths could move about L.I. Selah and Abe were taken into British custody, but after the intercession of Abe's father, Abe was released by … Townsend also informed Tallmadge and Washington of the British seizure of reams of special paper used by U.S. Congress to produce money. He was an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati in Connecticut. No proper list of patriot spies would be complete without mentioning at least one member of the large Mersereau family spy ring. He was able to maintain his cover while working as one of at least several agents employed by John Jay as part of his counterintelligence operations in the lower Hudson River Valley. Your email address will not be published. Also an additional volunteer within fifty miles. Woodhull then recruited his friend Townsend to share in the duties of primary agent. For his conspicuous gallantry he received his Badge of Military Merit from General Washington in June 1783, one of only three recipients of this prestigious award. 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. One day, a brawl occurred between Captain Joyce, Selah Strong and Abraham Woodhull. Try again. He finally retired to his farm at Black Rock where he lived out the remainder of his life. Examples of Brewster’s intelligence reports to Washington between 1778 and 1781 remain in the Washington Papers at the Library of Congress. We have a volunteer within ten miles of your requested photo location. Edit a memorial you manage or suggest changes to the memorial manager. 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. Brewster made regular trips between Fairfield, Connecticut and Setauket, Long Island, New York via his whaleboat. 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. Calebpassed away on month day1690, at age 72 at death place, Connecticut. We were unable to submit your feedback at this time. Drag images here or select from your computer for Capt Caleb Brewster memorial. Both Joshua and John were born on nearby Staten Island, and provided important intelligence several years before the Culper Ring even existed. Son of Benjamin Brewster b. In the autumn of 1776, Simcoe was a Lieutenant and stationed in Setauket, serving under Captain Charles Joyce. Maj. Gen. Israel Putnam relied on their intelligence in a later part of 1776, and by December 1776, Joshua and John discovered evidence of British preparations to pursue the retreating Continental Army across the Delaware River. Are you sure that you want to remove this flower? As it turned out, Hunter led an eventful life particularly during the Revolution. The Enoch Crosby Chapter of the New York Daughters of the American Revolution helps keep his legacy alive. 2 The American Genealogist , New Haven, Connecticut: D. L. Jacobus (issues newer than 5 years not online) , 1936, Vol. I know this article was written quite a while ago but I want you to know how helpful it was to our family. Daniel Bissell (1754-1824) was born into the locally prominent patriot Bissell family of the Windsor, Connecticut area. No animated GIFs, photos with additional graphics (borders, embellishments. ). State # 3. You have chosen this person to be their own family member. This demonstrated Washington’s dependence on reliable information from McLane and his paid sources. Note from "Ye OLD BURYING GROUND OF FAIRFIELD, CONN." by Kate Perry, p. 27: "Captain Brewster was a large powerful man. Hamilton recommended Mulliganas a patriot spy after the Continental Army was forced to withdraw from New York. GREAT NEWS! Spies. Tallmadge assigned him the number 722. Anna Lewis Brewster BIRTH 17 Oct 1760 DEATH 30 Aug 1834 (aged 73) BURIAL Fairfield East Cemetery Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA MEMORIAL ID 10497080 . 13, p. 161, New England Historic Genealogical Society (Online Database) . Also, my pet theory on “Agent 355” is that the Culper Code Book identified “355” to mean “lady” [as opposed to “701” = woman] so the “agent” was clearly a woman of substance/influence. Also reporting to spy master John Jay was another Westchester County resident, Elijah Hunter. The sponsor of a memorial may add an additional. The whaleboat glided quietly and effortlessly through the calm water, concealed by the dark night sky. 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. Quickly see who the memorial is for and when they lived and died and where they are buried. 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. Journal of the American Revolution is the leading source of knowledge about the American Revolution and Founding Era. The legendary exploits surrounding Mulliganmake for interesting reading, with some stories more plausible than others. Find this Pin and more on American Revolutionary War by Matthew Macsisak. Are you sure that you want to delete this memorial? 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. 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. 1827;aged 79 years.He was a brave and active officerof the Revolution. Required fields are marked *. 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. 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. 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. Caleb eventually enlisted in the Continental Armyand by the autumn of 1776, he was a Lieutenant. Reverend Nathanial Brewster's (great-great grandfather of Caleb Brewster) grave. This feature takes a brief look at ten patriot spies, some who have become famous, others who remain obscure. 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. We feature smart, groundbreaking research and well-written narratives from expert writers. If a new volunteer signs up in your requested photo location, they may see your existing request and take the photo. Each of them has a story and contributed in different, heroic ways. 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