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“The 3rd New Jersey Regiment was raised, on January 1, 1776, at Elizabethtown, New Jersey for service with the Continental Army. The regiment would see action at the Battle of Valcour Island, New York Campaign, Battle of Brandywine, Battle of Germantown, Battle of Monmouth, Sullivan Expedition, and the Battle of Springfield. The regiment was disbanded, on January 1, 1781, at Pompton, New Jersey.” (From

Burroughs, John

Dave McCann says:
July 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm Edit

I have an ancestor to add. John Burroughs (1754-1842) was a private in the Continental Army for seven years throughout the Revolutionary War. He fought at the Battle of Brandywine in the 3rd New Jersey Regiment under Capt./Maj. Joseph Bloomfield. Bloomfield was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine and John Burroughs accompanied him until they were able to rejoin the Regiment at Valley Forge for the Winter of 1777-1778. John Burroughs received an honorable discharge signed by General George Washington.

Opdike, William

William Opdike (1755-1822) (alternate spelling Updike/ Opdyke / Obdyke) of Hunterdon County, N.J. was a Private in the New Jersey Continental Line. Private 3rd Battalion, 1st Establishment. Private, Captain Patterson’s company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Establishment. Fought at Monmouth and Brandywine. Brother Robert wounded at Brandywine. Great-great grandsons of Louris Jansen Opdyck of Holland who arrived in Gravesend, Long Isaland, NY prior to 1653.

Drake, Cornelius

Cornelius Drake was born 20 Oct 1754, New Jersey, and died in 1839, Webster, Monroe County, New York. He is buried in West Webster Cemetery, Webster, Monroe County, New York.

Military record: enlisted 1776, Private, Continental Regular Army, Gen. Maxwell’s Jersey Brigade, 3rd New Jersey Regiment, Capt. Dickerson’s Co., Capt. Ballard’s Co., discharged 1783, Sergeant. Pension application papers list Brandywine as one of the many battles he was in. He is on the Valley Forge Roster.

Joyce Bucci