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1796 Jones

David Jones (1736-1820) was a Baptist clergyman. "He was born May 12, 1736, in White Clay Creek Hundred, Newcastle Country, Delaware, and after studying divinity at Hopewell, New Jersey, became pastor of the Freehold Baptist Church. In 1772 and 1773 he went on a missionary tour among the Indians in the Ohio country and upon his return he published an account of his adventures in the form of a Journal. When the Revolutionary War broke out he took such an active part on the Whig side that he became obnoxious to his Tory neighbors, and was compelled to leave Freehold. He thereupon settled as pastor of the Great Valley Baptist Church in Chester county, Pa.,but his heart was in the great struggle for independence and he entered the army as chaplain in 1777 and continued in service until peace was declared. He was chiefly attached to General Wayne as chaplain, and being near neighbors they were very intimate. When Wayne, after St. Clair's defeat, took command of the United States Legion, he had his friend appointed chaplain, and although the affair of Newman caused an estrangement, it was only temporary. So patriotic was Mr. Jones that when the late war (1812) was declared he again offered his services as chaplain, and officiated, although he was then in his 77th year." [MPHC 8:392-3]

September 24. We had to cross over Stony Point, and brought around the canoe, and after breakfast we set out to turn the last point, and with much labor, and with difficulty, we completed our object, and before night we camped on a point of the main land, having passed more dangers than ever I wish to see again. We were now about eighteen miles from Detroit.

September 25. Set out and landed about three miles below the town, where we shaved and changed our clothes. The wind rising very high, we were obliged to walk to town, leaving the soldiers with our goods, and Major Henfry sick, who came next morning. Through the care of that God who has preserved me all my life, I came safe and enjoyed the happiness of seeing General Wayne in a good state of health. I lodged at Mr. Abbott's. The lady is a daughter of Samuel Bartlow, formerly of the city of Philadelphia.

September 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. I remained at Mr. Abbott's, not being able to obtain quarters. I had a hint that by some means General Wayne was displeased with me, and all his conduct confirms the case; but on what account I know not. However, I am resolved to return home.

October 1. Remained in the same place.

October 2. Preached to the troops in the citadel. In the afternoon I crossed the river and preached to a few people met at Mr. Messamore's.

October 3. Returned to Detroit, but felt unhappy. I knew General Wayne was offended with me but knew not the cause of it.

October 4. Wrote my letter to the General, No. 1, and on the 5th received an answer. On the 10th wrote No. 2, and on the same day received an answer in which he invited me to breakfast with him next day.

October 11. After breakfast the General went and brought a number of papers. One gave him offense. It was written by Mr. Harrison at the falls of Ohio. The contents were a report of a Robert Newman, by which he criminated General Wayne and General Wilkinson in the campaign of 1794, by saying he did not desert to the enemy, but was sent in by them, for they had sold the army to the enemy.

I gave a true statement of the whole affair, but he blamed me for letting General Wilkerson know anything on the subject.

October 12. Dined with Mr. Abbott, and Dr. Brown was one of the guests. In the evening an English gentleman came to my lodging.

October 13. Dr. Ballman, his companion, arrived.

October 14. Dined at headquarters.

October 15 and 16. At home.

October 16. Was very rainy. I preached none.

October 17. At home all day.

October 18. Took breakfast and dinner at home. This day I drew up a certificate for General Wayne respecting Robert Newman and read it to him, but it was necessary after some conversation to make some additions.

October 19. Took breakfast at home.

October 20. Dined at headquarters.

October 22. Dined with Thomas McKee, son of Colonel McKee.

October 23. Preached.

October 30. Being Lord's day, preached in the council house.

November 1. Dined at headquarters.

November 2. Settled with Caleb Swan, P.M.G., to the last day of October, 1796, forage rations and pay. He paid me two hundred and thirty dollars.

November 3. Left Detroit for Saginaw.


See Also:

Bald, F. Cleaver. When Detroit Joined the U.S.A. Detroit Historical Society Bulletin 1965 22 (3): 4-8.

Porter, Phil. Stars and Stripes over Michigan: The American Occupation of Detroit and Mackinac Island in 1796. Michigan History Magazine 1996 80 (4): 10-17.