I purchased an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer because of this interesting tidbit. Here is the section about Jonas.
January 1, 1986
Section: NEIGHBORS GLOUCESTER
Edition: NEW JERSEY
CELEBRATING 300 YEARS OF HISTORY
Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
How many counties can boast of a hero such as Jonas Cattell, who outraced 2,500 Hessian soldiers and saved a fort, fed caviar to his chickens, ate raw meat before fox hunts and was known as New Jersey's Paul Bunyan?
Gloucester County has many nuggets of history it can be proud of. Its most famous son was Jonas Cattell, who managed to beat the Hessians to Fort Mercer in Red Bank, now National Park, alerting the Revolutionary forces, who then trounced the enemy.
History records the battle of Red Bank in October 1777 as the first victory for General Washington's armies in many months. It is now the site of the county's most historic battlefield.
Cattell, slightly over 6 feet tall and weighing more than 200 pounds, was a figure larger than life. He was nicknamed "Old Eagle Eyes," and commonly compared with Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett and Paul Bunyan, the latter because of his story-telling. (And for those interested in genealogy, let it be known that Jonas Cattell and Richard Nixon were first cousins six times removed.)
Not only did Cattell serve valiantly in the Revolutionary Army, but he also later served as the "whipper in," or guide, for the Gloucester Fox Hunting Club, the first fox hunting club in the country.
He ate raw meat before a hunt and always raced through the fields on foot, with his faithful tomahawk and his dog, Caesar. Cattell was such a woodsman, legend has it, that, at age 50, he raced an Indian from Mount Holly to Woodbury. Cattell walked, while the Indian ran, yet Cattell still won.
Another story claims that Cattell once ran from Woodbury to Cape May in one day on a dare to deliver a letter and returned the next day, offering to repeat the journey once more.
The most outlandish story has Cattell felling a 16-foot sturgeon in Big Timber Creek, feeding 200 pounds of raw fish eggs to his chickens.
Cattell is buried near his home in Deptford Township, with a tombstone marking his grave.