Dear Robert:

 I wanted to congratulate you on your excellent web site on Jonas Cattell.  Jonas played a fascinating if speculative role in our life I wanted to share with you. My wife and I lived at an old 10-acre farm off Cattell Road in Deptford (on Boundary Road, just a few houses in from Cattell Road, at 981 Boundary Road) for seven years until moving recently to her hometown of Wellsboro, PA.

 I was wondering if you know where Jonas’s house was located in the present-day Deptford (or not?).  Or what role this farm might have played at the time.  It’s not more than a couple miles from where Jonas is buried – we’ve visited the grave, good pictures by the way!  Do you know why and when it was named Cattell Road?  Did Jonas have any contact with the Second RI regiment at Red Bank?

 Here’s the oddity:  when I first saw the real estate ad in the Courier-Post for the old house/farm off Cattell Road, my wife-to-be and I were sitting in her apartment on King’s Highway in Haddonfield (the building, we noticed much later, with the plague on the street level describing how Jonas was held prisoner not far away, the building was once a blacksmith shop and it appears Jonas may have been an apprentice there).  In any event, we saw the ad and Teresa and I rushed down that day to look at the house and immediately decided to buy it -- although she’d never been to Gloucester County and I’d only been there once in my life and we weren’t planning on looking there.  Later, I looked at the newspaper ad I’d circled that day – the newspaper was October 1997, on the exact 220tth birthday of Jonas’s run.  Which we more or less, without knowing it, re-enacted to buy our house in his old town. (Then we found ourselves adopting a coonhound who was a south jersey stray, but that’s another story…).

 Any thoughts you have on this I’d deeply appreciate.  In addition, perhaps you can suggest other people, such as historians, I might ask.  You can certainly be proud of your ancestor!  I always meant to get to the historical society and do the research you’ve done and so generously made available.  Thanks again!

 All best,

 Mike Capuzzo

 p.s.  I hope this doesn’t bore you, but here’s another oddity:  when my wife and I moved last summer to her hometown of Wellsboro, which is more than 200 miles from Philadelphia in north-central PA, I learned that the town founder, Benjamin Wistar Morris in 1799 (he named Wellsboro for his wife Mary Wells), was the son of Capt. Samuel Morris, president of the Gloucester Fox & Hunt Club.  No doubt Jonas knew both Samuel and Benjamin.  And my wife and I,  long before we knew this, bought a house with an old cemetery in the middle of the property – where Samuel Morris’s son was buried.


Thanks so much for this information. If I can get to the bottom of this,
I'll probably write something about it -- a magazine story or even a book (I
had a bestseller a couple years ago on nj history, "Close to shore.").
Sometimes I think a psychic would reveal all...

You'd be part of the story, especially as a Jonas relative.

I didn't tell you that I'd heard about the Second RI regiment on the radio
and begun to do serious research for a possible book -- before I realized
they were also there on the day of Jonas's run!

Too many coincidences for me.

Most of the other settlers in the graveyard in Wellsboro -- mary wells and
her husband were moved since -- are other pioneers, Israel Greenleaf, a rev.
soldier, locals up here.

I'm traveling tomorrow for a few days but will read this more closely when I
get back.

Thanks again,


In the article for the Constitution, there is a mention of a Mr. Hillman.

Mr. Cattell, though young when the war commenced, was found in the service of his country. He served as a volunteer at one time, with Capt. Samuel Hugg; scouring the country from Timber creek to Mount Holly. Haddonfield was one occasion visited by a body of British troops, amounting to about 2000. He was at that time working at his forge when he was pointed out by a refugee as having served in the rebel army. He with a Mr. Hillman, were taken prisoners, and with a number of others marched off with them towards the city. They had taken two horses, one belonging to Col. Ellis, and one to Squire Key; he was mounted on one and Hillman on the other; they were out upon a foraging party, and had bayoneted some hogs and caught some chickens among the rest of their plunder. The hogs were tied together by their feet and swung across his horse for him to carry -- the fowls were served in the same way for Hillman, and they were placed in the van with the light horse.

This was Samuel Hillman. 

Samuel's mother was widowed & had subsequently married John Gill (at Greenfield Hall).  (His father was Daniel Hillman) Samuel had been apprenticed to George Hannold, the wheelwright, who was located across Kings Highway & about a block closer to town.

Samuel was related to Josiah Hillman so he would have been a prize prisoner.

Kathy Metzen


My name is Lauren Gray I believe that I am your relative:) I am in the
process of applying for the Daughters of the American Revolution and found
your website regarding Jonas Cattell and decided to trace back and see how
we are related. What I found was the my 5th great grandfather Jonas
Cattell was your (5th???) great grandfather's brother (Robert Cattell).

I know this is kindof strange to get an email from me...but since we are
related I thought that I would say hello:))

Hope to hear from you.

I no longer have the email, but a gentleman emailed me a short time back, His father had told him the story of 5 Cattell brothers that traveled from Spain to this country with Menendez de Aviles in 1565.  I asked for further information, and was told that the Cattell brothers were basicaly given the option of prison or the ship.
Here are the files he sent me.
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