Brig. General Elias Dayton

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Elias Dayton

Birthplace: Elizabethtown, Union, NJ, USA
Death: Died in Elizabethtown, Union, NJ, USA
Place of Burial: First Presbyterian Churchyard, New Jersey, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonathan Dayton and Patience Dayton
Husband of Hannah Dayton
Father of Jonathan Dayton, Signer of the US Constitution, 4th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Jane Berrien; Elias Bayley Dayton and Mary Dayton
Brother of Daniel Dayton; Jonathan Dayton; Patience Dayton; Robert Dayton and Warren Dayton

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About Brig. General Elias Dayton

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NEW JERSEY with the rank of BRIGADIER GENERAL. DAR Ancestor # A030963

Elias Dayton (May 1, 1737 – October 22, 1807), father of Jonathan Dayton, was born in Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.

During the French and Indian War, he served first as a lieutenant and then as a captain in the New Jersey militia. During Pontiac's War, in 1760, he served as a commander in the Detroit region. After the wars, he returned to Elizabethtown, New Jersey, where he became a mechanic, merchant and colonial official.

In 1774 the First Continental Congress called on the colonies to resist Parliament's recent tax policy by joining in an association to boycott goods imported from Britain. Dayton served on Elizabethtown's enforcement committee and allied himself with the local revolutionary movement. When the state turned against Royal Governor William Franklin in 1775, the New Jersey's Provincial Congress chose Dayton to lead the 3rd New Jersey Regiment.

In the spring of 1776 he and his troops (including his young son Jonathan) were sent to support an invasion of Canada, but were diverted to New York's Mohawk Valley where Colonel Dayton was put in charge of constructing fortifications to protect the colonists from Loyalist and Indian insurrections. These fortifications included Fort Dayton in what is now Herkimer, New York.

In December 1778, New Jersey named him as a delegate to the Continental Congress, but he remained with the army and did not attend the Congress. He was promoted to brigadier general in the Continental Army in 1783, and later to major general of militia.

He served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1791–1792 and 1794–1796, and was mayor of Elizabethtown from 1796-1805.

He died at age 70 and was interred at the First Presbyterian Churchyard in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

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Brig. General Elias Dayton's Timeline

Elizabethtown, Union, NJ, USA
Age 21
October 16, 1760
Age 23
Elizabeth, Union, NJ, USA
Age 25
Elizabethtown, Union, NJ, USA
Age 38
Elizabeth, Morris, NJ, USA
September 17, 1787
- September 17, 1787
Age 50
Independence Hall, Philadelphia,

The Signers of the U. S. Constitution

New Hampshire
John Langdon
Nicholas Gilman

Rufus King
Nathaniel Gorham

Roger Sherman
William Samuel Johnson

New York
Alexander Hamilton

New Jersey
William Livingston
David Brearley
William Paterson
Jonathan Dayton

Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Mifflin
Robert Morris
George Clymer
Thomas FitzSimons
Jared Ingersoll
Gouverneur Morris
James Wilson

George Read
Gunning Bedford, Jr.
John Dickinson
Richard Bassett
Jacob Broom

James McHenry
Daniel Carroll
Dan of St. Thomas Jenifer

John Blair
James Madison, Jr.
George Washington

North Carolina
William Blount
Richard Dobbs Spaight
Hugh Williamson

South Carolina
John Rutledge
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
Charles Pinckney
Pierce Butler

William Few
Abraham Baldwin

Biographies of the Founding Fathers

Colonial Hall now contains 103 biographical sketches of America's founding fathers. At this time we have divided them up into 3 groups:
As you will see there are still many biographies that need to be added to our site, including a new category: Other Founding Fathers.

The biographies on this site are primarily from 1 of the following 2 sources:
Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence, by the Rev. Charles A. Goodrich. Published in 1829.
The United States Manual of Biography and History, by James V. Marshall. Published by James B. Smith & Co., in Philadelphia in the year 1856.
The U.S. Constitution at the National Archives

Age 55
Age 70
Elizabethtown, Union, NJ, USA
First Presbyterian Churchyard, New Jersey, USA