About Laban Landon
- Daughters of American Revolution Ancestor #: A068478
- Service: NEW JERSEY Rank: PRIVATE
- Birth: 1-13-1759 SUSSEX CO NEW JERSEY
- Death: 6-28-1828 TROY TWP BRADFORD CO PENNSYLVANIA
- Pension Number: S*W3096
- Service Source: S*W3096
- Service Description: 1) PVT,CAPT HALLET,HELMS, 2ND REGT; CAPT COLFAX, GEN WASHINGTON'S LIFE GUARD
- 2) ALSO UNDER CAPTS TOMM,LUSE, COLS MALCOLM,SHREVE; ALSO GUARD
Laban Landon. son of William and Mercy Landon, was born at what is now Hackettstown in old Hardwick Township Jan. 13, 1759. He enlisted for five months in 1776 as Private in the New Jersey State Troops. Later he enlisted at "Smith's Clove", near the line between New York and New Jersey, and served in Capt. James Hallet's Company. His pension application states that in the latter part of 1777 he enlisted in Capt. William Helm's Company, Second New Jersey Regiment, but other records indicate that he enlisted at Hardwick, April 29, 1777, for three years in Capt. Nathaniel Tomm's company, from which he was transferred at Valley Forge, Pa., Feb. 1, 1778, to Capt. Henry Luse's Company in the Second New Jersey Regiment, and again at Valley Forge, March 19, 1718, to Commander-in-Chief Washington's Guard under Capt. Caleb Gibbs and later Capt. William Colfax. He served in the Guard until he was furloughed at Newburgh, N. Y., in June 1783, pending the ratification of the definite Treaty of Peace, and he was finally discharged Nov. 3, 1783, with two badges of merit. During his service he was in the battles of White Plains, N. Y., Oct. 1776; Brandywine, Del., Sept. 1777; Germantown, Pa., Oct. 1777; Monmouth, N. J., June 28, 1778; was sick at Quaker Hill Hospital Nov. 26, 1778, to Jan. 1, 1779; at battles of Connecticut Farms, N. J., June 7, 1780; King's Bridge, N. Y., July 3, 1781; and Yorktown, Va., Oct. 19, 1781, when Lord Cornwallis surrendered, and in which engagement he was wounded in both arms. His application for a pension, May 9, 1818, gives the complete record of his family, as shown below. It states that he was then living in Canton Township, Bradford County, Pa., in which county he had lived about eighteen years, having previously lived in Lycoming County.
(However, the records of Tioga County, formerly part of Lycoming, show that Laban Landon bought 50 acres of land there from Joshua Grigby in 1807.) He died June 28, 1828, in Troy Township, Bradford County, where tombstones to him and his wife still stand in good condition. He was married March 15, 1784, to Elizabeth Gilless, doubtless of Newburgh, N. Y., who was born Aug. 20, 1765. She was allowed a pension on her application dated Oct. 22, 1838, at which time she was living in Troy Township, Pa. She was still living there in 1843 and died at LeRoy, Pa., June 23, 1848. (Records of Pension Bureau, Washington ; and Adjutant-General, Trenton ; Godfrey's "The Commander-in-Chief's Guard", p. 201). The will of Laban Landon, probated Sept. 8, 1828, names wife Elizabeth, eleven children and four sons-in-law. (Bradford County, Pa., Register's Docket, Vol. I, p. 58).