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Philip Rosenkrans

Birthplace: United States
Death: United States
Place of Burial: NJ, United States
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Father of Hazel Christie

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About Philip Rosenkrans

The Rosenkrans Family in Sussex County, NJ

Submitted by John D. Rosenkrans,VI

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SOURCES: The Rosenkrans Family in Europe and America by Allen Rosenkrans

The History of Sussex and Warren Counties by James P. Snell

Old Deerpark Days Church Life NJ State Archives

Old Sussex County Families by Charles Edgar Stickney

Norwegian Immigrants in NY, 1630-1674

Encyclopedia of Historic Forts by Robert B. Roberts

Colonel John Rosenkrans(Rosekrans)b.1724 Rochester, NY d.1786 Walpack, NJ, came to

the Old Mine Road in Walpack in 1745 when he purchased Fort Shappanack, which

overlooked the Delaware River. During his day, the Indians were numerous in that section

of the country. Col. John often related to his sons, that bands of Indians would often come

to his house and partake in generous hospitalities which he offered. Frequently, a score of

Indians found shelter beneath his roof for the night, sleeping on the kitchen floor.

Fort Shappanack (aka Fort Johns), according to Sussex county histories, was named for the

old village in which it stood. The name Fort Johns has been linked to one of three men;

it’s owner, Col. John Rosenkrans; John Stevens who is responsible for its construction;

or John Johnston, who designed forts along the Delaware River. The fort existed for 27 years

as a military post or until the end of the Revolution.

When the American Revolution broke out Col. John enlisted in the Sussex County Militia, 3rd Regiment,

on May 23, 1777 he was commissioned to the rank of Colonel for his gallantry. He fought at the 
Battle of Germantown, Pa. and he accompanied General Sullivan in his campaign against the Indians 
of the upper Susquehanna and Genesee Valley in 1779. At one time, he was shot in the shoulder,
 and from the results of, he never fully recovered. A physician in Morristown, in the treatment
  of his wound, scraped the bone of his shoulder, which caused it to grow worse. He died in 
  1786 and was buried at old Shappanack Graveyard on Old Mine Road, just behind his home. 
  Adjoining the graveyard was a low Dutch church, built of logs, of which he was an elder. 
  In 1959, at the site of former Fort Shappanack, a Memorial was dedicated, in his name, 
  by the Sons of the American Revolution; Col. John Rosenkrans Chapter. 

His second son, Captain Jacob Rosenkrans b.1754 Walpack, served in the Sussex County

Militia and fought in the battles on Long Island, NY. Another son, Major Benjamin Rosenkrans 
b.1770 Walpack, d.1848 Walpack, was a commander in the Sussex Co. Militia at Sandy Hook, NJ 
in the War of 1812. Major Benjamin was buried at the Peter’s Valley (Bevans Cemetery) in 1848. 
My Grandfather, John Russell Rosenkrans b.1896 in Sandyston, NJ, d.1971 Bernardsville, NJ, 
fought in WWI, my Father, George C. Rosenkrans b.1922 Layton, NJ, fought in WWII. 
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