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[The following extracts are from the original Order Book of Colonel David Waterbury, of Stamford, Connecticut, in the early part of the Revolution.]
Head Quarters New York 10th Feb” 1776 General Lee's Orders
Before the stores are delivered out to the men They are to Return to Col." Waterbury all their Damaged Cartridges.
New York Feb" 10th 1776. The Parole Countersign Morris }
Col." Waterbury's the Volunteer Connecticut Companies and General Lee's Party to parade cleanly dressed to-morrow Morning in Order to attend Divine Service.
Head Quarters N. York 11th Feb" 1776 Parole Scott Countersign Lewiss
The General having observ'd great Negligence In the drumers not doing their duty, Orders for the future that drum Majors of Lord Stirling's And Col. Waterbury's Regiments (Including his own Guard and the Independant Companies) shall do Duty in Rotation—the whole Corps of drums & fifers To Parade every morning at 9 O'Clock before the General's Quarters for Troop beat & the same at 5 o'Clock In the afternoon for Retreat beat.—The Reveille Is to be beat every morning at day-break at both Barracks, and the Taptoo from the Barracks. Lord Stirling's drums at the South Part & Col Waterbury's at the North part of the City -any Drumer or fifer Neglecting his duty to be Reported by the Drum Major and will be Severely Punished, -A Subaltern & twenty four to march from the upper Barracks to the post gaurd—the gaurd of the upper to be Eas'd-forty of said Gaurd to Return to thier Quarters—thirty Six being sufficient for this Nights duty
Isaac Sears, Deputy Adjutant General.
New York 11th Feb1776. Regimental Orders ;
It is ordered that the Comesary M! Squire deal out four Days Provisions to Col. Waterbury's Rege to-morrow Morning of all Species Commenceing on the 12 day & ending on the 15 day both days Included. It is likewise order'd that each Cap' of sd Reg. Give in A Victualing Return this day to the Quarter Master that they may be Ready to Receive their Provision in the Morning Without trouble, this ordered by me.
David Waterbury Jun' Col.
New York 12th Feb" 1776. Regimental Orders
It is Reported to me that Some of the Axes That have been this day taken out of the Stores Are taken away & Secreted, if the Person or persons That have taken them Return them by To-morrow morning they shall not be punished if they shall be found with any Person after that time they may expect to be punished to the Extremity of the Law and to pay for all that is missing-As it is also Reported to me That some of my Regt have been to the Goal and Abused the people & broke the windows it Is my Express orders that no Person Shall go To the Goal on any Account whatever on Penalty of being Severely Punish'd
David Waterbury Jun' Col
Head Quarters 12th Feb 1776. Countersign, Richmond.
The Party for fatigue Consisting of A Cape three Subalterns & one Hundred men to parade to Morrow Morning at nine O'Clock without Arms to take their Instructions from Cap' Smith. Another Party Consisting of one Cap' two Subalterns & Sixty men to Parade at the Same Hour & take their Instructions from Col Sears—These Parties who March out of Town to keep their Ranks and files in A more Soldier like manner than They did to day the officers Commanding to be Answerable for this
Deputy Adji General. Doct Townsend was employed as a Surgeon to my Regiment on the 13th Day of Feb1776.
Head Quarters N. York 13th Feb" 1776. Parole Thanet Countersign Burk.
A Hundred & Sixty men to parade to Morrow Morning for Fatigue. With the Same Proportion of officers as this day, the men to breakfast Before they Parade, Sixty men to put themselves under the directions of Col Sears—the other Hundred under the directions of Capt. Smith. The Gaurd as usual--one Gill of Rum a day To be allow'd the Fatiged P! day
Deputy Adji General.
New York 14th Feb" 1776. Rega Orders.
It is ordered that the Several Capts in the Regiment Commanded by Col David Waterbury Make out A Weekly Return this day of their Companys that the State of Regiment may be known by me
David Waterbury Jun' Col.
It is also Ordered that they turn in to the Quarter Master all the Damaged Cartridges.
Head Quarters N. York 14th Feb" 1776. Parole Barre Countersign Stanhope
Evening Orders the Same For Fatigue to morrow as to day. The same Gaurd to Parade as usual, but if it Should Happen the Independant Battallions take the Gaurds, the Corps of Stirling, Waterbury, the Independant Company of Connecticut & General Lee's Party to appear under Arms before Trinity Church at half Past ten in Order that their Arms Accoutriments & ammunition may be Reviewed. The drum Major of Lord Stirling's & Col Waterbury's to take the Command of the Corps of drumers Alternity, if any of the drumers shew any Inclination to be Disobedient the drum Major immediately To Confine them, for the future the Serg Major of the two Corps and Serg' Denmark of the Riflers To attend the town Major with thier Orderly Books
Deputy Adj' General.
MAJOR-GENERAL JOHN MAUNSELL, B. A.
This distinguished British officer of the former century, was a citizen of New York from about 1763 until his death, July 27, 1795.* “He resided at Harlem Heights." Rev. Maunsell Van Rensselaer, D.D., of this city, in his courteous note, giving the above information, also states that General Maunsell “left no descendants here, but had children in Ireland.” Burke says he was the son of Richard Maunsell Esq., M. P. of Limerick from 1741 to 1761, and that he was the
fourth son of Thomas, who married a daughter of Sir Theophilas Eaton. The General's mother was Jane, eldest daughter of Richard Waller, Esq., of Castle Waller, County Tipperary. One of his brothers was the Rev. William Maunsell, D.D. His father died in 1773. Of General Maunsell's military career prior to his coming to this city, we are told that "he commanded the 56th regiment at the siege of Havana in 1760, and led the party which stormed the Moro.” The British Army Register states that he was created colonel, August 29, 1777, a major-general, Oct. 19, 1781, and was placed on the half-pay list in
1788. The earliest recorded notice of him MAJOR-GENERAL JOHN MAUNSELL, B. A.
in New York concerns his second marriage. The Trinity Church Register says: “John Maunsell and Elizabeth Wraxall, June 11, 1763.” As his marriage was the determining cause of his subsequent liferesidence in New York and the occasion of his name's being found in its honored family nomenclature, even to the present time, it is proper to speak particularly of
* The following obituary notice appeared in Greenleaf's New York Journal and Patriotic Reg. ister, August 1, 1795:
“DIED.-On Monday, p. m., of a severe and tedious illness, in his 71st year, Gen. John Maunsell, for many years, a distinguished and meritorious officer in the British Army. He possessed many eminent virtues, and was held in high estimation by a numerous circle of friends and acquaintances. He left an amiable and much respected widow, with attached friends, to regret the loss."
the lady to whom he was united, and of her social connections. It was from the lips of her grand niece, recently deceased, Mrs. Susan Ten Eyck Williamson, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, the venerable widow of Captain Charles Williamson, U. S. N., that we learned many of the facts concerning Mrs. Maunsell. Her maiden name was Stillwell. When she married General Maunsell she was the widow of Peter Wraxall, to whom she was married December 2, 1756, and who is supposed to have been the Captain Peter Wraxall, of the merchant ship Sampson. Lieut. Robert Wraxall of the Foot at New York, in 1754, was probably his brother or near kinsman. The anecdote is related of Capt. Wraxall, that being a friend and correspondent of young Maunsell, afterwards general, then in England, he wrote to him from New York of his intended marriage to Miss Stillwell, and that in his reply, Maunsell said : “Pray don't bring an American squaw to England !”
To this pleasant protest, the gallant captain, of course, paid no attention, and shortly after took his newly wedded American wife, as compagnon du voyage, to his native shores, and even had the temerity to present her at court, where she is said to have been very much admired. And as the story goes, Maunsell was there on hand standing and talking with several gentlemen in one of the anterooms, as the usher announced Captain Wraxall and lady, and that when they passed all were struck with the remarkable beauty and elegance of Mrs. Wraxall. Captain Wraxall lived but a few years, and in due time she became the wife of his friend Maunsell, whose memory of her personal attractions may possibly have been the magnet that first drew him to colonial New York.
Mrs. Maunsell was the daughter of Richard Stillwell, who died at Shrewsbury, New Jersey, in 1743, æt. 71; and his wife, in 1746, who was the daughter of a clergyman by the name of Ray, once living at Block Island. Her grandfather, Richard Stillwell, Esq., a Cromwellian, married a daughter of Solicitor Cooke, implicated in the execution of Charles I., who with two brothers fled to America after the Restoration, and became a prominent citizen and magistrate; he settled on Staten Island. Her grandmother (née Cooke) is said to have been, until her father's defection, one of the maids of honor to the Queen. The reader is referred to that curious antiquarian work of President Stiles, of Yale College, published at New Haven in 1794, and entitled the “History of the Three Judges” of Charles I. of England, in which he thoroughly investigated the then current belief, as to the number of the so-called “Regicides” who Aed to America for refuge after the Restoration. Having heard through a friend, who had learned the fact several years before, that there was a widow lady, named Watkins (the sister of Mrs. Maunsell), who claimed descent from one of them, he addressed a letter of inquiry to her on the subject, and received an answer at considerable length, with full particulars, which is inserted in the volume-now one rarely seen. With regard to its contents and its venerable writer, the learned doctor thus speaks : “I have since seen this very respectable lady, who is still living at Harlem, and in conversation with her received even more ample information on the subject.”