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Moon & Cadwalader connection? Trenton, 1776
Posted by: Michael Maxwell (ID *****7439) Date: November 18, 2010 at 17:48:05
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This Monday, my aunt sent me a transcribed letter from 1976 from her cousin Drusilla Benny (1898-1982). Drusilla Benny was the great-granddaughter of Drusilla Nutt (c. 1834 - aft. 1910; born in Trenton, married 1st John Schontz, married 2nd Edward Wood). Drusilla Nutt was the daughter of Henry B. Nutt (c. 1795 - 1840) and Ann "Nancy" Hughes (1798-1891).

Drusilla Nutt is the "Grandmother Wood" in the two paragraphs below. The mention of the Cadwalader ancestry is news to me, and I am trying to figure out who "Grandmother Moon" might be. Let me give the text, then my ponderings.

I am particularly curious whether the various lines of Cadwalader have been traced, and whether any women married a Hughes or Moon.

Letter text:
       "Grandmother Wood as a child lived in an old house in Cadwalader Park in Trenton. We are descended from the Cadwalader family who donated the park to the City & their home on it is preserved over 200 yrs old. I’ve seen it many times.
"At the time of the Revolution grandmother Wood’s grandmother Moon lived in the house as a child & the story is the Hessians quartered there used to play with her tossing the child from one to the other. The story is the night Washington crossed the Delaware said Hessians were drinking in celebration of Christmas one of the reasons for Washington’s victory together with the surprise. Grandmother Moon was Grandmother Wood’s grandmother & great grandmother to my mother Ida Flinn Benny & your grandmother Martha Flinn Maxwell, which is all I know of that incident."

[There was indeed a Cadwalader house in Trenton at the Dec 26, 1776 battle -- Thomas Cadwalader.]

Taking "Grandmother Moon" at face-value, my research indicates that Drusilla Nutt's two grandmothers were:
* Sarah Conover (wife of Joseph Nutt, mentioned in his 1825 will)
* Mary [maiden unknown], wife of John Hughes

"Grandmother Moon" could mean that her maiden name was Moon, or that her married name was Moon. I think that the Mary X might be the Grandmother Moon, although this might require her to have a second marriage to a Moon. Here is what I know about these two grandmothers:

* Mary X.
Married John Hughes.
One known child: Ann "Nancy" Hughes (born July 1798 in NJ; died Jan 23, 1891 in Trenton). Nancy married Henry B. Nutt and was the mother of Drusilla Nutt, along with 8 other children.
Nancy's birth year of 1798 would put Mary's birth year at about 1768 (assuming average generation time of 30 years), making her 8 years old in 1776 -- about the right age for Hessian soldiers to toss her in play!

* Sarah Conover
Married Joseph Nutt (c. 1759 - 1825).
6 children, including Henry B. Nutt (Drusilla's father).
The first-born child, William Nutt was born c. 1788. Assuming a marrige age of 20-25, this puts Sarah as born 1763-1768, making her 8-13 years in 1776.
I have Sarah as coming from Dutch families of eastern NJ. She was possibly born in Tennent (Monmouth Co.), which seems to remove her from Trenton in her early years.

Any clues or hints?

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