Isaac Van Wart

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Isaac Van Wart (25 October 1762 - 23 May 1828) was a militiaman from the state of New York during the American Revolution. In 1780, he participated in the capture of Major John André. Born in the farm country of Greenburgh, New York, near the village of Elmsford, Van Wart's exact birthdate is not recorded, but his tombstone declares that he died at the age of sixty-nine. Van Wart married Rachel Storm (1760–1834), a daughter of Elmsford's most prominent family (from whom the settlement's original name, "Storm's Bridge", was derived). He divided his time between his family, his farm, and his church (in time, he became an elder deacon of the Dutch Reformed Church). Van Wart's body was buried in the cemetery of the Elmsford Reformed Church in Elmsford, New York. Despite his bucolic lifestyle, Van Wart joined the volunteer militia when New York was a battlezone of the Revolution. Overnight on 22–23 September 1780, he joined John Paulding and David Williams in an armed patrol of the area. The three men seized a travelling British officer, Major John André at a site in Tarrytown, NY, now called Patriot's Park. Holding him in custody, they discovered documents of André's secret  ( Wikipedia article )


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