Gridley, John

Row/Grave: 20/21


Additional notes from Patty Johns Bainbridge Island, WA  (Descendant of Capt John Gridley)


Captain John Gridley/ A soldier of the Revolution/ Born November 1749./Died December 1st 1830/ Aged 81 years.

From: "Fishkill Inscriptions" NYG&BR, vol. 24, p.26.


The following quoted passage is from Memorials of the Society of the Cincinnati by Bradford Adams Whittmore, Boston, 1964:

        [John Gridley] was 1st Lieutenant in Gridley's and Craft's regiments Massachusetts Artillery in 1776; Captain‑Lieutenant, 3rd Continental (Massachusetts) Artillery, January 1, 1777; and served to June 3, 1783; Brevet Captain, September 30, 1783; was by trade a cabinet maker and apparently settled in Fishkill after the war;  resided there in 1802 when he bought a house. '...Captain Gridley kept a Hotel opposite the Dutch Church in Fishkill, which  in later days was known as "Baxter House".  He was distinguished for his wit and would tell interesting facts relating to the Revolutionary War' (excerpt from D.A.R. plaque beside his gravestone in Fishkill Cemetery).  Editors note: D.A.R. plaque is missing from this location at this time. He will be honored by the D.A.R. in April of 2001. 


He was thus an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati.


He married Anna Horton, daughter of Captain Joseph and Jane (Van Voorhees) Horton. To them were born 7 sons and 1 daughter (Jane who married Thomas Corbin who is buried in Fishkill Cemetery).


A family tradition is that he took part in the Boston Tea Party. (Patty Johns has not been able to substantiate this however).  


















First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Fishkill Town, Dutchess County, N.Y.