Saturday, June 29, 2013

Four Squier Brothers: Soldiers of the Revolution

Jonathan Squier (1693-1789) was one of the earliest known settlers of Livingston, NJ, having purchased lands near the Passaic River from the East Jersey Proprietors in 1744. Jonathan and his second wife, Lydia Camp, had two daughters, Mary and Rachel, and four sons who were Captains in the Revolutionary War, Nathaniel, Zophar, Jonathan, and Elijah.

This plaque hangs in the The Force Home which is maintained by the Livingston Historical Society. 

An abstract of Jonathan Squier's will dated May 18, 1785. It was proved Dec. 14, 1789 two months after the death of his eldest son, Nathaniel.

Nathaniel, Zophar, and Elijah are all buried at the First Presbyterian Church of Hanover, East Hanover, Morris, NJ. 

Nathaniel Squier (1727-1789)

In Memory of
Cap't Nathaniel
Squire Who Died
Oct'r 28, 1789
In the 62 Year of
his age

You living men as ye pass by
 As you are now so once was I
 As I am now you soon must be
 Prepare for death and follow me

In Memory of
Nathaniel Squier
Capt Continental Line
Revolutionary War
1727  1787 

Jonathan Squier (- 1800)


Jonathan Squier's will was proved Feb. 2, 1800 two months before his brother Zophar's. Brother Elijah was a witness.

Zophar Squier (1731-1800)


Zophar Squier's powder horn is in the collection of the Ohio Historical Society. It is inscribed with the English coat of arms and "Zophar Squier, His Horn, August 1756."

to the Memory 
Zopher Squier
he departed this life 
the 2d day of March A. D. 1800 
Aged Sixty-Eight Years and Seven Months 
and Fourteen Days. 
Our life contains a thousand strings 
and dies if one be gone. 
Strange that a harp of thousand strings 
should keep in tune so long.

An abstract of Zophar Squier's will dated Jan. 6, 1800. The will was proved April 9, 1800. Brother Elijah, along with Joseph T. Hardy (Esq.), were witnesses and inventoried Zophar's estate.

Elijah Squier (1738-1808)

From the Centinel of Freedom, Newark, NJ, March 3, 1846:

"On the 13th Dec. 1780, Captains Isaac Gillam, Isaac Reeves, and Elijah Squier, commanding militia detachments posted at Newark. seized a considerable quantity of goods belonging to the "London Traders."  The seizure was made "at the Newark ferry-house, and Nutman's Barn." . . . The goods seized consisted of tea, pepper, silks, muslin, cambric, linen, and other dry goods. Of tea there must have been from 100 to 150 pounds if not more, valued at 8s. and 8s.6d. per pound.

The Centinenal of Freedom, Newark, NJ, March 26, 1799:

Stolen out of the stable of the subscriber, on the night of the 4th inst. a black MARE, stoutly built and well made, a natural trotter, high carriage and spirits, very ??; she has a star in her forehead, a small white spot on one of her lips, one of her hind feet white, on the bottom of hoof, a small ?? each side of her neck. Any person who will take up said Mare and Thief, shall receive FIFTEEN DOLLARS, or for the Mare only, TEN DOLLARS, and all reasonable charges, paid by ELIJAH SQUIER. 
Springfield, March 11, 1799.


The Squier Monument: 

 Capt Elijah Squier
born Nov. 21, 1738 died Sept 6 1808
Elizabeth his wife
born May 26, 1734 died Oct. 27, 1805
Abraham Squier
born Feb. 5, 1774 died Oct. 13, 1805
Clarissa his wife
born April 4, 1776 died April 22, 1847
Julia Ann
daughter of Abraham & Clarissa Squier
died Sept. 3, 1854
Aged 49 years

The Squier House was known to have been built before the Revolution and occupied by Squiers for nine generations. Before the house was demolished in 1977, the oldest section had been dismantled by a local resident. At the time, we were in the process of building new kitchen cabinets so my husband and I took an old painted door (yes, we did!) from the remaining pile of rubble and hung it on one of our cupboards. It is still in our kitchen after all these years and serves as a pleasant reminder of one of Livingston's oldest homes.

You might also be interested in last year's July 4th blog Soldiers of the Revolution

Copyright 2013, Barbara Schaffer


  1. I was browsing through apron sites and found your amazing blog. I don't quilt though my daughter does. I collect embroidered aprons and British royal memorobillia. I also stitch any royal patterns I can get my hands on. I also do family history and there are always some very elusive family members to look for. I love the social history connected to the aprons and wonder so many are finished but never worn.

  2. Thanks for visiting! I'm about ready to do another Apron post so check back soon :)

  3. Thank you so much for posting this. I know I am replying years later but I just found this while researching my family tree. Nathaniel Squier was my 6th great grandfather and this information and these pictures are priceless. Blessings.

    1. I did a lot of research on the Squiers for Livingston's Bicentennial celebration in 2013. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Glad to help if I can.