Jonathan Emerson

1st Lt Jonathan Emerson, 1st New Hampshire Regiment

Jonathan Emerson was born November 7, 1750 in Durham, New Hampshire. He was the son of Solomon and Elizabeth (Smith) Emerson.

Jonathan Emerson was commissioned as an Ensign in the 2nd Continental Infantry Regiment (the brief designation for the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment) on January 1, 1776.

On November 8, 1776, Ensign Jonathan Emerson was promoted to First Lieutenant and transferred to the 1st New Hampshire Regiment, Continental Line. First Lieutenant Emerson was severely wounded at Stillwater during the Battle of Saratoga on September 19, 1777.

During the Continental Army’s encampment at Valley Forge, First Lieutenant Emerson is listed in Captain Amos Emerson’s company of the 1st New Hampshire Regiment, Continental Line. He is further marked as “Wounded/on Furlough” from Janaury 1778 to June 1778. He did no rejoin the regiment on account of his wounds.

Around 1778 he married Sarah Rollins and had issue. First Lieutenant Jonathan Emerson died January 26, 1825 in Barnstead, New Hampshire.

Sources:  Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army, (Baltimore, 1914), 216; The State of New Hampshire, Provincial and State Papers Volume XIV, (Concord, 1885); Selected Wartime Service Records of First Lieutenant Jonathan Emerson.