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Gen William Winds
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Birth: 1727
New York, USA
Death: 1789
Morris County
New Jersey, USA

WINDS, William, soldier, born in Southhold, Long Island, New York, in 1727 ; died in Rockaway, Morris County, New Jersey, 12 October, 1789. While yet a young man he fixed his residence in New Jersey, purchasing a large tract of land in Morris county, where, by reason of his wealth and natural abilities, he became a leader of the people, Hundreds of traditions are still repeated in relation to him, many of which are doubtless true, and all of which represent him as a man of great courage, as well as of rare physical and mental powers. He first became prominent at the age of thirty when he served as a captain in the brigade that was raised in New Jersey, in 1758, to aid in the conquest of Canada. Many stories are related of his exploits in the old French war, but they are not so fully authenticated as to give them a place in history. In 1765 he was one of the king's justices of the peace for Morris county, and it is said that in his official transactions he boldly resisted the enforcement of the stamp-act, substituting the bark of the white birch for the stamped paper, no one daring to call in question the validity of any legal instrument that he prepared on no matter what kind of material. In 1772 and 1775 he represented Morris county in the general assembly of New Jersey, and he was also chosen a delegate to the Provincial congress that assembled in New Brunswick in 1776. Under the first call for troops from New Jersey by this congress, he was made lieutenant-colonel of the 1st battalion, '7 November, 1775, Lord Stifling being colonel. On 7 March, 1776, he was promoted colonel of the same, and on 4 March, 1777, he was made brigadier-general of militia. Under his first appointment he was stationed at Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and while there held in his custody, as a prisoner, Governor William Franklin, the last of the royal governors of New Jersey. On being made brigadier-general, he was ordered to the north on the expedition against Canada, , and was among the few that survived that campaign. Subsequently he served in New Jersey.

Source: Appletons Encyclopedia 
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  Abigail Winds Condict (1745 - 1826)*
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First Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Morris County
New Jersey, USA
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Originally Created by: Frederich Otto
Record added: Oct 02, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15970710
Gen William Winds
Added by: Michael Holmes
Gen William Winds
Added by: Michael Holmes
Gen William Winds
Added by: Michael Holmes
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Thank you for all you did for our state and country. You are a man of great accomplishments.
- Carol Morgan
 Added: Oct. 20, 2015
Are you one of the Ghosts that haunts the Proprietary House in Perth Amboy?Your Spirit is well known there.
- Linda
 Added: Jan. 11, 2015

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