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Near Milford in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Colonel John Haslet

 
 
Colonel John Haslet Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, November 10, 2019
1. Colonel John Haslet Marker
Inscription.  Colonel John Haslet-A native of Ulster, Ireland, John Haslet was born circa 1728 and emigrated to America about 1757. After playing an active role in the Pennsylvania militia during the French and Indian War, Haslet eventually settled in the Milford area along this road on a tract of land consisting of more than 400 acres. Although he served as an ordained Presbyterian minister during his early years in Ireland, he was known for his medical skills after his arrival in America. In January 1776, Haslet was commissioned as a colonel and given command of the recently formed Delaware Regiment. Upon joining General Washington’s army in the summer of 1776 the regiment fought bravely in the Battles of Long Island and White Plains. Haslet and the regiment remained with Washington’s army to participate in the now famous crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night to attack the enemy at Trenton on December 26, 1776. Eight days later, Haslet was killed in action during the Battle of Princeton. Buried at the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Haslet’s remains were later transferred to Dover in July 1841. It is believed that Haslet’s residence
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was located in this area. His son, Governor Joseph Haslet, owned the property until it was sold in 1812.
 
Erected 2013 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-114.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionWar, French and IndianWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1776.
 
Location. 38° 55.761′ N, 75° 26.689′ W. Marker is near Milford, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on Airport Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1131 Airport Road, Milford DE 19963, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Milford (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Joseph Oliver (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site of Milford's First Methodist Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Parson Thorne Mansion (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Milford (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site of the Home of General Alfred T.A. Torbert (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milford.
 
Colonel John Haslet Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, November 10, 2019
2. Colonel John Haslet Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 12, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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