Daniel Bray (October 12, 1751 – December 5, 1819) was a Captain on General George Washington's staff during the American Revolutionary War. Captain Bray, along with members of the Hunterdon County Militia under his command, collected the boats necessary for crossing the Delaware River on the night of December 25–26, 1776 prior to the Battle of Trenton. After the war he became the general in the New Jersey state Militia.
He was married to Mary Wolverton. Children of Daniel Bray and Mary Wolverton are:
Elizabeth Bray, b. January 24, 1775, d. date unknown.
Delilah Bray, b. February 1, 1777, d. date unknown.
John Bray, b. May 25, 1779, d. January 26, 1818.
Jonathan Bray, b. June 25, 1781, d. date unknown.
Hannah Bray, b. April 28, 1783, d. date unknown.
James Bray, b. August 2, 1785, d. March 16, 1786.
Susannah Bray, b. December 6, 1786, d. date unknown.
Andrew Bray, b. December 12, 1789, d. date unknown.
Sidney Bray, b. December 15, 1791, d. June 2, 1803.
Wilson Bray, b. December 21, 1793, d. November 22, 1850.
Daniel Bray, b. July 20, 1795, d. 1857.
Gardner Bray, b. December 15, 1797, d. January 15, 1798.
Mary Bray, b. October 10, 1801, d. April 25, 1812
The boats played a very prominent part in the attack on Trenton. For all time Washington crossing the Delaware will be one of the most dramatic incidents of the great struggle. Art has fixed it upon canvas, history has dwelt upon it. But few eyes beheld that little band of men risking life and health through the long nights. bringing the boats to Washington.
A large portion of New Jersey Route 29 is named the Daniel Bray Highway in honor of Captain Bray's vital role in this critical phase of the Revolutionary War.
In 1903 Joseph F. Folsom wrote "The Ballad of Daniel Bray", which is printed in "Patriotic Poems of New Jersey" compiled by W. C. Armstrong, and in "Historic Trenton" by Louise Hewitt.
Author: Rev. Joseph F. Folsom "Many patriots who in the long struggle did less for their country's freedom than Daniel Bray are to-day more honored and sung, although he, through many perils, gathered by night the fleet of boats by which Washington crossed the icy Delaware. Even had the battle of Trenton proved a disaster for the Americans, instead of the glorious victory it actually became, the dangerous descent of the swiftly flowing river, from the mouth of the Lehigh to Malta Island, a journey of fifty miles through long wintry nights, accomplished by Captain Bray and his compatriots, should at least give his name a place beside those of Paul Revere, Sergeant Jasper and Molly Pitcher."
After the war, Daniel Bray, like Cincinnatus, went back to being a Hunterdon County farmer, on his homestead farm in Kingwood Township. He and his wife Mary Wolverton already had four children by the end of the war. Daniel Bray is also listed as a noble traitor in the House of Lords England and him and his descendants would suffer loss of title and property in the British Empire.
To the right is a link to a picture of where Daniel Bray is buried. 8366.jpg
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