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Aaron Hankinson

Death: Oct 9, 1806

Birthplace: Matawan

Nationality: United States

Aaron Hankinson

Date of Death : Oct 9, 1806
Birth Place : Matawan

Aaron Hankinson was a military officer during the American Revolution and politician who served in the New Jersey state legislature. Hankinson was born on 7 February 1735 in Matawan in Monmouth County, New Jersey, to Rachel Mattison and Joseph Hankinson. During his youth, the family moved to Rowland Mills in Readington Township in the northern Highlands region of Hunterdon County. On 9 February 1764, he married Mary Snyder, and relocated to Sussex County north of the present-day village of Stillwater, then in Upper Hardwick. His father purchased 363 acres which he divided between Aaron and his brother William. On 26 July 1775, Hankinson was commissioned a captain in the Sussex County Militia, commanded by Colonel Ephraim Martin. He was raised to Colonel the following year and stationed at Sandy Hook to defend the New Jersey coast along New York Harbor. In 1777, the Sussex County Militia fought at the Battle of Brandywine Creek and arrived late at the Battle of Germantown near Philadelphia.

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