John Mott is the one figure in my family history that I have perhaps spent the most time on trying to fathom. As a young boy I had heard the family legend that this young Quaker's home had been invaded by Hessian soldiers just prior to the battle of Trenton and that John, in defending his wife and family had killed three soldiers and then left to join Washington's army, serving as a guide in the famous crossing of the Delaware and the battle of Trenton. My studies have concluded that there is probably more truth than fiction in this legend, but his exact identity has been clouded over the years by the existence of other John Motts in the New Jersey revolutionary army or militia. I have done pretty extensive research into the other John Motts living at the time, but there are more roads to explore in this matter. I devoted a website to my research into this which can be found at http://www.spicerweb.org/Genealogy/Mott/mottofthethirdbattalion.htm
Noted events in his life were:
• He was named in will of Ebenezer Mott in 1770 in Burlington County, NJ, Northampton Township. Heir to his father's farm.
• 1774: John MOTT disunited from the Burlington, NJ Quaker Monthly meeting.
• Tax List: 1774, Burlington County, NJ, Northampton Township. August Tax Lists, page 074. ID#: NJS1a2245057
• Tax List: 1774, Burlington County, NJ, Northampton Township. Listed in the ratetables of September, 1774 as Head of Household.
• John MOTT listed as Pvt. John Mott of Burlington in Stryker's Register of Officers and Men of New Jersey. Page 679.
• John MOTT: Listed in the DAR Patriot Index. This is circular documentation as this information would have come from my own families application.
• He appeared on the census in 1790 in Rensselaerwick Township, Albany Co., NY. 5 Page 278. One male 16 and over, one male under 16, 3 females.
• He appeared on the census in 1800 in Pittstown, Rensselaer Co., NY. 6 (p790) 2 Males under 10; 1 male 16-26; 1 male 45 and over; 1 female under 10; 1 female 45 and over. (Mayhew Daggett by Naomi, John by Bulah, William Mann stepson, John; Females work only if Bulah and Elizabeth by Bulah died young and the one female under 10 is Ruth E. by Naomi. The fact that Naomi and John had a Bulah would indicate that Bulah by Bulah died young.)
• He appeared on the census in 1810 in Petersburg, Albany Co., NY. Doubtful: Petersburg is about 8 miles as the crow flies from Pittstown where he appears in 1800. 1 male 16-25, one male 45 and over; 4 females 10-15, 2 females 16-25, one female 26-45, one female 45 and over. This record does not jive with the family.
John married Sarah about 1771. (Sarah was born on an unknown date and died circa 1779 in Hunterdon County, NJ.)
John next married Beulah about 1786.
John next married Naomi DAGGETT, daughter of Mayhew DAGGETT and Esther ATWATER, on 26 Jan 1794.1 2 (Naomi DAGGETT was born on 15 Jun 1769 in Charlotte, Dutchess, New York 2 7 and died on 11 Jul 1840 2.)
Lundell, Kay, Triumphant Banners - Supplement One: The Ancestry of Nelson Higgins (Ogden, Utah: Kay Lundell, c1990,  pages, LDS FHL Microfilm #1597612), Family Group Sheet of Mayhew Daggett and Esther Atwater. Notebook of William Nelson Higgins. Supplement One traces the ancestry of Mary Daggett, the mother of Nelson Higgins (1806-1890). Nelson was the subject of Kay Lundell's earlier work, "Triumphant Banners".
The supplement's primary focus is on Mary's parents, Mayhew Daggett and Esther Atwater and includes their biographies as well as about 60 family group sheets tracing the Daggett and Atwater lines. The parentage of Mayhew Daggett runs counter to the 1894 genealogy of Samuel and George Daggett and hence to many of the genealogies submitted to the LDS and to online databases. See the notes on Mayhew Daggett (born 1730) for additional clarification. Ms. Lundell's sources on the family group sheet for Mayhew, his marriage and children are appended as detail in this database.
2 Mott Family Bible. Mott Family Bible in the possession of Marion Mott Wauda of Neenah, WI. This Bible, published in 1836, contains Mayhew Daggett's signature with the date 1839. While most of the entries look legitimate, the entries for John Mott were made by one hand, Wesley Mott's, no doubt, with the information given him by Amanda Jones, or her sister Emily M. Jones Cooley. This information is from the documentation files on John Mott which is filed with the DAR, where a precise duplication of the John Mott entries is listed.
3 Lundell, Kay, Triumphant Banners - Supplement One: The Ancestry of Nelson Higgins (Ogden, Utah: Kay Lundell, c1990,  pages, LDS FHL Microfilm #1597612).
4 Hinshaw, William Wade, 1867-1947, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (Vol 2), Page 244.
5 U.S. Government (1790-1930 Censuses), Rensselaerwick, Albany, NY. Page 278.
6 Ibid, 1800: Pittstown, Rensselaer County, NY, Page 790.
7 Lundell, Kay, Triumphant Banners - Supplement One: The Ancestry of Nelson Higgins (Ogden, Utah: Kay Lundell, c1990,  pages, LDS FHL Microfilm #1597612), Family Group Sheet of Mayhew Daggett and Esther Atwater. Birth location from Lundell. Date from Mott Bible.