Capt. Joshua Huddy Honored in Highlands May 3

josh huddyThe Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at noon on May 3, at the monument to Capt. Joshua Huddy on Waterwich Ave between Bay and Shore in Highlands.

Following the ceremony a luncheon will be held at a local diner.

During the 1700’s Joshua Huddy the commander of a New Jersey Patriot militia unit and a privateer ship during the American Revolutionary War, was captured by Loyalist forces twice. He escaped his first capture, but following his second capture,April 12th in 1782, he was summarily hanged by irregular forces of the Associated Loyalists.

Huddy was a little bit of a degenerate in civilian life, as he was often in civil and criminal court, either as plaintiff or defendant in both his native Salem, MA, and his final home of Monmouth County, N.J. He was tried and convicted several times for such crimes  as assault and theft, and debt.

In 1778, he married his second wife, Catherine (Applegate) Hart, also a widow and owner of a tavern she inherited from her first husband. Huddy was later accused by the Monmouth County sheriff of trying to steal the tavern from his wife and force her children out onto the street.