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Flower Children

The first known Piatt to be in what is now the United States was Thomas Rene, sometimes known as Renee, Renipat, or LaFleur.  He is discussed here.  This section is for general research and recognition of those family members who can trace thier lineage to one of Rene's children.  To be included in this elite group you must submit your family tree (gedcoms will be accepted) to info@piattresearchers.net  .  Your information need not include actual copies/scanned images of your documents, but valid sources must be cited including the document location. 

This is a free circle.  By submitting your information you agree to share your knowledge with other Piatt researchers.  Nothing on this website may be used for commercial use.  None of this information may be sold.  In addition to recognition on this site, members who are accepted into the circle will recieve special recognition on the rootsweb.com Piatt mailing list as well as at Piatt Research Conferences.  There are no cash or goods awards at this time. 

Membership List:
Tom Pyeatte (2005) 
John Friedman (2005)

Please also read http://www.angelfire.com/ar/pyeatt/rene.html  for excellent information and sources from Marianne Cowan Pyeatt. 
 

Rene Piatt aka Reni, Regnier, Reyneer,  Thomas Fleurison,  Renatus
Fleurisson,Renipiat, Thomas La Fleur  was born c1652 in France. He was a fugitive seeking religious freedom and went first to Holland, and from the Netherlands to England then to the New World. 

Rene married December 13, 1677 in Woodbridge, New Jersey,  to Elizabeth Sheffield (born c1654 of Flushing, New York, December 13, 1677 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey)  He died in 1705. 

Their children: 
1.  Jacob Piatt b: 31 Oct 1678 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey d: aft 1750 in Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania (or Woodbridge, Middlesex County, NJ) m: 6 (or 7) Jun 1703 in Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey Mary Hull (b: 04 Feb 1680/81 in Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey d: c1750 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey ) 
2.   Rene Piatt b: c1679 Woodbridge (or Piscataway), Middlesex, New Jersey.  Often referred to as Thomas. 
3.  Thomas Piatt b: 11 May 1681 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey d: 1706 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey (or 20  Mar 1699/00) m: 1 Feb
1698/1699/1700 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey, Mercy Hull ( b: 22 Jun 1683 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey d: 21 Dec 1746 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey) 
4. James Piatt b: 1683 Woodbridge (or Piscataway), Middlesex, New Jersey d: c1704? Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey m: c1708? Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, Elizabeth, last name unknown 
5.  Francis Piatt b: 1685 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey (or Flushing, New York) d: aft 1701 
6. Samuel Piatt b: 1687 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey (or Flushing, New York) 
7. Ann Piatt (possible twin of James) m: Joseph Drake (information sketchy on Ann) 
8. Jane/Joan Piatt b: 15 Sep 1695 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey (or Flushing, New York) d: 15 Sep 1779 Stelton, New Jersey m: 15 Aug 1714 in Piscataway, New Jersey, to Rev. Jonathan Dunham of Piscataway, New Jersey 

In addition to the elusive Ann, there is possibly another child between Samuel and Jane. 

From FIRST SETTLERS OF PISCATAWAY AND WOODBRIDGE; (p.225) by Orra Eugene Monnette; 

"The PYATTS or PIATTS or PIATS (the name is variously spelled) are probably of French origin. In "A Catalogue of ye names of ye Inhabitants of ye Towne of Piscataway," in the old 'Town Book', entered there about 1690, is found that of 'La Fflower, alias Reni Piat'. And in a list of the Freeholders, of about the same date, 'Laflore alias renipate'; and in another list, of a little later date, 'La Flower alias Rene Piat'. It would seem that he first resided in Woodbridge, where in
1677 he was granted a license to marry Elizabeth Sheffield of Flushing, Long Island, NY. Immediately after their marriage, they moved to nearby Piscataway; joined the Baptist Church; and there their children, Jacob, Thomas, James and Joan, were born (Piscataway Town Records). 
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      Five Revolutionary Brothers 

It is generally accepted that most US Piatt/Pyatt/Peyatt descendents come from Thomas Rene Piatt of Piscataway, NJ, through five his grandsons.  These five sons are referred to as "The Five Revolutionary Brothers".  This section is for general research and recognition of those family members who can trace thier lineage to one of these men.  If your family line traces to a different offspring of
Thomas Rene please refer to the section of this website titled Flower Children. To be included in this elite group you must submit your family tree (gedcoms will be accepted) to info@piattresearchers.net .  Your information need not include actual copies/scanned images of your documents, but valid sources must be cited including the document location. 

This is a free circle.  By submitting your information you agree to share your knowledge with other Piatt researchers.  Nothing on this website may be used for commercial use.  None of this information may be sold. In addition to recognition on this site, members who are accepted into the circle will recieve special recognition on the rootsweb.com Piatt mailing list as well as at Piatt Research Conferences.  There are no cash or goods awards at this time. 

Membership List :
There are no members at this time.
 

The "five revolutionary brothers" were sons of JOHN PIATT and FRANCES VAN VLIET WYCKOFF PIATT.  John was a grandson of RENE through son JACOB who married MARY HULL.  All five sons were born at Six Mile Run NJ and served in the Revolutionary War. 

1.  JOHN, b 15 Jul 1740; d 1819 Lycoming Co PA; m/1 Jane  Williamson, m/2 Mrs Elizabeth (Young) Bear 
2.  ABRAHAM, b c1741; d 13 Nov 1791, Northumberland Co PA; m Annabella Andrew 
3.  WILLIAM, bp 1 Oct 1843; d 4 Nov 1791, Ft Recovery, Mercer Co OH; m/1 Jemima Quick, m/2 Sarah Shotwell 
4.  DANIEL, b 18 Dec 1745; d 16 Apr 1780, Morristown NJ; m Catherine Sherrard 
5.  JACOB, b 17 May 1747; d 14 Aug 1834 Federal Hall, Boone Co KY; m/1 Hannah Cook McCullough, m/2 Mrs Martha Perry 
information courtesy of Laverne Ingram Piatt 

The lines of the five revolutionary brothers have been covered extensively in Volumes 7 and 8 of the Piatt Family Newsletter. 

Richard O. Piatt has graciously submitted this overview of the brothers: 

Regarding the five revolutionary brothers, sons of John and Frances (Vliet) (Wyckoff) Piatt.  John was born 1712-13 and supposedly died in St. Thomas, West Indies.  The last thing known of him was a letter (I have seen the original and have a copy) dated July 7, 1760, in St. Thomas to one of his sons, probably John.  Son Abraham was on his way to St. Thomas to visit his ill, weak father.  John Sr., a sheriff as early as 1732 and a commissioner of highways in 1742, both in Somerset Co., NJ. He also attended the annual meeting 5/1/1732 for the Justices and Freeholders of Somerset Co.  He was in Amwell tsp., Hunterdon Co., NJ where on 11/18/1746 he made an inventory for the estate of a Mr. Paul Hill. 

First son John Piatt Jr., born in Six Mile Run, Somerset Co., NJ on 7/15/1740 or possibly December 1739. and died probably February 1819 in PA.  Letters of administration were granted 3/8/1819.  John first married Jane Williamson 3/27/1763 in Bloomsbury, Hunterdon Co., NJ and she died 2/17/1800 in PA.  John moved in the spring of 1782 to Penny Hill, White Deer Valley, Lycoming Co., PA.  In 1803 he married secondly Mrs. Elizabeth Bear, widow of John Bear.  John Jr., a major in the Revolution, a bootmaker and a farmer.  Both John and Elizabeth are buried in the Stone Church cemetery on the Piatt farm in White Deer Valley.  John and his first wife Jane had seven children.  The farm of John Piatt was eventually sold in 1942 to the US government and is now the home of the Allenwood Federal Prison fronting on Rt. 15 just north of Allenwood and south of Williamsport, PA. 

Second son Abraham Piatt was born in 1741 at Six Mile Run, NJ and died 11/13/1791 in present day Haines Tsp., Centre Co., PA.  He was a major in the revolution and moved to Northumberland Co., PA., now Centre Co., PA.  He moved back to NJ where in 1782 and 1783 he was an Innkeeper in Somerset Co., NJ.  They moved back to Pa. in late 1783.  Abraham later became a Judge in the Common Pleas Court, then Northumberland Co., PA.  Abraham married Annabella Andrews and were the parents of eleven children.  Their youngest son James Andrew Piatt moved in the spring of 1829 to Monticello, IL.and later, Piatt County was named after him. 

Third son William Piatt was born probably August or September of 1743 in Six Mile Run, NJ.  He was married first to Jemima Quick 6/27/1774 in Somerset Co., NJ.  They had one son John, born 1778, and the mother Jemima probably died with the childbirth.  Son John was raised by his relative Agnes Wyckoff where he was named in her Will of 1805.  William married secondly Sarah (Shotwell) Smith who after William's death married Mr. Edward Murray. William was a Captain in the revolution and was killed in the battle of St. Clair's Defeat at Ft. Recovery, OH. on 11/4/1791. William and Sarah had four children, one being Dr. William F. Piatt of New York City. 

Fourth son Daniel Piatt was born 12/18/1745 at Six Mile Run, NJ.  He was a major in the revolution and died 4/16/1780 while at General George Washington's Jockey Hollow encampment, Morris Co., NJ.  General Washington had his headquarters in the Ford home at nearby Morristown, NJ.  Daniel was married to Catherine Sherrard (or Sherred) on 3/17/1765 in Somerset Co., NJ. They had lived in Pluckemin, Somerset Co., NJ and were the parents of seven children.  After the death of Daniel, his widow Catherine was married secondly to Charles McHenry who had a hotel near the Musconetcong River in Hunterdon Co., NJ across from nearby Finesville, NJ.  Daniel had served in Ticonderoga, NY; Valley Forge, PA.; Wyoming, PA. and Easton, PA.  Letters of administration were granted 5/21/1794 to son Robert Piatt who moved ca1795 to Boone Co., KY. 

Fifth son Jacob Piatt was born 5/16/1747 at Six Mile Run, NJ.  He died 8/14/1834 at Federal Hall, Boone Co., KY.  Jacob was a major in the revolution while his four brothers were also serving.  Jacob was wounded in the battle of Monmouth, NJ.  He married first 3/15/1779 in Bloomsbury, NJ to Hannah Cook McCullough of nearby Asbury, NJ.  They had six children and adopted another daughter, Julia Alloway.  Jacob was an attorney, living in Sussex Co., NJ when he was appointed Judge there on 11/26/1794.  The family moved to Boone Co., KY. 1795-96.  After the death of his wife Hannah, he married secondly May 1819 to Mrs. Martha (Huddy) Perry.  Martha was the daughter of Captain Joshua Huddy of the revolution who was hanged to death by the Tories in 1782 in Monmouth Co., NJ.  Jacob's first son Benjamin Piatt is the one that built the Pioneer Home in the Mac-O-Chee Valley, West Liberty, OH.  Later, Benjamin's sons built Mac-A-Cheek and Mac-O-Chee Castles, both being tourist attractions in the state of Ohio. 
Richard O. Piatt, West Chester, PA. 
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