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DEMAREST, John, clergyman, born in New Bridge, N. J.. in 1763; died in 1837. When a boy, He was taken prisoner by a drunken Hessian trooper, whom he pushed off his horse while fording a stream, and thus escaped. He studied under Dr. Solomon Froeligh, and was licensed as a minister in the Reformed Dutch Church in 1789. He owned the farm at Tappan where Major John Andr6 was buried. In August 1821, the British government, at the request of Andrd's sisters, sent a man-of-war to transfer the remains to England. The Duke of York, uncle of Queen Victoria, was on board, and was entertained by Mr. Demarest, who afterward received from the duke a gold lined snuffbox, made from the cedar tree whose roots had been found entwined about the skeleton. Andr6's sisters sent him a silver communion service, designed for the use of a Roman Catholic priest, under a mistaken idea that such was his character. Mr. Demarest returned the service, with explanations, and it was replaced by a large silver cup, appropriately inscribed Mr. Demarest seceded from the Reformed Church, with Dr. Solomon Froeligh, in 1822, and was suspended in 1824.His grandson, James, born in Williamsburg, L. I., 28 June 1832, was graduated at Union in 1852, and at New Brunswick seminary in 1856. He has held pastorates in Hackensack and Newark, New Jersey, Chicago, Illinois, and Kingston and Fort Plain, New York, and has published numerous sermons, including " Duty of the Reformed Church in the future as foreshown by its Course in the Past" (in "Centennial Discourses," 1876). Union College gave him the degree of D. D. in 1877.
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