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DE HAAS, John Philip, soldier, born in Holland about 1735 ; died in Philadelphia, 3 June 1786. His ancestors were an ancient family of northern France. In 1750 he removed with his father to the United States, settling in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania He was ensign in the old French war, and took part in Bouquet's battle with the Indians at Bushy Run, near Pittsburgh, 5 and 6 August 1763. In 1776 he was appointed colonel of the 1st Pennsylvania regiment. He served in Canada and at Ticonderoga, and after the battle of Long Island was promoted to brigadier general, 21 February 1777, serving until the close of the war. In 1779 he went to Philadelphia, where he spent the latter years of his life. His son served as ensign in his own regiment.
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