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ROSBRUGH, John (rose'-bruh), clergyman, born in Scotland in 1714; died in Trenton, New Jersey, 2 January, 1777. He came to this country about 1740, and after the death of his wife taught for some time and then entered Princeton, where he was graduated in 1761. He studied theology under the Reverend John Blair, and was licensed to preach on 16 August, 1763. His first field of labor was in Warren county, New Jersey, where in October, 1764, he was called to Mansfield, Oxford, and Greenwich, and was ordained at the latter place on 11 December For five years he remained with this parish, but in 1769 he was transferred to the Forks of Delaware, Pennsylvania, where he remained for the rest of his life. During the Revolutionary war he joined with his neighbors in the formation of a military company, and on reaching Philadelphia was commissioned chaplain of the 3d battalion of the Northampton county militia. He served during the campaign in New Jersey, and was taken prisoner in Trenton by a party of Hessians, who brutally murdered him. See Rosbrugh: A Tale of the Revolution," by the Reverend John C. Clyde, D. D. (Easton, Pennsylvania, 1880).
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