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HUMPTON, Richard, soldier, born in Yorkshire, England, about 1733; died in Chester county, Pennsylvania, 21 December, 1804. He was a captain in the British army, and was in the attack on St. Malo. While stationed in the West Indies. he resigned his commission, came to Pennsylvania, and settled on one of the upper branches of the Susquehanna. He was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the "flying camp," 16 July, 1776, and was afterward transferred to the colonelcy of the 11th Pennsylvania regiment, took part in the battle of Brandywine, and at the close of the war was colonel of the 2d regiment. After peace was declared he settled on a farm, and was appointed adjutant-general of militia, which post he held till his death.
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