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This historic house in the Ulster County town of Wallkill, New York was built in 1750 by settler, Johannes Jansen. In September 1780, two members of the British loyalist party, Samuel Gonsalus and Benjamin DeWilt, alongside three Native American allies tried to attack and capture Lieutenant Colonel Johannes Jansen here at his home. The group of five men tried to attack Jansen outside his home as he was leaving in the morning. A young boy nearby noticed their movements and alerted Jansen. As Jansen was notified, he then ran into his house, and secured the door just just as DeWilt slashed it open with an axe. Failing to capture Jansen, the assailants proceeded to plunder the kitchen and abduct three slaves and a girl named Hannah Gruenwald (who was employed to work for the Jansen family). Unfortunately, the group of loyalists soon killed and scalped Hannah because they feared her screams would guide pursuers.

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