Jane Tuers – Women in the American Revolution


Jannetje Van Reypen Tuers was American Revolutionary War Patriot and had a role in confirming information about a British conspiracy with Benedict Arnold to take over West Point.

Jane Tuers and her husband Nicholas lived as farmers in Bergen Township, New Jersey. While selling farm goods in British occupied Manhattan she spoke with the owner of the Fraunces Tavern, Samuel Fraunces. He informed Tuers that British soldiers were in his tavern toasting General Benedict Arnold who was to deliver West Point to the British. Tuers informed her brother Daniel Van Reypen about the conspiracy. Van Reypen rode to Hackensack to meet with General Anthony Wayne. Wayne sent Van Reypen to inform General George Washington of the conspiracy. This information added to what was suspected of Benedict Arnold. The arrest of John André a few days later confirmed the conspiracy.

Jane Tuers died in 1834 and was buried in the Old Bergen Church Cemetery. The house that she lived in was located on Bergen Avenue across from the Tise Tavern. The house survived until 1894 when it was demolished to make room for the construction of the old Fourth Regiment Armory. Streets near Bergen Square bear both the Tuers and Van Reypen family name.


Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Tuers