Major Jason Wait, 1st & 3rd N.H. Continental Regiments
Jason Wait was from Alstead, New Hampshire and was one of the town’s first settlers in 1763. He was ensign of the first militia company of Alstead in 1773.
In January of 1776, he is listed as a Captain and in command of a company in Colonel Timothy Bedel’s New Hampshire Rangers. He was commissioned as a Captain with duties as Company Commander in the 1st New Hampshire Regiment, Continental Line on November 8, 1776. During theContinental Army’s encampment at Valley Forge, he is listed in command of hiscompany and “Present” for December 1777-June 1778. He was transferred to the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment, Continental Line on July 5, 1780 and promoted to Major.He transferred back to the 1st New Hampshire on January 1, 1781.When the New Hampshire Line was consolidated, he was retained in the NewHampshire Battalion on March 1, 1782. He resigned his commission on December 8,1782.
Sources: Samuel Carroll Derby, A List of TheRevolutionary Soldiers of Dublin, N.H., (Columbus, 1901), 32; John C. Fitzpatrick (editor), The writings ofGeorge Washington from the original manuscript sources, 1745-1799; prepared under the direction of the United States George Washington BicentennialCommission and published by authority of Congress. (Washington, D.C., 1931), 94; Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the ContinentalArmy (Baltimore, 1914), 414; Frederic Kidder, History of the First New Hampshire Regiment in the War of theRevolution (Albany, 1868), 118.