John Mease (1740 - 1826):
Merchant and soldier
John Mease was born in Strabane, County Tyrone and emigrated to America. He became a prosperous merchant in Philadelphia. He joined the revolutionary army and crossed the Delaware with Washington. It is said that he subscribed a large sum of money towards army supplies in 1780 and suffered much personal loss. He was made Admiralty-Surveyor of Philadelphia where he died.