John Stoneburgh was born c1788 into a family with Loyalist roots in lower New York and Bergen County New Jersey. He was the eldest son of Loyalist Peter Stoneburgh Sr. and Hannah Nix. John was also the grandson of Loyalist Harmanus Nix Sr. who died during the Revolutionary War while serving in the New Jersey Volunteers.
Abraham Chase was born in Oneida NY in 1783, the son of Abraham Chase Sr. and Catherine Rogers. His father and grandfather Phineas had served as Rebels in the 14th Albany County Militia during the Revolutionary War.