Steve: There is a great story associated with this medal. John Van Tuyl was among the brave settlers of the area now known as Port Jervis, NY. At the time of his settlement there, the area was in the Colony of NJ. There were fierce battles with the Indians during the French and Indian War. John's house -or that of one of his frelatives also named John- was known as "Fort Van Tyle". It stnads today, fully modernized, on Ft. Van Tyle road in Port Jervis.
The exact connection with our family is not clear, but it is possible he was Jan 1.8.3a.1 [VTC]. Rory