The Society Of the Cincinnati in The State of Connecticut

The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton, December 26, 1776-1828. Left: Jonathan Trumbull Jr. (1740-1809) - Speaker of the Us House of Representatives. Right: Jonathan Trumbull Sr. (1710-1785) - Governor of Connecticut
The Battle of Bunker's Hill, June 17, 1775. Right: William Hull (1753-1825) - Lieutenant-Colonel in the Continental Army
The Resignation of General Washington, December 23, 1783. Left: Thomas Y. Seymour (1757-1811) - Lieutenant in the 2nd Continental Regiment of the Dragoons
The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton, January 1777

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  • 2nd Lt Thomas Tanner

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    Birth:

    17 June 1743, Cornwall, Connecticut to Thomas Tanner, Sr. and Martha Borden.

    Death:

    17 January 1817/18, Cooperstown, New York.

    Marriage:

    30 October 1765, Cornwall, Connecticut to Anna Baldwin. She was born in October 1741, probably at Goshen, Connecticut, and died in 1821 or 1822, probably at Cooperstown, New York.

    Children:

    4 sons and 3 daughters.

    Parents:

    2nd Lt. Thomas Tanner’s father was Thomas Tanner who was born about 1695, probably at Haddam, Connecticut, and who died before 19 June 1750. His mother was Martha Borden who was born on 11 September 1700 at Lyme, Connecticut, and died after 1753 at Cornwell, Connecticut. 2nd Lt. Thomas Tanner’s parent were married on 26 December 1727 at East Haddam, Connecticut.

    Occupation:

    Carpenter.

    Military:

    French and Indian War:

    Enlisted at age 18 (abt. 1761), and served 2 years.

    Revolutionary War:

    Second Lieutenant, Bradley’s Connecticut State Regiment, Captain Smith’s Company, 10 June 1776; Taken prisoner at Fort Washington, 16 November 1776; Billeted and paroled as a prisoner of war at Flat Bush, Long Island, New York; Released after 4 years a prisoner of war.

    Cincinnati:

    First represented in 2017 by Ryan James Corker.

    Discussion:

    From Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Tanner, Sr. ,(1893):

    “In October 1773, a war with England pending, he was made ensign of a “trainband” of his townsmen. In May [sic] 1776, he was appointed second lieutenant of Capt. Smith’s company, Col. Bradley’s battalion, Gen. Wadsworth’s brigade. He was in the Battle of Long Island, August 27, in the retreat to New York, Harlem, Washington Heights and into Fort Washington; where, with more than 2,000 Connecticut and Maryland troops, he was taken prisoner November 16. During the night, he and his comrades were marched through New York to Brooklyn, where he was held 4 years a prisoner, meanwhile following his carpenter trade for his support. Released then on parole, he returned to his family in Cornwall, to their great joy and relief. Soon after, in 1781, he moved with his family to New Lebanon, New York, where some of his brother William’s family had doubtless preceded him, and where he remained some twelve years, pursuing his trade, and where his two youngest children were born. In 1793, he removed to Cooperstown, where his two oldest sons had preceded him. Here in this young thriving town, he continued working at his trade till old coming on, he died in 1817, aged 74, and was buried in the old Christ Church cemetery. His wife, Anna, followed him some four years later. Of his moral and religious character, of his personal traits, habits and manners there is nothing known. Family tradition says he was a large, heavy man, while his wife was a quite slim and small woman; hence perhaps the medium size of most of his descendants. His army trunk, hair covered and iron bound, still exists in a great grandson’s family at South Cortland, N. Y.”

    References:

    Bates, Albert C., ed. Lists and Returns of Connecticut Men in the Revolution: 1775-1783, in Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society, Vol. XII. Hartford, CT: Case, Lockwood, & Brainard Company, 1909. https://archive.org/details/collectionsofcon12conn.

    Ford, Worthington Chauncey. “Prisoners of War: British and American, 1778,” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (1893): 11-12. https://archive.org/details/prisonersofwarbr00ford.

    Heitman, Francis B. Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution, April 1775 to December 1783, New, Revised and Enlarged Edition. Washington D. C.: The Rare Book Shop Publishing Company, Inc., 1914. https://archive.org/details/franheitmanreg00bernrich.

    Johnston, Henry Phelps, ed. Record of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution. Hartford, CT: The Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1889. https://archive.org/details/waroftherevolution00recorich.

    Tanner, Elias F. Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Tanner, Sr. Lansing, MI: Darius D. Thorp, Printer and Binder, 1893. https://archive.org/details/genealogyofdesce00tann.

    The National Archives. “Thomas Tanner: Bradley’s Regiment, Revolutionary War” in Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War. NARA M881, Record Group 93, Roll 363. https://www.fold3.com/image/16839154.

    ________. “A Pay Roll of Capt. Simeon Smith’s Company in Col. Philip B. Bradley’s Regiment” in Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783. NARA M246, Record Group 93, Roll 27, Folder 195. https://www.fold3.com/image/ 10109216.

    ________. “Return of the American Officers and Other Prisoners on Parole on Long Island” in Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783. NARA M246, Record Group 93, Roll 136, Folder 6. https://www.fold 3.com/image/9685388.

    Biographical information provided by Ryan James Corker.

  • Lt William [1st Members CT] Andrews (CT/MA)

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    Death:

    William Andrews died on 14 March 1816.

    Military:

    Ensign of Elmore’s Connecticut State Regiment, 15th April, 1776; 2d Lieutenant 3d Continental Artillery, 1st January, 1777; taken prisoner at Fort Fayette, 1st June, 1779; exchanged 19th March, 1781; 1st Lieutenant, 13th September, 1780, and served to — June, 1783.

    References:

    Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution April, 1775, to December, 1783. Washington, D.C.: The Rare Book Shop Publishing Company, 1914. p. 72.

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  • Capt Epaphroditus Champion

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    Birth:

    Epaphroditus Champion was born on April 6, 1756 in Westchester, Connecticut. He was the son of Henry Champion (b. 1723 d. 1797) and Deborah Brainard (b. 1724 d. 1789). Epaphroditus Champion had eight siblings: Henry (b. 1747 d. 1750); Epaphroditus (b. 1749 d. 1752); Henry, born 1751, who married Abigail Tinker; Deborah, born 1753, who married Samuel Gilbert; Dorothy, born October 29, 1759, who married Julius Deming; twins born September 11, 1762 – Mary who married first William Bulkeley and second Roger Bulkeley, and Elizabeth who married Lemuel Storrs; and lastly, Esther, born 1765, who married Moses Cleaveland..

    Death:

    Epaphroditus Champion died at East Haddam, Connecticut on December 22, 1834.

    Marriage:

    Epaphroditus Champion married Lucretia Hubbard at East Haddam, Connecticut on December 17, 1781. She died at East Haddam on June 20, 1836. Lucretia was born September 23, 1760 at Hatfield, Massachusetts, the daughter of Elisha Hubbard and Lucy Sterns.

    Children:

    Epaphroditus and Lucretia Champion had three children:

    Lucretia Champion was born at East Haddam, Connecticut on February 17, 1783 and died at the home of a granddaughter on January 19, 1882 at New Haven, Connecticut. Lucretia Champion Bacon’s children were as follows: Epaphroditus Champion Bacon, unmarried, who was born in 1810 and died in Seville, Spain on January 11, 1845. Frederick Asa Bacon. Born 1812, who married Sarah A. Harris. Francis Bacon, born 1819, who married Elizabeth S. Dutcher.

    Clarissa Champion, born February 24, 1785, who died October 22 , 1801.

    Epaphroditus Champion, born October 21, 1786, who died July 16, 1841. He never married.

    Occupation:

    Merchant and politician.

    Military:

    Assistant Deputy Commissary of Purchases. According to his pension application:

    . . . he joined the army April 12, 1776, and was appointed deputy commissary and served under Colonel Joseph Trumbull, Commissary General, until October 2, 1777; October 3, 1777, he was appointed purchasing commissary and served under Peter Colt, Deputy Commissary General of Purchases, until January 31, 1778. His father, Colonel Henry Champion, in February, 1778, was appointed deputy commissary general for supplies, and he served under him as purchasing commissary, until January 22, 1780.

    Cincinnati:

    1854.

    References:

    Thomas W. Baldwin. Bacon Genealogy: Michael Bacon of Dedham, 1640 And His Descendants. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Press of Murray and Emery, 1915. pp. 140-141.

    Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. (http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000288) Champion, Epaphroditus (1756 – 1834).

    Royal R. Hinman. A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut: With the Time of Their Arrival In the Country And Colony, Their Standing In Society, Place of Residence, Condition In Life, Where From, Business, &c., As Far As Is Found On Record. Hartford: Case, Tiffany, 1852-1856. pp. 521-524.

    Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 15. Fold3.com( http://www.fold3.com/image/13937198/). Connecticut. Epaphroditus Champion, Pension S16711.

    F. Bacon Trowbridge. The Champion genealogy: a history of the descendants of Henry Champion of Saybrook and Lyme, Connecticut, together with some account of other families of the name. New Haven: 1891. pp. 279-280, 284-289 & 300-303.

    Biographical information compiled by V. Allen Gray.

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