Ensign John Cleveland 1734/35-1818Leave a Comment
Biography of Ensign John Cleveland by Frederick Frelinghuysen Gaines, Jr.
Birth: 27 February 1734/35 Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut (Connecticut
Barbour VR, Canterbury, page 165 )
Death: 15 February 1818, Colebrook, Coos, New Hampshire ,(DAR Patriot Index,
Vol. 1, page 54)
Marriage; 17 November 1762, Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut (Connecticut
Barbour VR, Canterbury, page 165) to Elizabeth “Betsy’ Downer”
Children: He had six children, first, Martha, born in New Hampshire, John, Abigail
Downer, Caleb and Anson all born in Canterbury , CT
Education: Details of education unknown, but seems to have had a good background
as he rose thru the ranks from Private to Ensign
Military: Private 8th Connecticut, 11th July to 26 December, 1775: Private, 1st
January, 1777 and Sergeant 4th Connecticut, 28th April 1777:Ensign,
4th January 1780: Transferred to 2nd Connecticut.1st January ,1783, and
served to 3 June 1783 ( Officers of the Continental Army during the War
of the Revolution, April 1775 to December 1783, .Francis B. Heitman.,
1932, page 160 )
Cincinnati: Original member 1783/. First represented by a Hereditary Member who
joined the Society in 2012.
Occupation: Not known for sure, probably a farmer and trader.