Ensign Ozias Goodrich 1750-1784Leave a Comment
Biography of Ozias Goodrich By Robert Girard Carroon 17 March 2012
Birth: 13 September 1750 in Wethersfield (Hartford County) Connecticut. Henry Stiles, History of Ancient Wethersfield 1904,Vol. II, pg. 377. American Genealogical Biographical Index Vol. 64 Pg. 429.
Death: Sometime between May 9, 1784 when he signed a receipt in New Haven, CT, for the payment of 2 pounds 6 pence which was a repayment for a loan he had made to Ensign Ebenezer Daggett (deceased) of the 1st Connecticut Continental Line who had died on 20 November1781, the loan being repaid by Lt. Henry Daggett, Jr. 1st Lieutenant of the 2nd Continental Line, brother of Ensign Daggett, and 10 August 1789 when his Bounty Land Warrant was issued to Richard Platt, assignee. Goodrich file, Connecticut State Library; Bounty Land Warrant Record Conn: Goodridge Ozias,National Archives. Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications in the National Archives 1976.
Marriage: Ozias Goodrich was unmarried.
Military Record Ozias Goodrich served in various Connecticut regiments throughout the War for Independence. He first answered the call for volunteers which followed the battles of Lexington and Concord, was present at the Battle of Bunker Hill, participated in campaigns in the northern sector of operations of the Continental Army and was finally in action at the battle of Yorktown. In April 1775 Ozias Goodrich accompanied the Wethersfield Militia as a private on their march to Boston, Massachusetts. On 12 May 1775 he enlisted as a private in the 2nd Connecticut Regiment and served in Boston until 17 December 1775. He served in the 2nd Connecticut Regiment throughout 1776 and on 1January 1777 he was appointed Corporal of the 3rd Company. He was promoted Sergeant on 1 August1778 and commissioned Ensign on 1July 1779. On 1 January 1781 he was transferred to the 1st Connecticut Continental Line. He was assigned to the battalion composed of light infantry from all the Continental Line under the overall command of the Marquis de Lafayette. Ozias was Ensign of Captain Jonathan Hart’s Company in the regiment commanded by Colonel Jean-Joseph, Chevalier de Gimat and Major John Palgrave Wyllys. Hart’s company “formed part of the battalion that stormed the enemy’s redoubt at Yorktown on the night of October 14, 1781” In the spring of 1782 the light company was disbanded and Ozias Goodrich was transferred to the 2nd Company of the 1st Connecticut Continental Line under the command of Col. Thomas Grosvenor. He retained the rank of Ensign. The 1st Connecticut was stationed at Camp Highlands to guard against possible incursions by the British or Loyalists from New York City. Ozias remained at the camp until 1 February 1783 when he was given a 45 day furlough by General Henry Knox as a “casualty” What occurred is unknown but he could have been wounded or become ill while in camp. In any case he reported back for duty on 16 April 1783 where the regiment, now under the command of Colonel Zebulon Butler, was stationed. The regiment soon became part of Colonel Heman Swift’s battalion under the re-organization of the Connecticut Line which was reduced from five to three regiments. Ensign Ozias Goodrich served until 3 November 1783.
[Francis B. Heitman, Historical Record, Officers of the Continental Army 1914 reprint of the new revised and enlarged edition with addenda by Robert H. Kelby 1932 (Clearfield, Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003. Henry R. Stiles The History of Ancient Wethersfield Vol. 1. 1904, Pp. 436, 437,438,439, 440, 483. Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution (Hartford CT, 1889)Pp. 25, 51,169,315,351, 368.
National Archives Pay and Muster Roll Records of Ensign Ozias Goodrich 1st Connecticut Regiment, June 1778 to May 1783, Card Numbers 35040682 to 357308369 and 39107783.
Cincinnati: Original Member. Ensign Ozias Goodrich was the 25th officer of the Connecticut Continental Line to sign the Institution at West Point. [Original Records of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut, Connecticut Historical Society:Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution (Hartford CT, 1889) pg. 373.] Stiles, History of Ancient Wethersfield, Vol. I pg.490. Ozias Goodrich remained unrepresented in the Society until 1984.