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

Lt Sylvanus Perry 1743-1821

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Biography of Lt. Sylvanus Perry Jun-27-2012 by David Wade Morton

Birth: 31 Aug. 1743, Norwich (New London) CT [NEHGR 115:198]

Death: 5 Oct. 1821, Putnam (Windham) CT [NEHGR 116:38]

Marriage: He married 4 Apr. 1770 first, Rebecca Bliss, born 20 Dec. 1744, died Jul. 1788, daughter of John
Bliss; secondly, Rebecca (Bailey) Greenwood [NEHGR 116:38; Elwell H. Perry, Perry-Long Genealogy 1646-1976, Trumansburg, NY: Edited and Typed by Nita Pliskin, 2nd ed. 2001, p. 119]

Children: By first wife:
i. Anson, b. 5 Oct. 1770; m. in 1798 Ablena Buck
ii. Abigail, b 12 Apr. 1773; m., as his third wife, Elijah Ormsby
iii. Phebe, b. about 1755; m. Jesse Butterfield
iv. William Bliss, b. 3 Sep. 1780
v. Elizabeth, b. about 1782; m. John Greenwood
vi. George, b. about 1785; m. Elizabeth Buck
vii. Keziah, b. 5 Apr. 1785; m. George Wadsworth

By second wife:
viii. Sylvanus, b. 1 Nov. 1798
ix. Rebecca, b. 6 Jul. 1800

Education: Unknown.

Military: Private in the Lexington Alarm, Apr. 1775; ensign in Sage’s Connecticut State regiment, 20th Jun. to 25th Dec., 1776; 1st Lieutenant 3d Connecticut, 1st Jan., 1777; “retired” [deranged] 1st Jan., 1781 [Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution, Washington, D.C.: The Rare Book Shop Publishing Company, Inc., 1914, p. 437]

Cincinnati: Unknown.

Occupation: Unknown.

Discussion: Sylvanus Perry answered the Lexington Alarm, April 19, 1775, and served almost continuously through 1781. He was made ensign in the 5th Company, 3rd battalion (Wadsworth’s brigade) raised in June 1776 to reinforce Gen. Washington in NYC & Long Island; was commissioned 2nd Lt. in chandler’s Regiment. Jan. 1, 1777,and 1st Lt. in col. Samuel Wyllys Reg. helping to repel the British raid on Danbury, Conn., Apr. 26, 1777 . he served in the Conn. 1st brigade under Putnam through 1778, and in 1779 encamped at White Plains with Washington’s army, wintering at Redding (1779) and serving in gen. Heath’s wing on East side of Hudson during operations of 1779. He retired by consolidations Jan. 1, 1781. Sylvanus is said to have been a man of substance and standing in killingly whose memory is revered among his descendants as that of a worthy patriot and an honored officer. [Personal Ancestral File (PAF) Data compiled by Denise G. Jones from ongoing research, both original & that of other descendants and researchers; copyright 1999-2007 by Denise G. Jones] He was appointed 2nd Lt. in October 1776 by the Connecticut Assembly in one of the eight battalions then being raised. Promoted in February 1777 to the rank of 1st Lt., when we find that the Assembly ordered that “Sylvanus Perry, who was second lieutenant in John Chandler’s regiment, to be first lieutenant instead of Thomas Abbe.” Perry transferred to Wyllys’ Regiment [NEHGR 116:38] Applied for a Revolutionary War Pension 9 Apr. 1818 Oneida County, NY, in 1820 had moved to Killingly (Windham) CT with his 3rd wife Sabra aged 65 & also referred to his sons (not named). Soldier died 5 Oct. 1821 He is buried in Aspinwall Cemetery, Putnam, (Windham) CT [Virgil D. White, Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files volume III: N-Z, Waynesboro, TN: The National Historical Publishing Company, 1992, p. 2666] His younger brother, Ozias Perry, a soldier from Connecticut in the Continental Line also applied for a Revolutionary War Pension 27 Apr. 1818 Cayuga County, NY, age 60, in 1820 soldier had a wife Esther aged 56 & referred to sons, Ozias, Jr, age 18 & Benjamin Franklin aged 13, soldier died 10 May 1831 [Virgil D. White, op. cit., p. 2665]. [Of note, Elikiam Perry, the father of Sylvanus and Ozias, served at the taking of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, in 1745 under Gen. William Pepperell in King George’s War.]