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

Capt Benoni Shipman 1753-1820

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Biography of CPT Benoni Shipman May 2012 by Charles E. F. Drake

Birth: 20 May 1753, Saybrook, CT [Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Vol. II, Part I, p. 41]

Death: 23 May 1820 Saybrook, CT [Saybrook Colony Vital Records, p. 461] (Heitman gives 22 May)

Marriage: Never married.

Children: No children.

Education: Unknown.

Military: Private Lexington Alarm April 1775; Private 1st Connecticut 25 May to 20 Dec 1775; Sergeant-Major 19 Continental Infantry 1 Jan 1776; Ensign 10 August 1776; 2d Lieut 1 Jan 1777; 1st Lieut 27 May 1777 [Francis Bernard Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution, April 1775, to December, 1783. 1914 p. 495]; Jan 1778 transferred to Betts’s Co., in service Jan-Feb 1778; March-April 1778 on furlough; in service May-June 1778; took oath at Valley Forge on 13 May 1778 [Joseph Lee Boyle, Fire Cake and Water, The Connecticut Infantry at the Valley Forge Encampment]; Captain Lieut 1 June 1778; retired 1 Jan 1781 [Heitman]. After retirement from the army, he became a privateer, commander of the armed boat Success. On 28 April 1782 captured the British schooner Fairplay near Sag Harbor and another sloop, also in April of that year. [Louis F. Middlebrook, History of Maritime Connecticut during the American Revolution, 1775-1783; Salem Mass 1925, Vol. II, The Connecticut Privateers]

Cincinnati: Did not join the Society. First represented by a current Hereditary Member who joined in 2007.

Occupation: Mechanic [The British Invasion of New Haven, Connecticut, New Haven, 1779, p. 102]

Discussion: On 28 Sept 1776 he underwent General Court-martial at Harlem Heights [New York] along with Ensign Thomas Fosdick for abusive language, disobedience and mutiny. [D. S: G. Weedon, Calendar of the correspondence of George Washington, commander in chief of the Continental Army, with the officers (Volume 1, page 16 of 67)]

In 1778 he was assigned to guard the harbor with his cousin Capt John Shipman, and along with John, signed a document offering 4 pounds for each non-commissioned man who enlisted. (Mss material)

He had command of the guard of the scaffold at the execution of Major John Andre’ 2 October 1780 [William B. Tully, The Town of Old Saybrook. History of Middlesex County 1635-1885, J. H. Beers & Co., 36 Vesey Street, New York, 1884; Pages 282-320 ]