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

Surg Jeremiah West 1753-1806

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Biography of Surgeon Jeremiah West Feb-24-2012 by Timothy C. Finton

Birth: 20 July 1753, Tolland (Hartford) CT [CT Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection].

Death: 18 Oct. 1806, Tolland (Tolland) CT; buried: South Yard Cemetery, Tolland (Tolland) MA.
[CT Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934], [Inscription from the South Yard Cemetery, Tolland (Tolland) CT], [Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.4, p. Serial: 11999; Vol. 8].

Marriage: (1) Amelia Ely, birth: 06 Jan. 1750, West Springfield (Hampden) MA; death: 28 April 1786, Tolland (Tolland) CT; buried: South Yard Cemetery, Tolland (Tolland) CT; married, 08 Feb. 1781,
Tolland (Hartford) CT. [MA Town Birth Records], [CT Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection], [CT Town Death Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection], [CT Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934], [Inscription from the South Yard Cemetery, Tolland (Tolland) CT].
(2) Martha “Patty” Williams, birth: 29 Jan. 1755, Deerfield (Franklin) MA; death: 22 Dec. 1804 Tolland (Tolland) CT; buried: South Yard Cemetery, Tolland (Tolland) CT; married, 28 Feb. 1787, Tolland (Tolland) CT. [CT Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection], [CT Town Death Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection], [CT Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934], [Inscription from the South Yard Cemetery, Tolland (Tolland) CT].
(3) Mrs. Lucy Devotion Baker (widow of Dr. Joseph Baker), birth: 12 Feb. 1754, Windham, CT; death: 13 Apr. 1842, Brooklyn (Windham) CT; buried: South Cemetery, Brooklyn (Windham) CT; married, 21 Jan. 1806, Stafford (Tolland) CT. [CT Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection], [CT Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection], [CT Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934], [http://www.findagrave.com]

Children: By wife (1): i. Laura West, born 30 Dec. 1781, Bolton (Tolland) CT; married, Capt. Joseph Abbott,
Jr.; ii. Fanny West, born 18 May 1784, Tolland (Tolland) CT; married, Cyrus Williams
iii. Amelia West, born 31 Mar. 1786, Tolland (Tolland) CT; married, Col. Prentice Williams
By wife (2): iv. Francis West, born 05 Sep. 1788, Tolland (Tolland) CT; married, Fanny Chapman
v. Cynthia West, born 21 Jul 1791, Tolland (Tolland) CT; married, (1) John Sergeant, (2) Heman Ely
vi. Julia West, born 29 Sep. 1794, Tolland (Tolland) CT; vii. Edmund West, born 25 Nov. 1796,
Tolland (Tolland) CT; viii. Louisa West, born 19 May 1802, Tolland (Tolland) CT; married (1) John
Henry Post, ; (2) The Rev. Charles Nichols [CT Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection],
[The Thomas Minor Society: http://tmsociety.org/thomas/joseph/aqwg09.htm].
Education: 1774, Graduated, Yale College. [Henry P. Johnston, Yale and Her Honor-Role in the American
Revolution, 1775-1783, privately printed, New York, 1888, pp. 303-304]. 1772-74, Member of the
Linonian Society at Yale College [A Catalogue of the Linonian Society, Hitchcock & Stafford
Printers, 1841, p. 13]. 1772-73, Served as scribe of the Linonian Society (a position previously held by
Nathan Hale). [George D. Seymour, Documentary Life of Nathan Hale: Comprising All Official
and Private Documents Bearing on the Life of the Patriot, The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, New Haven, 2010, pp. 130-131, 133, 136-137, 141, & 142]. 1804, Awarded honorary M.D., Yale College. [Franklin Bowditch Dexter, Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of the College History, Vol. III, May 1763-July 1778, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1903, pp. 540-541].

Military: 22 July 1775, Surgeon’s-Mate, Spencer’s Connecticut Regiment; had served two months before his appointment as a volunteer [Johnston, Yale and Her Honor-Role, p. 304]. 1777-1782, Continental
Line: 01 Jan. 1777, Surgeon’s-Mate, Webb’s Additional Continental Regiment; 05 June 1778,
Surgeon, Webb’s Additional Continental Regiment; 01 Jan. 1781, transferred to 3rd Connecticut ;
Regiment [Henry P. Johnston, Editor, The Record of Connecticut Men in the Military and Naval Service during the War of the Revolution, 1775-1783, Hartford, 1889, p. 330]. 03 Mar. 1782, resigned from the Continental Line [Francis Heitman, Historical Record, Officers of the Continental Army (Washington, DC. Rare Book Co. 1914). p. 428].

Cincinnati: Original Member; first represented by a current Hereditary Member who joined in 2011.
[Luther Foster Halsey, The Revolutionary Worthies of the Medical Staff, Keview Printing House, Philadelphia, 1891, p. 62].

Occupation: Physician; 1785-1804, Member of the Connecticut State Assembly for 14 sessions
09 Jan. 1788, Member of the Connecticut State Convention which ratified the U.S. Constitution
1792, Helped organize the Connecticut State Medical Society; 1794, Treasurer; 1803, Vice President; 1804-06, President; Justice of the Peace and then Justice of the Quorum of the Tolland County Court for 14 years [Johnston, Yale and Her Honor-Role, p. 304].

Discussion:
Jeremiah West studied medicine at Yale College, graduating in 1774, so when hostilities broke out in April, 1775, he immediately volunteered for medical duty with the army. His regiment, Brigadier Joseph Spencer’s Connecticut Regiment, was at the siege of Boston which lasted until March 17, 1776 where he served as a Surgeon’s-Mate. In January 1777, he joined Webb’s Additional Regiment, so named for its own Col. Samuel Blachley Webb. That unit saw action at the Battle of Setauket (New York) on August 21, 1777. After this battle and the retreat to Connecticut, his regiment was ordered to patrol the Connecticut shoreline. He was promoted to Surgeon on June 5, 1778. That year his unit was ordered to Rhode Island where it engaged in the Battle of Rhode Island, also known as the Battle of Quaker Hill, which took place on August 29, 1778 and the Siege of Newport. His regiment which by then had become the Third Connecticut Regiment was with the main army on the Hudson River during 1780 and wintered 1780-81 at “Connecticut Village” above the Robinson House on the Hudson opposite West Point. He resigned from the Continental Line in 1782.
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