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Samuel Barnes enlisted in Captain Benedict
Arnold's company. General Wooster's regiment, June
3, 1775, and was mustered out September i, same year.
He was present with his company (detached) at the
siege of Boston and afterward joined his regiment
in the northern department. He enlisted second in
Captain Jacob Brockett's company, Colonel Douglass'
regiment, General Wadsworth's brigade, in June, 1776.
Was at the battle of Long Island and White Plains.
His enlistment expired December 25, 1776. Was a
pensioner in 1832.




Joel Thorp was son of Moses and Lydia Thorp, and
born in the parish of North Haven, September 11, 1741.
He married Mary Stanley, December 29, 1762. Date
of enlistment in army unknown, but he was discharged
therefrom in "The Northern Dept." October 17, 1775.
He served in Capt. SamuelWilmot's company, in Gen-
eral Wooster's regiment during the above period. He
enlisted second in Colonel William Douglass' regiment
(Sixth regiment, Connecticut Line) raised in 1777 " for
the war." His service here was comparatively brief,
being enrolled as a " levy " from September i to
December 19, 17S0. He was previous to this a mem-
ber of Captain Benjamin Trumbull's company of vol-
unteers, 1777.


Solomon Tuttle was a native of the parish, and
born 1746. Enlisted first in Captain Benjamin Trum-
bull's compan}- of volunteers, 1777, and was discharged
March 12, 1777, being paid ^£2 2s. T2d for his services.
He enlisted second in Captain Mattock's company,
" Eighth regiment, Connecticut Line," raised in 1777,
commanded by Colonel John Chandler. He was mus-
tered out from this command March 26, 1780. Mr.
Tuttle was chosen deacon of Dr. Trumbull's church in
1780, a position which he held for forty-eight years, or
until his death. He was the father of Elizur C. Tuttle,
who died some years since. The late Hon. Ezra Stiles
related a narrow escape from death which Deacon
Tuttle had in his old age. Standing one morning
before an open fireplace while conducting family
devotion, the old gentleman suddenly fell forward,
his head striking in the bed of coals. Air. Stiles, then
a school teacher, and boarding in the family, drew
him out so quickly as to save him from serious harm.


Jonathan Dayton, a native of North Haven, was
born 1756. Married first Mary Yale, and second Beda


. Enlisted in Captain Benjamin Trumbull's com-
pany, 1777, and was paid off February 17, 1777. He was
one of the youngest men in the parish to enroll his
name. His father was Jonathan Dayton, for many
years a prominent official of the First Ecclesiastical
Society. Jonathan Jr., became a captain in the militia
in 1779, and was chosen as one of the committee for
the incorporation of the town when first agitated in
1781. He died April 23, 1835, and was buried in the
old cemetery. Attorney O. H. D. Fowler, formerly of
North Haven, now of Wallingford, Conn., is a great


Thomas Barnes enlisted first in Captain Jacob
Brockett's company June, 1776, and was discharged
by expiration of term of service, December 25 same
year. He enlisted second in Col. Lamb's artillery,
May 20, 1777, and died in the service in July same


Son of Captain Joshua Barnes, who died in 1790,
and was buried at Muddy River. Enlisted first in
Captain Jacob Brockett's company, June, 1776, and
served his term. Was a member of the "Alarm. List"
in 1779. In 1800 I\[r. Barnes was made deacon in Dr.
Trumbull's church, which office he held until his
death in 1839. His name is borne on the pension rolls
of 1832. Among his descendants are Robert, Thomas
and Goveneur Barnes of North Haven, and Herbert
and E. Henry Barnes of New Haven.


Enlisted in Captain Jacob Brockett's company
June, 1776, and died in the service October 9, same


Enlisted first in Captain Jacob Brockett's company
June, 1776. He enlisted second in the " Regiment of



Artificers" December i, 1777, and died of small-pox
in the army February 28, 177S.


John Smith was born near the upper end of the
famous " Half Mile." He enlisted first in Captain
Benjamin Trumbull's company, 1777. On his dis-
charge therefrom he enlisted second in Captain Amos
Walbridge's company, Colonel Charles Webb's " 2d
Regt. Conn. Line," April 10, 1777, for three years. He
served under General Putnam a portion of the time,
and was at Valley Forge, Monmouth, White Plains,
Redding, Conn., and other battles. His service was
of the severest kind. He was a pensioner at $96 per
year and died without issue.


Enlisted in Captain Smith's company, Colonel
Samuel Elmore's regiment, May 23, 1776. Served in
General Schuyler's department doing garrison dut}'
most of the time. Term of service nine months.
He enlisted second in Colonel Douglass' " Sixth
Regt. Conn. Line," in Captain Mansfield's company,
February 27, 1777, for three years. Enlisted afterward
in Captain Barker's company, Colonel Zebiilon But-
ler's regiment — "Fourth Conn. Line" — January i,
1781, and was mustered out May i same year. As his
name appears on the grand list of the town in 1787
only, he probably died shortly thereafter.


Yale Todd was the son of James and Martha (Yale)
Todd and of as good blood as the parish afforded. He
enlisted first in Captain David Smith's company, Col-
onel Elmore's regiment, raised in April, 1776, for one
year. In July he was left ill in New Haven and was
probably discharged, for he enlisted second, before
his first term would have expired, in Captain Benja-
min Trumbull's company, in 1777. He was a pensioner
and lived where Captain David Blakeslce's house now



stands. Sereno Todd, of North Kaven, and James
Todd, of New Haven, are among his grandsons.


Ebenezer Mansfield was a son of Titus Mansfield
and born in North Haven July i6, 1757. Enlisted first
in Captain Jacob Brockett's company, June, 1776, and
was discharged in December, same year. Enlisted
second in the Artificers Regiment, 1777, and served
his term. Tradition asserts he was present at the
execution of Major Andre, and at one time made a
" milking stool " for Lady Washington for which she
rewarded him with a silver dollar. He was a pen-
sioner and was buried in the old cemetery. In the
male line, among others, Isaac E. Mansfield is a direct


Enlisted first in Captain Jacob Brockett's com-
pany, 1776, General Wooster's regiment. In 1779,
at the invasion of New Haven, with the Rev. Dr.
Trumbull and others, assisted in destroying Neck
Bridge, to prevent the further advance of the British
forces. He was grandfather of Whiting S. Sanford of
New Haven.


Thomas Humaston was born here 1725. He enlisted
first in Captain Caleb Mix's company, Colonel Mose-
ley's regiment in 1778. He arrived in camp July 17 —
date of discharge unknown. He was also a member
of Colonel Edward Russell's regiment of " Minute
Men" ("Alarm List") in 1779. Previous to enlist-
ment was a prominent official of the First Ecclesias-
tical Society. Died April i, 1802, aged seventy-seven.


Enlisted December 26, 1777, in Captain Joseph
Mansfield's company, Colonel Douglass' " Sixth regi-
ment, Connecticut Line." Died in the service Novem-
ber 6, 1779.




Daniel Sackett was a sergeant in Captain Caleb
Mix's company, Colonel Moseley's regiment. This
command was raised for only sixty days' service.
Sackett reported for duty July 22, 1778; was at the
battle of White Plains, and afterward stationed for
garrison service in the forts along the Hudson river.


Son of Joy Bishop. Enlisted under same condi-
tions as ]\Ir. Sackett above; was mustered out with his
command at expiration of term. An anecdote is told
concerning !Mr. Bishop, who, at a somewhat advanced
age, essayed to take for a wife a young stranger in
the town. On the occasion of publishing such in-
tention in St. John's Church, Philemon Pierpont,
then selectman of the town, arose in the audience and
forbade the bans. For this objection, no North Haven
minister would marry them, and they were compelled
to seek clerical aid elsewhere. It is said a Methodist
clergyman was found who made them one. Among
the descendants of this veteran is Mr. Erus Bishop, a


Enlisted first in Captain Hooker's company. Colonel
Wolcott's regiment, 1776; was in service about six
weeks. In 1779 was a member of the "Alarm List."
Was a pensioner in 1832. Lived in the Muddy River
district, below Willis Hemingway's, on the site built
upon by Truman O. Judd. Among his descendants,
George E. Brockett, ex-member Twenty-seventh Con-
necticut Volunteers, is a grandson.


Caleb Blakeslee carried a drum instead of a mus-
ket. He enlisted first as a drummer in 1777, in the
" Sixth Conn. Line," Colonel William Douglass.
Enlisted second, 1781, as drummer in the "Fourth
Conn. Line," ColoneFZebulon Butler. When mustered



out from the latter command, enlisted third, in 1783,
in the " Second Conn. Line," Colonel Swift, and was
discharged with the regiment. With the possible
exception of John Pierpont, Mr. Blakeslee's service
exceeded in length any of his comrades. In 1792 he
was made "leader of singing" in Dr. Trumbull's
church. The date of his death is unknown.


Jared Barnes was born in 1758; was a cooper by
profession and engaged in the West India trade.
Shortly after the opening of hostilities his vessel
was captured by a British criuser; he escaped and
was landed in Boston. He walked thence to his home
in North Haven, vowing vengeance on his enemies,
and shortly after enlisted as a drummer in the
army, but in what company, regiment, or at what
date, is not known. Tradition says he was present
under General Putnam, at the battle of Horseneck,
and brought from that field a musket since held as a
valued relic by his son, the late Meritt Barnes, of this
town. He also enlisted as drummer in Captain
Benjamin Trumbull's company in 1777, and was pen-
sioned on the rolls of 1832.


Gideon Todd was the son of Gideon Todd, and was
born in North Haven, 1738. He enlisted in Captain
Benjamin Trumbull's company, 1777, ranking as a
sergeant. There is no record of other service. In
1787 he was made a captain m thcSecond regiment,
State militia, and served as such a number of years.
His military hat and vest are preserved as vaUied
relics by his grandson, G. Henry Todd, of this town.
Captain Gideon was among the widely known men
of his day. His famous inn, " The Rising Sun Tav-
ern," known also as the '' Half Way House," between
Boston and New York, was a favorite stopping
place for travelers, and was never without guests.



The old hostelry is now the spacious family mansion
of the grandson mentioned above, who shows with
pardonable pride the ancient tavern sign that once
called attention to the hospitable door beneath it.
Captain Todd was also active in civil affairs, serving
on the school committee of the parish several years.
His son John enlisted for a brief period in the war of
1812. Captain Todd died March 11, 1817, and was
buried in the old cemetery. The following is his

Here he is retired to rest his weary head

Till rocks shall rend and graves give up their dead.


This veteran lived at one time in what was known
as " Pig Lane," a locality between the Marks place and
"Peters Rock;" enlisted as a "levy" in 1780, in the
" Eighth Connecticut regiment," his term expiring
December 3. same year. He enlisted second in Cap-
tain James Stoddard's company. General Waterbury's
State brigade, September 10, 1781. He was killed in
action February 8, 1782.


Jacob Thorpe was the son of Isaac and great-
great-grandson of William Thorp, planter, in New
Haven colony, 1638. He was born in North Haven,
August 3, 1745. Married Eunice Bishop, June 20,
1768. Enlisted first as sergeant in Captain Benjamin
Trumbull's company, and was discharged there-
from February 6, 1777, being paid ^2 los. 6d. for his
services. There is no further record of his military
duty until Tryon's invasion of New Haven in 1779.
On that occasion he was present with the forces gath-
ered to resist the advance of the enemy, Jtily 5, along
the East Haven shore. Townshend, in his " British
Invasion of New Haven," thus speaks of the event:

" Some forty of the patriots masked themselves
behind this hedge. Below, our troops were hard


pressed, as the enemy's cannon were better served,
and it was decided to make one more stand, fire, and
fall back up the road to the intrenchraent on Beacon
Hill, where they had sent their cannon. As the
enemy followed, the party behind the fence were tf»
welcome them with a shower of leaden hail and then
fall back to the hill."

'* The stand was made when the enemy were about
half way between the site of the Mitchell and Town-
send houses. The order was given to fire, which was
accomplished with considerable effect. A general
stampede was then started, as agreed upon, but Jacob
Thorpe, of North Haven, did not believe in running.
So, when he had reached the site of the present north
gate of the Townsend house, he remarked " he would
not run another step for all Great Britain," loaded
and fired his piece, and soon fell pierced with many
bullets. He was the first man of the patriots killed
on the east side, that we have any record of, and his
grave was marked with a stone bearing this inscrip-
tion : 'Here fell Jacob Thorpe, July 5th, 1779.' No
stone now marks the spot where this brave man was

Mr. Thorpe was not buried where he fell, as Mr.
Townshend supposes. When the enemy had passed,
his body was recovered and placed across a horse, by
Enos Brockett, who received permission from the com-
manding officer to take it to North Haven. On the
way up the sad procession was met by Joy Bishop,
brother-in-law of the fallen patriot, who, having had
news of the disaster, started at once with an ox-cart
for the body. The transfer was tenderly made to the
latter conveyance and the journey continued. At the
dead man's late home were his widow and five children,
the eldest not ten years of age, waiting to receive
what the dread issues of war were bringing them. The
family burial lot was in the north-east corner of the
old cemetery, and there the next day, July 6, 1779, Dr.


Trumbull (we may suppose), and a large concourse of
people, committed to the earth in that rude enclosure
the first offering- laid there in the name of Liberty
and American Independence. Others of his townsmen
had died previously on the field, but it does not appear
that their remains were ever returned to their native
place. Of his lineal descendants the writer is a great-


Caleb Tuttle was the son of Titus Tuttle and born
in the northwest district. His father was drafted into
the army, but Caleb was accepted as his substitute and
was enrolled as a " Minute Man." He served first
under Major Return Jonathan Meigs. Enlisted second
in Captain Mansfield's company, Colonel Douglass'
regiment, "Sixth Connecticut Line," 1777, March 7,
and was mustered out April 28, 1780. He was one of
the forty picked men selected by General Anthony
Wayne for the storming of Stony Point, N. Y. At the
close of the war he engaged in boating business on
the Connecticut river and accumulated considerable
possessions only to lose them through the treachery
of a partner. He died in Springfield, Mass.


Jonathan Heaton was the son of Theophilus and
Hannah of this parish and was born in 1744. There
is no record on the Connecticut muster rolls of his
enlistment. He may have connected himself with a
regiment from another state, or from a clerical error
(as was frequently the case) his name may have been
dropped. Such service as appears is found in his
mother's ''Journal."*

"July, 1776.

This Lord's Day morning Jonathan sat away to go down to
New York in the troop to join our New England Army they say
of 30,000 men to withstand the Old England that is there. Now

•The Journal of Hannah Heaton.


in 13 days he come home sick with the fever and purging. 'Whi'.L-
away from his home a traveler broke in and stole 7 or S pounds
worth of clothes and went off. The thief was caught — the clotlK-s
secured, and he was whipped and put on board a privateer."

It must be confessed that the foregoing evidence-
on which to base claim to service in the Revolution-
ary army is exceeding slight.


Second son of Theophilus and Hannah above
named, and born in the parish 1755. -^s in the case
of his brother Jonathan, there is no State record of
military service, but there is his mother's " Journal " *
and the muster roll of Captain Trumbull.

"January 14, 1777.

Calvin sat away to New York to join our army. He came
home again in 3 weeks. Then he went down to Fairfield to face
the enemy, but returned soon."

The last allusion refers to his enlistment in Captain
Benjamin Trumbull's company, from which he was
discharged May 26, 1777. Theophilus and Robert O.
Eaton, of Montowese, are among his great-grand


Born in the parish in the northwest district 1756.
Enlisted first in Captain Jacob Brockett's company,
Colonel Douglass' regiment June, 1776. Saw service
on Long Island, New York city and at White Plains.
Enlisted second in Captain Benjamin Trumbull's com-
pany and was discharged therefrom February 17, 1777-
He died August 20, 1822, and was buried in the old
cemetery. Was a leading official of the First Ecclesi
astical Society for a number of years.


As in the preceding instances of the Tuttle family,
a native of this parish and supposedly connected with
that family. Enlisted first in Captain Jacob Brock-
ett's company, 1776; enlisted second in Captain

♦The Journal of Hannah Heaton.

Robert 0. Eaton.


Benjamin Trumbull's company, and discharged
March 8, 1777. He was paid ^2 4s. 3d. for service in
this latter command. With several others he was
made exempt from tax rates in 1772.


Enlisted first in Captain Jacob Brockett's company,
1776; second in Captain Benjamin Trumbull's com-
pany, from which he was discharged 1777. His name
appears on the grand lists of the town for 1787-8 as an
owner of property, else it might be thought he was a
resident of Mt. Carmel. Date of death and place of
burial unknown.


Son of Nathaniel Hitchcock, one of the " Half Mile
Memorialists," 1737. Lived in what is now known as
"North Hill;" enlisted first in Captain Jacob Brock-
ett's company, 1776, as a sergeant; enlisted second in
Captain Benjamin Trumbull's company, and dis-
charged February 10, 1777. In 1781 was made a
lieutenant in the militia force of the parish.


Enlisted first in Captain Jacob Brockett's company,
June, 1776; enlisted second in Captain Benjamin
Trumbull's company, and discharged March t8, 1777.
Was a corporal in the latter command. In 1781
became an official in the First Ecclesiastical Society.
Was the son of Ebenezer, a lieutenant in the militia,


Enos Brockett was the father of Levi Brockett, a
soldier in the war of 181 2. The former was a member
of Captain Benjamin Trumbull's company, being
mustered out February 17, 1777. At one period during
the war, finding his circumstances such as to prevent
his enlistment, he hired a substitute and sent him to
the front. Tradition maintains this recruit was killed


in one of the engagements around New York. Mr,
Brockett died November 13, 1828, and was buried in
the old cemetery.


Enlisted first in Captain William (afterwards
Colonel) Douglass' company, in General Wooster".-,
regiment, April, 1775; "^^'^^ mustered out of this com-
mand in the " North Department," September 23,
1775.' Enlisted second in Captain Johnson's company.
Colonel Bradley's battalion, June 17, 1776, and was
discharged November 16, same year. Enlisted after-
ward in Captain Benjamin Trumbull's company as a
corporal, and was paid off May 12, 1777. Name appears
on the grand list of the town in 1787; in 1792 was
appointed one of "leaders in singing "in Dr. Trum-
bull's church.


John Pierpont was the son of John Pierpont and
great-grandson of the Rev. James Pierpont, of New-
Haven. He was born in North' Haven, November S.
1760. Married Ruth, granddaughter of the Rev.
Isaac Stiles. Mr. Pierpont enlisted at sixteen year.s
of age in Captain Jonathan Brown's company. Colonel
Lamb's artillery regiment, raised 1777. He served as
gunner; was present at the battle of Ridgefield Hill,
where General Wooster was killed; also fought at
Monmouth and on other fields of the Revolution. At
West Point he signalized himself b)^ dragging a
cannon by hand several miles under cover of the
night to the banks of the North river, where he and
others served it with such effect as to compel the
British war sloop Vulture, which brought Major
Andre to West Point, to drop down the river out of
range. In consequence of this, Andre was compelled
to return to New York by land, with the results so
well known. As an appreciation of Mr. Pierpont't«
heroism in this connection, General Washington



offered him a commission, but it was refused with the
remark, "While John Pierpont lives the United States
shall never lack a private soldier." He was present
at the siege of Yorktown, standing by his cannon
eighteen days in succession, until he saw the English
colors hauled down and the sword of Cornwallis in
American hands.

In honor and nobility he was the peer of his com-
rades in the parish. Dr. Trumbull excepted. He was
a pensioner and the last survivor of the North Haven
Revolutionary heroes, dying December 29, 185 1, at the
age of ninety-one years. He was buried in the new
cemetery, and his grave receives an annual tribute
of flowers from the veterans of the. late war on each
Memorial day. Among his descendants is John Frost,
a great-grandson.


Jacob Brockett was born in the parish October 10,
1753, and was the son of Jacob, who was the son of
Samuel, who was the son of Samuel, who was the son
of John, planter in New Haven colony, 1638. Mr.
Brockett was commi-ssioned as a captain in Colonel
William Douglass' regiment, fifth battalion. General
Wadsworth's brigade, raised 1776. His company was
made up of men from Branford, Wallingford, Ham-
den, New Haven, and North Haven. The following
men enlisted from the latter place:

Lieutenant Ephraim Huraaston.

Ensign Mansfield.

Sergeants— Thomas Smith, Jacob Hitchcock, Peter Eastman,
^ Thomas Ives.

Joshua Bams, Noah Barns,

Samuel Barns, Thomas Barns,

Isaac Bishop, Nathaniel Dayton,

Dimon Bradley, Zophar Jacobs,

Ebenezer Mansfield, Eliada Sanford,

William Sanford, ' Moses Thorp,



Jonathan Tuttle, Timothy Andrews,

Charles Tuttle, Ebenezer Todd,

Giles Dayton, Jesse Blakeslee,

John Brockett, John Smith,

Philip Daggett (?), Jacob Brockett, [Deserted].

Mr. Brockett was the only native of the parish
honored with a commission during the Revolutionary
war. He led his company through the severe campaii^n
of the summer of 1776 and returned with all the
North Haven men in December of that year, except
Isaac Bishop, w'ho died, as has been stated. In 1779
Captain Brockett is enumerated as an officer present at
General Lyon's invasion of New Haven, but his par-
ticular services are not specified. On his return from
the campaign of 1776, he was honored with an official
position in the First Ecclesiastical Society.


Enlisted first in Captain Mansfield's company. Col-
onel Douglass' regiment, •'6th Conn. Line," April 16,
1777. At expiration of service enlisted second in
Captain Barker's company. Colonel Zebulon Butler's
regiment, "4th Conn. Line," raised 1781 for two years.
Was a pensioner. Lived on the farm now owned by
J. Frank Brockett, a descendant. Mr. Todd died
February 26, 1826, and was buried in the old cem-


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