Sunday, October 14, 2018

Gov. Jonathan Trumbull 308th Birthday (1710-2018) - Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony - Tribute to Mrs. Bethia Huntington (Mason) Wattles




Gov. Jonathan Trumbull 308th Birthday Commemoration (1710-2018)

War Office, Lebanon, Connecticut, October 14, 2018





Photo: Members of the Connecticut Line, Living History/Color Guard Unit of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution commemorate Governor Jonathan Trumbull's 308th birthday at the War Office in Lebanon, Connecticut. 



























Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony
Center Cemetery, Lebanon, Connecticut



Gravestone of Simon Fitch

"FITCH, Simon, (Capt. Throop's Co.) died Nov. 9, 1835, age 76 yrs. Revolutionary War Marker"[1]

Simon Fitch is mentioned in the "Public Records of the State of Connecticut," in August 1779. In a meeting of Gov. Jonathan Trumbull and the Council of Safety at the War Office in Lebanon, Simon Fitch and Nathaniel Hyde, both in Capt. Throop's Lebanon Company, 2nd Regt. of Light Horse, were each authorized to purchase a case of pistols from Captain Jz. Perkins, which had previously belonged to the ship, "Defense."[2]

"Detachments from Militia Horse, 1779. ["A return of men detached from 2nd Regt. of Light Horse in the State of Conn., to serve in the Continental Army until the 15th of Jan'ry next, agreeable to orders from Lieutenant-Col. Seymour, Commandant."]"[3] Simon Fitch is listed in "Capt. Dan. Throop's Co., Lebanon."[4] The return is dated, "Lebanon, October 5, 1779."[5]

Simon Fitch was a Portrait Painter. As boys, he and Col. John Trumbull (The Artist of the American Revolution) went to the Tisdale School in Lebanon.[6] Simon Fitch was married to Wealthy (Huntington) Fitch.



Gravestone of David Avery

"Col. David Avery. - Entered the service at the age of 16 from New London in 1781, as musician "in the flank company." Afterwards became Captain, and probably after the war a Colonel in the militia. His son, John D. Avery, was present at the dedication of the War Office in 1891."[7]

"AVERY, Col. David, Capt. Latham's Co., died May 26, 1843, age 78 yrs., Revolutionary War Marker."[8]

Listed 1832 Pensioners, New London County,[9] and 1840 Census of Pensioners, Lebanon.[10]




Gravestone of Amasa Dutton

"Capt. Amasa Dutton. - Ensign in October 1778, of Thirteenth company, Twenty-fifth regiment, Connecticut militia. He evidently performed other services, which do not appear in official records, as his name appears on the pension rolls of 1832 and 1840."[11]

"DUTTON, Lt. Amasa, Capt. Abel's Co., died Oct. 24, 1842, age 88 yrs. Revolutionary War Marker."[12]

Listed 1832 Pensioners, New London County,[13] and 1840 Census of Pensioners, Lebanon.[14]




Gravestone of Asahel Gay

"GAY, Asahel, Lexington Alarm, died Mar. 24, 1848, age 87 yrs. 9 mos. Revolutionary War Flag.[15]

Listed as serving 27 days, Lexington Alarm List, Town of Lebanon, Capt. Tilden's Co.[16]

Listed as Drummer, serving in Col. Huntington's 8th Regt. 1775, Capt. Ripley's Co.[17]

Listed as Drummer, Capt. Clark's (Lebanon) Co., Third Battalion, Wadsworth's Brigade, 1776.[18]

Listed as Drummer, Capt. Dewey's Co., Col. Johnson's Regt., 1778.[19]

Listed 1832 Pensioners, New London County,[20] and 1840 Census of Pensioners, Lebanon.[21]











































Members of the Connecticut Line, Living History/Color Guard Unit of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution at the grave of Patriot Simon Fitch and his wife, Wealthy (Huntington) Fitch. 






















Tribute to Mrs. Bethia Huntington (Mason) Wattles
The Woman who Saved the War Office





Photo: Members of the Connecticut Line, Living History/Color Guard Unit of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution remember Mrs. Bethia Huntington (Mason) Wattles, the Woman who Saved the War Office.


















References:

1) Charles R. Hale Collection, Connecticut State Library, Lebanon Center Cemetery Records, Town of Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut.
2) The Public Records of the State of Connecticut, From May, 1778, to April, 1780, Inclusive, with the Journal of the Council of Safety from May 18, 1778, to April 23, 1780, and an Appendix., Charles J. Hoadly, LL.D., Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, Hartford, 1895, Pages 391-392.
3) Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution, Adj. Gen., Hartford, 1889, Page 556.
4) Ibid.
5) Ibid.
6) Memories, Counsels, And Reflections. By An Octogenary. . ., Dan Huntington, Metcalf and Company, Cambridge, 1857, Page 107. 
7) Year-Book of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for 1897-1898 and 1899, Printed for the Society, New Haven, 1900, Page 54.
8) Charles R. Hale Collection, Connecticut State Library, Lebanon Center Cemetery Records, Town of Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut.
9) Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution, Adj. Gen., Hartford, 1889, Page 655.
10) Ibid. Page 661.
11) Year-Book of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for 1897-1898 and 1899, Printed for the Society, New Haven, 1900, Page 54.
12) Charles R. Hale Collection, Connecticut State Library, Lebanon Center Cemetery Records, Town of Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut.
13) Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution, Adj. Gen., Hartford, 1889, Page 655.
14) Ibid. Page 661.
15) Charles R. Hale Collection, Connecticut State Library, Lebanon Center Cemetery Records, Town of Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut.
16) Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution, Adj. Gen., Hartford, 1889, Page 15.
17) Ibid. Page 90.
18) Ibid. Page 399.
19) Ibid. Page 529.
20) Ibid. Page 655.
21) Ibid. Page 661.




The War Office is owned and maintained by the Connecticut Society 
of the Sons of the American Revolution.