Saturday, November 26, 2016

Catherine (Johnson) Alvord of Colchester, Connecticut. Wife of Obed Alvord, Revolutionary War Veteran.

Catherine (Johnson) Alvord

Catherine Johnson, daughter of Elijah Johnson and Sarah Trumble, was born at Colchester, Connecticut, 1 August 1744[1] baptized at Colchester, Connecticut, 14 September 1746[2] she married at Colchester, Connecticut, 4 January 1767, OBED ALVORD[3], son of Asahel Alvord and Rachel Gould[4] born probably Colchester, Connecticut, 1 August 1744.[5] 

Obed Alvord was a Revolutionary War Veteran. "Rev. War Service: "Alvord, Obed. Private in Militia Horse, 1779; detached to serve in Continental Army to the 15th of Jan., 1780, from Capt. James Green's Co. of East Haddam; Elijah Hyde, Maj., Lebanon, Oct. 5, 1779." (Conn. Men in Rev.)"[6]  

Children of Obed and Catherine (Johnson) Alvord, all born in Colchester, Connecticut:[7]

1) Alexander Alvord, b. 6 Aug 1767.
2) Elijah Johnson Alvord, b. 12 Jun 1770.
3) Rachel Alvord, b. 19 Nov 1772.
4) Sarah Alvord, b. 23 May 1775.
5) Eunice Alvord, b. 15 Mar 1778.
6) Lucy Alvord, b. 15 May 1780.
7) Obed Alvord, b. 21 Sep 1782.
8) Elisha Alvord, b. 5 Apr 1785.
9) Lydia Alvord, b. 3 Jun 1788.
10) Semer (Seymour) Alvord, b. 7 Apr 1793; d. Colchester, Connecticut, 12 May 1793. 

1. William E. Johnson, John Johnson and Other Johnsons (McDonough, N.Y.: the Author, 1940), 54-55. 
2. Ibid.
3. A Genealogy of the Descendants of Alexander Alvord, an Early Settler of Windsor, Conn. and Northampton, Mass., compiled by Samuel Morgan Alvord, A.D. Andrews, Printer, Webster, N.Y., 1908, 102.
4. Ibid. 60.
5. Ibid. 60.
6. Ibid. 102.
7. Ibid. 102.

For more information on the ancestry of Catherine (Johnson) Alvord, see previous blog posts:

* The Lost Trumbull: The Descendants of Joseph Trumble, Jr. (1705-1731) of Lebanon, Connecticut.

* Sarah Trumble, The Wife of Elijah Johnson of Colchester, Connecticut.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sketch of Captain Joseph Trumble, Sr. of Lebanon, Connecticut.

Pencil Sketch of Captain Joseph Trumble, Sr., Patriarch of the Trumble/Trumbull family of Lebanon, Connecticut (my ancestral grandfather), with the Trumbull family store in the background, later his son Jonathan's Revolutionary War Office. Joseph Trumble, Sr. moved to Lebanon, Connecticut in 1704, and according to tradition built this building in 1727.

"He was distinguished for high integrity and great enterprise as a merchant, active in all the local affairs of the church and the town, and for many years captain of the train-band. He was the father of Jonathan, the "war Governor," and was the founder of the Lebanon branch of the family."[1]

Joseph Trumble, Sr. was commissioned Lieutenant of the New London County Troop of Horse in 1718, and commissioned Captain of the Windham County Troop of Horse in 1728. 

He married Hannah Higley, the daughter of Captain John Higley and Hannah Drake.

"God's best gift to Lebanon was its first settlers. Captain Joseph Trumbull, the first of the name here, and the founder of the Lebanon branch of the family, settled here in 1704, just after the town was organized. He was a farmer and a merchant, and subsequently engaged, with his sons, in foreign commerce, building vessels of their own on the Thames and the Connecticut, and exchanging their exports for imports from the West Indies, England, and Holland. He had eight children, four sons and four daughters, of whom his oldest son, Joseph, his partner in business and supercargo of one of their ships, was lost at sea, and David, the youngest, was drowned in the millpond at home on his college vacation. Jonathan, the "War Governor," had just graduated from college and finished his preparation for the ministry, and was to have been settled in Colchester, when his brother was lost at sea, and he felt constrained to abandon the ministry and go to the assistance of his father. Here he acquired that business knowledge and ability which proved so valuable when he came to administer the affairs of the State and succor Washington and his army in their extremity. No wonder General Washington looked to him with hope when he could find help nowhere else, saying, "Let us see what Brother Jonathan can do for us"; and little wonder that he found it when the State responded with such contributions and sacrifices to the appeals of their heroic Governor."[2]

1. History of New London County, Connecticut, with Biographical Sketches of many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Compiled by D. Hamilton Hurd, J. W. Lewis & Co., Philadelphia, 1882, page 491.
2. The Lebanon War Office. The History of the Building, and Report of the Celebration at Lebanon, Conn., Flag Day, June 15, 1891., Edited by Jonathan Trumbull, Published by the Connecticut Society of Sons of the American Revolution, Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, Hartford, Conn., 1891, page 75.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Gravestone of Lt. Col. Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., Governor of Connecticut.

Gravestone of Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Trumbull, Jr.
Governor of Connecticut
Trumbull Cemetery, Lebanon, Connecticut 

My ancestral first cousin, Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., ". . . was born March twenty-sixth, 1740, and was baptized Jonathan, after his father. Like his elder brother, he too was destined to a remarkable career -- like him to enter with zeal into the cause of his country when the War for Independence began, but in different departments of duty -- soon to become in this war Paymaster-General for the Northern Department of the American Army -- then Private Secretary to the Commander-in-chief of all the American Armies -- next, surviving the war, to become a member of the first House of Representatives of the United States -- then Speaker of this House -- next a Senator of the United States -- and last, succeeding his father, after a few years, as Governor of his native State, to expire, at a good old age, with the mantle of gubernatorial power still wrapped around him."[1]

1. Life of Jonathan Trumbull, Sen., Governor of Connecticut, I.W. Stuart, Crocker and Brewster, Boston, 1859, pg. 41.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Gravestone of Elijah Johnson of Colchester, Connecticut.

Gravestone of Elijah Johnson
Old Cemetery, Colchester, Connecticut

My ancestral grandfather Elijah Johnson of Colchester, Connecticut, son of John Johnson and Mary Ramsey, married Sarah Trumble, daughter of Joseph Trumble, Jr. and Sarah Bulkeley. 

Children of Elijah Johnson and Sarah Trumble: 

1. Catherine Johnson, married Obed Alvord. 
2. Lucy Johnson, married Reuben Clark.
3. Joseph Johnson, married Jerusha Foote.
4. Gurdon Johnson.
5. Elijah Johnson.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Joseph's Farewell - December 29, 1731.

Joseph's Farewell - December 29, 1731

Pencil Sketch of Joseph Trumble, Jr. (my ancestral grandfather), age 26, son of Captain Joseph Trumble, Sr., and his wife Hannah Higley. He set sail from the Port of New London aboard the Trumbull family merchant vessel, the brigantine "Lebanon", bound for the West Indies, December 29, 1731. It was reported five days later by a Captain Boulder, who witnessed the "Lebanon" in "great distress in a storm." Neither the ship or crew were ever seen or heard of again, and were considered "lost at sea".

" . . . on a foreign voyage in the interest of his father's growing business, he was lost at sea, leaving a widow with two daughters. Doubtless he had become, at this time, his father's right-hand man, and doubtless too, much of the father's success and prosperity were due to this son."[1]

Joseph Trumble, Jr., was commissioned Quartermaster of the Windham County Troop of Horse in October 1730. He was the eldest son and business partner of Captain Joseph Trumble, Sr., Patriarch of the Trumbull family of Lebanon, Connecticut. He was also the older brother of Connecticut's Revolutionary War Patriot Governor, Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. 

He left behind his wife, Sarah Bulkeley, the daughter of the Reverend John Bulkeley, First Minister at Colchester, Connecticut, and two young daughters, Sarah and Catherine Trumble.

1. Jonathan Trumbull, Governor of Connecticut, 1769-1784, Jonathan Trumbull, Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1919, pg. 8. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

The House Site of the Reverend Peter Bulkeley of Concord, Massachusetts.

House Site of the Rev. Peter Bulkeley
Concord, Massachusetts

Bronze tablet marking the house site of the Reverend Peter Bulkeley of Concord, Massachusetts. The Reverend Peter Bulkeley was the Great Grandfather of Sarah (Bulkeley) Trumble Welles, the wife of Joseph Trumble, Jr., and the mother of Sarah (Trumble) Johnson Watrous and Catherine (Trumble) Burnham. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Trumbull Family Tomb, Lebanon, Connecticut.

Trumbull Family Tomb
Trumbull Cemetery, Lebanon, Connecticut

Burial site of Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., Connecticut's Revolutionary War Patriot Governor.

"Sacred to the memory of Jonathan Trumbull, Esq.
who, unaided by birth or powerful connections,
but blessed with a noble and virtuous mind,
arrived to the highest station in government.
His patriotism and firmness during 50 years of employment in public life,
and particularly in the very important part he acted in the American Revolution,
as Governor of Connecticut, the faithful page of History will record.
Full of years and honors, rich in benevolence,
and firm in the faith and hopes of Christianity,
he died Aug. 9th, 1785, Aetatis 75."[1]

Upon hearing of the Governor's death in 1785, George Washington wrote:

"A long and well spent life in the service of his country, justly entitled him to the first place among patriots."[2]

1. Ancient Grave Yard at Lebanon, Conn. [Partial listing of inscriptions]; Ashbel Woodward, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 12, January 1858, Pages 55-63.
2. George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., Mount Vernon, October 1, 1785, George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799, Library of Congress.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The War Office, Lebanon, Connecticut.

The War Office
Lebanon, Connecticut
Owned and maintained by the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Inc.

The War Office, according to tradition was built circa 1727 by Gov. Trumbull's father, Captain Joseph Trumble, Sr., the Patriarch of the Trumble/Trumbull family of Lebanon, Connecticut. The Trumbulls were merchants, and the War Office originally served as the Trumbull family store. The War Office is where Governor Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. met with the Connecticut Council of Safety during the American Revolution (1775-1783). In this building Washington, Putnam, Knox, Parsons, Huntington, Spencer, Lafayette, Rochambeau, Chastellux, Lauzun and others met with Connecticut's Patriot Governor. "It has been said that more money, food, munitions, and manpower for the colonial forces were directed from this building during the Revolution than from any other area in the 13 original colonies."[1]

1Exploring Connecticut, William J. Prendergast, The Pequot Press, Inc., Second Printing, 1970. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Joseph Trumbull Burnham of Hebron, Connecticut.

Gravestone of Joseph Trumbull Burnham
Andover Road Cemetery, Hebron, Connecticut 

Joseph Trumbull Burnham, son of Benjamin Burnham and Catherine Trumble (see The Lost Trumbull); born at Colchester, Connecticut, 3 February 1773;[1] died at Hebron, Connecticut, 1 March 1852;[2] married (1) Jerusha Kellogg; born at Hartford, Connecticut, 12 April 1777; married (2) Violetta Mann (widow Phelps), 4 July 1816; married (3) Sarah B. Isham, 26 February 1839.[3]

For the descendants of Joseph Trumbull Burnham, see: Family Records [Heretofore unpublished] Collected in Commemoration of the Three Hundredth Anniversary of the Settlement of Connecticut (New Haven, Conn.: The Connecticut Chapter of the National Society Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, Inc., 1935), 53-55.


1. Family Records [Heretofore unpublished] Collected in Commemoration of the Three Hundredth Anniversary of the Settlement of Connecticut (New Haven, Conn.: The Connecticut Chapter of the National Society Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, Inc., 1935), 53.
2. Gravestone inscription, Joseph T. Burnham, Andover Road Cemetery, Hebron, Connecticut.  
3. Family Records [Heretofore unpublished] Collected in Commemoration of the Three Hundredth Anniversary of the Settlement of Connecticut (New Haven, Conn.: The Connecticut Chapter of the National Society Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, Inc., 1935), 53.