" . . . 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."
". . , but no tidings of that brother, ship, or cargo reached the family evermore. For a time there was a forlorn hope that the ship might have been captured by the Algerine pirates who then infested the seas and held for ransom, but even this hope soon withered and died. The stricken father, doubly bereaved by the loss of his first-born son and of his property by a single blow, appealed to his next son, Jonathan, to come to his aid and rescue."
1. Jonathan Trumbull, Governor of Connecticut, 1769-1784, Jonathan Trumbull, Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1919, page 8.
2. History of New London County, Connecticut, with Biographical Sketches of many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Compiled under the supervision of D. Hamilton Hurd, J. W. Lewis & Co., Press of the J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia, 1882, page 491.