The Wife of Elijah Johnson of Colchester, Connecticut
~ Part Two ~
In this blog post, we'll focus on Faith (Watrous) Isham (daughter* of Deliverance Watrous and Sarah (Trumble) (Johnson) Watrous, someone I was not aware of when The Lost Trumbull was published in 2013.), specifically, some important family information we can glean from the Revolutionary War pension application of Faith (Watrous) Isham's husband, Isaac Isham of Colchester, Connecticut. But first, I posted the links to three past genealogical blog posts, which should be helpful to anyone visiting this blog for the first time, who may not be familiar with The Lost Trumbull or The Lost Trumbull historical/genealogical blog.
The Lost Trumbull: The Descendants of Joseph Trumble, Jr. (1705-1731) of Lebanon, Connecticut.
Sarah Trumble, The Wife of Elijah Johnson of Colchester, Connecticut.
"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."
"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."
Gravestone of Elijah Johnson (1718-1755)
and father of Joseph Johnson,
Old Cemetery, Colchester, Connecticut.
Gravestone of Joseph Johnson (1750-1808)
son of Elijah Johnson (1718-1755) and Sarah (Trumble) (Johnson) Watrous,
grandson of Joseph Trumble, Jr., and great grandson of Captain Joseph Trumble, Sr.,
It's worth noting the name, "Faith," is very common in the Trumbull family.
The War Office is owned and maintained by the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
The Gov. Trumbull House is owned and maintained by the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution.