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fT is assiinicil in the following record that all bearing the name of 
Scvmour, in tlie northeni states at least, are ikseended from 
Kieliard Sevmour. "the Settler," ulio hr»t eame to Hartford 
ill lf>3i>. Tile assiiinjition is warranted, we snlimit, m part 1j\' knowl- 
edge of the aetnal facts, and in [part by the lack of reeord of any other 
settler of thai name in this country. It is true that the Rev. Kiehard 
Seymour was chaplain of the fleet sent over by Sir George (.Gorges and 
Lord Popham in 1009 to attemjit a settlement in the State of .Maine, 
and there preached the first sermon known to have been delivered in 
the English tongue in New England, and that Sir Thomas Seymour 
was sent over m 1C36 b}' Queen Anne, as Governor of the eolonv of 
Maryland; but both of these gentlemen, members of the English family 
of Seymour, returned to England with their families. 

This compilation is in no sense intended to be a genealogical record, 
but where the name of a person appears whose descent from Richard 
Seymour is well authenticated, such descent is noted. 

"The compiler is conscious that many omissions and mistakes will 
be discovered, and will gladly welcome any corrections. 

This limited edition is ])rivately printed in the hope that a fuller 
and more perlect record may be secure<l. 


LirciiiiELD, Connecticut, 

February first, nineteen hundred and twelve. 


of Moses' of John ^ ot John' of Richard of I[artford, Con- 
necticut. Was a minute man in Cajit. Abraliam Sedgwick's 
comijany, called out for the relief of Boston at tlie Lexington Alarm, 
April 17, 1775. 

Also a private in Capt. Jonathan Wadsworth's Company, Col. 
Thaddcns Cook's Regiment. This Regiment and Company were 
engaged in the Battle of Stillwater, September I'Jth, 1777. 


Served in an independent company of rangers. 


.■^ private in Capt. Renben Scofield's Com])any, Col. John Mead's 
9th Conn. Regt., under arms at the New Haven .Alarm, (Tryon's 
invasion), under the command of Gen. Andrew Ward, July, 1779. 


A |jrivate in Capt. John Johnson's Fifth Company, Col. Lewis 
Dubois' 5th Regt. New York State Line. Served from May 24. 
1777, to January 8, 1778. 


Private in Col. Philip Van Cortlandt's Regiment, Second Conti 
nental Line, State of New York. 


ol Julii.' oljdhn' ul Juhn^ uf John' of Richar.l. A priv^itc- in 
Capl, Aljijah Rowley's Company, Col. Jcdcdiali Fhuitington's 8tli 
Conn. Keg. Was at the Boston Canijis in Ko-xlniiv, Mass., Ca]U 
Al)ijah Rowley's Coni|jany, Gen. Speneer's llrigade, Jnlv 6, 1775. 

Also Capt. Sedgwiek's Company, Col. Cliestcr's Regiment, (Ith 
B.ittalion, Wadsworth's Brigade. This Company was in the battle 
of Long Island, August 2Gth, 1770; also at the battle of White 
Plains, October 28tli, 177G, and it was in New Jersey at the time of 
the Battle of Trenton, hut the compiler knows of no record shewing 
that it took part in that engagement. 

AlUn (Alini (AllynI 

of Allyn of Timothy' of John '^ of John' of Richard A private 
in Capt. Sedgwick's Company, Col. Chester's Regiment, Gth Battal- 
ion, Wadsworth's Brigade. This Company was engaged in the 
Battle of Long Island, August 2Gth, 177G; also the Battle of White 
Plains, October 2Sth, 1770, and it was in New Jersey at the time of 
the Battle of Trenton. Also in Capt. Jonathan Wadsworth's Com- 
[janv, Col. Thaddeus Cook's Regiment. This regiment was engaged 
in the Battle of Stillwater, September 19, 1777, under Gen. Gates, 


of H.-inford of Jonathan^ of Jonathan' of Jolm'^ of John' of 
Kieharil and a brother of Horace Seymour. A jjrivatc in Col. 
Samuel Wyllys' 3d Reg. Cont. Line, formation of 1777-1781. Was 
with the main army on the Hudson from July 1 to DecemberO, 1780. 


a private in Colonel Louis Nicola's Invalid Regiment, Pennsyl- 
vania Continental Line, from July, 177.T to A])ril, 1783. 


of Daniel* of Daniel' of John ^ of John' of Richard. He was born 
in Hartford and married Elizabeth Dennison. Eidisted as a private 
in Capt. Sedgwick's Company of Volunteers, who went to New 
York under tlie command of Gen. Lee in January, 177G, probably in 
Col. Ward's Regiment. 

.\lsu a private in Capt. Samuel Mattock's Company, Col. John 
Chandler's Sth Reg. Cont. Line, formation 1 777-1 7M1. L'nlisted 
lor the war and served until its end. 

This regiment was in Battle of Germantown, Pa,, Octoiier 4-, 
1777; also at Fort Mifflin, Mud Island, Nov. 12-16, 1777; at Val- 
ley Forge, winter of 1777-1778; at Battle of Monmouth, June 28, 
177S; Wintered at Reading, 1778-1779; at Stony Point, Jidy 15. 
1779; With the main army on the Hudson, summer of 178(1; at 
Connecticut Vlll.ige, winter of 1780-1781. January 1, 1781, a new 
formation was made of the Connecticut Line, and he was in Capt. 
Richard Douglass' Co., Col. Isaac Sherman, r>th Regt. Conn. Line. 
After February 1, 1783, he was a private in Capt. Kimberley's Co., 
Col. Hcman Swift, 2nd Regt. Conn. Line 


of Hartford, son of Daniel" of Daniel' of John* of John' of Rich- 
ard. He was born 1757. A minute man in Capt. John Chester's 
Co. at the Lexington Alarm in the Town of Wethersfield, April 19, 
1775; also a Sergeant in Capt. John Chester's 9th Co., Col. Joseph 
Spencer's 2nd Regt. Cont. Troops. Some of this regiment were 
engaged in the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775, and in .Arnold's 
Expedition against yuebec; also he is probably "the Capt. Seymour" 
who was an officer in Major Roger Newbury's 1st Regt. engaged in 
the campaign around New York in the Fall of 177G, having reported 
for duty August 11, 1776 



of Tiiiujthy of John- ofjolin' of Rlcharil. He comniaiulial a 
company ill tlic rear guard of Washington's army m its retreat from 
I.oiig Island. Was a Lieutenant in eonimand of a company in Col. 
Thomas Beklen's Regiment, Brig. Gen. Erastus Wolcott's Brigade 
at Peekskill-on-the-Hiulson, from March until June, 1777, 


I'rivate in Captain James Woolford Cray's Companv, First 
Maryland Keyiinent; served from August 1, 1 7S0, to Novemher 
•J."., 17S;i. 

of Daniel' of John" of John' of Richard. Born in Hartford, 
1730. Died 1815. He married Lydia King. Ca|Uain of the lind 
Co. of the .\Iarm List of the Town of ILirtford, 1st Regt., under 
Col. liezeki.di Wyllys; also a private in Capt. Benedict Arnold's nth 
Co., Col. David Wooster's I'irst Rcgt., and served at the Siege of 
Boston, 1775. Also a private in Capt. Seth Seymour's Co., Col. 
John Meail's Regt., 9th Militia. Marched to the western border in 
the Fall ot 1776; also re-enlisted in Capt, lUi Reed's Co., same 
Regt., and was discharged Jan. G, 1777. ' 


A drumnier in Capt. Lliphalet Lockwood's Coast Guards in 
1780, and also a private in Capt. Reuben Scolield's Co. (Stamford ). 
from June, 1780, to Jan. 1, 1781. 

iallt^ §>. 

A private in Capt. Lliphalet Lockwood's Coast Guards. Served 
from March l(i. to June 11', 1780. 


Born Aiiril L'S, \1U\, .lio.l Oct, I'l, IS-.'S, Sdii (if Daniel S Mini 
Thanklul Merrill H.iiiiel was a scjn olTluinias. of John' of John ' 
of Ricliard. A private in Capt. Thomas Wooster's Co., Col. Samuel 
li. Wehb's Infantry Ke-nnent of the Continental Line. He served 
nearlv three vears, was engaged in the liattle of Rhode Island. 
August 29, 177S, in Cipt. Nathaniel Pomeroy's Co. 


Was a corporal in the eonii)any of minnte men that enlisted for 
the Lexington Alarm in April, 177o; also a corporal in Capt. Lriah 
Seymour's Co. in Col. Elisha Sheldon's Horse, oth Regt.,wdiich was 
subsequently transferred into the First Dragoons of the Continental 
Army; also subsequently a Cajjtain in the same regiment. 

Also Captain of a militia company that went to New Haven to 
repel the invasion of that city July oth, 177'J. 


Born 17L'l, son of John' of John' of John' of Richard Wasa 
sergeant in CajJt. Alpraham Sedgwick's Co., was engaged at the 
Battle of White Plains, Oct- 28, 177G, and in New Jersey in the Fall 
of the same year. Also a private in Col. Samuel Wyllys' 3rd Regt. 
Cont. Line. He married .\bigail Scilgwick. 

lEUalia, 3r. 

A sergeant in Capt. Abraham Sedgwick's Co. of \'olunteers, 
-who went to New York under the command of Gen. Lee in January, 
177(i, probably of Col. Andrew Ward's Regiment. Served in New 
Vork during January and February, 1770. 




Soil of Elislia of John' of Joliu" of John' of Kichard. A son of 
Elislia and Abij,'ail Scilgwiik Seymour, Ijorn at West Hartford, first 
of November, 1761. Served as a private in Capt. Wyllys' Regt., 
from 1780 to tlie end of the war. He was one of the guards sta- 
tioned at the trial i>{ Major .\ndre, and lieard substantially the 
entire proceedings. He was also on duty as a guard, ei)nduetmg 
Andre to his execution. Later in life lie became a Ouaker, and died 
in January, 1805. 


A private in the Town of Hartford, enlisted for the Lexington 
Alarm; also a private in Capt. Abraham Sedgwick's Co., Col. 
Andrew Ward's Regt. Served at New York under Gen. Lee, January 
and Februarv, 1776. 


iif West Hartford; served as a sergeant in Captain George Steb- 
bins' Co., Col. Jonathan Brewer's (Mass.) Regiment; participated 
in the Battle of Bunker Hill, and was with the companv up to 
November 1, 1775. 

This company under Captain Stebbins was with I'rescott on 
the night of the 16th of June in making the redoulns on Bunker Hill 
and in the thickest of the tight on the 17th inst. 

{ It is possible that this Enos and the preceding Enos may be the 
same person, though the Connecticut and Massachusetts 
records do not bear out this idea.) ' 


.K private in Capt. Abram Prior's Co., Col. Erastus Wolcott'; 
Regt., Siege of Boston, January and February, 1776. 



of Hartford. Was comniaiukr in char^'c of ekvcii teamsters 
engaged in transporting supiilies iVoni Connecticut to the Contnicn- 
tal Army in 1777. He receive.l a pension for Ins services under the 
.\et of Congress passc.l March l.Sth, 1818. 


Private in Colonel Goose Van Schaick's First Regiment, New 
York State Continental Line. 

A private in Capt. Abraham Prior's L'nd Co., Col. ErastusWol- 
eott's Kegt., at Siege of Boston, January and February, 177G; also 
in Capt. Uriah Seynunir's Co., Major F.lisha Sheldon's Regiment 
(5th), which was sub.seiiuently transferred into the First Dragoons 
of the Regular Army. 


Son of Jonathan Seymour, Jr., and grandson of Jonath.ui Sey- 
mour and Mary Bull, the ilaughter of Daniel and Mary Mygatt 
Bull. Was appointed (Juartcrmaster with rank ot Lieutenant in 
Col. Sheldon's Light Dragoons. Was appointed Coronet luth July, 
1778; promoted to Lieutenant, June 2, 1779, Served with Col. 
Sheldon's Regt. after it became 1st U. S. Dragoons. Was one of the 
original members of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of 
Connecticut. After the war he removed to Lansingburgh, N. Y. 
He mamed Hope Jones, daughter of Amasa and Hope(Lord)Jones. 


Was Quartermaster Sergeant in Captain David Pixley's 
(Stoekbridge) Berkshire Co., Col. John Brown's Rcgt. I'.ntcrcd 
service June 30, 1777; di.sehargcd July LT., 1777. Served in tlie 
Northern Department. 

of Hartford. Was Captain of the 1st Company, Col. John 
Chester's Regt., 6th Batt., Wadsworth's Brigade. The Brigade was 
engaged in the Battle of Long Island, August 26th, 1776, the Bat- 
tle of White Plains, Oct. 28th, 1776, was in New Jersey in the Fall 
of that year at the time of the Battle of Trenton; it dues not appear 
to liave l.ieen in the action. 


Was a private in Capt. Anderson's Co., -tth Batt., 2nd Estab- 
lishment, Cont. Troops, Jersey Line. Also served in the Militia 
under Col. Lphraim Martin. 


of Norwalk. Was a corporal in Capt. Abraliani Prior's Co., 
Col. Erastns Wolcott's Regiment. The regiment served at Boston 
about si.K weeks from December, 1775, to February, 1776, under 
Gen. Wasliington during the reorganization of the Continental 

Also in Capt. Seth Seymour's Co. in New Vurk from August 12, 
1776 to August 25, 1776. He was Quartermaster Sergeant in 
Capt. Seth Seymour's Co. when the British captured New York. 



When Nor%Yalk was invailed, liis house was Ijiinieil ami his w ifc 
escaped on horseback with their two cliildren. He died in N<n walk 
in 1835, aged S3 years. He married Rebecca Keeler. 

Under the Act of Congress, approved June 7, 1832, he was 
granted a pension as a quartermaster sergeant. 


Was a private in Capt. Chapman's Co., Lieut. Col. Thaddeus 
Crane's Regt., N. Y. Troops. Also in Capt. Ebenezer Scofield's Co., 
same regiment. Was appointed Ensign April 10, 1782, in place of 
. John Chapman, deceased. 


Private in Benedict Arnold's Fifth Company, First Regiment, 
Colonel David Wooster;" served at the Siege of Boston, May 9, 
1775, to December 20, 1775. ^ 


Matross in Capt. John Callender's Co., Col. Richard Gridley's 
Massachusetts Artillery. Muster roll was dated Augiist 1, i.775, 
actually entered service June 6, 1775. Served two months. 

Was also in Capt. William Perkins' Co., Col. Gridley's Regt. 
in October, 1775. 


Private in Lieutenant Carter's Company, Ninth Rcgi 
in Captain Scotield's Com[jany, Ninth Regiment. 

Jnhn, 3r. 

IVn'ate in Captain Seth Seymour's Company, Nnith Regiment. 


Private in Captain Daniel Benedict's Company, Cciloncl David 
Watcrburv, Jr.'s Regiment, and served in tlie defense of New York 
in tlie Fall of 1776. 


Private in Captain Bray's Company, Hooker's Regi- 


Was a private in Capt. Harmon's Companj-, Col. Wolcott's 
State Regiment, from January to March, 1770, in and around Bos- 
ton. He was also sergeant in Capt. Harmon's Company, Fourth 
Conn. Line, Col. Drukee's Regiment, formation of 1777-1781, and 
enlisted April 5th, 1777, for three years. 


Captain in the 27th Militia Regiment. Connecticut. Probably 
he and Joash above are the same person. 

Private in Captain Reuben Scofield's Company, Colonel Mead'; 


Caiitaiu ill Major SliuUlon's Regiment oll.ifjht Horse. 

The followin^^ sketeli of Major Moses Seymour was written as an ohii- 
uary notiee al the time of his ilecease in 1S2G; additions have Ijeeii 
made to brill- the slieteh down to date. 

lHajiir ifluuru &rilimntr. tlie eldest sun of Muses, was lioni ni 
llartfunl, Connectieiit, on tlie 23d day of July, 1 741'. His education 
\s\as olitaiiied in the cumnion and graniniar schools til tliat citv 
The giainiiiar scliool was an exceedingly good one endowed by 
liovernor Hopkins He carlv left scliool to learn tile business of 
furrier anil li.itter as an aiiprentice. About the year 17G5 or 17t)G, 
■ he reinuved to Litchfield where he carried on the same business in 
conjunction with that of general merchandising and fanning, until 
the beginning of the Revolutionary War, when he gave up the 
greater part of his ow^n business and devoted himself almost exclu- 
sively to military and public affairs. 

November 7th, 1771, he married Mollie, a daughter of Col. 
Ebenezer Marsh of Litchfield, by wdiom he had six children, five sons 
and one daughter. 

Spcaliing of Litchliehl in those days, Kilboum in his history, 
page 113, says: "Litcliheld was the home of a remarkable number 
of highly educated and leading men, some of whom were already 
distinguished and others who were destined to act an important 
part in their countrv's history. Indeed, no town in the State could 
Ijua-t uf a community more refined, intelligent or patriotic. Within 
our present town limits resided Oliver Wolcott, .\ndrew Adams, 
Keynolil Marvin, Taping Reeve, Isaac Baldwin, Samuel Lyman, 
Isaac Iialdwin,Jr., Elisha Sheldon, Jolin Pierce, Jr., Dr. Adam Little, 
Lvnde Lord, Rev. Timothy Collins, Rev. Judah Champion, Dr. Sam- 
uel Hopkins, Dr. Reuben Sinith, Moses Seymour, Timothy Skinner, 
Abram Bradley, William Stanton, .Xmbrose Collins, Elijah Wads- 
worth and Ephraim Kirby, all ot whom and many more were con- 
spicuous as public men and patriots. To this goodly company 
were soon to lie added Oliver Wolcott, Jr., Ashbel Baldwin, Ezckiel 
Woodruff, Col. Rcnjamin Tallmadge, Julius Deming, Senator Uriah 



Tracy, Aaron Burr and Dr. Daniel Slielton, all of whom became 
residents here before the close of the war. Sixteen of the a^ove 
number were graduates of Yale College, and one, Judge Reeve, of the 
College of New Jersey; three were memljcrs of the State Council; 
four were members of the National Congress or became sucli ; seven 
were captains of the Revolutionary Army, and four arose to the 
rank of general officers; two became Chief Justices and two, Ciov- 
ernors of the State." •*•*** Of the ladies of the town, their 
melting into bullets the leaden statue of George the Third, is a mat- 
ter of common history, and one incident only will be added. Mrs 
Chaunccy Goodrich was a daughter of Governor Wolcott and a 
sister of Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Of the people of the town of LitchlieUl, 
there were in attendance upon Congress and other duties at the 
National Capitol, Senators Tracy and Allen, Goodrich and Govei-nor 
Wolcott. At a reception of Mrs. Washington'Sj Mr. Llston, the 
then British Embassador, who was thoroughly English in his ideas, 
said to Senator Tracy, "Your countrywoman, Mrs. Goodrich, would 
be admired even at St. James." Senator Tracy retorted, "She is 
admired even on Litchfield Hill." 

It was in such a community and surrounded by ])ersons of 
such character and ability, that Major Moses Seymour began his 
public career, and it is no small tribute to his own attainments that 
he so quickly obtained and retained recognition as a leader. .\s 
early as 1774, he became identified with the town as one of its offi 
cers, and continued almost uninteiTuptedly in some pubHc office 
until his death. In 1789, he was elected Town Clerk, an oMice to 
which he was annually re-elected for thirty-seven years. He also 
served as a member of the House of Representatives f.oni Litchfield 
at si.\tcen regular sessions of that body. He was greatly interested 
in securing for this State that portion of Ohio called "Western 
Reserve," and subsequently creating the "School Fund" from the 
sale of those lands, and to his exertions, as much as to any one 
man, Connecticut owes her common school system, of which she 
has so long been justly proud. 

In May, 1775, the General Court of Connecticut reorganized its 
military department. Thetroopsin the towns of Litchfield, Goshen, 



Turrinjjton ami WuKhcstcr were cunstitutcil a ref^'iiiKiil by iIkiii- 
selves.calleil the Seventeenth Regiment, which re;:iment siiljscijnentlv 
became a part of Connecticut's quuta of the Continental Army. 01 
this regiment, Jedediah Hnntington \vas :ij)[iointeil coU^nel iuui 
Moses Sevmonr captain of a troop of horse attached to the regi- 
ment. At this time Connecticut had no cavalry regiments as such, 
Intl there were attaelied to each infantry regiment a troop of horse. 

At the Lexington alarm in April, 1775, all of the Connecticut 
regiments east of the Conneeticnt River were ordered out and 
luirrieil forward to Concord. .\t the same time the regiments 
west of the Conneeticnt River were ordered to he in rcatliness to 
march at a moment's notice. August 11th, 1776, when the British 
troops were concentrating around Long Island and New Yorh, at 
the urgent request of General Washington, Governor Trumbull and 
the Committee of Safety of Connecticut ordered all tlie regiments 
west (jf the Connecticut river to proceed at once to New York and 
place theuiseives inider the immediate command of General Wash- 
ington. The Seventeenth Regiment in wliieli Moses Seymour was 
Captain of a troop of horse, in obedience to this command, 
marched iminediatelj' to New York and were participants in the 
Battle of Long Island, August 27th, 177G, being in General Par- 
sou's Brigade in General Spencer's Division, and also in the attack 
on Fort Washington in November of the same year, wdiere many 
of them were captured ami for a long time held in conHnement as 
prisoners of war. 

During the Fall of 1770, the Council of Safety detached the 
several conqjanies of light horse from the various infantry regiments 
to which tliey were attaelied, and formed a regiment of Cavalry 
or Light-llorse, which was placed under the command of Colonel 
Rlislia Sheldon of Litchfield. In this troop. Captain Seymour com- 
manded a company, and during November and December, 177G, 
was with his company under Colonel Sheldon protecting General 
Washington's retreat through New Jersey. 

In the following year, April, 1777, the British having attacked 
and burned Danbury, Captain Seymour hastened from Litchfield 
with his troop of horse, and followed and overtook the foe in their 



rctrtat jii-,t licluwliL-thcl, and rcpeatL-iHv attacked ami ijursiicd tlieni 
until their re-Liubarkatioii at Norwalk. In tliu Fall' of] 777, Ccii- 
cral Wulcott, upon a rcquisitioii from (icncral (jatts, sent all the 
unLniploycd regiments and troops in Connectieut an exhortation 
rather than a eomniand to join him "in going Northward " to the 
assistanec of General Gates. In explanation of his conduct to Gov- 
crnor Trumbull, he fi'ankly admits that "it was without law or pre- 
cedent," but that he deemed the crushing of Hurgoyiie of the utmost 
conse(|ucnce, not only in the c;iuse of the Re\"()hition, but jiarluu- 
larly so for tlie protection of New lingland. In obc lieuce to this 
summuli^, Ciiptain Seymour with his companv of light horse joined 
General Wolcott, and fought through the Battle of Bemis Heights, 
StilKvater and Saratoga, taking a conspicuous ])art in the entire 
campaign. Returning one day from a skirmish with the British 
troops. Captain Seymour came across an English otlicer, who had 
been wounded and left on the field by his countrymen. Captain 
Se}'mour not only relieved his necessities, but finally took him into 
his own tent and cared for him. Soon after the ollicer inquired of 
Captain Seymour the result of the day's fighting, and on learning 
that the British had been repulsed, he remarked, "Then the contest 
is nolonger doubtful, America will be independent." 

So far as the writer has been able to discover, it was through 
Captain Sevmour that the world was given the following story : 
The officers of General Gates' Army gave an entertainment to Gen- 
eral Burgoync and his stafl after the surrender at Saratoga. Dur- 
ing the supper, being pressed for a toast. General Burgoync finally 
arose amid expectant silence and said, ".\inerica and Great Britain 
against the world." 

In July, 1779, when Governor Tryoii made his attack on New 
Haven and Fairfield, Captain Seymour, again with his company 
of light-horse, went from Litchfield to the defence of these places. 
During the entire war, Litchfield was a military depot of supplies 
of considerable importance, and'^a station where pristmers of war 
were kept confined. It was constantly kept guarded by a eonsid- 
. erable military force. It was on one of the main lines of com- 
munication between Philadelphia and Boston after the capture of 



Nfw York. TIr- scacoast was practically at the iiR-rcy of the 
English Navy, and everything was removed inland as far from the 
coast as [iraeticable in order to be seenre from a Naval attack and 
the incursion of Ihe Ivnglish landing from their ships of war. 

This military depot was first under the command of General 
Joseph Trumlndl, who was alike the first Commissary General of 
the Committee of Safety of Connecticut, and of the Continental 
Con-ress. Ashbel Baldwin, Oliver Wolcott, Jr., and General Wil- 
liam Richards of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, were at various times 
the ipiartermasters and commissary generals under General Tium- 
Inill and his successors in command of this depot. 

During the entire war, when not engaged as hereinbefore 
described. Captain Seymour was stationed at Litchfield as Assis- 
tant-Deputy Quartermaster General and Assistant-Deputy Commis- 
sary-C'reneral in ch.nrgc of these supplies and the prisoners of war 
there conhneil. There was confined in his own house for some time 
the loyal Mayor of New York, David Matthews, and tlie latter's 
letters to liis wife and others, printed in Force's Archives give a 
pleasant picture of both Major Seymour and his wife. lie savs, 
"Ever since my arrival here, I have been at the house of Ca]itain 
Moses Seymour, wdio, together with his wife, have behaved in the 
most genteel, kind manner, and have done evervthing in their 
power to make my time as agreeable as jjossible. Thev have 
nothing ol the Yankee about them. He is a fine merry fellow, 
and she is a warm protestant (puritan?), and if it was not that 
the thoughts of home were constantly in my mind, I might be 
happy with my good landlord and his family to whom I wish 
you could send some tea, if it were possible, as there is none to 
be bought here." 

Governor Franklin, New Jersey's traitor governor, and Mrs. 
Theodosia Provost, wife of Colonel I'rovost, a distinguished British 
officer, and wdio subsequently became the wife of Aaron Burr, 
were among the most noteil prisoners confined at Litchfield. 
There was at one time a large body of lU'ssian troops, who had 
been captured, also detained there. 

Captain Seymour was employed, not only in storing and 
guarding supplies, but in the purchase of them, and in the supcr- 



intciulciKL- 111 tlu-ir tr.ii]S|K)rtati(m to whatcvc^- [juiiil tljiv iiiij,>lit 
be ordLTcd by i.i>miii;tcnt autliority. In tin." early part of tlie war, 
probably 1771), he built a lar^^e addition or shed attacheif to his 
house tor the storing of provisions and aniniunitions of war, which 
remained until the house was torn down in 1859. 

In Septciuber, 17S1, we find him with las dragoons guarding 
a train of wagons loaded with supplies lor the French Army, from 
Litchfield to Fishkill. In the Comiitroller's office m Hartford is a 
very interesting document, given by Jujardy N. Granville, who 
was the French Commissary General in the Army of Kochambeau, 
in which the General not only acknowledges the receipt of certain 
supplies, but "Certifies beside, that the said Captain Moses has 
taken a great care for the security of our convoy and baggage 
while he stay with us, till this place. Dated at Fishkill, Septem- 
ber 22nd, 1781." 

Of Major Seymour's personal appearance, one well .acquainted 
with him wrote about the time of his death, "In personal appear- 
ance, he was little above the ordinary height, somewhat slender 
but otherwise well proportioned, with a coimtenancc marked by a 
quick piercing eye and by a mouth expressive of uncommon eheer- 
fnlness. His habits were regidar and temperate, and the first 
glance at him discovers a happy air of health, bodily activity and 
strength. His dress was studiously neat, plain and carefully 
adjusted. He pertinaciously adhered through life to the queue, 
small clothes, shoe buckles, with white top boots, which belonged 
to the style of the last century." 

He died at Litchfield in 1826, having reached the ripe old age 
of eighty-five years. He lived to see his country injependent and 
prosperous, his chiUlren respected and honored ; one a United States 
Senator from Vermont, one a Canal Connnissioner of the State of 
New York, constructing the Erie Canal with DeWitt Clinton, two 
high sherilTs of their native county, and his only daughter the wife 
of a distinguished Episcopal clergyman. 


Natlian \ 

Private in Captain Reuben Scofield's Company, Ninth Rc'ji- 


Private in Captain Junatlian Bell's Company, Ninth Keuinient, 


Seeond son of John' of John* of John' of John" of Richard', 
born inih November, 1759", at New Hartford; died at Sodus, New 
York, :2Gih Mareli, 1832. He was married at New Hartford, 1 7th 
lieeember, 1 7H4-, to Miriam (daui^jhter of iJeaeon Noah and Ciemcnee 
Merrill) Kelloj;^; of New Hartford. He entered the army in 1770, 
and served nine months as Orderly Sergeant in Captain Amasa 
.Mills' Company, Colonel Roger Enos' Regiment, serving on the 
Hudson; afterwards he enlisted in Ca])tain Elijah Seymour's Com- 
pany of Dragoons and served as Orderly Sergeant for six months; 
also served as a private in Captain Pettibone's Company, CoUmel 
Belden's Regiment, serving at Peekskill, 1777. 


.\ private in Captain Caswell's Company, Fifth North Carolina 
Regiment; enlisted 20 May, 1770; discharged 8 February, 1870. 

Private in Captain Ozias BisscU's Company, Colonel Eno's 

Private in Captain Abraham Foote's Company, Colonel Andrew 
Ward's Regiment. 



Private in Captain Benedict's Company, Niiitli Regiment 

Filer in Captain Setli Seymour's Company, N'intli Ref;lTnent, 
also in Lieut. Carter's Com]iany, same regiment 

Tlie following extract I'roni an affidavit on file in the Pension Office 
at Washington is printed partly because of its general interest, and 
partly because the compiler has been unable to find in the records 
iif the State of Connecticut anything indicative of the fact that 
Captain Samuel Seymour tool; part in the Kevolutionarv War. 

QIaptHin Sanilirl &r(tmnur. as he was alw.ivs ealleil, made an 
application for a pcnsicni under the .\et of Cuugress passed June 
T. 1S32, and there is on file in the Pension Olliec at Washington, 
an interesting aHidavil made by him detailing liis services in the 
Kevolntionary War. That affidavit is too long to lie ct)pied in 
lidl. Ijiit the suljstance of it is as follows; 

He says that on the 3d ilay of May, 1S34. he was a resident 
of Litchfield and eighty years of age, having been born at Hart- 
ford, January 21, 1754-; that in December, 177."., he enlisted in 
Hartford for two months' service to go to llic Citv of New Vork 
in a company commanded by Capt. Abram Sedgwick, Lt. Joseph 
Skinner and Lnsign Pelcg Heath; that the regiment was com- 
manded by Col. David Waterbury; that he marched immediately 
towards New Vork, and arrived at Stamfurd where they halted 
in eonsequenee of mformation received that (Sov. Tryon had 
threatened to burn the City of New York il the .Vmeriean troops 
attempted to enter it. A messenger was sent to tien. Washington 
to know whether the troops should march on or return. Having 
received orders to march, they went to the City of New York 
where the Company remained two months and was then dismissed, 
and he returned to Hartford. 

2 + 


In tlie Fall of '76, la- rcinovtil to Litcliticid, and in December 
of that year he again enlisted in a company of troops eomnianded 
Ijv Capt Nathaniel PTOodwin, \A. Alex. Wau^h and Ensign Oziah 
(".oodwin, eomnianded by Col. Hooker, T,t. Col. Jesse Root and 
Maj. Hills; that he marclied from Litchfield with said Company 
to the lines in Westchester Comity where he was stationed at 
ilifTerent places, and was engaged at the Battle of Iving's Bridge, 
was also stationed at Mamaroneel<, New Rochelle, etc. When the 
term of enlistment of thcCompany had expired, they were requested 
bv their superior officers to remain longer, which they did. In this 
service he was in New York for a period of two months and seven 
ilays; that he received no written discharge, but was dismissed by 
vcrbal discharge from the ofScer in eomniand. 

In April, 1777, word having been received at Litchfield that the 
British had landed at Conipo and were marching towards Danbury 
to destroy the stores tliere. Captain Seymour marched with a com- 
pany under the command of Eaton Jones, who was lormerly a 
Lieutenant in the Company, before daylight on the lollowing morn- 
ing after the alarm was given. When they arrived at Danbury, they 
found that the British had burned it and were retreating towards 
their ships. He with his company pursued them towards Ridge- 
field where he was under the personal command of Gen. Wooster 
until he was wounded; they pursued the enemy towards Long 
Island Sound and had quite a skirmish with them at a place called 
Chestnut Ridge in which two of the Litchfield comiiany were 
wounded ; they then pursued thein to Comjio River and on Compo 
Hill had another skirmish with the British in which Paul Peck and 
another of the Litchfield company were killed. After the embarka- 
tion of the British, the company niarcht^ back to Litchfield and 
were dismissed; he was engaged eight flavs in this service at this 

Immediately after he was elected Sergeant of the company com- 
manded by Capt. Miles Beach, and almost constantly thereafter he 
was called upon to go with a file of men to guard animunition, |iro- 
visions, etc., which were sent forward from Litchfield, \\diich was 
then an important military depot of sujiplies, to the American Army 


on tlio lines near New York and the Hudson River; that in Ihe year 
1777, lie was iletaehed from his company and ordered to march in 
command uf a gnard of men to defend a trainload of amnumition 
sent from Litclilield to the Nortli River; tliat almost constantly 
during the years 1777, 1778 and 1779 he was engaged in this 
business as commander of a company of guards. 

That in the Summer of 1778, an officer of the French Army 
deserted from the troops at Newport, R. I., and was pursued 
through Connecticut, and as Captain of a troop in pursuit of such 
officer, he (Seymour) pursued him across the Housatonic kiver and 
captured him, bringing him back as a prisoner. 

That in the forepart of July, 1779, at the New Haven Alarm, as 
an officer in Capt. Beach's Company, he marched to New Haven in 
defense of that town, but arrived too late to ]iartici[)ate in any 
actual engagement. 

In June, 1780, he went as an officer under Capt. Ephraim Harri- 
son to Peekskill on the North River to defend the country in that 
neighborhood from an apprehended attack by the British, who, it 
was sujjposed, were about to sail up the river for that purpose. 

In December, 1781, in command of a guard, he marched with 
some deserters who had fled from'The American Army to Litchfield 
back to West Point. 

Private in Captain Abraham Sedgwick's Company. 


A Captain in Colonel Mead's 9th Regiment, and served in the 
New York campaign of 1776. 

He was taken prisoner at the capture of Fort Washington, anil 
died while a prisoner in the old sugar house of camp fever. His 
body fills an unknown grave. 

The first time that General Washington and his troops passed 
through Norwalk, by the personal command of Gen. Washington, 


as the troops [inssed the Iioiim.' ot Capt, Scyiiunir, tlie arms of tlie 
soMicrs were ri'vorscd and tlic diuiiis nnililecl out ot rcspiit lor liis 
memory. '^ 

of Maii^ficlil, Captain in tlie L'7tli Militia Regiment; a fifer in 
Sergeant Gritwold's Co., lUtli Kegt., Conn. Militia, and served in 
New York August I'.itli, 177G to September 25tli, ITTG. Serveil 
also at the New Haven Alarm in July, 1779. Received a pension 
under the Act of Congress approved 1818. Served for three \ ears. 
He married Mehitable lliekox, and died aged cightv-nine years. 

A corporal in Capt. Williams' Company, Fourth Regiment Con- 
tinental Line, North Carolina troops; enlisted 1 May, 1776; served 
two and one-half years; discharged 10 November, 1778; also in 
Col, Thomas Clarke's Company, First Battalion. 


Captain of a coasting vessel engaged in the South Carolina 
trade. Nothing is known of him, excepting the South Carohna 
State records, which are as follows; 

On October 9, 1776, a letter was received by the General Assem- 
bly of the State of South Carolina, from Edward Ulake, Fscp, as 

"Gentlemen: — This Commission of the Navy Board on inquir- 
ing find that a captain is wanted for the Brigantine 'Cornet.' They 
beg to recommend Captain Stephen Seymour and Captain Edward 
Allen as fit persons for the legislature to make such choice of. 
(Signed), Edward Blake, 

First Commissioner." 


Private in Major Moses Hatfield's Westchester County Regi- 
ment, State of New York; also in Col. Joseph Benedict's Regiment. 


A private in Captain Gould's Company, Colonel Crane's Regi- 
ment, N\ Y. Troops. 


of Thomas' of Thomas' of John' of Kiehanl. Lientenant 
Colonel, Commandant of C.donel Gold Selleck SilUman's Kegiment 
of Lifjht Horse; also in command of same ecnnpany at New York 
in June, 1776, 

Prof. De.-iter in his "Yale Biographies and Annals," Vol. II, page 
378, gives the following sketch; "Thomas Seynionr, third son and 
fourth child of Captain Thomas Seymour (Yale College, 17'_'-1-), and 
Hephzibah Merrill Seymour, was born in Ilartfonl, Connecticut, 
March 17, 1734-5. He studied law and early gained aproniinent 
position at the Hartford County Bar. He received a commission as 
Justice of the Peace in 1761, and in 1767 he succeeded his father (on 
his death) as King's Attorney for the County, and held that olKce 
until the Kevolution. In 1774- he was ro^ide a Captain in the 
Militia, and in October, 177+, he was advanced to Lieut. Colonel of 
his regiment. He was elected to the General Assembly of October, 
1774, and represented Hartford in that body in seventeen subse- 
(|ucnt sessions (being Speaker four times in 17'.K)-2) ilown to 1 7'.I3, 
when he was elected to the Upper House of Assistants of which he 
continued to be a member for the next ten years. In April, 1 775, 
he was appointed l>v the General Assendjly one of the Connnittec 
of the Pay Table (for adjusting and settling the pay of the Colony 
soldiers). In June, 1776, he was made Lieut. Colonel of the First 
Connecticut Cavalry Regiment (Col. G. S. Silliman's), and in July 
was ordered to New York to re-enforce Washington. On arriving 
there, however, they found that their horses could not be provided 
for, and therefore they felt constrained to return; five letters writ- 
ten by Col. Seymour with reference to this transaction (which was 
sharply criticised) are printed in Force's Archives. 



On the inL-orjioration of Hertford as a city, lie was clioscn tlic 
first Maj'or in June, 178+, and served until his lesignation at the 
age of seventy-seven in Mav, 1812. From 17'.).S to 1803, he \v,-\s 
Chicfjudge of the Hartford County Court. He was a Deacon of Hie 
Second or South Church in H.-irtford from 170-1 until his resignation 
in ISU'.P. and was one of its most active and inllucntial mendjers 
through his life. He died in Hartford, July 30. 1839, aged ninety- ' 
four vcars, having been for three years the oldest living graduate of 
tile College. During the last part of his life, he had lived in seclusion 
in the family of his son, Major Henry Seymour, who was the tather 
of Governor Thomas H. Seymour. 

His 'vlfe was Mary, daughter of Jolin and Deborah (Young) 
Lcdyard of Hartford, who was baptized in Groton, Connecticut, 
June 15th. 1735, and died in Hartford, August 27th, 1807, in her 
seventy-third year. She was the sister of Col. William Lcdyard, 
who was killed at the taking of Groton Heights in 1781, and an 
aunt of John Lcdyard the traveler. Their children were six sons 
and one daughter. The two oldest sons were graduated here in 
1777 and 1 779 respectively and another in 1792. At the bar he is 
said to have been "a smooth, persuasive and engaging advocate," 
and in the various social and domestic relations, he was as happy 
as his conduct was kind and exemplary." 

"The Connecticut Courant" published Sunday, August 4. 1829, 
the following obituary notice of Col. Thomas Seymour: 

"In this City, on the 30th ult., Hon. Thomas Seymour, aged 
ninety-four years and four months. He graduated from Vale Col- 
lege A. D. 1755, and was the oldest person on the catalogue of that 
institution. Before the Revolutionary War, Col. Seymour was for 
a number of years King's Attorney for the Colony of Connecticut ; 
after the Revolution he was continued in office as State's Attorney 
for several years. He was often chosen to represent the town of 
Hartford in the General Assembly, was for a number of years a 
member of the Council and a Judge ol the Court ot Common Pleas. 
After the incorporation of the City of Hartford, he was elected the 
first Mayor, and held that office until he resigned it by letter to the 
Legislature' of the State. He was a professor of religion, and for a 



number of years one of the Duaeons of the South Chiireh in this 
town. He was a gentleman of talents and liad aequiretl a coiisider- 
ahle fund of literature and scienee. At the Bar he was a smooth, 
persuasive and engaging advocate. He had been eoncerned in and 
transmitted a great mass of public business in the various offices 
which he sustained for a long course of years. He filled uj; the social 
and artistic relations of life with great propriety and in an c.xcm- 
jilary manner. He was a tender and affectionate husband, a kind 
and endeared father. For about eight or ten years past, he has 
lived very much secluded from the world, in the family of his son, 
Major Henry Seymour, where he has been cherished and watched 
ocer with the most kind and affectionate care and attention. He 
has now paid the debt of nature, experienced that change which 
all the living must soon experience, and like 'a shock of corn fully 
ripe in its season ' hath been gathered to the great congregation 
and innumerable company of those who have gone before." 


Little is known of Commodore Seymour -except the following 
extract from the Arcliivcs of the State of Pennsylvania : 

At a meeting of the Pennsylvania Committee of Safely, held 
25th September, 1776, among other things, it was 

Resolved: That Thomas Seymour, Esq., be appointed Com- 
modore and Commander in Chief of all the naval armaments in the 
service of this State ; 

Resolveh: That the members ol the Board, or as many as can, 
go down to Fort Island to-morrow morning to accompany Com- 
modore Seymour to the fleet; that instructions be drawn up tn 
deliver the Commodore with his commission. 

The following arc the instructions: In Council of Safety, Sep- 
tember 26, 1776. The Council having thought proper to a]i]ioint 
vou Commodore and Commander in Chief of all the naval arnia- 
mtnt oi this State in the River Delaware, etc., etc., etc. 



November 24, 1770, lla- Cuuncil ul' Safety of the State of I'enii- 
svlvania was infoniieil by Coniinodore Seymour that tile tommand- 
crs of the Continental vessels, the "Wasp" and "Fly" had detained 
eertain men belonging to the armed boats of the State, and that 
they declared they intended to eontinue that practice. The Com 
mittee thereuijon 

Uesoi.vei); That Commodore Seymour lie directed to apply to 
the Boaril of War and inform it of the facts, and re(|ni;st the return 
of the men to our boats. 

General Washington in a letter dated lltli December, 177G, 
aildrcssed to tlie President of Congress, among other things said : 
"1 last night directed Commodore Seymour to station all his gal- 
leys bclwcen Bonleutown and Philadelphia to give the earliest 
intelligence of any apjjroach of the enemy on the Jersey shore." 


Private in Ca|jtain Reuben Seofield's Company, Coli 


Druuimer in Lieutenant Carter's Company, Ninth Regiment 


Sergeant in Captain Cady's Company, Colonel Chapman's 
Kegiment; engaged in the Battle of Newport, August 29th, 1778. 


First Mate of Sloop " Providence" of si.x guns, James Connors, 
Master, to whom was granted Letters of Martjue by the State of 
Pennsylvania in 1780. 




of Weynioutli was a private in Capt. Jos. Trufaiit's Co. 
Enlisted 22 June, 1775. Served six niontlis, one week and six days. 

Also in Colonel Solomon Lovell's Regiment, 30 December, 1775. 

.\lso niatross in Captain Amos Lincoln's Co. Served from 
1st November, 1782 to date of diseliarge, July ISth, 17b3, eiglit 
months and eighteen days. 


of Maiden, served in Captain Jos. Balchis' Company, Colonel 
Thomas Craft's Artillery from 1 Feb., 1777 to S May, 1777, three 
months and seven days. 

.\lso in Captain Jonathan W. Edes' 2n(l Company, Col. Craft's 
Regiment, from 8 May, 1777, to 1 Aug., 1777, fifty-five days. 

Also served in same regiment and company in June, 1778, 

Also a matross in Cajitain Cushing'sCompany, Colonel Kevere's 
Artillery', as appears from Continental pay accounts for services 
from 20 May, 1777, to 31 Dec., 1770. 

Also in Captain Perez Cushing's 1st Company, I.t. Col. I'aul 
Reverc's Corps of Artillery from 1 |an,, 1780, to 8 May, 1780, four 
nujuths and eight days. 

Also in Capt. Amos Lincoln's Company of matrosses from 10 
April, 1781 to 1 Nov., 1782, eighteen months and fifteen days. 


of Abington, enlisted in the Continental Army for six months. 
Marched to camp June 19, 1780. Discharged 12 July, 1780. Served 
twenty-five days. 


was a private in Captain Adam Bailey'sCompany, Colonel John 
Uailey's Regiment. Enlisted 1 Jan., 1780; discharged 1 Jan., 1782. 


I.iLuU-iiant, Jaminry 10, 1777; CaiUain, October 20, 1777 in 
Culuiul Slulduii'j. l,i;,'lit Drag.. oils; (IctacliL-a with liis company U< 
serve muler tiates in liur^oyiie's Campaign iiiul .'ictivul\- cngagcil 
Resigned, 23 November, 1778. Member of the Society of the Cin- 
cinnati. Tile foUowing siteteh is of interest: 

"QIIininaB ^auiig ©rijmour was the eldest child of the Hon 
Thoiiia> Seymour, the lirst Mayor of Hartford. He was born June 
I'J, 1757, and entered Vale College in 1773, aged sixteen years, and 
graduated thcrelroin in 1777. In January of his senior year, he was 
offered a commission by Col. Elisha Sheldon in the Second Continen- 
tal Regiment of Dragoons, and accepted same, serving after his 
graduation in that organization during the summer and fall of 1 777 
and 177.S, being with General Gates in the Northern Department. 

He ])articipated actively in the Battle of Saratoga and at the 
Surrender of Burgoyne, acting as an aid on the stalT of General 
Benedict Arnold. 

Alter the surrender of Burgovne, he selected by Gen, Gates 
to escort the captive general to Boston, and performed this delicate 
duty so much to Burgoyne's satisfaction that at the end of the trip 
he presented him with a magnificent saddle and leopard skin saddle 
cloth and a brace of silver mounted pistols, wdiich Colonel Seymour 
always took pleasure in using when in command of the Governor's 
Horse Guards of which he was one of the original members and us 
second commander. 

In Tnimbull's picture of the "Surrender of Burgoyne," hanging 
in the rotunda of the Capitol at Washington, Colonel Seymour is 
represented in the foreground mounted on a black charger, 

He resigned from the army in November, 1778, and took u[) the 
study of law in the City of I'hiladelphia, It is said that he visited 
Europe during this year, and devoted his particular atten- 
tion to the study of military science in France. In 1780 he returned 
to Hartford and began the practice of law, having been admitted to 
the bar in that year. He acted as State's Attorney for Hartford 
County from 179() to 1807, and represented the Town of Hartford 
in the General Assepibly of the State of Connecticut at six sessions 



between 17'.)5 :inil 1806. He was an active member in ami one uf 
the Committee of Currespoiiilents in 1791 in an Anti-Slavery Society 
then existing in Connecticut, organized and carried on for the pur- 
pose of accomplishing the abolition of slavery in this country. 

In 1S07 his health failed him, his mind becoming unbalanced, 
and he retired from business, never to return. He died May IG, 
1811, at Hartford, aged lifty-four years. 

In 1781, he married his first cousin, Mary Ann, eldest daughter 
of Col, William Ledyard, the hero of Fort Griswold, and Ann Wil- 
liams Ledyard. She died in Hartford on the 'Jth d.w of March, 
1782, aged nineteen years. 

He subsequently married Susan, daughter of Amos and Mind- 
well Bull of Hartford, and had by her eight children, five sons auil 
three daughters. 

A miniature of Major Seymour, painted bv Trumbull in 17'.C 

is in the Trumbull Collection in the Yale Art School." 

In this connection the following is of interest : 

Susan Bull Seymour, the second wife of Colonel Seymour, after 
his death applied for a pension, and in support of her claim filed, as 
>lie was required, affidavits to ])roperl}' prove her right to same, 
which affidavits are on file in the Pension Office at Washington. 

"I, Susan Seymour, formerly Susan Bull, hereby certify that the 
annexed record taken from my Prayer Book is a true record of mv 
marriage to Thomas Y. Seymour, and the oldest record I possess, 
(Signed) Susan Seymour. 

Sworn to, etc." 

Then follows a page cut out of an old prayer book, being Psalter 
for the thirtieth day, Psalms CXLVIII, CXLIX and CL, and in a 
woman's hand writing an entry in ink as follows: 

"Thomas Y. Seymour married to Susan Bull, 30 Oct., 1784. 

Their Children, 
Tho. S. Se}'mour, bom 6 Sept., 1785. 
Mary Ann Seyniour, born 16 June, 1789, 
John Jay Seymour, born 5 Oct., 1791, 
Charlotte Ann Seymour, born 19 Oct., 17y-l-. 



James Davcnpurt Seymour, horn I'J Dec, 1797, 

who died li June, 1801'. 
Susan Elizabeth Seymour, born 6 May, 1800. 
James Edward Seymour, born I'l Dee., 1802. 
Egbert Davenport Seymour, born 9 Get., 1806." 

In addition, she filed the following: 

"Being rec|uested on behalf of Mrs. Seymour, widow of Thomas 
Y. Seymour, Esi|r., late of Hartford, deceased, to state what I know 
respecting the said Seyntour having served in the American Army 
during the Revolutionary War, do say, that all the information I 
have was derived from said Seymour himself with whom I was in 
habits of friendly intercourse for many years after the war. Major 
Seymour told mc that he belonged to the Army of 1776, and served 
in New York in the memorable campaign of that year. That he 
belonged to the Northern Army in 1777 and was present at the sur- 
render of Burgoyne, and that he then coipmanded the only troop of 
horse that belonged to that army. That he escorted the British 
officers to their station in the neighborhood of Boston, and that he 
received from Gen. Burgoyne a present of a very beautiful leopard 
skin to be used as a cover for the saddle in testimony of the Gen- 
eral's estimation of the civil and obliging manner .in which he per- 
formed bis duty. The leopard skin I have often seen Major Seymour 

use while commanding the Horse Guards in this town. And I ''^'O'fJtif^'f J^ 

further say that according to my rceollcction. I have heard Major 
Seymour say he retired from the ,\rmy in the year 1778 and entered 
upon the study of the law." 

Hartford, Aug. 13, 1838. 

Sworn to, etc. 

(Signed] Nathl. Tcr 

New Haven, 11 Aug., 1836. 
Mr. Jesse Charlton, 

Your letter of the 9th is received, and in reply I have 
to say that I left the service in February, 1777, about the time that 
Col. Sheldon's Regiment of Light (in which Mr. T. \'. Sey- 



mour coninianilc-ii a conijjany oi truo[)l. was raised. I Iheruiorc 
had personally no knowledge of his military service. But Ids reini- 
tiation lor gallantry and faithful conduct was such and so uii'ines- 
tioiied that I kit my self perfectly justified in introducing his jiortrait 
in the picture of the Surrender of Burgoyne, and I have not the 
smallest doubt that his widow has a just title to whatever compen- 
sation the llovernment of the United States are accustomed to 
bestow upon the widows of their meritorious deceased officers ol 
the Revolutionary War. With hearty wishes that Mrs. Seymour's 
application may be successful, I am. Sir, 

Your obedient servant, 

(Signedl jno. Trumlinll. 

Qllinmaa t 

Private m Colonel Philip Van Cortlandt's Regiment, Second 
Continental Line, State of New York. 


A private m Lieut. Charles Seymour's Co., Col. Thomas Bel- 
den's Regiment, Gen. Erastus Woleott's Brigade, at I'eel.>kill during 
the Spring of 1777. Served four months. 


of New Hartford was a Lieutenant in Capt. Seth Smith's Co., at 
the Lexington Alarm; also a Captain under ^L^jor Roger Newbury 
in the New York Campaign in 1776. Was Captain of a Company 
in Col. Sheldon's Light Dragoons, protecting Wasliington's retreat 
through New Jersev in 177t). Also in service at the Danbury Alarm 
in April, 1777. lie married iNLiry Andrews and had four brothers 
and one son m the war. 



llrial), ilr. 

Was :i son of Capt. I'riah Seymour and a private in Capt. James 
Jndson's Co., Major John Skinner's TroojJ of Liglit Horse. Was in 
New York under Col. Tlmnias Y. Seymour in the summer of 1776. 


Lieutenant in Cajitain Daniel Benediet's Company, Colonel 
Havid Waterbnry, Jr.'s First Regiment of Infantry, responding to 
eall for volunteers fur tlie defense of New York by the Conumttec 
of Safety for tlie State of New York; marehed to New York and 
oeeupied the U])per Barraeks the latter part of January and Feb- 
ruarv, 1 77*>. The Fjiper Barr.aeks were a series of log strueLures 
at the upper end of tlie eomnion, as City Hall Park was then 
ealled, and reaehed from Broadway along the front line of Cham 
bers street to Tryoii Kow, now Ceiiten, street. While here, thi 
regiment eonstrneted a formidable battery on a liill where Cath 
erine Market now st.ands, and named it the Waterbnry Battery 
Subseqnentlv Colonel Waterburv and his regiment went to tin 
Northern Department, and embarked at Tieonderoga with Genera 
Montgomery on his Canadian Expedition, and later was present 
at the Siege of St. John's. 



of Norwalk. Was .i drummer in Capt. Abraham Mead's Co., 
Col. I>.i\id Wooster's Kegt., and served in the defenee of New York 
in the Fall of 177G. 


Was a private (possibly a volunteer aide) to Col. Ledyard, who 
was his uncle, at the Battle of Groton, tUh Sept., 1781, wdien Arnold 
attacked the fort and burned New London. He lost a leg in that 
hght, and subsequently received a pension from Congress for his 




of Taunton, Massachusetts, served in the Continental Army for 
three years, as appears In' reeeipt of payment maile hy Cajitaiu 
Josiah Williams. 


of I, van, Massachusetts, served three years in the Continental 
Armv as a recruit from that town. 


.V private in Captain Mehau's Company, First North Caro- 
lina Bat., Colonel ClarUe's Keg., enlisted 1 llecember, 177G; 
served for three vears; was at Vallev I'oiye. 


of Lanesboro, Massachusetts, was a private in Capl. Amos 
Barnes' Co., Col. Benjamin Kuggles' (Woodbridge) Kegt. Signeil 
receipt for his ]iay at Camhriilge, June 3(1, 1775. 

Was also a private in same Ccjmpan\' and Regiment ;is shown 
by reeeipt dated Sept. L!IS, 1775. 

Also receipted for pay at Cambridge, 13 Nov., 1775. 

Was also a private in Capt. Joseph Barnes' Co., Col. Beujaniin 
Svmonds' Berkshire County Regiment. Re-entered service 1!G Mar., 
1777, and was discharged 1"J May, 1777, after serving twenty-lour 
days, the regiment having been called out by Maj. Gen. Gates, and 
ordered to march to Saratoga. 



He was also a private in Capl. Kljcnezer Newell's Co., Col. Beii- 
janiin Svinomls' Kegt., when lie servtil twenty-one days at the 
Manchester Alarm, 9Jnly, 1777. 

Also served six day,-. niareliingiVoni Lanesboro to MeKvonseuiek, 
Aug. 14-, 1777. 

Also served in Capt. Hnoeh Noble's Co., Col. Ebenezcr Wood's 
Rcgl. Entered service U9 May, 1778; discharged 7 Feb., 177'J. 

Also served in Continental Army during 1780, marching from 
camp at Lanesboro, July 9, 1780, and discharged December 17, 
1780, having served live months and thirteen days. 


Was a lifer in Cajit. Zaelieus Case's Co. of Col. Nodiah Hooker's 
Regt., and serveil from April IL'th to May 27th under Gen. Wooster 


Was a private in I'eter Van Voorst's Co., Col. John MeCrea'; 
Albany Kegt., lath Kegt., N. V. State Line. 


Sergeant Major in the Delaware Regiment, 1780 to 1783. On 
the IGth of April, 1780, the Maryland Division with the Delaware 
KegiiiKiii niarelied from their (piartcrs nearMorristown in the State 
of New [ersev, under the command of Baron De Kalb, bound for 
Cliarlestoii, Smith Carolina, in order to reinforce that garrison, 
then being liesieged liv the i; During this entire march, 
wliich covered nearly a thtpusand miles, Seymour kept an accurate 
(lu-iry of the movements of tlie legimcnt, giving the best, if not the 



onlv aiit lull tic account, of that southern cainpalgn wliicli exists; 
the nioveincnts of the enemy, the battle of Canukn; and the entire 
operations under Marion, Morgan, Sumter and General Gates, and 
which culminated in tlie surrender of Yorktown. This journal is in 
the ])OSsession of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and is pub- 
lished at length in Volume 7 of the Pennsylvania Magazine. 


of Wethcrsfleld, was a private in Capt. Whiting's Co., Col. 
Samuel Blatchley Webb's Regt., Connecticut Continental Line. He 
enlisted March 19, 1777, was jiromoted to Corporal in April, 1779, 
and dischargcl March 19, 1780. 


A private in Capt. Josejih Mansfield's Co., Col. William Doug- 
las' Regt., Connecticut Continental Line. He enlisted January 1(3, 
1777, and was discharged January 15, 1780. He served three full 
vears, and died in New York aged eighty-eight.