Tolland, Tolland Co., CT, 1758 Military Roll
The Early History of Tolland
Loren P. Waldo
Hartford, 1861


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In August, 1757, there was an alarm that a powerful force of French & Indians was on the way to attack fort William Henry. Volunteers were called for, and Connecticut instantly poured forth several thousand. On the roll of Capt. Samuel STOUGHTON's company are found the names of the following men of Tolland. The fort was compelled to surrender before any of the volunteers could arrive. Those from Tolland went no further than Kinderhook, in the state of New York; and returned home, receiving pay for only fifteen day's service.

Ens. Samuel CHAPMAN
Serg. Solomon WILLS
Daniel BAKER
Elihu JOHNSON
John ABBOTT, Jr
Abner WEST
Thatcher LATHROP
Jacob FELLOWS
Nathan HARVEY
David HATCH
John EATON
Ichabod HINCKLEY
George NYE
Timothy DELANO
William BENTON
Solomon LOOMIS
Samuel HUNTINGTON
Jabez BRADLEY
Samuel BARNARD
Samuel BENTON, Jr.
Samuel ABORN
Jonathan LADD, Jr
Simon CHAPMAN
Francis WEST
Rufus WEST
Joseph DAVIS
John STEARNS, Jr.
Amos WARD

28 in all.



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For the campaign of 1758, Connecticut agreed to furnish five thousand men; and a company was formed in Tolland and it's vicinity, of which Samuel CHAPMAN, of Tolland, was captain. The following is a roll of his company. [Those marked with * were from Tolland, most of the remainder were from the towns of Somers, Mansfield, Willington, Bolton, Coventry and East Windsor.]

Capt. Sam. CHAPMAN*
1st Lieut. Titus OLCOTT
2d Lieut. George COOLEY
Ensign Solomon WILLS*
Serg. Samuel BENTON
Serg. Jonathan BIRGE*
Serg. Abner WEBB
Serg. James STEEL*, clerk
Corp. Samuel HALL
Corp. Jonathan BILL
Corp. Asa WOOD
Corp. Nath'n BOARDMAN
Drum'er Henry BOWEN
Drum'er Charles KING
Fifer Joseph CONANT

PRIVATES

William BENTON*
Moses WEST*
John LATHROP*
Joseph EATON*
Daniel BREWSTER
Joseph HEATH
Benjamin BURDON
Joseph WHITCOMB
John BARNARD*
Jonathan BOROUGHS*
Abner WEST*
Hope LATHROP*
Timothy LADD
Jacob NEWELL
John ISHAM
Lathrop SHURTLIFF*
John GRAY
Joseph DAVIS*
Hezekiah WATERS
Isaac HILLS
Joshua HUTCHINS
Jonathan DART
Joseph SPENCER
Beriah BRONSON
Hezekiah KING
Samuel HUTCHINSON
Joseph TUCKER
Jonathan BUCKLAND
Samuel BLACKMORE
Jonathan WRIGHT
Lemuel JONES
David TALCOTT
Moses THRALL
Brinton PAYNE
William HOSKINS
Daniel PRATT
Abraham WHIPPLE
John ATCHISON
Oliver CHAPIN
Hezekiah SPENCER
John FULLER
Joseph BUELL
Alexander GOWDY
Thomas BUCK
Samuel BARTLETT
Luke PARSONS
Thomas WATERS
James KIBBEE
James PEASE
Nathaniel BRACE
Jacob WARD
Abner PEASE
John FORD
Jonathan PHELPS
William RUSSELL
Nathan HARVEY*
Jonathan BLISS
Shubael DIMICK*
Benjamin SHEPHERD
Lemuel HATCH*
Jabez BRADLEY*
Joseph LUCE*
Abijah MARKHAM
Thomas BURNS
Hezekiah WELLS
Jacob HILLS
Simeon WEBSTER
Solomon LOOMIS*
Joseph TILDEN
Samuel CARVER
John GORDON
Samuel DARLING
Joshua BILL
Joseph PIKE
Nathan TIFFANY
Josiah ALLEN
Josiah FIELDS
Nathaniel WARREN*
Joseph CROCKER

Officers & music'ns - 15
Privates - - - - - - - - - 80
TOTAL - - - - - - - - - 95


In the year 1762, the King of England made a requisition upon the colonies for troops to join in the expedition against the island of Cuba; and a company was raised in the eastern part of the State, of which Col. Israel PUTNAM was, by one of the then formalities of the service, nominall captain, but really under the command of its first lieutenant, Solomon WILLS, of Tolland. This company went to the island of Cuba, and was present at the siege and capture of Havana, but was not in any serious engagement. When a boy, I was informed by a man whose name is on the roll, that after the principal fort had been undermined and blown up, so that a column of British regulars carried it by assault, this company had the sad duty to perform of clearing the fort and burying the dead. The distruction of life was very great; the dead were represented as lying in winrows. The pool of blood were so deep in some places in the fort that, as my informant said, he was compelled to step over his shoes in human gore while removing the dead. Although this company was not under fire during the whole of this campaign, the mortality of its members was unparalleled. Of the ninety-eight person of which the company was composed and who actually reached the Island, only twenty-two ever returned to thier native land. Of the twenty-seven enlisted from Tolland and its vicinity, only four escaped the arrow of the fell destroyer. The names of tow of these four persons were Solomon WILLS and Edward HATCH. John BARNARD< John BURROWS, Constant CRANDALL, William EATON, Aaron EATON, Leonard GROVER, Judah HATCH, Noah STIMSON, Ezra WALDO and Oliver YEOMANS, of Tolland, are know to have died on the Island of Cuba. There were no deaths in the company before the month of August. As returned on the roll, the deaths were in August fifteen, in September, eighteen; in October, eighteen; in November, eighteen; and in December, seven. Total, seventy-six. The survivors were paid off December 11, 1762. The average term of service was about thirty-five weeks. The following is the pay-roll of this company. Those marked died during the campaign.

Israel PUTNAM, Capt
*Solo. WILLS, 1st Lieut
Alex CHALKER, 2nd Lieut.
Isaac DANA, Ensign
Moses EARL, Sergeant
Samuel HYDE, Sergeant
Samuel COTTON or COLTON, Serg.
Nath'l WHEELER, Sergeant
* Const' CRANDAL, Sergeant
Jos. TRUESDALE, Corp'l
Silas HARRIS, Corp'l
Thomas BREWER, Corp'l
Joshua REED, Corp'l

PRIVATES

John ABBY
Nathan ALLEN
Squire ALLEN
Henry BRADLEY
Samuel BLISS
Jonathan BLISS
Rinaldo BURDON
* John BARNARD
* John BURROWS
Stephen BRACE
Daniel BRACE
James BELBON
Daniel BREWER
William CASE
John CROSWELL
Edmund CADWELL
John CURTIS
Joseph CROSWELL
John CROSS
Ebenezer DANA
Reuben DOWING
John DOLLABY
Elijah DURPHY
Cornelius DOWNING
Joel DANIELS
* William EATON
Joseph EDGERTON
* Aaron KATON
Timothy EVANS
William ELLIS
Abraham FORBES
David FULLER
Michael GROVER
* Leonard GROVER
Stephen GOFF
Ezekiel GURNSEY
* Judah HATCH
*Edward HATCH
Joseph HAYWARD
Asahel HOLLISTER
Robert HOLLISTER
Jacob HOLLISTER
John HERO
Nathan HOLT
Ebenezer HOLMES
Jonathan JOHNSON
William KIMBALL
Thomas KNAPPING
Benj' LANGWORTHY
Benjamin LOVEMAN
John NEGUS
Richard ORMS
Abraham PORTER
Nathaniel REDINGTON
John READ
Ackley RILEY
John RIPPONER
Thomas ROSE
Matthew RAYMOND
Daniel ROBERTS
* Noah STIMSON
Amos SHURTLIFF
Simon STRICKLAND
Samuel STILES
Israel SAUNDERS
Amos STAPLES
Isaac STAPLES
Nathaniel STONE
Jonathan SAMPSON
JEdediah SAGER
Samuel SMITH
John STARK
Benjamin SHAW
Charles SHORVEL
Samuel WILLIAMS
Joseph WHITECOMB
John WAY
Ebenezer WHEELER
* Ezra WALDO
* Oliver YEOMANS
Christopher LUCAS
Caleb SHEPARD
Ebenezer SHAW

Taken by the Sheriff.
Joseph BISBEE
Samuel STANLEY

MARKED AS DESERTED

Samuel BLACKMAN
Gideon BURNHAM
John BROWN
Joel BROOKS
Noadiah BRONSON
John PART
Ephraim FOOT
Lot LOVELAND
Joseph PROUT
Asahel HILLISTER,
John ADAMS



REVOLUTIONARY WAR

A company of men was formed from Tolland and several neighboring towns, which, under the command of Capt. Solomon WILLS, served in Col. SPENCER's regiment at Roxbury, near Boston, from May 1, to December 1, 1775, a period of eight months. The following is a copy of the roll of this company, kept by Comfort CARPENTER, its orderly sergeant, and filed by him in the Pension Office as evidence of his service in the war of the revolution, with his application for a pension, under the act of June 7, 1832. Those who have been ascertained with certainty to have gone from Tolland are marked *, but it is known there were more. The number on the roll are - officers & musicians, eighteen; privates, eighty. Total, ninety-eight. The names indicate that the men were from Tolland, Somers, Stafford, Willington, and Coventry. Arrangement for enlisting were made in Tolland and men engaged on the day the news of the battle of Lexington reached the place.

*Solomon WILLS, Capt
Jona. PARKER, 1st Lieut.
Samuel FELT, 2d Lieut.
Noah CHAPIN, Ensign
*Com. CARPENTER, Serg.
Abel PARKER, Serg.
Jacob ORCUTT, Serg.
Noah COOLEY, Serg.
*Heman BAKER, Jr., Serg
Jonah BROWN, Serg.
*Elij'h CHAPMAN, Corp.
Asa FENTON, Corp
Matthew BUEL, Corp.
*Luke WASHBURN, Corp.
*Samuel STEEL, Corp.
*Jas. STEEL, Jr., Drum'r
*Joel STIMSON, Fifer
Elias NEWTON, Fifer

PRIVATES

Amasa ALLEN
*John ABBOTT
Moses AMADON
Jude BROWN
Jacob BROWN
Alexander BROWN
Amasa BUCK
Elijah BRADLEY
*Jonathan BURROUGH
Josiah BRADLEY
*Josiah BENTON
*Jonathan BENTON
*Azariah BENTON
Asa BALDWIN
Jacob BROWN, 2d
Nathan CARPENTER
Eliphalet CUSHMAN
*Richmond CRANDAL
*John CARLTON
*David CARLTON
*Richard CARLTON
*Ebenezer COOK
John CHARTER
Charles DAY
*Edward DIMOCK
William ELMER
Adonijah FENTON
John FURMAN
*Isaac FELLOWS
Christopher FRANTZ
Simeon GRISWOLD
*Samuel BENTON
*Ebenezer GRANT
*John HUNTINGTON
*David HINCKLEY
Ezra HOLMES
*Abner HATCH
*Dan HATCH
Levi HAMLIN
Nathan JENNINGS
Samuel JOHNSON
Caleb JOHNSON
Daniel JOHNSON
Daniel KIBBEE
James KIBBEE
Bildad KIBBEE
John LEWIS
Edward LAWRENCE
Andrew MINER
Caleb ORCUTT
John ORCUTT
Peter PINNEY
Abner PEASE
*Rufus PRICE
Moses PELTON
Joshua PARKS
*Tyrus PRESTON
*Ammi PAULK
Nathan ROOT
Joseph ROOT
Jeremiah RIDER
Daniel RICE
Stephen RICE
John SCRIPTER
*Perez STEEL
John SHURTLIFF
Elisha STEBBINS
Isaiah SPARKS
Simeon STIMSON
Jeremiah SPARKS
*Nehemiah SABIN
Joseph SEXTON
Elijah SEXTON
*Henry STEVENS
Stephen TAYLOR
Justus THOMPSON
Samuel WRIGHT
*Jabez WEST
*Elijah WASHBURN
Noah WHIPPLE



REVOLUTIONARY WAR

On the first day of April, 1777, the town voted to furnish the families of men who would enlist into the continental service, with provisions and other necessaries, and appointed Capt. James CHAMBERLIN, Lieut. Stephen DAY, and Ensign Eleazar STEEL, a committee for that purpose. The town also voted to present to each soldier that should so enlist, a bounty of ten pounds in money, (thirty-three dollar and thirty-three cents;) one-half of the money to be paid at the end of one year from April 1, 1777, and the other half at the end of the second year: "Provided the Honorable Assembly shall not raise money for the purpose; but if the Assembly shall add to the soldiers [bounty or pay,] as aforesaid, then it is to be understood to be in part pay of said sum of ten pounds to be given as aforesaid." It appears by the other proceedings that these enlistements were to be for three years or during the war.

From the record of the Committee of Payables, under date of July 16, 1787, I find the vote of April, 1777, was responded to, and the bounty of ten pounds therein named, was pid to the following persons, viz:

William JOHNSON
Solomon EATON
Ebenezer BROWN
Isaac SQUIER
John P. BURROWS
Abel CRANDALL
Ammi PAULK
William SOWLE
Simon STIMSON
Joseph SPARKS
Jonathan LUCE
Clement MINER
Brisley HARRIS
William HUNTINGTON
Joseph COGSWELL
Elijah HASKELL
Richard CARLTON
Jacob HASKELL
Elijah BENTON
George HUBBARD
Elias NEWTON
Andrew MINER
Tyrus PRESTON
Nehemiah SABIN
Andrew PETERSON
Elihu JOHNSON
Ebenezer STEBBINS

The above named men belonged to Capt. Ichabod HINCKLEY's company, and formed a part of the second Connecticut Regiment. There is a roll of Capt. HINCKLEY's company still extant, from which the following names are copied. Those marked * were from Tolland.

*Capt. I. HINCKLEY
*Lieut. E. CHAPMAN
*Lieut. Rufus PRICE
*Dr. Jeremiah WEST
Serj. Eben'r STEBBINS
*Serj. Ammi PAULK
Corp. Nehemiah SABIN
*Jonathan LUCE
*Elihu JOHNSON
*Tyrus PRESTON
*Andrew PETERSON
*Elias NEWTON
*Martin DAVIS
*William HUNTINGTON
*William JOHNSON
*Solomon EATON
Ebenezer BROWN
Isaac SQUIER
*Abel CRANDAL
*John P. BURROUGHS
*William SOWLE
*Shubael DIMICK
*Edy HATCH
*Simon STIMSON
* Jonathan DELANO
*Clement MINER
*Jacob HASKELL
John CRANDALL
*George HUBBARD
*Elijah BENTON
Joseph SPARKS
Amos HARRIS
*Richard CARLTON
David PIERCE
Roswell MINER

The following persons received the bounty of thirty shillings in silver, voted July 5, 1780, [by the town of Tolland]. They were in the second Connecticut Regiment, and served in Capt. Ichabod HINCKLEY's company, except Samuel STEEL and Luther DELANO, who died before the term of service expired.

Samuel STEEL
Lot BURGESS
Aaron DELANO
Sylvanus GAGE
Eleazar HATCH
William JOHNSON
Ezra RAWDON
Andrew STEEL
Zadock BENTON
Samuel CHASE
Hezekiah HUNTINGTON
Samuel REED
Manoah CROWELL
Clement MINER
Luther DELANO
Solomon LOOMIS

In 1781, the town hired five men to fill it's quota. These men were hired and received a bounty of twelve pounds each.

William BARNARD
John HASKELL
Noah JOHNSON
Walter HOLMES
Abner SQUIRE

In early 1782, the town hired five men to fill it's quota. These men were engaged to serve one year at Horseneck, and each received twelve pounds bounty.

William BRANARD
John HASKELL
Charles DeWOLF
Abner JOHNSON
Edy HATCH

Also in 1782, the town hired twenty-one men to fill it's quota. .

Abel STIMSON
Solomon EATON
Ichabod WEST
Ichabod CASE
James COVIL
Samuel PARKS
Allen CARPENTER
Joshua SIMONS
John HASKELL
Moses COY
Samuel DIMOCK
Oliver SCOTT
Eliphalet KILBOURN
William COLTRAIN
Eleazer HATCH
Jonathan CREASY
John DIMICK
Caleb THOMAS
Sylvanus GAGE
Reuben ROBINSON
Joel BARNARD
William ELDREDGE

The following document, copied from the original in the town clerk's office, is valuable for locating the persons therein named:

"Received of Colonel Samuel CHAPMAN, thirty-nine able-bodied men, viz: Eliab ALLEN, Thomas BUCK, Jr., Lot BURGESS, Zadock BENTON, William BARNARD, Samuel BILLINGS, Jedediah CADY, Abner CADY, Samuel CHASE, Samuel DAVIS, Job DAVIS, Eliab EDSON, Israel FURMAN, Timothy GREEN, Ede HATCH, Walter HOLMES, Timothy HERINGTON, Philemon HOLT, Hezekiah HUNTINGTON, William JOHNSON, Joseph LAMB, Jasper MARSH, Henry McNEIL, Clement MINER, Benjamin Jones ORCUTT, Solomon PARSONS, Jeremiah PHILIPS, Samuel PHILIPS, Edy PRATT, Charles PEASE, Samuel REED, Sanford RICHARDSON, Ezra RAWDON, Joshua SIMONS, Samuel TAYLOR, Brodwell WATKINS, John WEST, Asa WOOD, to answer as part of the quota to be furnished by his Regiment to serve in the continental army. John P. WYLLIS, Capt., Continental Army
Hartford, July 6, 1780"

There is a memorandum on the back of this paper as follows:

TOLLAND

Edy HATCH
Samuel REED
William BARNARD
Joshua SIMONS
William JOHNSON
Luther DELANO
Samuel CHASE
Ezra RAWDON
Hezekiah HUNTINGTON
Abner JOHNSON
Lot BURGESS
Walter HOLMES
Clemet MINER
Samuel PARK
Zadoe BENTON
Moses DELANO (16)

SOMERS

Samuel DAVIS
Edy PRATT
Job DAVIS
Thomas BUCK, Jr.
Solomon PARSONS
Jeremiah PHILLIPS
Israel INMAN
Asa WOOD
Charles PEASE
Ben Jones ORCUTT
Sanford RICHARDSON
John ARCHER
Samuel BILLINGS (13)

STAFFORD

Charles WOOD
William WASHBURN
Asa ALLEN

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