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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
Monument - Founder's Cemetery, Post Gager Burial Ground, Norwich, New London, Connecticut -- The thirty-five original proprietors of Norwich, Connecticut were:

Thomas Adgate, Richard Edgerton, Maj. John Mason, Robert Allyn, John Elderkin, Dr. John Olmstead, Stephen Backus, Rev. James Fitch, John Pease, Lieut.William Backus, John Gager, John Post, John Baldwin, Stephen Gifford, Josiah Reed, Thomas Bingham, Francis Griswold, John Reynolds, John Birchard, Thomas Howard, Jonathan Royce, Morgan Bowers,Christopher Huntington, Nehemiah Smith, Thomas Bliss, Simon Huntington, John Tracy, John Bradford, Samuel Hyde, Lieut. Thomas Tracy, Hugh Calkins, William Hyde, Ens. Thomas Waterman, John Calkins, Lieut. Thomas Leffingwell
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - New London and Norwich
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
New London and Norwich
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - Thanksgiving Barrel Burning, Norwich, Conn.
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Painesville, Lake County, Ohio
Nov 29, 1888
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
Thanksgiving Barrel Burning, Norwich, Conn.
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Painesville, Lake County, Ohio
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - Bird's Eye View from Laurel Hill, Norwich, Conn.
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
Bird's Eye View from Laurel Hill, Norwich, Conn.
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - Preston Bridge, Shetucket River, Norwich, Conn.
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
Preston Bridge, Shetucket River, Norwich, Conn.
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - Norwich, Conn.
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
Norwich, Conn.
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - Home of Samuel Huntington, Washington Street, Norwich, New London, Connecticut
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
Home of Samuel Huntington, Washington Street, Norwich, New London, Connecticut
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA - Plaque in memory of Benedict Arnold family - Old Burying Grounds, Norwich, New London, Connecticut.
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
Plaque in memory of Benedict Arnold family - Old Burying Grounds, Norwich, New London, Connecticut.
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Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
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Where is Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA?  Located in southeastern Connecticut, Norwich is a vibrant community with a beautiful harbor on the convergence of the Thames, Shetucket and Yantic Rivers. Norwich boasts outstanding cultural attractions including two museums and numerous festivals as well as an excellent education system. www.norwichct.org/

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Norwich justice
The penalties at this time (first half of 18th century) were :

For drunkenness, a fine, (5s. to 10s.,) or to sit in the stocks a couple of hours.

Not attending public worship when there was no necessary detention, 5s.

Profane swearing, 10s.

Sabbath-breaking, by labor or vain recreation, making disturbance, or laughing during the service in the House of God, 5s.

Assault and battery, or abusive words, blows and injuries, — fines or imprisonment, at discretion of the justice.
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1720 Flood
Sept. 4, 1720. " The flood raised Norwich river to a prodigious height; stacks of hay floated down ; it carried away the bridge by the meeting house and much fence." [Hempstead's Diary.]
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874

1722 - Clever Indian in Norwich
An Indian being found drunk, was brought before Mr. Justice Bushnell, and sentenced according to the statute, namely, to pay a fine of ten shillings, or receive ten lashes on his naked body. The Indian immediately accuses Samuel Bliss of selling him that afternoon that which made him drunk, to wit, two pots of cider. The fine for selling cider or ardent spirits to an Indian was twenty shillings, one-half to go to the complainant. The Indian thus obtained just the sum requisite to pay his own mul... Read MORE...

In the freshet of February, 1727, four of the town bridges were swept away, and among them was this which crossed the Shetucket.
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874

1729 Norwich town common established
In 1729, the proprietors agree, vote, and grant, "that the Plain in the Town Platt, called the meeting house, plain, with all the contents and extent of it," as it now lyeth, shall be and remain, to be, and lye common for public use for tho whole town forever, without alteration."
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874

1729 Flood (Norwich)
The Boston News-Letter notices an extraordinary flood of the Shetucket at Norwich, 28th of February, 1729. The warehouses at the Landing were much injured, but the newspaper adds the compensatory information, "there was fine bass-fishing after it," — twenty thousand bass having been taken in the river a little below the point.
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874

1730 - Norwich Rattlesnakes
1730. Voted, that whosoever shall kill a rattlesnake within this township at any time within one year ensuing, except in the three summer months, and produce one joint of the bone and its toil shall have two shillings for each snake so killed.
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874

1737 Flood (Norwich)
A thaw and freshet of unusual power and rapidity of action occurred Jan. 16, 1737. The Shetucket above its outlet being impeded by a solid bed of ice, the rushing flood was suddenly thrown back, and spreading over the low land, rose to twenty feet in ten minutes, sweeping off three warehouses with all their contents, and injuring several others. Blocks of ice were left in some instances on the roofs of buildings.
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874

In 1751 (Norwich) the selectmen were empowered to prosecute with vigor all who should sell or convey land to strangers, and all sales of this kind were declared null and void.
Orders were given likewise that no strangers should remain in the town without the public consent, and this consent seems to have been very cautiously dispensed. Applications were frequently made for permission to stay in town for a limited time, but this was seldom granted without some condition annexed ; such as, if he then remove, — if he behave himself, — if he do not become chargeable. These votes stretch down to 1769.
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874

1764 - Leffingwell's Bridge completed (Norwich)
Jane 20, 1764. " Leffingwell's Bridge over Shetacket river at Norwich Landing it completed. It is 124 feet in length, and 28 feet above the water. Nothing is placed between the abutments, but the bridge is supported by Geometry work above and calculated to bear a weight of 500 tons. The work is by Mr. John Bliss, one of the most curious mechanics of the age. The bridge was raised in two days and no one hurt. The former bridge was 28 days in raising."
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874

1767 - 240 Acadians leave Norwich for Quebec
Norwich, as well as other towns in Connecticut, was taxed with the support of a certain number of the French Neutrals, a harmless and much-abused people, who in the year 1755 were driven from their seats in Acadia or Nova Scotia by their English conquerors, and forced to take refuge in New England. Many of them subsequently returned to Canada. Capt. Richard Leffingwell, in the brig Pitt, carried 240 of these French peasants with their priest to Quebec in 1767.
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874

In 1773, the first Newspaper was established in Norwich.
The proprietors and printers were Alexander Robertson, James Robertson, and John Trumbull, under the firm of Robertsons & Trumbull. It had a flourishing head-piece inclosing the rude cut of a ship under full sail, and an imposing title, making pretensions to a wide circulation. Price, six shillings and eight pence per annum.
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874

1784 - Norwich Incorporated as a City
This was part of the area known as Mohegin. Several men from Saybrook began a settlement in 1659 and obtained a deed from Uncas, Sachem of the Mohegans. For several years the settlement was known as "the new township of Mohegan." It was also referred to as New-Norwich. It is first called, Norridge, in the Colony records of 1660/1 but gradually becomes "Norwich." The City of Norwich was incorporated in 1784.

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1784 Flood (Norwich)
Jan. 8, 1784, was distinguished by a yet greater and more sweeping freshet, which affected both the Yantic and the Shetucket. Several mills and bridges on the upper courses were swept away, and large quantities of lumber came floating down the streams. Happily there was but little ice in the Thames, to obstruct the downward flow, and Chelsea escaped inundation. A slaughter-house near the wharf bridge was swept off with all its contents, beef, hides, tallow, cooperage, and tools, and not a vestig... Read MORE...

1789 Flood (Norwich)
The year 1789 was marked by a June freshet. For two days, the 10th and 11th of the month, the rains were continuous and flood-like, causing a rapid rise in all the streams that feed the Thames. The Shetucket and Yantie, swollen by their impetuous tributaries, sweeping aside bridges, mills and dams, deluging corn-fields, and precipitating large rocks upon the meadows, came rushing down upon Norwich Landing, and lifted the river nearly to it level with its lower tier of roofs. This flood, however,... Read MORE...

1792 - First turnpike road company, New London to Norwich, incorporated.
After the American Revolution, Connecticut granted franchises for the building of ‘toll’ roads or turnpikes, and in 1792 the first turnpike in Connecticut and in New England (the second in the country) linked Norwich and New London. www.cthistoryonline.org/ cho/ journeys/ j_infra_trans_early.html
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1795 - First insurance company incorporated as the Mutual Assurance Company of the City of Norwich.
...This great fire of 1793 quickened public opinion in regard to the benefits to be derived from insurance. Within twenty days after the catastrophe, the inhabitants were invited by a committee, consisting of Ebenezer Huntington, Joseph Perkins, Joshua Huntington and Roger Griswold, to meet at the court-house and for am association against future calamitous losses. A company was organized, chartered, and went into operation in 1795, under the title of the "Mutual Assurance Company," for insuring... Read MORE...

1796 - The Norwich Courier was founded by Thomas Hubbard, November 30, 1796
The original Norwich Courier was 18 x 11 inches in size, with four pages. February 12, 1817, Theophilus R. Martin joined with Mr. Hubbard in printing the paper and continued in it for two years. In 1822 Thomas Robinson and John Dunham bought out Mr. Hubbard, and they jointly carried on the paper until 1825...

In 1860 paper merges with the Morning Bulletin and continues as Norwich Bulletin to present.

Century Club of American Newspapers
Publisher St. Louis republic, 1909
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1797 Flood (Norwich)
Jan. 29, 1797, was marked by a peculiar freshet resulting from a January thaw. The smaller rivers were broken up, and heavy blocks of ice sweeping downwards committed great havoc in their course. The court house bridge was so thoroughly broken up that only a heap of fragments remained. It was compared to a wreck made by thousands of hammers.
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874

The annual Thanksgiving was a day of great hilarity, although its time- honored essential characteristic was a sermon. A peculiar adjunct of this festival in Norwich was a barrel bonfire.
A lofty pole was erected, around which a pyramid of old barrels was arranged, — large at the platform, but a single barrel well tarred forming the apex. The burning of this pile constituted the revelry or triumphant part of the entertainment, and was considered by the young as indispensable to a finished Thanksgiving. When built upon the plain, the whole valley was lighted up by the blaze, like a regal saloon : and when upon a height, the column of flame sent forth a flood of light over woods an... Read MORE...

1807 Flood and Fire (Norwich)
After the present century came in, the first great flood was in 1807. The rivers began to break up on Saturday night, Feb. 7th. The cracking of the vast blocks of ice was like the crash of thunder. The Shetucket rose eighteen or twenty feet. Lord's and Lathrop's bridges were swept away. On Sunday morning, fire was cried through the streets, and alarm bells were rung. For many years no such inundation had been known. The current swept over East Chelsea, and for a time gave it the appearance of a ... Read MORE...

1819 - Norwich
Norwich, a wealthy commercial post town, and the semi-seat of justice of the county, is situated at the head of navigation, on the Thames or Pequot river, in north lat. 41 degrees 34' and west lon. 72 degrees 29'. It is 13 miles north of New-London, and 38 southeast of Hartford; bounded on the north by Franklin, on the east by the Shetucket and Thames rivers, which separate it from Lisbon and Preston, on the south by Montville, and on the west by Franklin and Bozrah. The township has an average ... Read MORE...


1823 Flood (Norwich)
A remarkable freshet occurred on the 6th of March, 1 823, which was caused by a rain of twenty four hours continuance falling upon a deep snow. Six bridges over the Yantic were carried away, viz, three in Norwich, two in Bozrah, Cat Col. Fitch's iron-works and Bozrahville,] and one in Franklin. The oil-mill at Bean Hill was swept off, and the oil-mill and machine-shop near the Falls much injured. On the wharf bridge some of the buildings were shifted in their position, or partly turned round, an... Read MORE...

1835 Flood (Norwich)
March 11, 1835, ushered in a freshet similar to that of 1823. the water rising twelve or fifteen feet. The walls, sheds, and small buildings along the banks of the Shetucket were swept away like chaff. Lathrop's bridge was broken up ; a shanty used by workmen on the Norwich and Worcester Railroad was carried past the city without breaking; another building in which some persons were collected was submerged nearly to the roof, and the occupants were taken from it by boats. Two horses which were c... Read MORE...

1854 Floods (Norwich)
Feb. 8, 1854, most of the wharves were submerged by the breaking up of the ice, and the basements of buildings near the river filled with water. Central wharf and the Junction railway were overflowed. At the freight depot of the New London and Norwich Railroad, the rails were covered to the depth of eighteen inches.

On the 30th of April, the same year, a violent storm caused another inundation ; the currents of the Yantic and Shetucket struggling together, threw the water back, and the wharf... Read MORE...

1857 Flood
The 9th and 10th of February, 1857, were marked by a freshet which might be called the Half-century Flood, as occurring so near the anniversary of that of 1807. The destruction of property was greatest in the last instance. The heavy timbers from Lord's and Lathrop's bridges came floating down with fearful power. In the flood of 1807 it was East Chelsea that was submerged, the rise of water being in the Shetucket and in Stony brook ; but in that of 1857, the water front of the city was swept ove... Read MORE...

News 1861 - Norwich, Conn., April 14. - The excitement produced by the war news was never equalled here. All our people are read to uphold the Government, and hundreds are ready to enlist.
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Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 15, 1861

1865 Norwich - " A copperhead snako three feet long was killed by two young men in the woods near this city, May 21, 1865."
History of Norwich, Connecticut: From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866 Author Frances Manwaring Caulkins Publisher By H.P. Haven, 1874

News 1883 - A FAMOUS HOSTELRY BURNED. - THE BRASE BULL INN IN CONNECTICUT DESTROYED BY FIRE.
NORWICH, Conn., Dec. 23 - The oldest house in Windham County, a large wood colored edifice of the "lean to" period, which greatly antedated the revolution, having been built in 1710, has been burned in Thompson the past week. It was famous old inn christened as the "Brase Bull," and bore over the front door a miniature bull of old-fashioned hammered brass, which was also swallowed up in the flames. In the days of the then great New York, Hartford and Boston turnpike it was a changing station for... Read MORE...

News 1887 - NORWICH, Conn., March 16. - St. Patrick's Catholic Church was damaged to the extent of $10,000 by fire to-day.
The building cost $250,000, and is insured for $52,000. The fire was caused by a careless altar boy dropping a coal from the censer.
Dallas Morning News
Dallas, Texas
March 17, 1887

News 1888 - NO END OF FUN. How the Norwich, Conn., Boys Celebrate Thanksgiving.
They Go About the Town Gathering Barrels, and Then After the Turkey is Eaten What a Thanksgiving Bonfire They Have.

ROAST turkey and fixin's!

Phew!

Take a run around New England and ask all the boys you meet what they think of it. Whisper Thanksgiving in their ear and hear them howl. When you come to Norwich - that quaint Connecticut town - what will the boys tell you there!

"Roast turkey and fixin's," you will say, and the boys will look at you and grin. Then you go up to them softl... Read MORE...

News 1889 - A SACRIFICE TO MAMMON. Coroner Park's Idea of New Freight Cars Should be Constricted.
NORWICH, Conn., July 2. - Coroner Park has filed another unique verdict in the case of John Pender of New London, a brakeman, who met his death by falling from a car one night last week. After reciting with much particularity the known and supposed circumstances, the coroner continues:

'I find that John Pender's death is directly chargeable to the perilous requirement of brakemen on freight cars as now constructed, in being furnished with a footway of a board or boards from fifteen to twenty ... Read MORE...

1906
Norwich, a city, semi-capital of New London co., Conn., finely situated on the Thames River, here formed by the confluence of the Shetucket and the Yantic, 13 miles N. of New London, on the New York, New Haven and Hartford and the Central Vermont Rs. It is noted for its beautiful residences which occupy several terraces in the most elevated parts of the city. Norwich is at the head of navigation and has a commodious harbor. It contains a court-house, public library, theatre, masonic temple, the ... Read MORE...


News 1913 - BOAT TRAIN WRECKED.
One Woman Badly Injured in Accident Near Norwich.

Special to The New York Times.

NEW LONDON, Conn., Sept. 13. - Central Vermont train running from Brattleboro to New London to connect with a boat for New York, was derailed near Norwich, at 9 o'clock to-night. The locomotive left the rails and plunged down an embankment, but the cars remained on the track.

Only one passenger was badly injured. She is Mrs. Marie Cram, a nurse, residing at Norwich.

The other passengers were transferred ... Read MORE...

1967 - March 5 - WEDN TV channel 53 in Norwich, CT (PBS) begins broadcasting
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Ancestors Who Were Born and/or Died Here



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Ancestors Who Were Married Here




1668
Thomas Waterman (30 November 1644 - 19 June 1708) & Miriam Tracy (1648 - 9 July 1732)
married November 1668


1669
Richard Cooke (abt. 1638 - 1695) & Grace UNKNOWN ( - abt. 1700)
married 1669


1672
Richard Bushnell (10 Sept 1652 - 27 AUG 1727) & Elizabeth Adgate (10 October 1651 - 1713)
married 7 DEC 1672


1675
Samuel Lathrop (March 1650 - 9 December 1732) & Hannah Adgate (6 October 1653 - 18 September 1695)
married NOV 1675


1681
Christopher Huntington (1 Nov 1660 - 24 Apr 1735) & Sarah Adgate (Jan 1663 - Feb 1705)
married 20 May 1681


1683
Daniel Tracy (1652 - 29 June 1728) & Abigail Adgate (Aug 1661 - 3 Sep 1711 )
married 19 Sep 1683


1691
Thomas Waterman (September 1670 - 31 December 1755) & Elizabeth Allyn (24 December 1669 - 15 March 1755)
married 29 June 1691


1701
John Waterman (March 1672 - 1744) & Elizabeth Lathrop (1 Nov 1679 - 5 Oct 1708)
married 5 November 1701


1706
Christopher Huntington (1 Nov 1660 - 24 Apr 1735) & Judith Stevens (22 Dec 1670 - )
married Oct 1706


1707
Nathaniel Leffingwell (abt. 16 FEB 1684 - abt. Jan 1709) & Mary Rudd (15 Oct 1686 - 21 Oct 1734)
married 19 JUN 1707


1708
Eleazer Burnham (5 September 1678 - 1743) & Lydia Waterman (7 Aug 1683 - 22 Dec 1738)
married 20 NOV 1708


1709
John Waterman (March 1672 - 1744) & Judith Woodward (Mar 1682 - 15 May 1720)
married 22 Sep 1709


1712
James Norman (1678 - 18 June 1743) & Mary Rudd (15 Oct 1686 - 21 Oct 1734)
married 1712


1719
Matthew Huntington (16 Apr 1694 - 1756) & Mary Morgan (abt. 1698 - 20 Mar 1721)
married 3 Dec 1719


1721
Matthew Huntington (16 Apr 1694 - 1756) & Elizabeth Wheeler (31 Dec 1699 - 3 Oct 1725)
married 12 Dec 1721
John Waterman (March 1672 - 1744) & Elizabeth Bassett (15 Jul 1694 - )
married 10 Apr 1721


1726
Matthew Huntington (16 Apr 1694 - 1756) & Lydia Leonard (22 Sep 1707 - possibly June 6, 1777)
married 17 May 1726


1733
Benedict Arnold (abt. 1712 - 1761) & Hannah Waterman (28 Sep 1708 - 15 Aug 1759)
married 8 November 1733


1752
Eleazer (Eleazar) Burnham (12 Mar 1722 - Jan 1766) & Mary Norman (1729 - 9 June 1811)
married 2 Nov 1752


1767
Ephraim Barker (abt. 1741 - ) & Mary Norman (1729 - 9 June 1811)
married 21 Dec 1767
 



Cemeteries in Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA


Mason Cemetery (Founder's Cemetery) (Post Gager Burial Ground)

Old Norwichtown Cemetery (Old Burying Ground) (Colonial Cemetery)



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Great-grandfather of Benedict Arnold
In tracing my family, I discovered that I am a direct descendant of Thomas Waterman (one of the founders of Norwich, CT) and his wife, Miriam Tracy. Their daughter, Lydia, married Eleazer Burnham. Lydia and Eleazer had a son, Eleazer, who married Mary Norman. Their son, Asa Burnham, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He married Lucy Huntington. Asa and Lucy had a daughter, Charlotte Maria Burnham. She married Sherman Smith. Their daughter, Caroline Smith, married George W. Salisbury (who fought in the Civil War). Caroline and George had a daughter, Charlotte, who married George W. Feige. Their son, Willard, was my great-grandfather.

To make a long story short, when I began reading about Thomas Waterman, I found it interesting how he was one of the original purchasers of Norwich. I traveled to Norwich to Founder's Cemetery, Post Gager Burial Ground, to view the founder's monument. It was only after quite a bit of research that I discovered that he was the great-grandfather of the famous Benedict Arnold.

While my path took me through time following the "footsteps" of Thomas' daughter, Lydia, the path through Lydia's brother, John, was much more publicized. John's first marriage was to Elizabeth Lathrop. Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel Lathrop and Hannah Adgate. (Hannah's father, Thomas Adgate, is also one of my direct ancestors). John Waterman and Elizabeth Lathrop had several children. In 1733, their daughter, Hannah, married Benedict Arnold. Their son, Benedict Arnold, Jr., was the famous traitor.

It appears that none of the parents or grandparents were alive at the time of the treason in September of 1780; however, my ancestor, Asa W. Burnham (cousin of Benedict Arnold) was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He was 27 years old at the time of the treason. His cousin, Benedict, was about 40. I noticed that Asa was living in Connecticut in 1779 and in Shaftsbury, Vermont in 1781. Hmm… Coincidence? Or was there another reason for the move?

Asa Burnham was buried with military honors in 1846 in Oak Glen Cemetery, Aurora, NY. Benedict Arnold died 14 Jun 1801 in London, Middlesex, England. His youngest son, William Fitch Arnold, went on to become a captain in the British Army.


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