1756 - 1836
"Died in Perry, Lake Co., Ohio on Friday the 23rd of
Dec. 1836, Mr. John Abel, a Revolutionary Soldier, in
the 80th year of his age.
He rose in the morning in good health, ate a hearty
breakfast, and went out and cut a stick of wood at the door;
went in and sat down, and while caressing a little
grandchild who was playing around him, swooned away and died
He enlisted in the Revolutionary War from Sharon,
Conn., in June, 1777, for three months, under Capt.
Jonathan Penoyer; Oct. 1st for one month, with Capt.
Ephraim Meriner; Dec. 1788, three months with Capt.
Amos Chapel; and again in July 1779, for three months,
under Col. Lawrence.
His rank was that of Corporal, and as such he
received a pension under the act of 1832.
He lies in Perry Cemetery.
1748 - 1825
Stephen Ames was one of the early settlers of
Kirtland township, coming in 1815 from Hollis, New
He was at one time one of the selectmen of Hollis.
He enlisted in the Revolutionary War in n1778 for three years
or the war, in Col. Cilly's regiment. In 1818
the first township election in Kirtland was held at the home
of Stephen Ames (one mile south of Temple) on Jan.
5th. Mr. Ames was elected treasurer, which
office he held several years.
His son Jeremiah was made constable. He
died Nov. 2, 1825; his widow Jan. 4, 1832. They are
buried in South Kirtland, though no stones mark the spot.
He received a pension.
1749 - 1817
Silas Antisel (Antisdel, A. Tisdel, Tisdel) son
of Lawrence Antisel and Mary Armstrong, was born in
Norwich, Conn. in 1749. He was married at Willington,
Conn. to Maria Bethiah Curtis, May 4,
1775. from Willington he served in the Lexington
Alarm, in the Revolutionary War, in Capt. Heath's
company in April 1775, his brother Peres enlisting
from Ludlow, Mass., in Capt. Isaac Colton's company,
Col. David Brewer's regt., in 1775. The children
of Silas and Bethiah Antisel were Curtis, Thomas,
Peres, Lawrence, Silas, Thankful, Sarah, Hannah, Betsey
1754 - 1845.
Col. Silas Bailey, born in Mass. in 1754, died
in Perry, Lake Co., Ohio, July 9, 1845, aged ninety-one
"Silas Bailey was a private in Capt. Artemas
How's company, which marched on the alarm of April 19,
1775; service, twenty-four days. Also served under
Capt. Jonathan Houghton during Oct. and Nov. 1776.
He was second lieutenant in Capt. Jonathan Marion's
company, Col. Josiah Whitney's regiment."
Silas Bailey appears in the list of officers of
the Mass. militia, commissioned June 17, 1779. He is
buried in Perry cemetery, and is remembered here as the
father of Rev. Jacob Bailey, a Baptist clergy an of
BARTRAM, 1745 - 1817.
Daniel Bartram was born in Fairfield, Conn.,
Oct. 23, 1745. In 1777 he enlisted as a private in
Capt. Hull's company, Col. Stearns' regiment,
Conn. militia. He saw active service in defense
of Danbury against the raids of the British.
Daniel Bartman moved to Madison, Ohio, in May
1809, where he resided until his death, May 17, 1817.
He was buried in the burying ground at Unionville, near the
church. Soon after, the church was burned, and it was
found impossible to locate his grave. A stone was
erected to his memory in the Middle Ridge burying ground,
where lie the remains of his wife and many of his
Contributed by Ida A. Mills, great-grand daughter of
1737 - 1813.
Ezra Beebe, it is said by some, was the first
settler in Perry township, the honor being divided between
him and Thomas L. Wright.
He died Jan. 15, 1813, aged
seventy-six years. He enlisted in the 1st Regiment,
New York line, under col. Goose Van Schaik, in the
He was the first adult buried in Perry township, and
now lies in the Town Cemetery.
|WILLIAM BIDWELL, 1767 - 1831
William Bidwell, Sr., joined the 8th Conn. Regt.
in 1782 under Capt. Joseph Jewett and Col.
Jedediah Huntington. His regiment protected the
Boston camps and took part at Roxbury.
For nearly eighty years the Bidwell family was
identified with the history of Lake Co. Wm.
Bidwell with his wife and family of six children, came
from their home in Farmington, Conn. in 1820 and settled on
the Middle Ridge in Madison, which place was the Bidwell
homestead for half a century.
Noah Porter, afterward President of Yale
College, was their pastor and friend in Conn., and he
exercised a great influence upon the trend of their lives,
for two of the sons Walter and Oliver went back and
graduated at Yale, studying for the ministry.
Walter H. Bidwell edited at different times "The
Independent" and "The New York Evangelist." The
Eclectic Magazine was founded by him. He was a
traveller of note, and his book "Imperial Courts," was
written after his presentation at the courts of Europe.
The other son, Wm. Bidwell, Jr., remained on the
farm, and was the main stay of the family, a good husband
and father, honorable in all things. Of such stock was
Connecticut's contribution to the foundations of good
citizenship laid by the pioneers of the Western Reserve.
Two of the grandsons of the Wm. Bidwell, who
served in the Revolutionary War, were in the War of the
Rebellion serving throughout the entire war.
Dr. Theodore S. Bidwell was surgeon of the 125th
Regt. of Ohio Infantry, and Walter H. Bidwell was a
bugler in Battery C, 1st Ohio Light Artillery.
Wm. Bidwell, Sr., died in 1831, and sleeps in
the Middle Ridge Cemetery in Madison, near his home.
Contributed by Helen Bidwell Hoag.
|BENJAMIN BISSELL, 1861 - 1841
Benjamin Bissell enlisted in the Revolutionary
War from Lebanon, Conn. in 1778 or 1779 in Capt. Bliss'
Company, Col. Ledyard's Regiment for three
months' again in 1781 for nine months in Capt. Munson's
Company, Col. Zebulan Butler's Regiment, Connecticut
Benj. Bissell was born at Lebanon, Conn., Mar.
At the same place he married Elizabeth Heath in
1784, and later removed to New York, spending the larger
part of their lives at Hartrick, where they raised a family
of eleven children.
In 1832 Mr. and Mrs. Bissell were with a
daughter at Burlington, N. Y., from which place he applied
for a pension which was granted him. Later they came
to Painesville, Ohio, to spend their remaining years with
their son Judge Benjamin Bissell, where Benjamin
Bissell, Sr. died Oct. 1, 1841, and his wife
Elizabeth, Feb. 24, 1851, aged eighty-nine years.
Both are buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
Benjamin Bissell was a cousin of Gov. Clark
Bissell of Conn., and his son Judge Benjamin Bissell
was State Senator from Painesville in the years 1839-40.
|BENJAMIN BLISH, 1753 - 1825.
Tolland Co., Conn., was the birthplace of Benjamin
Blish, Feb. 22, 1753.
In 1774 he married Phebe Skinner, sister of
Capt. Abraham Skinner of Painesville. He served as
a private in the Revolutionary War, one month and nineteen
days, in Capt. Micah Hamlen's Co., Col. Thomas
Marshall's regt. from June 13, 1776, to Aug. 1, 1776;
also twenty-five days, from Aug. 1, to Aug. 26 at Castle
Island; also thirty-one days in Capt. Sylvanus Martin's
Co., Col. Williams' regt., from Sept. 29 to Oct. 30,
1777, in Rhode Island; and again at an alarm at the same
place for six days under Capt. Israel Hicks, Col. Thomas
Carpenter's regt., from Aug. 1 to Aug. 6, 1780.
About 1780 he moved to his family to Middlefield,
Hampshire Co., Mass., where they resided till they left for
Ohio in Feb. 1804, with his brother-in-law, Capt. Skinner.
They traveled on the snow to Buffalo, and on the ice of the
Lake the latter part of the way. He bought land and
made some preparations for removing his family, returning in
the fall to Massachusetts.
On the 20th day of June, 1805, he started with
his family to Ohio. Leaving his oldest daughter, the
wife of Orris Clapp, his family consisted of himself
and wife, six daughters and two sons, aged 21 and 12 years.
At first their journey was prosperous, but in passing
through New York state, the father was taken through New
York state, the father was taken sick with the ague, the
roads grew very bad; after leaving Buffalo they found great
difficulty in obtaining food for man or beast.
They traveled by short stages on the beach of the Lake,
sometimes felling a basswood tree, and browsing the horses
upon the leaves.
They reached Erie July 16, the horses badly worn and
unfit for further use. Here they made an argument with
a man named Ross to bring the family and stuff to Fairport
in his boat, in exchange for one wagon. The two boys
pushed on with the horses and two dogs, enduring many
hardships, before they reached the home of Capt. Skinner
on Grand river, shortly before noon on July 20. They
had no weapon of defense larger than a pocket knife.
The family were on the way forty-one days, in jeopardy
form winds and waves, sometimes a part of them carried
ashore by one of the boating men in his arms, then walking
for miles through woods or on the sand, not knowing the fate
of the others, till through the guidance of a kind
Providence they all reached Painesville safely, July 30.
They went into one room of a log house with Esq.
Merry until their own house was completed in Dec. 1805,
on land yet known as the Blish farm, in Mentor.
There lived for twenty years Benjamin Blish,
rejoicing, even amidst the privations incident to a new
settlement, that he had placed his children in a more
desirable location than the Green mountains of
Massachusetts, where his entire life and had been one of
severe labor and close economy, with no better outlook for
them. He died March 11, 1825, aged 72 years. His
wife died Oct. 5, 1844, at 91. They are both buried in
the Blish Cemetery in West Painesville.
|WILLIAM BRANCH, 1760- 1849.
William Branch was born in Preston, Conn., Sept.
3, 1760. In the fall of 1776 when but sixteen years of
age, he enlisted and was sent to old Fort Trumbull, where he
remained until the following spring, when he was placed
under the command of Capt. Leffingwell, to go to
Rhode Island, but as his enlistment was opposed by his
family on account of his youth, he was sent back to Norwich.
The lad, however, was determined, and on April 1, 1777
he enlisted in Gen. Washington's army under
Capt. Jedediah Hyde, Col. John Durkee's regt.
He was engaged in the following battles, viz.:
Germantown, Oct. 4, 1777; Red Bank, Monmouth, June 28, 1778;
Fort Mifflin, Nov. 17,
BRASS, 1763 - 1837.
Garrit Brass enlisted for the Revolutionary War
from Westfield, Mass. early in 1781, and served until Dec.
21, 1783, as a Private in Capt. Banister's
Company, Col. Newel's regt.; also in Capt. Smith's
Company under Col. Vose, in the Massachusetts Troops.
He married Lucy Matthews on Apr. 19, 1791.
He applied for a pension June 14, 1828 at which time he
lived in Mentor, Lake Co., Ohio, where he died (or was
burned in his log cabin) Nov. 25, 1837.
Old residents who remember the death think he was
buried on school property long since vacated as a burial
His widow received a pension also.
|OLIVER BROWN, 1760 - 1845.
Oliver Brown, son of Zebulon Brown, was
born at Stonington Point, Conn., in 1760.
May 26, 1777, at the age of seventeen he enlisted in
the Revolutionary War for one year, under Capt. Eldridge;
was discharged Jan. 12, 1778. Re-enlisting July 1,
1750, he was in service until Nov. 22, 1780.
He served with his regiment about New York, New Jersey,
and Eastern Pennsylvania, and was in the battles of
Brandywine and Germantown, and endured the hardships of
Valley Forge. He was wounded in battle, and was guard
over Major Andre for one "watch," on the night
previous to the spy's execution, on Oct. 2, 1780. One
night he halted Gen. Washington returning to Camp
without the proper countersign, and marched him to the
guard-house, for which he was praised by the General.
In 1780 he married Mrs. Gracie Welch, and lived
some time at Norwich, Conn.
His children were Oliver, Hosea, Dauphin, and
Lewis, Hannah (Bliss), Nabby (Searls), and Patience
The early summer of 1818 found Oliver Brown
with his family located on military lands in Concord, Geauga
Co., (now Lake) in Ohio, after a perilous journey with ox
teams across swollen rivers, through an unbroken wilderness,
ready to prepare a home in the far west. Mrs. Brown
died in 1832; later he married Mrs. Beardsley who
died in 1840. Again he married a Mrs. Hannah
Perkins, who was left a widow by his death, June 5,
He was buried with military honors, and lies in the
cemetery at Concord Center. He received a pension.
CAHOON, 1765 - 1828.
William Cahoon served his country in her
struggle for freedom in the Massachusetts line, enlisting
Oct. 11, 1781, under Capt. Samuel Sloan, in the
regiment of Col. Asa Barnes, from Berkshire county.
He marched by order of Gen. Stark to Saratoga on
He died in Kirtland, Oct. 1, 1828, aged sixty-three
years, and is buried in Kirtland cemetery.
of Vermont, was in Capt. John Benjamin's company of
militia, under the command of Col. Joseph Marsh, from
Aug. 16, to Oct. 4, 1777.
He was also in the scouting party from Woodstock in the
year 1777. He was called out on an alarm from March 9
to 12, with Capt. Jesse Safford's company of militia.
His name was on the roll of men appointed by the committee
of safety of the towns of Hartford, Lebanon and Woodstock,
who watched and guarded suspected persons, as enemies to the
United States of America.
He was also in Zebulon Lyon's company, employed
in guarding the committee of safety to Windsor, and Col.
Stone and others to Springfield, service all in Windsor
He removed from Vermont to
Perry, Ohio, in 1815, and is buried in the South Ridge
burying ground in West Madison. His son, Rufus
Call, was in the war of 1812.
CAMPBELL, 1739 -
John Campbell, a soldier in the Revolutionary
war, served in the New York state troops.
He was a pensioner in Cuyahoga county until 1840, when
Willoughby township was made a part of Lake county. At
that time he lived with his son James, in Willoughby.
He was an early settler of Willoughby, being a
prominent man there for many years, and has many descendants
It is a matter of doubt whether he died in Willoughby
or while visiting in New York.
1753 - 1820.
William Card (grandfather of Jonathan Card)
died in 1820 and is buried in Willoughby Cemetery.
"William Card was commissioned master of "The
Schooner Phoenix' bound for Cape Francois."
"Boston, Mass. Nov. 21, 1776. By a petition to
the council, signed by Dr. Card, in behalf of
Daniel Pierce and Aaron Malady, owners of the
Phoenix, said vessel was ordered for service in the
CARPENTER, 1764 - 1849
Ezra Carpenter died Aug. 7, 1849, aged
eighty-four years, eleven months, and twenty-eight days, and
sleeps in Kirtland Cemetery.
His service in the Revolutionary War was at an alarm
Rhode Island, Dec. 8, 1781, under Capt. Jacob Ide,
commanded by Col. Daggett.
1750 - 1836.
A soldier of the Revolution, Jabez Carter died
in Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio, Aug. 12, 1836, in his
He lies in Kirtland cemetery were sleep several of his
He enlisted in Capt. John Walton's company,
Col. David Green's regiment; was in the Lexington Alarm,
and served his country until March 10, 1780, when he
received his discharge.
CLEVELAND, 1749 - 1836.
Tracy Cleveland was born in Canterbury,
Connecticut, in 1749, and died in Ohio, Feb. 27, 1836.
Had he lived until May 8th he would have been eighty-eight
years old. He was buried on the Harmon farm in
Kirtland, Lake Co., Ohio.
In "Connecticut men in the Revolution" is the following
service of Tracy Cleveland: A private in Capt.
Bacon's company, Sixth Battalion, Wadsworth's
Brigade, Col. John Chester commanding
the battalion in 1776.
"This Battalion was raised in June to reinforce
Washington in New York; was stationed at Flat Bush Pass on
Long Island, Aug. 26; and engaged in the battle of the
following day; narrowly escaped capture in retreat from New
York, and engaged at White Plains, Oct. 28.
"Was in New Jersey at the time of the battle of
For his services he received a pension under the Act of
His wife, Phebe, died Nov. 5, 1829, in her
seventy-seventh year, and lies by his side.
COLSON, 1765 -
Christopher Colson was born at Weymouth, Mass.,
May 10, 1765. He enlisted in the Revolutionary War
July 9, 1781, at the age of sixteen and continued in service
as fifer throughout the remainder of the war.
He served in Capt. Peter Claye's and Capt. J.
K. Smith's companies under the command of Lieut. Col.
Calvin Smith, 6th Mass. regt.
He was twice married, and with his second wife, came to
Chagrin or Willoughby, Ohio, in 1810.
He was Willoughby's first postmaster, and walked to
Washington, to secure his appointment.
1762 - 1841.
Roger Craine was born in Mansfield, Conn., May
4, 1762. He enlisted in the Revolutionary War from
Medway, Mass., in May 1781, and served until Dec. 1783 as
private under Capt. John Fuller and
Col. Shepherd, and was in the battle at White
He married Sarah Whiton May 20, 1784 at Ashford,
Conn. Their children were Abigail, Cyrus, Ahira,
Eleazer, Tower, Horace, Avin, Samuel, Alexis and
They were living in Groton, N. Y. in May 1818, when he
applied for a pension which he received.
Later they removed to Painesville, Ohio, where he died
June 3, 1841 and in 1857 was removed to the cemetery in
This story is told by his descendants:
"Grandfather Craine had repeatedly
refused to sign the temperance pledge, saying, he was not a
drinking man, and didn't care to sign away his liberty.
One training day an old drunkard cried out, 'Here comes
Roger Craine, he is one of our set, for he will
not sign his liberty away either!" Grandfather signed
the pledge that day."
CRANDALL, 1759 - 1861
Amariah Crandall was born at Westerly, R. I.,
Apr. 2, 1759.
He enlisted from Stonington, Ct., Apr. 1, 1779, for one
year, under Capt. Sheffield, enlisting again in June
1780, for two months, under Capt. Elijah Palmer, and
Lieut. Col. Richards.
During an engagement he was taken prisoner by the
British, and sent on board the prison-ship Halifax, where he
with others had smallpox.
He resided after the war in Willington, Conn. from
which place he applied for a pension Aug. 18, 1832, which
He married Prudence Avery of Conn. Their
children were Elijah, Elisha, Sarah and Daniel.
He with his wife came to Ohio in 1820 to live with
their son Daniel where they lived to a rip old age,
he being 101 years, 9 months, and 16 days.
His favorite pastime was telling his grandchildren
Revolutionary War stories of Washington and Lafayette, whom
The family keep with great care his old bayonet.
He died Jan. 18, 1861, and lies in the Middle Ridge
Cemetery in Madison, Lake Co., Ohio.
CRARY, 1759 - 1848
Christopher Crary was born in New London, Conn.
He was the grand-son of Oliver Crary who was a
native of Connecticut. His great-grandfather was
Robert Crary, who was a son of Peter Crary who
emigrated from England to America when Charles II
ascended the throne.
Christopher Crary was a soldier in the
Revolutionary War. He was twice taken prisoner; the
first time he escaped from the Halifax prison, the second
time, he was imprisoned on the British prison-ship Jersey,
but was finally liberated.
He was in the marine service. After the war he
became a merchant, then a farmer, and exchanged his farm for
land in Kirtland township.
He was the first actual settler in Kirtland; his
neighbors were seven miles apart.
In 1837 he moved to Union Co., Ohio, living there until
his death, which occurred in 1848 at the age of eighty-eight