PARSONS, TIMOTHY. 1732-1810.
Born in Norwalk, Conn., Nov. 7, 1732.
Taken prisoner by the British April 26, 1777, in the Danbury Raid, and carried to New York. When captured, a fine musket, which he highly valued, was taken from him by a British grenadier, who broke it in pieces on the stones, declaring it should waste no more rebel bullets. [Todd's Hist, of Redding.]
In the possession of one of Timothy Parsons' descendants is a leaf taken from an old account book, on which he had recorded several remarkable occurrences of his life. Here, in quaint phrase-ology and curious orthography, he briefly relates his painful experience of capture and captivity :
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I was taken By the ragalor light
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DanBary to Richfeald form thance
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May than Capt Uial the 11 Day
of Joun oupon exstemes Chart
Lounancc and underwent much -
[The last line illegible.]
Married Elizabeth Couch March 9, 1756.
Died Nov. 30, 1810. Buried at Umpawaug.
Lineage: Thomas Person3, Stephen Person, Jr.2, Stephen Pierson1. [Pierson Gen.]
[Source: "The revolutionary soldiers of Redding, Connecticut, and the record of their services, with mention of others who rendered service or suffered loss at the hands of the enemy during the struggle for independence, 1775-1783; together with some account of the loyalists of the town and vicinity; their organization, their efforts and sacrifices in behalf of the cause of their King, and their ultimate fate." Author: Grumman, William Edgar Note:[Hartford, Conn.]: Hartford press, [c1904]
Elizabeth Parsons (____ - 1790)*
Abraham Parsons (1764 - 1852)*
Betty Parsons Adams (1771 - 1849)*
Elenor Parsons Couch (1775 - 1836)*