New Haven in the The Pequot War

The Pequot War, fought in 1637, the year before New Haven was settled, was participated in by 130 Connecticut men of whom not more than 95 have been identified. The best authority on this subject is James Shepard’s pamphlet entitled “Conn. Soldiers in the Pequot War,’’ Meriden, 1913. The following veterans of the Pequot War later became proprietors of New Haven:—

  1. Hall, John (1610?—1676); enlisted from Hartford; of New Haven, 1640; of Wallingford, 1670; m Jane Woolen; 7 children.
  2. Merriman, Nathaniel (1614P-1694); enlisted from (Wethersfield?); of New Haven, 1640; of Wallingford, 1670; Sergeant of New Haven train band; Ensign of New Haven Artillery Company, 1662; Lieutenant (ranking officer) of Wallingford train band, 1672; Captain of Dragoons for New Haven County in King Philip’s War, 1675; m Joan- ; 11 children.
  3. Munson, Thomas (1612-1685); enlisted from Hartford; of New Haven, 1639; Sergeant New Haven train, 1642; Sergeant of New Haven Artillery Company, 1645; Ensign of train band, 1661, and Lieutenant of same, 1665; member of Conn. Council of War, 1673 (trouble with the Dutch); served in King Philip’s War, 1675; Capt. of New Haven County troops, 1676; m Joanna-; 3 children.
  4. Patterson, Edward (1615P-1670); enlisted from Windsor; an original proprietor of New Haven, 1639; m- ; 2 children.
  5. Turner, Nathaniel ( -1646); of Lynn, Mass., 1630, where he was Constable, 1634; enlisted from Lynn; an original proprietor of New Haven, 1639; Captain (ranking officer) of New Haven train band, 1640; m -; 6 children.
  6. Whitehead, Samuel (1613?—1690); of Cambridge, Mass., 1634; an original proprietor of Hartford; enlisted from Hartford; an original proprietor of New Haven 1639; Corporal of New Haven trainband 1642; Sergeant of New Haven Colony troops raised to go against the Dutch, 1654; m (1)- ; no issue; m (2) .Sarah Gregson, widow of John Gilbert; 2 children.

Source: Jacobus, Donald Lines. Families of ancient New Haven, vol. VII, p. 238. Rome, N.Y. : C. Smith, 1923.

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