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Hubbard Daniel Burrows, Jr.

Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
Death: Died in Groton Heights, New London Co., CT
Cause of death: Killed in defense of Fort Griswold
Place of Burial: Groton, New London Co., CT, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Hubbard Burrows and Mercy Burrows
Husband of Priscilla Burrows and Sarah Hicks
Father of Hubbard Baldwin Burrows, Jr.; Ziba Burrows; Seth Burrows; John B. Burrows; Vyiby Burrows and 9 others
Brother of Esther Packer; Mary Avery; Mercy Avery; Jonathan Burrows; Eunice Tift and 3 others

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About Capt. Hubbard Burrows

Died in defense of Fort Griswold, September 6, 1781


"Captain Hubbard Burrows was ploughing when Edward Stanton and Thomas Williams rode up; assuring him the guns were an alarm, he left his oxen on the plough, ran to the house for his arms, mounted with his son John S., to bring back the horse. To his wife's inquiry, "When will you get back?" he replied, "Good by. God knows". He was killed on the east parapet by a shot through the head. He was found by his son the next day after turning over twenty seven bodies"

source: The Battle of Groton Heights: A Collection of Narratives, Official Reports ...By William Wallace Harris, p. 236 _____

1. Courtesy Melda Spiker Jan 2007 from the "Robert Burrows And His Descen dants 1630- 1974", Compiled and published by R Earl Burrows 12075 Lake Av e, Lakewood, Cleveland OH 4410:

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Captain Hubbard Burrows, Jr. was active in military service duri ng a large part of his adult live beginning at the age

of 20 and ending at the age of 42 when he lost his life in the defen se of his home town;

1759 Private in Capt. John Stanton's Company, 4th Reg't in t he campaign of 1759, French and Indian War.

1769 Ensign in the 3rd company of the Groton Militia, sometimes called a training band. Became Captain in this Militia in Dec 1775

1776 Participated in the Siege of New York

1780 Served in Capt. Joseph Walker's 4th Company and marched und er Lafayette

1781 Killed in the battle at Fort Griswold, Groton Heights

On Sept. 6, 1781, Burrows was ploughing when two townsmen rode up with the battle alarm at Fort Griswold. he left his oxen on the plough, ran to his house for arms and mounted with his son so the 12 year old John could return with the horse. When his wife inquired, "When will you get back ?" he replied, "Good-by, God knows!" Burrows was killed on the east parapet of the fort by a shot through the head. The next day when families were trying tolocate fathers and sons who had been in the battle, Burrow's son found his father after turning over 27 bodies.

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Widow Sarah (Avery) Burrows lost her husband in this battle and two brothers, Daniel Avery age 40 and married, Solomon Avery age 32 and unmarried. She was faced with the task of providing for a large family of young children. Subsequently she remarried to John Hicks ( born 1731, died 1818, s on of John Hicks and Lydia Latham). There were several children to this union.

Burrows' gravestone in the Cray Babcock Cemetery at Burnetts Corners, Groton Reads:

In memory of Capt. Hubbard Burrows who was killed in Fort Griswo ld Sept 5th 1781 in the 42d year of his age.

His estate inventory was valued at 176 pounds, 17 shillings, 11 3/4 p ence, including his farm of 60 acres; estate declared insolvent when settled. (Stonington Probate Records., Vo l. 3, Nov. 17, 1781) _____

"Sarah Burrows widow of Captain Hubbard Burrows 2 was left with ten children under the age of seventeen he had a small estate represented insolvent and but little could be set out to the widow"

source: The Battle of Groton Heights: A Collection of Narratives, Official Reports ...

By William Wallace Harris p. 135

-------------------- After the death of his 1st wife, Priscilla Baldwin, he m. again and had more children. He wa killd at Fort Griswold, Sept. 6,1781.

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Capt. Hubbard Burrows's Timeline

June 26, 1739
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
May 24, 1761
Age 21
Stonington, New London, Connecticut Colony
March 24, 1763
Age 23
Groton, New London, Connecticut, USA
August 7, 1765
Age 26
Groton, New London, Connecticut, USA
February 2, 1769
Age 29
Groton, New London, Connecticut, USA
July 2, 1770
Age 31
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
Age 30
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
May 1771
Age 31
Groton, New London, Connecticut, USA
June 12, 1775
Age 35
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
May 18, 1778
Age 38
Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States