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Birthplace: Groton, New London, CT
Death: Died in Groton Heights, New London, CT
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Died in defense of Fort Griswold, September 6, 1781

"Daniel Chester the subject of this sketch was brought up on the Chester Farm situated on the highest part of the hill about one mile south of Fort Gris wold The old house from which the brothers Daniel Charles and Eldredge went to the battle still stands on its ancient site one of the most ancient structures in the town It had been the home of the Chester family since 1732 at which time John Chester the grandfather of the heroes purchased it of Jonathan Avery Jr who had received it from Jonathan Avery Sen by whom it was built Daniel was one of the crew of the privateer Minerva Captain Dudley Sal tonstall which captured the prize ship Hannah bound to New York richly laden with cotton woollen and silk goods whose capture is thought to have incensed the British and provoked the reprisal which resulted in the scenes of September 6.

Daniel Chester hastened to the fort on the morning of September 6th and was killed by a bayonet stab in the massacre after the surrender being nearly twenty seven years of age He was unmarried"

source: The Battle of Groton Heights: A Collection of Narratives, Official Reports ...By William Wallace Harris, p 238-9

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Daniel Chester's Timeline

1754
December 15, 1754
Groton, New London, CT
1781
September 6, 1781
Age 26
Groton Heights, New London, CT