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About Elisha Hinman
HINMAN, Elisha, naval officer, was born at Woodbury, Conn., March 10, 1734, son of Andrew and Mary (Noble) Hinman, grandson of Capt. Titus and Hannah (Сое) Hinman; great-grandson of Sergt. Edward and Hannah (Stiles) Hinraan, the first American ancestor. At fourteen years of age he took to a seafaring life, and before he had reached his twentieth year ho was the captain of a merchantman trading with Europe and the Indies. With two of his brothers he removed to New London, and there he amassed property which he lost when that town
was taken by the British. He was one of the first captains of Hi navy appointed by congress, and commanded the Cabot, a Continental brig fitted out in New London in 1776. Later he succeeded Paul Jones as captain of the Alfred, which was captured by the Ariadne and Ceres while on her way home from France March 9, 177Ь. He was carried as a prisoner to England, but succeeded in escaping to. France, whence he relumed home, and engaged for a time in privateering. la 1779 he commanded the Hancock, a privateer sloop owned by Thomas Mumford, and had a run of exceptionally brilliant successes. He was honorably acquitted of all blame for the loss of the Alfred, and in 1780 took commaud of the gunboat Dean. In 1780 Capts. Hiuman and Havens in their sloops the Hancock and the Beaver captured the Lady Erskine, a brig of ten guns, one of a fleet of twenty-one sailing vessels, which was passing New London.under the cou voyof the Thames, a frigate of thirty-one guns. He commanded several other vessels, and at the close of the war returned to the merchant service. In 1794 Près. Adams offered him the command of the Constitution, but he felt compelled to decline by reason of his advanced age. From 1798 to 1802 he was in the revenue service. He died at New London, Aug. 29, 1807.