Jonathan Wadhams (1730 - 1812)

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Birthplace: Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
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About Jonathan Wadhams

A Patriot of the American Revolution for CONNECTICUT. DAR Ancestor # A119807

Jonathan Wadhams and Judith Howe of Goshen, Litchfield County, Connecticut

Jonathan Wadhams, was b. 18 Oct., 1730. probably at Wethersfield; he was the fourth son of Noah Wadhams of Wethersfield, and afterwards of Middletown, Conn., by his second wife, Aune Hurlbert.


At age 24, he married 7 August 1754, Judith Howe, and settled at Goshen, and had three sons and two daughters: Abraham; Moses; Susannah; Lucy; and Jonathan.

Jonathan Waddams served 17 days in Capt. Solomon Buels' Company for the relief of Fort William Henry in Aug., 1757, French and Indian War (Conn. Hist. Soc. Collections, Vol. 9, p. 224).

During the Revolutionary War Jonathan Wadhams went, with many others from Goshen, to defend the town of Danbury, Conn., when the British raided and burned the place 27 April, 1777.

The following account of the Danbury Raid is taken from Hibbard's "History of Goshen, Conn.," published 1897, p. 140:

"As the British had done their damage and marched away before the Goshen defenders arrived, the men felt themselves at liberty to plunder some of the houses which remained, it being understood that the homes not burned belonged to the tories. Fisk Beach filled his saddle bags with heads of hatchelled flax; James Thompson brought home some articles of wearing apparel; Jonathan Wadhams had in his saddle bags a pair of flat irons. It is said, however, that his wife and daughters strenuously refused to use them on the ground that the receiver is as bad as the thief. Oliver Norton, when he got home, found in his pocket an old milk cup with the handle broken off. Josiah Royce and Isaac Pratt each brought something. This loading back from Danbury was the occasion of much sport and joking among the people after their return. There was a feeling prevailing among the young people that the tories might be ill treated with impunity, also their families. This was not unnatural, as it was to them that they justly ascribed some of the heaviest calamities they suffered."

From Hibbard's "History of Goshen," p. 176, is also taken the following account of the Sabbath Day Houses:

"Deacon Moses Lyman, Jonathan Buell, Sr., Jeremiah Howe and Jonathan Wadhams joined together in building a Sabbath Day House, which they occupied for many years. This stood southwest of the present meetinghouse, on the west side of the road as it then was. -. * * The building faced the east, and had two rooms, a chimney, built of stone, in the middle, and a stable for horses on the north and south ends.

The south room was occupied by Deacon Lyman and Mr. Buell; the north room by Messrs. Howe and Wadhams. Three similar houses were built on the north side of the road, east of the meeting-house. They were owned by inhabitants living on East street.

These houses were used for spending the time of the intermission between the two services of public worship, and, as there were no stoves in the meeting-house, the fire was something to rejoice in on the Goshen hills in winter; they were open to others besides the owners and their families, so far as convenient.

Sunday dinners were served there and in winter many of the women came in to fill their foot stoves, before the two or three hours of afternoon worship commenced."

Six Children, born in Goshen, Conn.:

i Abraham, b. n May, 1755; d. 30 May, 1755. 63

ii Abraham, b. 24 Sept., 1756; m. Tryphena Collins.

iii Moses, b. 17 Sept., 1759; m. Anne Collins.

iv Susannah, b. 28 Dec., 1762; m. Nathan Hoibrook.

v Lucia, b. 14 Nov., 1766; m. Luther Child; d.10 July, 1798.

vi Jonathan, b. 4 Dec., 1774; m. 1st Mandana Adams; 2cl Sarah Keeler.

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DAR membership relies on previous documentation, where it exists. There may be one for Jesse Maria Wadhams, but I am not sure; however here is one, #10924: Re Revolutionary War and DAR:

Prepared for Mrs. Maria Louisa Wadhams Everest. 10924

Born in Connecticut.

Wife of Rev. Charles Hall Everest, D. D.

Descendant of Jonathan Wadhams and of Ens. Cyprian Collins, of Connecticut.

Daughter of Moses Wadhams and Louisa Maria Wadhams, his wife.

Granddaughter of Moses Wadhams and Anne Collins, his wife; David Wadhams and Phoebe Collins, his wife.

Gr.-granddaughter of Jonathan Wadhams and Judith Howe, his wife; Cyprian Collins and Azuba Gibbs, his wife.

Jonathan Wadhams, 1777, marched from Goshen for the defense of Danbury. He died at Goshen in 1812, where he was born in 1730.

Cyprian Collins was a volunteer at Danbury and served at the battle of Saratoga. He was ensign in "The Household Company" at Goshen, where he died in 1809. He was born at Litchfield in 1733.

Substitute our lineage and apply if interested, but also give Jesse Maria Wadhams Blakeslee, in case hers is already listed. Note there are numerous others - example, Job Dexter.

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Jonathan Wadhams's Timeline

1730
October 18, 1730
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
1756
September 24, 1756
Age 25
Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
1759
September 17, 1759
Age 28
1762
1762
Age 31
1766
November 14, 1766
Age 36
1812
April 12, 1812
Age 81
Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
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Connecticut?