Joshua Bill (1762 - 1841)

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"Joshua Bill, one of the brave and gallant defenders of Fort Griswold in the battle occurring September 6, 1781, was born May 14, 1762 and was a direct descendant of Philip Bill, who came to New London about 1668. We are not in possession of the particulars relating to the part he took in the sanguinary fight. He was at the date of that terrible day residing near Allyn's Point and was probably one of the minute men, and in response to the understood signal immediately proceeded to the fort, entering as one of the garrison of which so many were destined to be murdered in cold blood, and so few to escape uninjured. During the British attack and struggle which followed, he received a wound in the leg and at the close of the conflict made his escape. He was the recipient of a government pension during the latter part of his life in consequence of the wound which finally became painful and troublesome. After marriage with Abigail Miner, he resided about a mile in a southerly direction from Meeting House Hill in Ledyard, formerly Groton. He was, we believe, a member of Elder Wight man's Church and died December 20, 1841, in the eightieth year of his age, at the residence of his son Gurdon, with whom he was then living. Of his children, one is still living - namely Betsey Bill Darrow residing in New London"

source: The Battle of Groton Heights: A Collection of Narratives, Official Reports ...By William Wallace Harris p. 231

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Joshua Bill's Timeline

May 14, 1762
January 18, 1784
Age 21
Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States
September 16, 1789
Age 27
December 20, 1841
Age 79