Mary Fish (c.1736 - 1818)

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Birthplace: Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA
Death: Died in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut
Managed by: Jason Peter Herbert
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About Mary Fish

Mary Fish Silliman (1736-1818) was the daughter of the Reverend Joseph Fish and his wife Rebecca (Pabodie). She was born May 30, 1736, and was educated in religious schools. Mary loved to write and kept a daily journal, which she hoped would prove “instructive and entertaining to my dear children when the hand that writes can move no more.”

Mary Fish married General Gold Selleck Silliman (1732-1790), who was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, graduated from Yale and practiced law. He served as a crown attorney before the American Revolution. At the beginning of Tryon’s raid on Danbury, General Silliman, at home in Fairfield, on receiving word of the British landing, alarmed nearby towns and gathered the militia. By noon the next day, he reached Redding with 500 men and was joined by Major General Daniel Wooster and Brigadier General Benedict Arnold in the Battle of Ridgefield. Several years later, Tories invaded the Silliman home and took General Silliman and his son prisoner. How could the Americans obtain their release? Having no prisoner of equal rank to exchange for General Silliman, they captured one—the Honorable Thomas Jones. David Hawley’s leadership led to Mary Silliman’s joyous reunion with both husband and son. She died in 1818.

The Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman chapter of the D.A.R., 70 members strong in early 2010, united two 116-year-old Connecticut chapters whose merger the NSDAR approved in October 2009.


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Mary Fish's Timeline

May 19, 1736
Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA
November 16, 1759
Age 23
New Haven, CT, USA
February 14, 1761
Age 24
Stonington, New London, CT, USA
August 27, 1763
Age 27
Stonington, New London, CT, USA
August 4, 1764
Age 28
New Haven, New Haven Co., CT, USA
May 21, 1775
Age 39
Connecticut, United States
August 8, 1779
Age 43
North Stratford, Trumbull, CT
June 2, 1818
Age 82
Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut