Solomon Tift (1758 - 1850)

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Nicknames: "Tifft"
Birthplace: South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
Death: Died in Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States
Managed by: Beau Roberts
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About Solomon Tift

Defender of Fort Griswold, taken prisoner.

"Solomon Tift appears in the list of killed in the Connecticut Gazette of September 21, 1781. If this is correct, there certainly were two of that name. His name is not on the tablet in the monument which may be accounted for by the known fact of there being a Solomon Tift who had been a privateersman, and was in the harbor, and entered the fort as a volunteer. He was carried a prisoner to New York. His wife, a sister of Capt. Hubbard Burrows, went to the fort to search for him among the dead and wounded, the scenes of which search she often described to her grandson, Hon. Nelson Tift, of Albany Georgia. He received a pension for almost half a century, being the last Revolutionary pensioner in Groton. His descendants recollect well his description of his sufferings on the prison ship. Two of his daughters are (were) living; Mrs Capewell of Voluntown, and Mrs Nicholas Starr of McGrawville, Cortland County, NY.

I have been unable to find any trace of any family tradition regarding the one said to have been killed"

source: The Battle of Groton Heights: A Collection of Narratives, Official Reports ...

By William Wallace Harris, p. 250-51
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Solomon Tift's Timeline

1758
May 28, 1758
South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
1780
1780
Age 21
1782
1782
Age 23
1784
May 18, 1784
Age 25
Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States
1786
1786
Age 27
1788
1788
Age 29
1792
1792
Age 33
1850
December 2, 1850
Age 92
Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States
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