Ens. Thomas Leffingwell

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Thomas Leffingwell, Jr

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Death: Died in Norwich, New London, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Old Norwichtown Cemetery, Norwich, New London, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Leffingwell, Lt. and Mary King White
Husband of Mary Leffingwell
Father of Thomas Leffingwell, III; Deborah Warner; Anne Bushnell; Capt. John Leffingwell and Mary Leffingwell
Brother of Rachel Leffingwell; Jonathan Leffingwell; Joseph Leffingwell; Mary Bushnell; Nathaniel Leffingwell and 1 other

Occupation: Ensign, Norwich Militia
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About Ens. Thomas Leffingwell

In 1660, he went with his father's family to the new settlement of Norwich, where he spent the rest of his life. That he became a prominent citizen of the new town is shown by its records for a full half century. But few of the Norwich families of that generation attained higher rank in social position.

He was, evidently an enterprising business man, and probably the most successful one of the town. He was made freeman by the General Court at Hartford in 1671, and was also a representative of Norwich at least once. His larded interests were large. In his deeds of land he signed himself "Thomas Leffingwell of Norwich in the County of New London, in the colony of Connecticut in New England, Marchant." Some confusion exists in the records of the town soon after 1680, from the fact that both father and son were of the same name; both were religious men; both were large landowners; and both connected with the military company of the town. The difficulty increases when a third Thomas appears on the stage a little later. But when these three names occur together as in the list of Freemen, 1700, they are distinguished as "Lieut. Leffingwell," "Sargt. Thomas Leffingwell," and "Thomas Leffingwell, younger."

Thomas Leffingwell the second settled and always lived near his father. The following record indicates somewhat the locality:

"Granted, Dec. 26, 1679, to Thomas Leffingwell, Jr. one acker where he hath built his house, a small pees the quantity being about an acker more or less joyning to his father's home lot, and lying between the cold spring and the brooke."

His house became the ordinary of the town in 1700. At this period, only the best citizens were permitted to "enterteiyne" strangers. It was also one of the places where ammunition was kept for emergency. The inventory of his property made in 1724 shows that he was richly furnished not only with the household comforts and conveniences of that era, but even with articles of luxury and elegance. He had furniture and linen in abundance, wooden ware, and utensils of all kinds.

In the old burial ground of Norwich town, the tombstones of this Thomas Leffingwell and his wife were seen still standing in 1896. The inscription:

HERE LYES YE BODY

Of Mr. THOMAS LEFFINGWELL

Deces't March ye 5, 1724

and in ye 75 year of

his age.

Source: The Leffingwell Record, Albert Leffingwell and Charles Wesley Leffingwell, 1897

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Inventory in 1724 includes:

Wearing apparel valued at L27.

Wig, 20s. Walking-staff with silver head, 20s

Rapier with silver hilt and belt, L6

A French gun, L3. Silver Watch, L5

3 Tankards, 2 dram-cups

4 silver cups, one with two handles

Copper pennies and Erabians (perhaps Arabians, coins) L6.18.7

Total valuation of estate, L9793.9.11

It is doubtful whether, at that time, any other estate in the town equaled this value.

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Ens. Thomas Leffingwell's Timeline

1649
August 27, 1649
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
1674
1674
Age 24
East Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
1675
March 11, 1675
Age 25
Norwich, New London, Connecticut
1679
1679
Age 29
1680
January 25, 1680
Age 30
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States
1688
February 2, 1688
Age 38
Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut
1724
March 5, 1724
Age 74
Norwich, New London, Connecticut
1933
December 9, 1933
Age 74
1935
December 20, 1935
Age 74
1959
February 7, 1959
Age 74