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Caleb Fairchild

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
Death: May 1, 1777 (83)
Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey, United States (smallpox epidemic)
Place of Burial: Whippany, Morris County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Zachariah Fairchild, Sr. and Hannah Fairchild
Husband of Anne Trowbridge
Father of Hezekiah Fairchild; Sarah Fairchild; Matthew Fairchild; Joseph Fairchild; Samuel G. Fairchild and 5 others
Brother of David Fairchild; Agur Fairchild; James Fairchild; Mary Fairchild; Mehitable Fairchild and 4 others

Occupation: Farmer & Mill Owner, Fairchild Mills, Hanover, New Jersey, sheriff
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About Caleb Fairchild

Caleb Fairchild (son of Zachariah Fairchild and Hannah Beach) [1066], [1067], [1068], [1069], [1070], [1071]

  • was born September 10, 1693 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT [1072], [1073], and
  • died May 01, 1777 in Hanover, Morris, NJ [1074], [1075].
  • He married Anne Sherwood on 1716 in Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut [1076], [1077], [1078],
    • daughter of Matthew Sherwood and Mary Fitch.

Notes for Caleb Fairchild:

  • Sheriff of Morris Co., NJ, 1746-48

Families of Ancient New Haven, Trowbridge, Page 1855, refers to Caleb as being from Hanover, CT.

This book has a great deal of info on the Trowbridge family. Anne Sherwood's first husband was Joseph Trowbridge.

Lineage Books of the N.S.D.A.R. Vol IV, Ancestor's Index, Page 127 - Caleb and a number of other family members are listed here - needs to be checked out.

Both Caleb and Anne were members of the Madison Presbyterian Church in Morris Co., NJ. Caleb was the Sherriff of Morris Co. for some time. They both died in the spring of 1777 as a small pox epidemic passed through Whippany. (

More About Caleb Fairchild:

  • Date born 2: September 10, 1693, Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut.[1079], [1080], [1081], [1082]
  • Died 2: May 01, 1777, Whippany, Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey.[1083], [1084], [1085], [1086]
  • Occupation 1: Sheriff, Morris Co., NJ.[1087], [1088]
  • Occupation 2: Sheriff, Morris County, New Jersey.[1089], [1090], [1091]
  • Religion: 1742, First Presbyterian Church.[1092], [1093], [1094]

More About Caleb Fairchild and Anne Sherwood:

  • Marriage: 1716, Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut.[1095], [1096], [1097]

Children of Caleb Fairchild and Anne Sherwood are:

  • 1. +Gersham Fairchild,
    • b. 1728, Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut [1098], [1099],
    • d. September 1778, Bernards Township, Somerset County, New Jersey[1100], [1101].
  • 2. +Ebenezer Fairchild,
    • b. 1730, Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut [1102], [1103], [1104],
    • d. February 16, 1805, Howard's Creek, Watuaga County, North Carolina [1105], [1106], [1107].

Died of Smallpox

"Caleb Fairchild

  • Born: September 10, 1693, Stratfield, Connecticut
  • Died: May 1, 1777, Hanover, New Jersey
  • Occupations: Farmer & Mill Owner, Fairchild Mills, Hanover, NJ
  • Public Office: Sheriff (1746 - 48) of Morris County
  • Parents: Zechariah Fairchild & Hannah Beach
  • Religious Affiliations: Congregationalist; First Presbyterian Church, Hanover, NJ & Founding member of First Presbyterian Church, Morristown
  • Buried: Whippany, New Jersey
  • Marriage: 1716, Connecticut
  • Cause of Death: Smallpox
  • Wife: Anne Sherwood
  • Step - Children (Ann Sherwood by Joseph Trowbridge):
    • 1. David Trowbridge
    • 2. Mathew Trowbridge
    • 3. Anne Trowbridge
  • Children: (Caleb Fairchild & Ann Sherwood)
    • 1. Hezekiah Fairchild
    • 2. Sarah Fairchild (I)
    • 3. Sarah Fairchild (II)
    • 4. Matthew Fairchild
    • 5. Joseph Fairchild
    • 6. Samuel Fairchild
    • 7. Gershom Fairchild
    • 8. Ebenezer Fairchild*
    • 9. Mehitable Fairchild
    • 10. Ezra Fairchild
    • 11. Abner Fairchild


It is because of Caleb Fairchild that the Trowbridges came to northern New Jersey, and then by way of David Trowbridge, Caleb's stepson, that the Trowbridges spread through the United States. Caleb was a respected member of Hanover, New Jersey, where he and Anne settled, and raised her children, as well as the several they had together. According to New Jersey Archives, Caleb was in New Jersey as early as 1730. His last grantor deed in Stratford was 18 April 1722 (41A). One of Caleb's descendants said he went from Stratford to Stonington, connecticut, then to Hempstead, Long Island, New York, and then to New Jersey. He also at one point [lived] briefly in the New Haven, Connecticut area, and is on the deeds there. On April 1, 1736, Caleb and Anne quit-claimed land to David Trowbridge, son of Anne's first husband, Joseph Trowbridge. Caleb, Anne, and Caleb's brother Zacheriah were among the founding members of the Morristown First Presbyterian Church. One of Caleb's sons, Abner Fairchild, and Abner's son Abraham, fought in the Revolutionary War. Anne, Caleb, and their son Ezra died during an outbreak of smallpox (which also claimed the lives of several Continental soldiers) in the spring of 1777.

Apparently Caleb Fairchild was not a particularly good sheriff during his tenure between 1746 and 1748. The following story is an excerpt from the 'Pipes family webpage' regarding counterfeiting in Morris County during colonial times. The following is a case that Sheriff Caleb Fairchild was involved in around 1748:

"The counterfeiting story in colonial America has been told in various places. Several chapters.

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Caleb Fairchild's Timeline

September 10, 1693
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
Age 23
Age 25
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
Age 26
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
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Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Age 32
Stratfield, Fairfield, Conn
Age 34
Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
Age 35
Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States
Age 38
Province of New Jersey