Capt. Jeremiah Fitch

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Jeremiah Fitch

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
Death: May 22, 1736 (65)
Coventry, Tolland County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Reverend James Fitch and Priscilla Mason
Husband of Ruth Clara Fitch (Gifford)
Father of Lucy Fitch; Ruth Whitmore; Joseph Fitch; Hannah Davenport (Fitch); Capt. Abner Fitch and 5 others
Brother of Capt. Daniel Fitch; Capt. John Fitch; Rev. Jabez Fitch; Anne Fitch; Capt. Nathaniel Fitch and 2 others
Half brother of Maj. James Fitch, Esq.; Abigail Buttolph; Elizabeth Taylor; Hannah Fitch; Samuel A Fitch and 1 other

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About Capt. Jeremiah Fitch


p26- Descendants of the Rev. JAMES FITCH, the Settler, in the Line of his Son JEREMIAH. "(Capt.) JEREMIAH FITCH6, ancestor of the Coventry, Columbia, Andover, Willimantic and Bolton families of the name, settled at Lebanon, Conn., where lands had been granted him soon after his marriage. He remained there until 1703, (perhaps a little later) where he removed and settled on lands now included in South Coventry. The home farm owned by him in Coventry (in which it was included in 1723), is yet in possession of his desceudants, being owned by the heirs of the late Dea. Appollos Fitch. The old homestead was a little north of the present home and on the other side of the road. Miss Caulkins gives it as a tradition that the Fitchs always selected their farms beside rivers, and were noted for securing the best lands. Capt. Jeremiah certainly acted in accordance with the tradition; his farm (which is located in the "Flanders District" and was called "the mile and a quarter"), is a beautiful and excellent one, including a large slice of the Willimantic Meadows" mentioned in the early records where the first Windham and Norwich settlers it is said, were accustomed annually to resort for their winter supply of hay before the country was much cleared. In October, 1708, he was commissioned Captain of the second company of militia in the town of Lebanon. This second company was probably in the second society (now the town of Columbia, Conn.,) then known from the shape of the district, as Lebanon Crank.(*) Capt. Jeremiah and his wife were members of the Windham Church before that in Coventry was formed, and the first mention of him in the latter Church's records (the first portion of which is missing) is October 22, 1719, when he was appointed one of the committee to "seat" the inhabitants of the "Mile and a Quarter" in the meeting-house, i. e. to assign them their proper places. In 1723 he was chosen a Selectman of Coventry, which office he held for six years--the last time being in 1735. He represented the Town in the General Assembly during ten sessions (1725-1734), possessed considerable infinence in town affairs, and was esteemed by his cotemporaries.

Capt. Jeremiah Fitch married Ruth, probably daughter of Stephen Gifford(+) and Hannah Gallup,?? of Norwich. Capt. Fitch died in Coventry, Conn., May 22, 1736, aged 65 years, his wife survived him, and was living in 1756. Children:

Jeremiah, born probable in 1707 or 1708.

(Twins), Lucy and Ruth, born April 18, 1699, in Lebanon, Conn. Ruth married Daniel Whitmore, of Coventry, Conn.

Hannah, born January 18, 1701, in Lebanon, Conn., married Humphrey Davenport, of Coventry, Conn., May 9, 1726.

Abner2, born July 8, 1703, in Lebanon, Conn.

Gideon, probably born in Coventry, Conn., married Sarah Caulkins, probably settled in Norwich, Conn.

Elisha3, born in Coventry, Conn., was executor of his father's will.

James4, born in Coventry, Conn.

Joseph, born in Coventry, Conn.

(*) Weaver says, with truth that the Masons and Fitches were all powerful in Fastern Connecticut in their day, and their influence was felt in the whole Colony.

Capt. Jeremiah FITCH (b. abt 1670) m. Ruth Gifford (d. aft 1756); they had: Jeremiah, Lucy, Ruth, Hannah, Abner, Gideon, Elisah, James, Joseph, and Stephen

   * Birth: Sep 1670, Norwick, New London, CT
   * Married: 1695, , New London, CT
   * Death: 22 May 1736

CAPT. JEREMIAH FITCH was born about 1670. He moved from Lebanon to Coventry, Connecticut about 1703. He was a soldier, surveyor and town official. He married Ruth Gifford of Norwich. He died in Coventry on May 22, 1736 and Ruth died after 1756. The children were: Jeremiah, Lucy, Ruth, Hannah, Abner, Gideon, Elisha, James, Joseph and Stephen.

He settled at Lebanon, where he had lands granted him soon after bis marriage. He remained in Lebanon until 1703, and perhaps longer. He removed, and settled on lands now included in the town of Coventry. He was the ancestor of the Coventry, Columbia, Andover, and Bolton Fitch families. He died at Coventry 22 May, 1736. His wife survived him, and was living in 1756.

HISTORY OF MONTVILLE, CONNECTICUT., Henry A Baker, Hartford, CT, 1896, p. 382

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Capt. Jeremiah Fitch's Timeline

September 1, 1670
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
April 18, 1699
Age 28
Lebanon, Connecticut
April 18, 1699
Age 28
Lebanon, New London Co., CT
January 18, 1700
Age 29
Lebanon, New London County, Province of Connecticut, (Present USA)
Age 29
Coventry, Tolland County, Province of Connecticut, (Present USA)
July 8, 1703
Age 32
Lebanon, New London County, Province of Connecticut, (Present USA)
Age 33
Lebanon, Connecticut, United States
April 17, 1707
Age 36
Lebanon, New London County, Province of Connecticut, (Present USA)
Age 36
Coventry, Connecticut, United States