Captain Josiah Converse

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Josiah Converse

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Stafford, Tolland, Connecticut, United States
Death: October 25, 1814 (77)
Stafford, Tolland County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Stafford, Tolland County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Josiah Converse and Eleanor Converse
Husband of Elizabeth Converse
Father of Joshua Converse; Dr. Josiah Converse; Elizabeth Shaw; Samuel Converse; Nathan Converse and 6 others
Brother of Mary Phelps; Eleanor Converse; Joshua Converse; Dorothy Stanton; Col. Israel Converse, Sr. and 6 others
Half brother of Sarah Converse

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About Captain Josiah Converse

Source: Some of the Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel Converse, Jr: Of ..., Volume 1 edited by Charles Allen Converse, p. 82

Born in Stafford, Conn., 4 June 1737; died there 25 October 1814; buried at Stafford Street where a headstone marks his grave. He married Elizabeth Lewis and settled at Wilbraham, Mass. Josiah Converse 6 marched to the relief of Boston as Lieutenant on the Lexington alarm, and served ten days. He also served as Ensign in 3rd Co., Capt. Elijah Robinson, of Gen. Spencer's regiment, 26 June to 18 December 1775. This regiment was posted at Roxbury, and served during the siege until expiration of term of service, December 1775. Detachments of officers and men were engaged in the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, and in Arnold's Quebec Expedition, September--December 1775. He was also Ist Lieut., 2nd Co., 3rd Battalion, Col. Sage, of Wadsworth's Brigade. This brigade was raised in June 1776, to re-enforce Washington in New York. It served in N. Y. City and on Long Island, and was caught in the retreat from the city 15 September, and suffered some loss. Engaged at Battle of White Plains October 28. Its term of enlistment expired 25 December 1776. A letter in the Reed MS., from one of his descendants, without signature, or minus the sheet bearing the signature, says that Capt. Josiah Converse was a man of great personal bravery, and served with distinction in the Revolutionary War, receiving a Captain's commission, that he bore an honorable part also in the French and Indian War; and tells the following story regarding him:

When he returned home from the latter service [the French and Indian War] he was followed by an Indian determined to take his life in revenge for the loss sustained by his braves at the hands of Capt. Converse. The savage showed the cunning of his nature in his schemes for drawing the Captain from his house in order to shoot him. In the night the cattle were let out of the barn and turned into the garden; but, being forewarned by a neighbor, of the presence of a suspicious Indian, Capt. Converse, although he heard the noise and knew the cattle were destroying the garden, put his family in the cellar, and waited till morning, guarding the house with his faithful musket. With the light to aid, he sought a glimpse through a window of the skulking Indian, and by the practice of a little successful strategy drew him from his concealment, and shot him, and so saved himself and family from the revengeful scalping knife."

  1. Military Service: Cpt., 22nd Connecticut Militia, Peekskill 1777
  2. Military Service: Sgt., Lexington Alarm APR 1775
  3. Military Service: Ens., 2nd Connecticut Continental Rgt. 26 JUN 1775
  4. Military Service: 1Lt., Sage's Connecticut Rgt., New York Campaign 20 JUN 1776
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Captain Josiah Converse's Timeline

June 4, 1737
Stafford, Tolland, Connecticut, United States
Age 22
Stafford, Tolland, Connecticut, United States
Age 26
Age 36
Age 38
October 25, 1814
Age 77
Stafford, Tolland County, Connecticut, United States