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Catherine Gaylord (Cole)

Also Known As: "Survived the Wyoming (PA) Massacre"
Birthdate: (95)
Birthplace: Harwinton, Litchfield County, Connecticut Colony
Death: 1840 (94)
Burlington, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Burlington, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Cole and Catherine Cole
Wife of Lt. Aaron Gaylord
Mother of Phebe Frisbie; Lorena Phelps and Lemuel Gaylord

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About Catherine Gaylord

DAR# A043832

From her Find A Grave page:

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Katherine Cole Gaylord

  • Birth: Nov. 28, 1745 - Harwinton, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death: 1840 - Burlington, Hartford County,Connecticut, USA

At her burial were eight men, the names of five were Warren Bunnell, Martin L.Goodwin, David W.Goodwin, Lemuel Bunnell, John Buck. From "Katherine Gaylord Heroine, 1898.

Katherine Cole is daughter of James Cole and Catherine Wood. She married Aaron Gaylord about 1763 and moved to New Cambridge, now known as Bristol. They had three children:

  • 1. Lemeuel (b. 2-14-1765),
  • 2. Phebe (b. 11-19-1767) and
  • 3. Lorena (b. 1771).

Aaron served as lieutenant for the Continental Army and is believed to have been at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

The family moved to Wyoming in eastern Pennsylvania in 1776. They settled at Forty Fort and for two years lived the usual pioneer life. A council of war was held and Lieutenant Gaylord informed his wife that the garrison was going to fight against his will. He counseled long with his wife and formed plans for her escape if he failed to return.

On July 3, 1778, after mounting his horse he gave her his wallet with all his money. As he rode away he called his son and bade him go to the pasture and get the horses and bring them to the fort, as they might need them. That was the last Katherine Gaylord ever saw of her husband.

At nine o'clock that evening she received word that her husband had been killed and scalped by the Indians. About midnight Mrs. Gaylord and her little brood passed out of the fort into the wilderness. For three nights they rested under the trees. The tired children sleeping with their heads on their mother's lap, while she watched for wolves and Indians. They lived on berries, birch-bark, roots and various edible plants. A fire they dared not build for fear of attracting the enemy. One time they were followed all day by a panther. The mother was almost wild with terror, but happily they came upon a deserted cabin where they kindled a fire and remained for two days, and then again resumed their journey. After many weary weeks they reached the home of James Cole, Mrs. Gaylord's father, all of them in good health notwithstanding their perilous journey.

Mrs. Gaylord lived to the age of 95. The boy Lemuel afterward went back to Wyoming, where he married a daughter of Noah Murray. Phebe, the eldest daughter, married Levi Frisbie and lived in Orwell, PA.

Family links:


  • Aaron Gaylord (____ - 1778)


  • Lemuel Gaylord (1765 - 1854)
  • Phebe Gaylord Frisbie (1767 - 1851)
  • Lorena Gaylord Phelps (1771 - 1854)

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  • Katherine Cole Gaylord
  • Wife of
  • Lieutenant Aaron Gaylord
  • 1745 - 1840
  • In memory of her sufferings
  • and heroism at the massacre
  • of Wyoming 1778. This stone is
  • erected by the descendants
  • and the Katherine Gaylord
  • chapter of the Daughters of
  • the American Revolution.
  • July 3rd 1895.

Burial: Milford Street Cemetery, Burlington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA

  • Created by: Kelly in CT
  • Record added: Nov 20, 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 61924125

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Catherine Gaylord's Timeline

November 28, 1745
Harwinton, Litchfield County, Connecticut Colony
November 19, 1767
Age 21
Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
October 6, 1771
Age 25
Burlington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Age 94
Burlington, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Burlington, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States