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Seth Warner

Also Known As: "Colonel Seth Warner"
Birthplace: Woodbury Township, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony
Death: December 26, 1784 (41)
Roxbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Roxbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. Benjamin Warner; Ephraim Warner; Ephraim Warner; Elenor Smith; Silence Warner and 1 other
Husband of Esther Warner
Father of Israel Putnam Warner; Lucy Alden; Abigail Meacham; Seth Warner and Captain Ashael Israel WARNER, Norton lineage
Brother of Eleanor Warner; William Warner; Abijah Warner; Rebeckah Warner; Epha or Ephraim Warner and 16 others
Half brother of Dr. Ebenezer Warner; Hezekiah Warner; Mary Warner; Rachel Warner; Girl Warner and 2 others

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About Colonel Seth Warner

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VERMONT with the rank of COLONEL. DAR Ancestor # A121284

Seth Warner

This article is not about the mathematician Seth Warner, author of several textbooks, in particular about topological rings.

Seth Warner (May 17, 1743 - December 26, 1784) was born in Roxbury, Connecticut. In 1763, he removed with his father to Bennington in what was then the ‘New Hampshire Grants’. He established there as a huntsman.

Warner proved his qualities to the local community, and was elected Captain of the Green Mountain Boys, the local militia formed to resist New York authority over Vermont. With his cousin and the militia’s founder, Ethan Allen, he was outlawed, but never captured.

During the Revolutionary War, he fought on the side of the Continental Army, though later in the war as a foreign unit under the Republic of Vermont, and was granted a commission as a colonel. He made a mark in such engagements as the Battle of Crown Point, the Montreal campaign, the Battle of Hubbardton and-–most famously-–the Battle of Bennington. Then, in 1782, with his health failing, he returned to Roxbury. Warner was never skilled in financial matters, and failed to make money on land speculation like so many others in the new territories. At the end of his life, his wife Hester had to apply to Congress for charity. After a long delay a grant of 2,000 acres (8 km²) in the northeast of the state was made, the so-called Warner’s Grant. The grant, however, came too late; Warner had already been dead for four years. A further honor came with the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Vermont, which includes a sculpture of Warner on its grounds.

Warner’s great-grandnephew Olin Levi Warner, was a well-known sculptor.

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From: The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition | Date: 2008

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Seth Warner 1743-84, hero of the American Revolution, b. Roxbury, Conn. One of the group who, under Ethan Allen , resisted the New York claim to the New Hampshire Grants (now Vermont), he was outlawed by New York authorities. He became a leader of the Green Mountain Boys , and in May, 1775, he gained his claim to fame by the capture of Crown Point from the British. He later took part in the expedition against Canada that failed at Quebec. He also participated in the fighting that took place after the abandonment of Ticonderoga and was defeated (1777) at Hubbardtown. He was with John Stark at Bennington (1777) and in other operations against General Burgoyne.

Warner on guard in front of the Bennington Battle Monument.

American Revolutionary soldier, born in Roxbury, Connecticut.

He came to Bennington in 1765, a skilled botanist (despite only a common-school education) and ardent huntsman. The lifestyle suited him, and these pursuits won out over farming.

He was elected Captain of the local regiment of the Green Mountain Boys, formed to resist New York authority over Vermont. Though he lived outside the settlement of Bennington only a mile from the New York line, the Yorkers never succeeded in capturing him despite numerous indictments and generous rewards offered.

His bravery and military capacity were highly respected in the Continental army.

During the 1775 invasion of Canada, the 300 men under Warner's command repulsed Carlton's force of 800 when they tried to join McLean to break the siege of Montreal.

In July, 1777, as the Constitutional meeting was being held in Windsor, Warner was ordered to abandon Ticonderoga and commanded the rear guard which fought a splendid, well-planned battle at Hubbardton, and which nearly won the battle had British reinforcements not arrived.

Warner aided John Stark in planning the Battle of Bennington and participated gallantly. Later, at Lake George Landing, he captured the vessels in which General Burgoyne would have escaped.

Never much of a businessman, he did not participate in the land speculation which made many of the early Vermont leaders wealthy. The proprietors of several towns voted him land as a reward for his services, but most of that property went to pay taxes; he never benefitted from it. Neglect of his affairs during his military career so depleted his resources that, as he neared death, his wife was forced to apply to Congress for charity, though it was hardly in a position at the time to grant anything. Some four years after Seth's death (no explanation for the delay), the Legislature gave Hester just under 2,000 acres in the northeast corner of the state, now known as Warners Grant. It is not believed she ever occupied it, and today it remains unoccupied.

He returned to Roxbury in 1784, and died on December 26. Long bed-ridden, he was gripped by fits of insanity before he died.

Colonels Seth Warner and Ebenezer Francis, in charge of the rearguard of the American force retreating after the fall of Fort Ticonderoga, remained overnight at Hubbardton without taking proper security measures for their encampment. The British attacked very early the next morning, July 7, 1777, and brought on a short but very severe fight. The Americans scattered with instructions to reassemble at Manchester. Francis was killed. The British advance was delayed, but the cost was exorbitant. This was the only battle of the War for Independence fought on Vermont soil. The site is included in a 50-acre State park.


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Colonel Seth Warner's Timeline

May 17, 1743
Woodbury Township, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony
May 4, 1764
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut Colony
May 27, 1768
Rupert, New Hampshire Grants
February 9, 1772
December 9, 1775
Rupert, New Hampshire Grants
March 21, 1777
Rupert, Bennington County, Vermont Republican, United States
December 26, 1784
Age 41
Roxbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States
Age 40
Roxbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States