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Gurdon Bill

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Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Ledyard, New London, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Ledyard, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joshua Bill and Abigail Bill
Husband of Lucy Bill
Father of Edward Bill; Henry Bill; Gurdon Bill, Jr.; Frederic Bill; Ledyard Bill and 3 others
Brother of Phineas Bill; Sarah Chapman; Sabrina Taylor; Abigail Taylor; Betsey Darrow and 3 others

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About Gurdon Bill

Mention of Gurdon Bill in North Groton during the War of 1812:

"Though no man was killed, there were two at least who had a very narrow escape, viz., William Avery and Joseph Geer. By direction of the officer in charge, they had gone down to the beach with an ox-team to draw away a field-piece that was lying there to prevent it from, falling into the hands of the enemy. While engaged in this work a cannon ball, fired from one of the British ships, passed over the backs of their oxen, and within a few feet of their own heads, and near where Gurdon Bill, who was doing sentry duty, stood. Mr. Bill was, at the time of this attack, in Stonington, engaged in teaching school, and while not a member of the military company, yet was summoned by the officer above-named to the duty assigned as above. Shortly after the incident referred to a boat-load of British troops started for the shore, with a view, doubtless, to reconnoiter as they landed, and while forming, a company of minute men concealed behind a stone wall near by, opened fire and being, taken completely by surprise the enemy went pell-mell for their boat, and in doing so quite a number lost and dropped their guns which were picked up by our men. Mr. Bill securing one, which was always kept by him as a trophy of the battle, and is now in the possession of Mr. Frederic A. Bill, of Springfield, Mass."

exerpted from: HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF LEDYARD 1650-1900, by Rev. John Avery, published by Noyes & Davis: Press, Norwich, Connecticut, 1901, p. 81


He represented Groton in the General Assembly of 1828. He was a Democrat in politics and a member of the Universalist Church of Norwich, Conn., of which church he, in 1820, with David Tracy, H. K. Park and Paul Harvey, was among the founders.

HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF LEDYARD 1650-1900, by Rev. John Avery, published by Noyes & Davis: Press, Norwich, Connecticut, 1901, p. 107

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Gurdon Bill's Timeline

1784
January 18, 1784
Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States
1822
April 1822
Age 38
1824
May 18, 1824
Age 40
Ledyard, New London County, Connecticut, United States
1827
June 7, 1827
Age 43
Ledyard, New London County, Connecticut, United States
1833
September 7, 1833
Age 49
Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
1836
May 14, 1836
Age 52
Ledyard, New London County, Connecticut, United States
1840
June 7, 1840
Age 56
1856
September 10, 1856
Age 72
Ledyard, New London, Connecticut, United States
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