Lt. Col. Joseph Wait

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Joseph Wait, Lieut Col

Also Known As: "Capt. Joseph Wait"
Birthplace: Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, British Colonial America
Death: September 28, 1776 (43)
Clarendon, Charlotte, New York (later VT), British Colonial America
Place of Burial: Joseph Wait Gravesite Clarendon Rutland County Vermont
Immediate Family:

Son of John H Waite, Sr.; John H. WAIT; Hannah Waite and Anne WELLINGTON
Husband of Martha STONE and Martha Wait
Father of Martha Curtis; Martha Curtis; David Wait; Capt. Marshall Wait; Marmaduke Wait, Lieut and 1 other
Brother of Gen. Benjamin Wait; Richard Waite; Sgt. Thomas Wait; Anna Heywood and John Waite
Half brother of Richard Waite; Jeduthan Waite; William Waite; Enoch Waite; Nathaniel Waite and 2 others

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About Lt. Col. Joseph Wait

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Wait was an Ensign in Rogers Rangers during the French and Indian War.He survived the famous expedition of 1759 to wipe out the St.Francis Indians,and was commissioned a Captain following its conclusion.Waits River is named after him as a result of bravery during this early venture.After the French and Indian War, Wait was granted large amounts of land along the Connecticut River in return for his outstanding military service.Joseph Wait was one of eight captains under Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys of 1771.He took part in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in May 1775. Later in 1775, Wait moved to Claremont, N.H. where he became a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

As the Revolutionary effort became more intense, Wait was commissioned a Lt.Col.and ordered to frontier duty on Lake Champlain and in Canada.In the fall of 1776,the British were attempting to move down strategically important Lake Champlain with a naval force. Wait was part of an advance Army Guard for Benedict Arnold's fleet,trying to block the British maneuver. On Sept.12, 1776,on Ranger's Island ,off Isle La Motte, he was struck in the head by a wood splinter from a gun carriage that had been split by chain shot during a severe skirmish.

This was just prior to the famous naval battle of Valcour Island where Arnold's homemade fleet was forced southward in retreat.Although Wait was mortally wounded, some of his men carried him southward along the old military road, which passed through Clarendon. Lt.Col. Wait died and was buried near Fort Hill (believed to have been in the vicinity of his present Clarendon gravesite ).He is supposed to have been the first Revolutionary War soldier to be buried in Vermont.


Informations bibliographiques QR code for Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Wait of Rogers' Rangers and the Continental Army, Freemason and Pioneer Vermont Settler Titre Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Wait of Rogers' Rangers and the Continental Army, Freemason and Pioneer Vermont Settler Auteur John Spargo Publi 1942 Original provenant de Universit de Harvard Numris 26 fvr. 2019 Longueur 21 pages

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Lt. Col. Joseph Wait's Timeline

November 30, 1732
Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, British Colonial America
July 15, 1764
Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, Etats Unis d'Amrique
Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
July 20, 1772
July 1, 1774
Vermont, British Colonial America
September 28, 1776
Age 43
Clarendon, Charlotte, New York (later VT), British Colonial America