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Mary Silliman (Fish)

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Death: June 2, 1818 (82)
Wallingford, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Fish, Rev and Rebecca Fish
Wife of Dr. John Dickinson; Rev. John Noyes and Brig. Gen. Gold Silliman (Colonial Militia)
Mother of Joseph Noyes; Rev. John Noyes; Rev. James Noyes; Gold Selleck Silliman and Benjamin Silliman
Sister of Nathan Fish; Rebecca Douglas; Rebecca Fassett; Joseph Fish, Jr. and Elizabeth FISH

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About Mary Silliman

Mary Fish Noyes Silliman (1736-1818) was a matriarch in Revolutionary and post-colonial Connecticut, USA, whose moral authority and determined spirit helped her family weather the hardships of war, illness, and debt. The 1993 film Mary Silliman’s War told the story of Mary’s experience during the American Revolution.


Mary Fish Silliman (1736-1818) was the daughter of the Reverend Joseph Fish and his wife Rebecca (Pabodie). She was born May 30, 1736, and was educated in religious schools. Mary loved to write and kept a daily journal, which she hoped would prove “instructive and entertaining to my dear children when the hand that writes can move no more.”

Mary Fish married General Gold Selleck Silliman (1732-1790), who was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, graduated from Yale and practiced law. He served as a crown attorney before the American Revolution. At the beginning of Tryon’s raid on Danbury, General Silliman, at home in Fairfield, on receiving word of the British landing, alarmed nearby towns and gathered the militia. By noon the next day, he reached Redding with 500 men and was joined by Major General Daniel Wooster and Brigadier General Benedict Arnold in the Battle of Ridgefield. Several years later, Tories invaded the Silliman home and took General Silliman and his son prisoner. How could the Americans obtain their release? Having no prisoner of equal rank to exchange for General Silliman, they captured one—the Honorable Thomas Jones. David Hawley’s leadership led to Mary Silliman’s joyous reunion with both husband and son. She died in 1818.

The Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman chapter of the D.A.R., 70 members strong in early 2010, united two 116-year-old Connecticut chapters whose merger the NSDAR approved in October 2009.



Birth: 1735 Death: Jul. 2, 1818 Wallingford New Haven County Connecticut, USA

The daughter of Rev. Joseph & Rebecca Fish, she married (1) Rev. John Noyes, (2) Gen. Gold Selleck Silliman, and (3) Dr. J. Dickinson in 1801.

Family links:

 Joseph Fish (1705 - 1781)
 Rebecca Pabodie Fish (1704 - 1783)

 John Noyes (1735 - 1767)
 Gold Seleck Silliman (1732 - 1790)

 John Noyes (1763 - 1846)*
 James Noyes (1764 - 1844)*
 Gold Selleck Silliman (1777 - 1868)*
 Benjamin Silliman (1779 - 1864)*

 Rebecca Fish Douglas (____ - 1766)*
 Mary Fish Dickinson (1735 - 1818)
 Rebecca Fish Douglas (1738 - 1766)*
 Joseph Fish (1742 - 1742)*
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Inscription: Insciption on a side panel on the monument for Joseph Fish of North Stonington (her father): "Mary, daughter of Joseph & Rebecca Fish, wife of Rev. John Noyes 1758. Gen. Gold S. Silliman 1775. Dr. J. Dickinson 1804, died in Wallingford, July 2, 1818 AEt 83. Cheerful piety graced her life and sustained her in death."

Burial: Great Plain Cemetery North Stonington New London County Connecticut, USA

Created by: Nareen, et al Record added: Mar 06, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 49275971

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Mary Silliman's Timeline

May 19, 1736
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
February 14, 1761
Age 24
Stonington, New London, CT, USA
August 27, 1763
Age 27
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
August 4, 1764
Age 28
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Age 40
August 8, 1779
Age 43
North Stratford, Trumbull, CT
June 2, 1818
Age 82
Wallingford, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States