Ensign Thomas Leffingwell, Jr.

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Ensign Thomas Leffingwell, Jr.

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Death: March 5, 1723 (73)
Norwich, New London, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Old Norwichtown Cemetery, Norwich, New London, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. Thomas Leffingwell Sr. and Mary "Singing Lark" White Leffingwell
Husband of Mary Leffingwell, [TWIN]
Father of Deborah Leffingwell; Thomas Leffingwell, III; Elizabeth Leffingwell; Mary Leffingwell; Anne Bushnell and 3 others
Brother of Rachael Parke; Jonathan Leffingwell; Joseph Leffingwell; Mary Bushnell; Nathaniel Leffingwell and 1 other
Half brother of Mary Bushnell

Occupation: Ensign, Norwich Militia
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About Ensign Thomas Leffingwell, Jr.

In 1660, he went with his father's family to the new settlement of Norwich, where he spent the rest of his life. That he became a prominent citizen of the new town is shown by its records for a full half century. But few of the Norwich families of that generation attained higher rank in social position.

He was, evidently an enterprising business man, and probably the most successful one of the town. He was made freeman by the General Court at Hartford in 1671, and was also a representative of Norwich at least once. His larded interests were large. In his deeds of land he signed himself "Thomas Leffingwell of Norwich in the County of New London, in the colony of Connecticut in New England, Marchant." Some confusion exists in the records of the town soon after 1680, from the fact that both father and son were of the same name; both were religious men; both were large landowners; and both connected with the military company of the town. The difficulty increases when a third Thomas appears on the stage a little later. But when these three names occur together as in the list of Freemen, 1700, they are distinguished as "Lieut. Leffingwell," "Sargt. Thomas Leffingwell," and "Thomas Leffingwell, younger."

Thomas Leffingwell the second settled and always lived near his father. The following record indicates somewhat the locality:

"Granted, Dec. 26, 1679, to Thomas Leffingwell, Jr. one acker where he hath built his house, a small pees the quantity being about an acker more or less joyning to his father's home lot, and lying between the cold spring and the brooke."

His house became the ordinary of the town in 1700. At this period, only the best citizens were permitted to "enterteiyne" strangers. It was also one of the places where ammunition was kept for emergency. The inventory of his property made in 1724 shows that he was richly furnished not only with the household comforts and conveniences of that era, but even with articles of luxury and elegance. He had furniture and linen in abundance, wooden ware, and utensils of all kinds.

In the old burial ground of Norwich town, the tombstones of this Thomas Leffingwell and his wife were seen still standing in 1896. The inscription:



Deces't March ye 5, 1724

and in ye 75 year of

his age.

Source: The Leffingwell Record, Albert Leffingwell and Charles Wesley Leffingwell, 1897

Inventory in 1724 includes:

Wearing apparel valued at L27.

Wig, 20s. Walking-staff with silver head, 20s

Rapier with silver hilt and belt, L6

A French gun, L3. Silver Watch, L5

3 Tankards, 2 dram-cups

4 silver cups, one with two handles

Copper pennies and Erabians (perhaps Arabians, coins) L6.18.7

Total valuation of estate, L9793.9.11

It is doubtful whether, at that time, any other estate in the town equaled this value.


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Ensign Thomas Leffingwell, Jr.'s Timeline

August 27, 1649
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Age 24
East Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
March 11, 1675
Age 25
Norwich, New London, Connecticut
November 16, 1676
Age 27
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, United States
November 16, 1676
Age 27
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
January 25, 1679
Age 29
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Age 29
February 2, 1688
Age 38
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony
August 9, 1693
Age 43
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony
March 5, 1723
Age 73
Norwich, New London, Connecticut