Name: Ebenezer GAY Colonel
Given Name: Ebenezer
Birth: 26 Dec 1725 in Litchfield, Conn..
Death: 16 Jul 1787
Sharon, Conn V.R. [Barbor Col] Ebenezer, m Ann COLES, Nov 23, 1752, by Mr Scovil
Change Date: 4 Feb 2009 at 09:35:30
Ebenezer, m Elizabeth FAIRBANKS of S haron, Nov 21, 1765
Ebenezer, son Ebenezer & Elizabeth , b June 17, 1770 Elanor, dau Col. E benezer & Elizabeth, b Jan 22, 1781
Eunice, dau Col. Ebenezer & Elizabet h, b Mar 6, 1783 Fisher, son Col. Eb enezer & Elizabeth, b May 6, 1778
Margaret, dau Col. Ebenezer & Elizab eth, b Aug 6, 1785
Sarah, dau Ebenezer & Elizabeth, b F eb 9, 1775
Major General Tryon, of the British army, and consisted of two thousand men. They landed a t a place called Compo, in the south-west part of the town of Fairfield, and proceeding throu gh the towns of Weston and Redding, reached Danbury, and effected their object. which was th e destruction of the stores. The most active measures were taken to spread the alarm throug h the adjacent country, and to collect the militia to repel the invaders. On the evening of t he 26th of April, a messenger arrived in this town bringing the intelligence, apd requiring t he immediate marching of such forces as could be collected, to meet the enemy. The bell comme nced tolling, and it was kept tolling through the night, and it was a night of great terror a nd solemnity. Colonel Ebenezer Gay, who then commanded the militia in this vicinity, gathere d together as many troops as could be collected on so short notice, and marched for the scen e of action; and on the morning of the 28th reached Danbury, and finding that the British ha d retreated, pursued them. The route which the British bad taken on their retreat, brought th em on the westside of the Saugatuck River, which empties into the Sound a mile or two west o f Compo, where their fleet lay. They were intercepted in their attempt to reach the. bridge o ver this stream, by General Arnold, who was then in command of a few regular troops, and wer e guided by some tories to a fording place, a little higher up,?and it was while they were ma rching up on the west, side of the stream to reach this fording place, that they were first o bserved by the troops from Sharon, who were endeavoring to reach the bridge, and to join th e corps under Arnold. As the British marched by them on the low grounds which bordered on th e river, Adonijah Maxam, who had not forgotten the injuries which were heaped upon him whil e a prisoner in England, begged permission of the commanding officer to steal down the hill f rom the left flank and shoot a few of them. - He was strictly forbidden, however, to execut e this perilous undertaking. The British marched by unmolested, and our troops took undispute d possession of the bridge. The enemy came down on the east side of the river, and having tak en ground a little to the east of the bridge, fired upon our men who were stationed there. Ar nold, perceiving the danger to which his men were exposed, brought his artillery to bear upo n the new position of the enemy, and firing upon them over the heads of such of his men as we re upon the bridge, soon drove them beyond the reach of his cannon. rrhey took new ground a l ittle to the south-east of their first position, and it was determined to attack them there w ith small arms A few regular troops under Arnold, commenced the aétion with great bravery, an d our men at the bridge were ordered to join them. They marched up the hill with a good degre e of resolution, to sustain the regular troops. As they came within the reach of the enemy' s musketry, however, some one, and it was never known who, cried out retreat. As this word wa s uttered, Lieutenant Samuel Elmer, Jr.,* perceiving the effect it was producing, and the tre pidation which was taking hold of his comrades, stepped up on a stone wall, and cried out, "f or God's sake, men don't retreat, don't run, march up the hill and drive them off." He had ba rely uttered these words, when he was shot through the body. The only words he spoke afterwar ds, were addressed to his uncle, Mr. George Pardee, who was near him : " Uncle Georges" sai d he, " I am a dead man." A general retreat of our men then followed ; and the British, bein g left unmolested, marched to their shipping, and sailed for New York.
History Sharon, Conn
A large number of men marched from this town under the command of Colonel Gay to the northwar d, to oppose the progress of Burgoyne's army, and shared in all the conflicts which precede d its surrender. John Hollister, one of the soldiers from this town, was killed at the battl e of Stiliwater, on the 7th of October.
Father: John GAY b: 8 Jul 1699 in Dedham,norfolk county,Mass
Mother: Lydia COLVER b: 10 Nov 1700 in Lebanon, New London county, Conn.
Anna COLE b: 26 Feb 1733 in Stratfield, Fairfield County, Conn.
23 Nov 1752
in Sharon, Litchfield County, Conn
- David GAY b: 10 Oct 1754 in Sharon, Litchfield County, Conn
- Rebecca GAY b: 27 Oct 1756 in Sharon, Litchfield County, Conn
- Anna GAY b: 26 Jun 1760 in Sharon, Litchfield, County, Conn.
- Elizabeth GAY b: 16 Dec 1764 in Sharon, Litchfield County, Conn
21 Nov 1765
in Sharon, Litchfield County, Conn
- Sarah GAY b: 9 Feb 1775 in Sharon, Litchfield County, Conn
- Fisher GAY b: 6 May 1778 in Sharon, Litchfield County, Conn
- Eleanor GAY b: 22 Jan 1781 in Sharon, Litchfield County, Conn
- Eunice GAY b: 6 Mar 1783 in Sharon, Litchfield County, Conn
- Margaret GAY b: 6 Aug 1785 in Sharon, Litchfield County, Conn