|Birth: ||Nov. 15, 1754|
|Death: ||Oct. 22, 1837|
Son of Edward Lacey and Hannah Summers Lacey
Father of Jesse Lacey, Eli Lacey, Abigail Lacey, possibly others.
He signed his Revolutionary War Pension Papers as Zachariah Lacy, without the e.
Husband of Elizabeth "Betty" (Rowland) Lacey, married Dec. 16, 1799 in Weston, Fairfield County, CT.
Corporal, Revolutionary War
War Biography submitted to the SSAR by descendant Rowland Lacey Hunter, originally written and submitted by Rowland
Zachariah Lacey about the 1st of January 1776 enlisted in the Stratfield Company (under Capt. Josiah Lacey) and marched to New York where they served until the next spring when his term of (four months) enlistment expired. He then re-enlisted for the term of seven months and served as a non commissioned officer. He remained at New York under Gen. Silliman until September when the American forces evacuated New York. Owing to some misunderstanding concerning the orders the Regt. under Gen. Silliman remained until all the rest had left and they barely escaped being taken prisoners.
(The Regt. had orders the evening previous to be 'ready to march' at 4 o'clock the next morning - but orders to march not reaching them until 10 o'clock they barely had time to make their escape.) They pushed a rapid retreat and arrived at Harlem in the evening where they encamped in the open air having no tents. They remained here two weeks waiting for tents. Having received them they retreated back as far as White Plains. Here a battle took place after which they made several encampments--finally at North Castle.
On the expiration of this term he went home. But a few days after his arrival home the militia of the place were drafted to go to Fairfield Beach for nine months. As he belonged to it, the draft included him and he served as commander of one of the Guards.
About this time Congress passed a resolve that if any two would hire one man to enlist during the war they should be exempt from further service. Upon this he joined his friend Joseph Brothwell (afterwards of Woodbury, Ct.) and they agreed with David Jackson for £25 - and were exempted from further service. However when Gen. Tryon invaded Connecticut he with a number of others volunteered and pursued the British as far as Bethel. When hearing that they were returning by a different route, they turned and advanced to Ridgefield where an engagement took place in which he fought under Col. Gold, who was killed in the action.
Note: Under Act of Congress 1831-2 Zachariah Lacey received a pension of about $84 per year--which after his death in 1837 was continued to his widow Betty Lacey about five years, until her death.
The foregoing history I took down from the lips of my grandfather when I was about fourteen years of age in connection with other family history--and this is copied from the original paper.
Rowland B. Lacey
Bridgeport, April 2d, 1889.
Source of burial place: Connecticut, Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934.
Note: Birthdate in many family trees is given as Nov. 15, 1754. If anyone has documentation of the date of the 15th please contact via Edit/Suggest and note the source, otherwise we can assume it's an approximation, based on the History of Stratford which mentions the twins (Zachariah and John) being born 11 months before the death of their mother Hannah in October 1755.
Edward Lacey (1712 - 1772)
Hannah Summers Lacey (1717 - 1755)
Elizabeth Rowland Lacey (1758 - 1841)
Abigail Lacey Gilbert (____ - 1873)*
Eli Lacey (1784 - 1849)*
Jesse Lacey (1789 - 1867)*
Abigail Lacy Curtis (____ - 1828)*
Zachariah Lacey (1754 - 1837)
Deborah Lacey (1767 - 1769)**
Oct. 22, 1837,
aged 83 y'rs.
Created by: greatgrands
Record added: Oct 19, 2011
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