New Haven County
|Death: ||Jun. 2, 1778|
Thomas Blakslee [Blakeslee] was probably born in North Haven CT, the son of Ebenezer Blakeslee & Hannah Lupton. When a boy, he went to Sunderland MA to live with a Presbyterian minister. There he married Mary Scott and their first son, David, was born on 2 Nov 1722. The Indians were so troublesome that the family soon returned to North Haven, where the births of their next three children are recorded.
The family removed to Northbury, later renamed Plymouth, about 1730, and it was here that their remaining children were born. They came on horseback, the husband with two of the children on one horse, and the wife with the other two on another. His daughter Experience was the third white child born there. Capt. Blakeslee was by occupation a farmer, owning land on both sides of the Naugatuck river, as appears from his will. He was the first captain of the Northbury "trainband" (local militia), an organization essential for protection on the frontier. There is a tradition that his home was surrounded by palisades, as a refuge for settlers in case of an Indian attack.
Capt. Thomas and Mary had nine children: David, Rheuben, Moses, Mary, Submit "Mitty", Experience, Lydia, Esther and Abigail.
Mary Scott Blakslee (1703 - 1781)*
David Blakslee (1722 - 1781)*
Experience Blakslee (1735 - 1802)*
In memory of Mr. Thomas Blakeslee, the first captain in Northbury who died with the gravil June ye 5 A.D. 1778 in the 78th year of his age.
Those days which to the dead were lent,
To serve God and man he freely spent.
But when his judge for him did call
With patience bid farewell to all.
Note: The headstone is broken and badly damaged; the inscription above is quoted from The History of Plymouth, published in 1895. Thomas was originally interred in the Northbury Burial Grounds, a cemetery that was moved to Hillside in 1888.
Created by: Nancy
Record added: Nov 26, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23122574
Rest in peace, 7th great grandfather|
Added: Sep. 3, 2010
Added: Nov. 26, 2007