|Birth: ||May 9, 1754|
|Death: ||Sep. 3, 1832|
Joseph Gates, born 9 May 1754 in East Haddam, CT, baptized 16 June 1754, married, first, in Westchester, 3 November 1774, Lucy Foote, born 28 July 1750, daughter of Nathaniel and Patience (Gates) Foote. He was married, second, by Rev. Joseph Vail, in the Hadlyme Church, March 10, 1811, to Mary (Sterling) Crosby, born about 1758, widow of Levi Crosby. He was on the list of men from East Haddam who marched for the relief of Boston in the Lexington Alarm, April 1775.
Joseph Gates served three tours of duty in the Revolutionary War. Early in September 1776 his militia company commanded by Capt. Daniel Cone, Col. Henry Champion's regiment, went on expedition to Long Island, was later stationed at Stamford, CT and was discharged the latter part of November 1776.
From the early part of August 1777, he served two months in Capt. Amos Jones's company which marched from Colchester, CT through Hartford and Albany to Saratoga, NY where he joined a regiment commanded by Col. Lattimer. His regiment was on a scouting party the night before the Battle of Saratoga and did not return until the next morning. For that reason it was not in the early part of the battle. Toward night, however, the regiment was ordered into action and marched in an open field in the neighborhood of a woods where some of the British Army were located and were fired upon by them. They took position behind a log fence, and returned fire until dark when they separated. The next day the regiment took a position near the meeting house at Saratoga to witness General Burgoyne's surrender and the laying down of arms. Burgoyne surrendered on October 17, 1777 and his depleted army of some six thousand men marched out of its camp "with the Honors of War" and stacked its weapons along the west bank of the Hudson River. This is regarded as one of the most decisive victories in American history. After this ceremony Joseph Gates's regiment marched to Albany where the men were discharged.
In April 1778, he was drafted from his militia company into the service of the United States for the term of two months. He was stationed at New London, CT and was employed in building fortifications on the high ground west of Fort Trumbull. There was an attack on New London while he was there, but there were no American casualties. (The major British attack on the fort, led by Benedict Arnold, took place three years later in September 1781.)
Joseph Gates joined the First Church, May 5, 1811 and Mary joined June 4, 1812 from the Hadlyme Church. He applied for a Revolutionary War pension on August 7, 1832, aged seventy-eight years, and he received a pension of $21.66, retroactive to March 4, 1831. He died in East Haddam, September 3, 1832, of "strangney" (probably strangury, a rupture). He was buried at the First Church Cemetery and his grave is listed in Abstracts of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots by Patricia Law Hatcher. His widow resided in East Haddam until October 1837 when she moved to live with her daughter, Elizabeth (Crosby) Andrews in Wayne, Ashtabula County, Ohio. On February 11, 1854 she applied for a widow's pension and she was inscribed on the pension roll at a rate of $21.66 per annum. She died in Wayne, OH, August 12, 1854, age 96, and was buried at Jefferson, OH.
Lucy Foote Gates (1750 - 1810)*
Epaphroditus Gates (1775 - 1796)*
Lucy Gates (1777 - 1798)*
Olive Gates Gates (1779 - 1811)*
Oren Gates (1781 - ____)*
Uri Gates (1785 - 1868)*
Eli Gates (1788 - 1824)*
Aged 78 years
First Church Cemetery
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Record added: Apr 24, 2010
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