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 Elisha Hinman

Elisha Hinman

Birth
Woodbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 29 Aug 1807 (aged 73)
New London, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Burial New London, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Plot Section 7
Memorial ID 21359 · View Source
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Revolutionary War Continental Naval Officer. Born the son of son of Mary Noble and Andrew Hinman at Woodbury, Connecticut. At fourteen, he went to sea, and by the age of 20 he was the captain of a merchantman. In 1775, he accepted a lieutenant’s commission in the Continental Navy, he was in the first group of men to be commissioned in the United States Navy. He took command of the 'Cabot,' a brig, in 1776, and captured five British ships sailing from Jamaica. In 1777, he was commissioned a Captain and took command of the 'Alfred.' He captured one merchantman, then two larger ships from Jamaica which he ferried to France to be sold by American agents there. On his cruise back to the US in March, he was taken by two British ships and made a prisoner. He was incarcerated in in Fortune prison on July 18. Five days later, he bribed the guards and walked away. He made his way to Dunkirk by August 11, but was without his ship. In August 1778, he returned to the US aboard the 'Providence' under Captain Whipple. In 1780, he took command of the gunboat 'Dean.' At war's end, the government was found to owe him 3,000 dollars in back wages; which was cleared by issuing a Government promissory note rather than cash. Desperate for funds, however, he was forced to sell the note for three shillings on the pound. He applied for command of a revenue cutter in a letter to John Adams in 1798, citing his former service, good health, lack of further ambition, and financial need. He received command of the federal revenue cutter 'Argus' following the death of the previous captain. He was replaced as captain in 1803, when he was 69 years old. He would die just four years later.

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  • Added: 15 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21359
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elisha Hinman (9 Mar 1734–29 Aug 1807), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21359, citing Cedar Grove Cemetery, New London, New London County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .