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Maj Silas Childs

Maj Silas Childs

Westborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 18 Jan 1819 (aged 71)
Fort Ann, Washington County, New York, USA
Burial Fort Ann, Washington County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 27181782 · View Source
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Silas Childs (Chiles) was born January 29, 1746/7. He was the 2nd of 4 children (3rd son) born of Jonas Childs and his wife Cibel (Sybil) Shattuck (b. April 15, 1724) who were married, May 20, 1742. Silas' siblings were: Jonas (b. 1743/4), Isaac (b. 1744/5), and Esther (1748/9-1809). On February 13. 1766, Silas published his intentions to marry Esther Ely in Becket, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Silas and Esther married and had 3 children (daughters) born in Becket: Sibel (b. March 5, 1767 - d. March 11, 1767), Lucreatia (b. March 15, 1768), and Parnel (b. July 1, 1773); and possibly 8 other children born elsewhere.

Silas served 13 days as Ensign of Captain Peter Porter's (Becket) Company of Minutemen, Colonel John Paterson's Bershire County Regiment that marched on April 23, 1775 to Cambridge, Massachusetts in response to the alarm of April 19, 1775. On May 5, 1775, Silas enlisted as a Sergeant in Captain Thomas William's Company, Colonel John Patterson's Regiment. He served in William's Company at least through October 1775.

On July 16, 1777, Silas enlisted as a Private in Lieutenant Thomas Gould's Company, Colonel Benjamin Simond's Bershire County Regiment. This Company marched from Hancock in Bershire County, Massachusetts to Manchester, Bennington County, Vermont. The Company was discharged on July 29, 1777. On July 20, 1777, Silas enlisted as a Sergeant in Captain John Warner's Company, Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Herrick's Vermont Regiment of Green Mountain Rangers. He was mustered out of this service, December 3, 1777. It was while serving in Captain Warner's Company that Silas was engaged in the Battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777.

In 1778, Silas was Captain commanding the Granville, Company, Colonel John Williams' Charlotte (now Washington) County Regiment, New York State Militia. Between March 28 and June 2, 1781, Silas moved to Skenesborough (now Whitehall), Charlotte County, New York, In October 1781, during the "Western Union" with Vermont, Silas represented Skenesborough in the Vermont General Assembly at their session held at Charlestown, New Hampshire. In the same month, he served as Major of the 15th Vermont Regiment of Militia commanded by Colonel Gideon Warren of Hampton and Lieutenant Colonel Solomon Brown of Salem (both Towns now in Washngton County, New York). In 1782, 1783 and 1784, Silas was elected Town Supervisor in Skenesborough.

In 1786, Silas became as resident of the "Artillery Patent" which formed the southern portion of the Town of Westfield, Charlotte (now Fort Ann, Washington) County, New York. On April 4, 1786, at the first regular Westfield Town meeting, Silas was elected one of the Town Supervisors. On June 23, 1786, Silas was appointed Justice of the Peace by the State of New York. He resided in Fort Ann until his death.


(1) "Memorials of The Descendants of William Shattuck, The Progenitor of the Families in America that have borne his name;" by Lemuel Shattuck, 1855, pages 87 and 385

(2) "Vital Records of Westborough, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849." by Franklin P. Rice, 1903, page 33

(3) "Vital Records of Becket, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850." by the New-England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903, pages 15, 49 and 92

(4) "Cemetery Records of the Township of Fort Ann Washington County New York" by Charles B. Moore, Revised July 1995, page 85

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Silas Childs
Died Jan. 18
Age 72y.





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