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Capt Ezra Hickok

Capt Ezra Hickok

Wilton, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 22 Apr 1807 (aged 69)
Lansingburgh, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Burial Lansingburgh, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 44869381 · View Source
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UPDATE: Submitted Oct 12, 2015 by Geoff Hickok:
Captain Ezra Hickok was a Spy along with Noah Phelps that entered Fort Ticonderoga to reconnoiter the fort before it was taken by Col. Ethan Allen and his Green Mnt Boys along with Benedict Arnold. Capt. Hickok along with two other officers, escorted the captured officers of the fort and their families to Hartford, CT to be used to trade for Americans captured by the British at Boston. He also was selected by Gen. Washington as a special messenger to convey the Congressional Congress Resolutions of VT Independence of 1781 to the Governor, and report back to him on how they were received. He also served as a Quarter Master and was a member of the 'Sheffield 500' under Col. Benjamin Simonds; and also served as Captain under Col. Mark Hopkins.

FROM: "Descendents of Edward Hickok":
Captain Ezra Hickok was actively involved in the history of the United States during the Revolutionary War. He was a courier of Congress and General George Washington to Thomas Crittendon, Governor of the Independent State of Vermont in 1781. It is also documented that Ezra was also a courier between General Stark and the British on Lake Champlain on September 26, 1781 regarding the exchange of prisoners.
[NOTE ON THIS EXERPT FROM GEOFF HICKOK, Oct 12, 2015: I think the second part about Ezra being on a VT prisoner exchange is incorrect. I believe the Capt Hickok was VT Militia Capt Benjamin Hickok of Hubbardton, VT and not Ezra. I questioned this when the author assumed that the 'Capt Hickok' was Ezra. who was living and functioning as a MA Militia Capt out of Sheffield, MA in the Western Berkshire Mnts.

Will of Ezra Hickok
A copy of the last will and Testament of Ezra HICKOK deceased with proof thereof -
Recorded August 4th, 1807 -
In the name of Lord Amen. I Ezra HICKOK of Lansingburgh in the County of Rensselear considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, it is my request that the whole of my estate both real and personal at my decease be considered as divided into eleven equal shares, and of those eleven shares that two be given to each of my four sons, one share to my daughter Abigail, one other share to the heirs of my Daughter Electa, and that the remaining share be held by my four Sons as Trustees, to the use of my Daughter Matilda during her life and that at her death the said Share held in trust as aforesaid be secured to her children - divided nevertheless that if my said sons or a majority of them should think proper, they are hereby authorized to extend the whole or a part of the last aforesaid share on the proper maintenance of my said Daughter Matilda or on the education of her children -
I estimate the farm in the possession of my Son Durlin at one thousand pounds which I consider as given him by way of advancement and I will that the note given on consideration for the said farm be cancelled - the said note amounting to one thousand five hundred Dollars -
Dated October 11th, 1802 -
Ezra Hickok {LS}
Witnesses present:
Washington KELLOGG
Jonas MORGAN Jr.
(a copy)

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This Monument is
erected in memory
He departed this life
April 21, 1807
in the 70th year
of his age
Verse: In earth the last…
He sleeps in smiling…
that gently…peace
Till the last morn's fair opening may
Behold the bright eternal Day
of active life and bliss.

Transcription provided 5/6/2013 by Doni Wright (47024310), who found the verse that is on the stone in a book on Ancestry.

  • Maintained by: Robin Agarwal
  • Originally Created by: Grave Seeker
  • Added: 27 Nov 2009
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Ezra Hickok (15 May 1737–22 Apr 1807), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44869381, citing Lansingburgh Village Cemetery, Lansingburgh, Rensselaer County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Robin Agarwal (contributor 47572011) .