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Corp Caleb Gates

Corp Caleb Gates

East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Death 9 Feb 1822 (aged 73)
East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Burial East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 51473892 · View Source
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Caleb Gates (Joshua 3, Thomas 2, George 1), was born February 9, 1749/50 in East Haddam, CT baptized, June 10 1750, married, first, in Westchester, October 17, 1775, Esther Foote, born in Westchester, April 13, 1748, daughter of Nathaniel and Patience (Gates) Foote. Esther Foote joined the First Church, June 9, 1776, from the Second Church in Colchester. She died in East Haddam, October 11, 1799 of tuberculosis, after an illness of eight years, aged 52. He married, second, December 4, 1800, Elizabeth Percival, born July 19, 1755. She joined the First Church of East Haddam, January 4, 1801.

Caleb Gates marched for the relief of Boston in the Lexington Alarm, April 1775, and was a corporal on the roll of Captain Eliphalet Holmes Company of Minute-Men which was raised in May 1776.

His grave is listed in Abstracts of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots by Patricia Law Hatcher. He was elected deacon of the First Church in 1795. He also commanded a military company. He died, February 9, 1822 in East Haddam, "in a fit" (probably epilepsy) and was buried at the First Church Cemetery. His widow married, second, July 30, 1826, Matthew Smith, Esq., and removed to Middlefield, Hampshire County, MA.

Children of Caleb and Esther (Foote) Gates, born in East Haddam, CT:

1. Caleb b. 16 July 1776, baptized 26 Aug 1776. He resided in East Haddam on his father's homestead and did not marry. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. He taught school winters and farmed in the summers. In religious matters, he was considered a "free thinker", and while he always attended services on the Sabbath, he was not a member of the church. After his brother Russell died, he raised his two children, Caleb Foote Gates and Esther Elizabeth Gates. He died in East Haddam 17 Mar 1862, age 86 and was buried in the First Church Cemetery.

2. Selden b. 13 Sept 1778.

3. Russell b. 27 Jan 1786, d. 26 Jul 1834

4. Esther b. 1 Mar 1791, baptized May 1791, admitted to the First Church in East Haddam, 2 Sept 1821. She was an invalid and did not marry. She resided with her brother Caleb in East Haddam. She died 22 Nov 1869, age 78, and was buried in the First Church Cemetery.

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