Phineas Ripley

Windham, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
Death 11 Mar 1816 (aged 64)
Pittsford, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 64515035 · View Source
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Note: Birth and death dates are according to Phineas' great-grandson, Charles Lincoln Clayton's application into SAR.

Phineas and Experience married about 1775. In 1781, they moved to Pittsford, Vermont. A brook flowed through the land he owned and it became known as Ripley Brook.

In 1775, Phineas enlisted in the Revolutionary War and served until 1783. On March 27, 1781, he petitioned from the township for land to compensate losses sustained by "incursions of the Enemy." In 1782 he was a Selectman in Pittsford and in 1785 he received a certificate of re-raising and paying their quota of men for the 1782 campaign.

In March 1790, Phineas was voted as the first grandjuryman of Pittsford. In 1795, he was a member of the Association chosen to contract for the building of a Congregational Church meeting house. For this he was paid $15. He turned that sum back to the church as a donation. In 1795, Phineas and Amos Kellog, as selectmen, laid out a road from Amasa Ladd's land eastward. This road was traveled many years, but is now given up.

On December 10, 1807, Phineas and his son William, bought 28 acres of land in Pittsford. Later, in 1828, Mr. Palmer bought the farm for three thousand dollars.

Although Phineas is documented as dying in Ohio, there is no record of him there. He was convinced to leave Vermont when he was about 70 years old. He lived another five years, probably living with his son, Dr. William Ripley.

It is written of Phineas: "Phineas Ripley was born in Windham, CT, where his early life was spent. He came to Bennington Vermont sometime during the Revolutionary war and enlisted in the army. He was soon appointed Sergeant Major, and served as such in the battle of Bennington. How long he continued in the army we are not informed, but married Experience, daughter of Samuel Montague, and located in Pittsford on the farm now owned by S.T. Fenton. If the deed of this land was ever recorded the record has been lost, and consequently we have no means of knowing who was the original Proprietor, or the number and division of the lot. His first clearning was on the east side of the book and he resided there in a log house til 1802 when he built the house now owned and occupied by Mr. Fenton."

Experience and Phineas had eight children. Phineas is a direct descendant of William Bradford.

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