LT Tryal Tanner

LT Tryal Tanner

Cornwall, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 22 Nov 1833 (aged 81)
Canfield, Mahoning County, Ohio, USA
Burial Canfield, Mahoning County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section A Row 04
Memorial ID 65578619 · View Source
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Warren Newsletter and Trumbull County Republican, 17 Dec 1833 - Abstract
"Tryal Tanner – Canfield, 21u, ca 77y, came to county ca 1800
(married to Huldah Jackson May 12, 1777 she died before 1805 and he married Mary (Polly) Doud Jan. 24, 1805)"
Burial – Nov 1883 in Canfield Village Cemetery, Section A Row 04, Canfield, Mahoning Co. OH

Revolutionary War - 2nd Lt. Adj., Militia, Capt. Woodbridge's Co., CT Line, etc.
Note: "At the breaking out of the revolutionary war, he was a sergeant in Gen. Arnold's disastrous campaign in Canada, and in common with all the soldiers with him, suffered incredible hardships in the retreat of 500 miles. At the close of this campaign he enlisted in a Continental Connecticut regiment as a lieutenant and was promoted to the adjutancy of the regiment, and in this capacity was in the battle of Monmouth. The pay of soldiers in Continental money did not support their families. In 1780, Lieut. Tanner, for the purpose of more effectually supporting his family, resigned his commission in the army and returned to his home and engaged in farming, kept a tavern and in a small way in merchandising."

Biographical Sketch
Mahoning Dispatch, Fri, 7 May 1897 - Article No. 16
Scraps of History by Dr. Jackson Truesdale:

"... In the spring of 1801, he [Tanner] exchanged with Judson Canfield his farm in Connecticut for 400 acres of land in Canfield and the same number of acres in Johnston, with $400 in money or its equivalent. In the same year, he in company with Elijah Wadsworth, Herman Canfield, Eli Baldwin and others came to Canfield on horseback and selected the 8-acre lot now partly owned by Mrs. Geo. Edwards and the old Tanner farm.

Having located his land he set about building a cabin on his center lot in the usual style of the locality, perhaps something better, as we are told that Oswald Detcheon with his pit-saw, sawed 2-inch planks for the floor and 1-inch boards for the doors, which were hung on wooden hinges, and greased paper was used in lieu of glass for the windows. Mrs. Lydia Doud was employed as housekeeper for the inmates of this cabin, consisting of himself, Herman Canfield, Nathan Steele, Homer Hine and Jonah Scoville.

Caleb Palmer was hired to clear three acres clean, at $14 per acre. Mr. Tanner also cleared and sowed in wheat and grass 10 acres on the farm. While doing so honors were awaiting him. A territorial organization was effected in 1801 by men subject to military duty in Canfield, Boardman and Poland, and lieutenant or adjutant Tanner was elected captain, but for some reason refused to accept a commission. Perhaps this election gave him the title he afterwards bore as Captain Tanner. In the fall of the same year he returned to Connecticut.

On the 22nd of April, 1802, Capt. Tanner and his revolutionary comrade Wm. Chidester each with eight children, started together in their long journey to Ohio. Including parents and a man by the name of Paine, who drove a team and came out to build a brick chimney for Capt. Wadsworth and another who joined the company enroute, the party was made up of 22 persons. The conveyances used for the Tanner family were two wagons, one drawn by a yoke of oxen and one extra horse to assist either team in case of emergency; and an additional horse, with side-saddle for the women to use alternately. The journey occupied 39 days, which would then be called good time. Archibald Tanner, the oldest son of Tryal, was then a bright lad something more than 16 years old."

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