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Gen David Wooster

Gen David Wooster

Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 2 May 1777 (aged 66)
Danbury, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Danbury, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 6612317 · View Source
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David Wooster was born in Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut to Capt. Abram and Mary Walker Wooster. He was the grandson of Edward Wooster, progenitor of the Wooster family in America, and Tabitha Tomlinson.

In 1745 he married Mary Clapp, daughter of Yale President, Thomas Clapp. There is conflicting information as to the offspring of David and Mary, but it is likely that there was only one surviving child, Thomas, who also served in the Revolution. A graduate of Yale, he spent the better part of his life in distinguished military service. Thomas died in 1792 at sea leaving a wife and seven children.

One of America's unsung heroes, Brig. Gen. Wooster was the highest ranking officer to die in the Revolutionary War when, at the age of 66, he was killed in the battle at Danbury. After the death of her husband, Mary was attacked in her home by British soldiers, who destroyed Wooster's papers and personal effects.

A relatively wealthy man throughout his life, Wooster died insolvent, having paid his troops with his personal funds. The destruction of his papers by the British made it impossible for the family to recover sums which he had advanced; no pension was paid to his family.

Gen. Wooster is also known for his efforts in organizing the first lodge of Freemasons in Connecticut, Hiram No. 1, which earned him the recognition, "Father of Freemasonry in Connecticut." In 1973, the Grand Lodge of Connecticut struck a medal in honor of David Wooster to recognize "service other than to Freemasonry in the fields of art, science, business, government, entertainment, religion, and other service to humanity." Two castings, one in silver for Master Masons and one in bronze for non-Masons, are awarded each year.

There is extensive information and various military and Masonic symbols carved into the 30-foot high monument that marks his final resting place; among them, this quote regarding his country: "My life has ever been devoted to her services from my youth up, though never before in a cause like this — a cause for which I would most cheerfully risk and lay down my life."

God Bless America and the men who made her free.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gen David Wooster (13 Mar 1711–2 May 1777), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6612317, citing Wooster Cemetery, Danbury, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .