Rev William B Southmayd

Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Death 31 Jul 1778 (aged 38)
Champlain, Clinton County, New York, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown, Specifically: Non cemetery burial
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Son of JOHN SOUTHMAYD Jr 1710 – 1743 and MILLICENT GAYLORD 1720 – 1763

Married IRENE TODD 1744 – 1811, a daughter of his theological instructor, Rev. Samuel Todd, 16 Oct 1763; parents of:

John William SOUTHMAYD 1764 – 1852
Althea SOUTHMAYD 1767 – 1792
Marcia SOUTHMAYD 1771 –
Erastus SOUTHMAYD 1777 – 1827

DIED IN SERVICE in the Revolutionary War, at Lake Champlain, in poor health with an outbreak of smallpox; died in epidemic

"William Southmayd, a lawyer of Plymouth, Connecticut, was born in Waterbury on June 27, 1740, a grandson of the Reverend John Southmayd (A.B. 1697) and a son of John and Milicent (Gaylord) Southmayd. After his father's death his mother married Timothy Judd (yale 1737). William was graduated at Yale in 1761, and when he took his M.A. he argued the affirmative of "An Omnes Antichristi Notae Conveniant Papae?" He studied theology with the Reverend Samuel Todd 9yale 1734) of Northbury, then a parish of Waterbury, now the town ofPlymouth, and was licensed to preach by the New Haven Association on May 31, 1763.

On October 16, 1763, Southmayd married Parson Todd's daughter Irene. They made their home in Northbury Parish while the young husband searched in vain for a suitable pulpit. In 1768 he asked the New Haven Association to renew his license to preach, and was told to apply to an Association in which he was better known. That same year he appeared at the Cambridge Commencement, showed evidence of his Yale M.A., and asked "to be admitted ad eundem in Harvard College." His wish was granted, and he was enrolled at the foot of the Harvard Class of 1761.

Southmayd served the town of Waterbury in such minor capacities as surveyor of the highways, and eventually went into the practice of the law without spectacular success, for it was his cow rather than he who was noticed by the Boston press. With modesty unusual in a lawyer, he joined a Northbury military company as a private in 1776, and marched to Fort Schuyler. He served again in the campaign of 1776, now a sergeant, and he was with the army at Lake Champlain when he died of small pox on July 31, 1778. Hiw widow married Eliphaz Wells of Northfield on November 10, 1779. His children had no Harvard connection."

Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of the College History, Vol. II (May, 1745 - May 1763) , by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, M.A., New York, Henry Holt and Company, 1896, courtesy of J. D. Southmayd.

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