Capt. Beach Tomlinson by Charles “Ed” Laidlaw NSSAR #174735

Captain Beach Tomlinson, son of Zachariah, was born at the Tomlinson Stafford Connecticut homestead 3 Dec 1726, the fourth generation of the family in the colonies and a successful dairy farmer (a large acreage in the White Hills of Connecticut), landowner, church lay leader, and he served in the state house at Hartford representing Ripton/Huntington/Shelton Counties. He married Charity Shelton and the couple had fourteen children.

Captain Tomlinson commanded the Seventh Company in the 14th Regiment of the Connecticut Colony at the battle of Peakskill, New York in October 1777, but this did not please his wife, a loyal subject of King George III who not happy that her husband would fight the English. She reportedly told him, “You should be careful or you will be hung on the spindle of tree yonder.”

Captain Tomlinson died on November 28, 1817 at age 91, and is buried in the family section of the First Congregational Church of Stratford’s Cemetery with many other ancestors.

Capt. Beach Tomlinson (oil painting 1790)

References and Notes

Orcutt, Reverend Samuel. Henry Tomlinson and his Descendants in America, 1890.

SERV: Capt CT Mil NSSAR Patriot Index: ANC #019965, ANC #020841, ANC #034022, ANC #054219.

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