Lieutenant Ebenezer Hyde

This post deviates a little from the others. Hyde is not a name found in my personal genealogy. I got involved with this tree in the summer of 2012, the second such project since I became a professional genealogist.

From the 6 July 1791 issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette

As you can see, Ebenezer found himself in a bad way. Be it accident or murder, no one knows. Wales (who I have yet to identify) doesn’t do himself any favors by changing his story. Just because they didn’t get along, it doesn’t mean Wales shoved Hyde overboard, either.

Ebenezer Hyde was born in Canterbury, Connecticut on 13 January 1742 and was baptized four days later at the First Congregational Church in Lebanon, Connecticut. I have yet to locate his parents, even with this information.

The First Congregational Church of Lebanon was organized in 1700. Its first two meeting houses were built in 1706 and 1732. These were followed by a brick meeting house on the green, designed by the Revolutionary War-era artist John Trumbull, which was built in 1804-1809. It is the only surviving example of Trumbull’s architectural work. The historic building was nearly destroyed in the hurricane of 1938. The church decided to restore the meeting house in its original form. Work began in 1938 and, delayed by the Second World War, was completed in 1954.

In Bolton, Connecticut on 6 March 1769 he married Lois Thatcher.  Six children are known to be born to this marriage, four sons and two daughters. Soon after, he moved his family to Poultney, Vermont. Along on the trip were his three brothers: James, Lemuel, and Timothy. Maybe they were brothers, maybe not, but they were related. I just can’t find their parents. At the end of March 1775, Ebenezer was part of the group responsible for laying out Poultney’s streets. By the way, the first law Poultney passed? No hogs in the road.

It was in Vermont that Ebenezer joined Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys in the Fifteenth Regiment of the Vermont militia, under the command of Colonel Gideon Warren. James, Timothy, and Lemuel are also in the same regiment. Ebenezer served in Captain Zebediah Dewey’s company from 7 November to 14 November 1778. He might have served longer, but records have not been found. In March and June 1780 he was an adjutant to Captain Dewey for a total of ten days in that time period.

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1780 payroll record as found on

Above are the only war records I have been able to locate for Ebenezer. Not much to go on and certainly not much describing what he did. Lieutenant Hyde took thirteen men from Poultney to Crown Point in 1780. Crown Point was a pre-Revolution fort in New York overlooking Lake Champlain and was vital to the control of Canada. It had also been in British hands since 1777. You can read more here and here, if you’re interested.

As complete as many Revolutionary War records are, it is still surprisingly difficult to piece together a soldier’s routine. It is more difficult when this is pretty much all on offer. But as a genealogist, I am intrigued. I don’t back down from a challenge. Ask anyone for whom I have done genealogy work.