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View Tree for William DRINKWATERWilliam DRINKWATER (b. 1701, d. 1758)

William DRINKWATER (son of Thomas DRINKWATER and Elizabeth HASKELL) was born 1701 in Middleborough, Plymouth, MA, and died 1758 in New Milford, Litchfield, CT. He married Elizabeth BENEDICT on 18 Dec 1728 in New Milford, Litchfield, CT.

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William settled in New Milford about 1730 where some of his family became Quakers. On Apr 11, 1731, the Separatist Church voted to take out part of the women's seats in the Meetinghouse. Nathaniel Bostwick, Ebenezer Fisk and William Drinkwater were selected to do the work. William was among 35 members of the Separatist's Church who became influential leaders.

On Apr 20, 1730, William bought land from Zachariah Ferris where he built a Gristmill. The mill was located on the East Aspetuck, near or at the site of the present paper mill. He sold the mill to Nathan Terrill in March 1735. William was a prominent, active citizen, but died in 1758, leaving a large family.

He was part of the Tenth Company, Second Regiment commanded by Capt Gideon Stoddard. There are tales of William, Stephen Terrell and Thomas Drinkwater (William's son) that the men went as far as Quebec and were in the battle of the Heights of Abraham and, possibly in others.

William was captured and after being confined for a number of weeks in the Sugar House, prisoners were taken to the prison ship Dutton. Two hundred were transported to Milford and put ashore. Twenty were dead before the ship arrived and 20 more died soon after. All 40 are buried in a graveyard there. Of the 12 men of New Milford, only four returned - Roger Blaisdell, David Buell, William Drinkwater and Lyman Noble. Through friends in Milford, they were able to secure a horse, and thus worked their way back to New Milford, reaching there about March 1777. Capt Bostwick appeared as a leader in the Danbury alarm. With him were John Terrell and David Buell and Bill Drinkwater. The group from Capt Bostwick's company was camped four days in the Danbury alarm. The following story regarding this little band is extant: The British had commenced their retreat from Danbury by way of Ridgefield and our men were following them up very earnestly, pressing close to a grenadier regiment which was the rear guard of the head force. John Terrell, William Noble, Bill Drinkwater and David Buell rushed together up one side of the famous Ridgefield Hill, while the grenadiers were still on the other side. Men who crossed the Delaware with Capt Bostwick of New Milford, Dec 25, 1776, and were in the battles of Trenton and Princeton, included William. He was discharged from service on Jan 1, 1780.

Reference:
Mayflower Ancestral Index - 10896
Mayflower Ancestral Index - 10897
History of New Milford


More About William DRINKWATER and Elizabeth BENEDICT:
Marriage: 18 Dec 1728, New Milford, Litchfield, CT.

Children of William DRINKWATER and Elizabeth BENEDICT are:
  1. +Samuel DRINKWATER, b. 27 Jun 1744, New Milford, Litchfield, CT, d. 26 Oct 1824, Elbridge, Onondaga, NY.
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