Some Descendants of Asa Bacon
and Lucretia Champion of Canterbury and Litchfield,
- Epaphroditus Bacon
was born in 1810 in Litchfield. [BBL]
He died on 11 Jan 1845, age 34, in Seville while traveling in Europe. [LI]
He is buried in the Strangers Cemetery just outside the old city wall. [CG,
Epaphroditus graduated from Yale College in 1833. [BBL]
He studied medicine for six months in New York City and entered Yale
Law School. [CG, p. 302] He
practiced in Mobile, Alabama but suffered from a weakness of the lungs
and returned to Litchfield. [CG,
p. 302] In 1839 he was a delegate to and secretary of the national convention
which met in Harrisburg and nominated Gen. Harrison for the Presidency.
He was admitted to the bar in 1840. [BBL]
He was appointed Judge Advocate of Litchfield county on 6 Mar 1840.
[CG, p. 302] He was a Representative
from Litchfield in 1840 and 1841. [SCL,
Epaphroditus was an ardent antiquarian and genealogist. [SCL,
Portrait of Epaphrodius by Anson Dickenson (cropped)
- Frederick Asa Bacon
was born on 15 Oct 1812 in Litchfield. [CG,
p. 302] He died on 1 May 1839, age 26, off of Cape Horn. [LI]
He married his second cousin Sarah Arnold Harris on 7 Sep 1837 in Canterbury.
[CG, p. 339] Sarah was the daughter
of Dr. Andrew and Mary Esther (Cleaveland) Harris. [CG,
p. 339] She was born on 30 Nov 1817 in Canterbury. [CG,
p. 339] She died on 25 Apr 1843 in Norwich. [CG,
While preparing for Yale College, Frederick suffered a head injuring while
skating and it was thought best that he give up his studies for a while. [CG,
p. 339] He shipped on board the Cambria to London on 14 Jul 1829. [CG,
p. 339] After making two voyages he shipped on board the Canada and
spent several months on that ship. [CG,
p. 339] He entered the US Navy as a midshipman on the schooner Porpoise
on 25 May 1832. [CG, p. 339] He transferred
to the Erie on 21 Aug 1834 which was ordered to cruise the Brazilian
coast. [CG, p. 339] He was ordered
onto the frigate Constitution on 19 Aug 1835 and arrived in Minorca
on 19 Sep. [CG, p. 340] He was ordered
onto the Shark on 23 Oct. [CG,
p. 340] He was ordered onto the John Adams on 13 Mar 1836 and returned
to New York. [CG, p. 340]
In 1838 the United States sent out an expedition to explore the southern seas.
[CG, p. 340] Frederick sailed from
Hampton Roads, Virginia on 19 Aug 1838. [CG,
p. 340] He was aboard the schooner Sea
Gull when it was last seen on midnight
28 Apr 1839. [CG, p. 340] Lieut. Charles
Wilkes, the leader of the expedition, said, "Messrs. Reid and Bacon were
among the most promising young officers in the squadron." [CG,
Asa Bacon was born on 16 Oct 1838 in Canterbury. [CG,
- Maj. Gen. Francis Bacon
was born on 6 Jan 1819 in Litchfield. [BBL]
He died on 16 Sep 1849, age 30, [LI]
in Litchfield. [CG, p. 341] He married
Elizabeth Sheldon Dutcher on 7 Jul 1843. [CG,
p. 341] Elizabeth was the daughter of Capt. Ruloff and Lucinda (Howe) Dutcher.
[CG, p. 341] She was born on 10 May
1825 in North Canaan, Connecticut. [CG,
p. 341] She died on 9 Oct 1867 in New York City. [CG,
p. 341] She is buried in Litchfield. [CG,
p. 341] She married second Hon. Lewis Carr of Philadelphia in 1855 in Hartford,
Conecticut. [CG, p. 341]
Francis graduated from Yale in 1838. [BBL]
He was admitted to the bar in 1840. [BBL]
He began a law practice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1842 but returned to
Litchfield. [CG, p. 341] He was a
major general of the Connecticut state militia. [BBL]
He was a state senator in 1849. [SCL,
- Catherine "Kate"
Bacon was born on 18 Apr 1844 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. [CG,
p. 361] She married Thomas Rutherford Trowbridge on 22 Nov 1864 in New
Haven, Connecticut. [CG, p. 361]
Thomas was the son of Thomas Rutherford and Caroline (Hoadley) Trowbridge.
[CG, p. 361] He was born on 3
Mar 1839 in New Haven. [CG, p.
In 1850 Catherine, age six, and her mother lived with Catherine's grandparents
Asa and Lucretia in Litchfield. [C1850]
Bacon Trowbridge was born on 7 Jun 1866. [CG,
p. 361] He died on 27 Dec 1943 and is buried in the Grove Street Cemetery
in New Haven. [Ref]
to see a photo of his grave on the Findagrave website.
Francis graduated from Yale College in 1887. [CG,
p. 362] He received his LLB from Yale Law. [CG,
p. 362] He was admitted to the Connecticut bar on 25 Jun 1890. [CG,
Francis was a genealogist. [CG,
- Edith Champion
Trowbridge was born on 29 Jun 1870. [CG,
p. 362] She died on 28 Feb 1896 and is buried in the Allori Cemetery
in Florence, Italy. [Ref]
Bureau of the Census, Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, Washington,
DC, National Archives and Records Administration, 1850.
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