Some Descendants of Asa Bacon (Asa,John,John,Jacob,Daniel,Michael) and Lucretia Champion of Canterbury and Litchfield, Connecticut

  1. 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, p. 302] 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. [SCL, 2;186] 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, 2;186]
    Epaphroditus was an ardent antiquarian and genealogist. [SCL, 2;186]
    Portrait of Epaphrodius by Anson Dickenson (cropped)
  2. 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, p. 339]
    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, p. 341]
    1. Frederick Asa Bacon was born on 16 Oct 1838 in Canterbury. [CG, p. 341]
  3. 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, 2;186]
    1. 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. 361]
      In 1850 Catherine, age six, and her mother lived with Catherine's grandparents Asa and Lucretia in Litchfield. [C1850]
      1. Francis 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] Click here 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, p. 362]
        Francis was a genealogist. [CG, p. 362]
      2. 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.

BBL Kilbourne, Dwight C., The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut 1709 - 1909, Biographical Sketches of Members, History and Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Historical Notes, Litchfield, Conn., 1909, DUNHAM - WILCOX - TROTT - KIRK website.
SCL Kilbourne, Payne Kenyon, Sketches and Chronicles of the Town of Litchfield, Connecticut, historical, biographical, and statistical: together with a complete official register of the town, Hartford, Press of Case, Lockwood and Co., 1859.
LI Litchfield Inscriptions,
CG Trowbridge, Francis Bacon, The Champion Genealogy: a history of the descendants of Henry Champion of Saybrook and Lyme, Connecticut, together with some account of other families of the name, New Haven, F.B. Trowbridge, 1891.