Ebenezer Couch, Sr.

Male 1709 - 1797


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  • Name  Ebenezer Couch, Sr. 
    Suffix  Sr. 
    Christened  Apr 1709  Fairfield, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Born  05 Apr 1709  Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  23 Mar 1797  Redding, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  North Milton Cemetery, Milton, Saratoga Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I2767  adkinshorton
    Last Modified  3 Feb 2018 

    Father  Samuel COUCH,   b. 1666, Westport, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1739, Westport, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Edrea HURLBUT,   b. 1674, Woodbury, Litchfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1737, Westport, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Documents
    Samuel Couch & Edrea Hurlbut - Marriage Record (compiled)
    Samuel Couch & Edrea Hurlbut - Marriage Record (compiled)
    New England Marriages Prior to 1700, page 186
    Family ID  F20117  Group Sheet

    Family  Ann CRANE,   b. 24 May 1711, Windham, Windham Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  18 May 1731  Fairfield, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    >1. Capt. Ebenezer Couch, Jr.,   b. 20 Jan 1733, Redding, Fairfield Township, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1800, Milton, Saratoga Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Jonathan COUCH,   b. 16 Jul 1736, Fairfield Township, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 3 Aug 1786
    >3. Daniel Couch, Sr.,   b. 27 Jul 1739, Redding, Fairfield Township, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Apr 1818, Milton, Saratoga Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Adrea COUCH,   b. 12 Sep 1742, Fairfield Township, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1830
     5. Martha COUCH,   b. 25 Dec 1744, Fairfield Township, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Elijah COUCH,   b. 29 Jul 1747, Fairfield Township, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1816, Sullivan Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Theoda COUCH,   b. 24 Jan 1755, Fairfield Township, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Sep 1841, New Milford, Litchfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  3 Feb 2018 
    Family ID  F20099  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Ebenezer Couch, Sr. is a D.A.R. certified veteran of the American Revolutionary War, serving for Connecticut: A026419
    • Ebenezer (Sr.) was also Chairman of the Observation Committee for Fairfield. In the Revolutionary War, that makes him the head of the Culpepper Spy ring in Fairfield, CT. The British became so angry over the success of spies in Fairfield as you may already know, they came w/Hessians across Long Island Sound in 1779 and burned Fairfield to the ground, house by house. That is why Captain Ebenezer and his younger brother, who was a private migrated together to Milton, NY, where they are buried, side by side. Later Sarah Kinney would be buried next to him. Many of the former residents of Fairfield, Ct migrated together to NY.
    • Ebenezer Couch was a member of the Safety Committee, his son who had several businesses in Fairfield, Conn., served as a Captain in the Revolutionary war, his son John, played the fife in his company and his son Ebenezer Jr., worked as a waiter for the company. One of their winter encampments in Connecticut is to this day undisturbed and military historians and archaeologists are trying to raise the funds to preserve the 50 plus acre site.

      Captain Ebenezer Couch lost everything to include his wife, businesses, home, as a result of his service. The British wanted to teach the colonists a lesson and selected Fairfield, Connecticut as the place to demonstrate their brutality. The town was burned to the ground and innocent women and children were killed. George Washington addressed the sacrifice of the residents of Fairfield, Conn. Joel Bostwick who served under Captain Ebenezer Couch, died, and his wife, Sarah Kinney Bostwick, and Ebenezer would marry after the war. They would move the family to Saratoga, New York, and live on rented lands.

  • Sources 
    1. [S17] Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920, Fairfield, p35.

    2. [S16] Connecticut, All Town Birth Records, Pre-1870 (Vital Stats), Fairfield, p39.


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