SO – this is what happens when you keep digging. I wrote this all up and saved the draft – and then found the website with transcriptions from the Old Plainfield Cemetery – and saw this: “Branch, Abigail, daughter of Moses & Abigail, died Mar. 19, 1804, age 39 yrs” – which means, my fifth great-grandmother, Abigail Branch Hooper is not the daughter of Moses and Abigail. I’ll post this info anyway as it may help someone – but now I have to go back and edit Moses’ post too. – TKE
Abigail Tucker is NOT my sixth great-grandmother. She was born on May 16, 1735 in Preston, New London, Connecticut – the sixth of seven children of Stephen Tucker and Hannah Belcher – the youngest daughter with two sisters and four brothers.
Abigail married Moses Branch on April 21, 1757
“Branch, Moses, m. Abigail Tucker, b. of Preston, April 21, 1757” (Barbour Collection, CT Town Marriage Records, pre-1870)
Further documentation states they married in New Haven’s “Second Church” while “Early Connecticut Marriages” just lists them under “Preston-Griswold Marriages”. I suspect that the “Preston-Griswold’ documentation is for several churches as there is a second marriage listed for April 21, 1757 for a “Jabez Weight of Norwich and Sarah Lord” and it is unlikely that both weddings were in the same church on the same day.
[Note: The town of Griswold was incorporated October, 1815, from land that was taken from Preston. The Congregational Church in Griswold was organized November 20, 1720 as the Second Church in Preston. Rev. Hezekiah Lord pastor from 1720 to 1761. More Information can be found here. ]
Their first child, Sarah, was born on July 20, 1758 in Preston, followed by a son, Elisha on June 4, 1761, Abigail on October 8, 1764, Moses Jr. on August 4, 1768, son Terah on August 4, 1771 and Ezra on September 19, 1773.
The Record of Connecticut Men in the Military and Naval Services During the War of the Revolution includes under “Respondents to the Lexington Alarm from the town of Preston, CT” – Moses Branch’s Company: Moses Branch, captain, commissioned Jan’y 1st, AD 1778.
So – Moses, along with his cousin, Peter Branch, answered the Lexington Alarm on April 19, 1775. Within three years, Moses had his own commission and was Captain under Colonel Johnson.
Captain Moses Branch had his own company of men under Colonel Johnson’s regiment of milita during the Revolutionary War. A document entitled “Col. Johnson’s Regiment, 1778” has “A pay roll of Cap Moses Branch’s Company in Col. Johnson’s Regiment of Militia from the State of Connecticut now in Service in the State of Rhode-Island from the First of February 1778 until the 15th of March 1778 both Days Inclusive.”
It is likely that Moses fought for the duration of the war, which ended officially on September 3, 1783.
So, from 1775 to 1783, Abigail Tucker Branch was a military wife and trying to raise her family in a war zone. I don’t have death dates on some of the children, so I do not know for sure that all of them survived the war.
In the Federal Census of 1790, the family’s residence is listed as Plainfield, Windham County, Connecticut.
Abigail Tucker Branch died on July 17, 1801 in Plainfield and is buried in the Old Plainfield Cemetery. Moses followed her in 1819.