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Charles Clinton, Col. (b. 1690, d. November 19, 1773)Charles Clinton, Col. (son of James Clinton and Elizabeth Smith) was born 1690 in Co. Longfeld, Corbay, Ireland, and died November 19, 1773 in Little Britain, New York.He married Elizabeth Denniston in Ireland.
Notes for Charles Clinton, Col.:
After the death of his father, Charles leased his estate to the Earl of Granard for 99 years, chartered a vessel and came to America in 1729 with his family, relatives and many friends.They purchased land in Orange Co. then called Ulster.They renamed the place 'Little Brittain."
Charles Clinton, the only son of James, was born in the County of Longford, in Ireland, in 1690.He resolved in 1729 to emigrate to British America and having persuaded a number of his friends and relatives to join him, he chartered a ship, for the purpose of converying his colony to Philadelphia.The name of this 'good vessel or ship', was the 'George and Anne', of Dublin, burthen about ninety tons, and was chartered by Charles Clinton, George Lille, Robert Frazer, William Hamilton, and Thomas Dunlop, for themselves and sixty five others.
On the 20th of May, the ship left Ireland.After being at sea for some time it was discovered that the captain had a formed a design of starving his passengers to death, either with the view to obtain their property or to deter emigration. Several of the passengers actually died, among whom were a son and daughter of Mr. Clinton.In this awful situation it was proposed by the passengers to seize the captain and commit the navigation of the vessel to Mr. Clinton, who was an excellent mathematician; but the officers of the ship refusing to co-operate with them, they were deterred from this proceeding from the apprehension of incurring the charge of piracy."
They were finally compelled to commute with the captain for their lives by paying a large sum of money; who, accordingly, landed them at Cape Cod on the 4th of October.Mr. Clinton and his friends continued in that part of the country until the spring of 1731, when they removed to the county of Ulster, in the province of New York, and formed a flourishing settlement called Little Brittain.Here he devoted to agriculture and occasionally acted as a land surveyor.He was soon appointed a justice of the peace, and a judge of the county of Ulster.
In 1756, he was appointed by the governor, Sir. Charles hardy, lieutenant colonel of the second regiment of militia for the county of Ulster.On the 24th of March, 1756, he was appointed a lieutenant-colonel of one of the battalions of the regiment in the province of New York, of which Oliver Delancy was colonel.In this capacity he acted under the command of General Bradstreet, as the captain of Fort Frontenac.
When George Clinton, the father of Sir. Henry Clinton, was installed governor of the province in 1753, an intimacy took place between him and Mr. Clinton, inconsequence of which, and their distant consanguinity, the latter was earnestly solicited by his namesake to accept of a lucrative and distinguished office, which overture he promptly declined, preferring the charms of retirement and the cultivation of literature to the cares of public life.
Mr. Clinton's wife was Elizabeth Denniston, a relative of one of his fellow emigrants.She was a woman of great excellence and of highly cultivated mind, as appears by one or more of her letters now in my possession.By her he had four sons born in this country: Alexander, born April 17th, 1732.He was educated at Princeton, New Hersey, and practiced until his death, as a physician.He died unmarried, in March, 1753.Charles was born 20th of July, 1734, and died unmarried, April 30th, 1791.He was also a physician and a surgeon in the army which took Havana, in the Island of Cuba. Colonel Charles Clinton, died at his place, in Ulster County, on the 19th day of November, 1773, in his 83rd year.By his will he made provision for the family graveyard, that now exists in Little Brittain and directed that his executors should procure a suitable (marker) to lay over his grave, 'whereon I would have the time of my death, my age and coat-of-arms cut, I hope says he 'that they will indulge me in this last peice of vanity.'
More About Charles Clinton, Col.:
Fact 1: May 20, 1729, Immigrated from Ireland and settle Little Britain in Ulster (Orange County).
Fact 2: He was a judge, militia officer, surveyor, and land speculator..
More About Charles Clinton, Col. and Elizabeth Denniston:
Children of Charles Clinton, Col. and Elizabeth Denniston are:
- +James Clinton, Gen., b. August 09, 1736, Little Britain, New York, d. December 22, 1812, Little Britain, New York.
- +George Clinton, Gen., b. July 25, 1739, d. April 20, 1812.
- Alexander Clinton, b. 1732, d. 1758.
- Charles Clinton, b. 1734, d. 1795.
- Katherine Clinton, b. 1723, d. 1762.
- Mary Clinton, b. 1728, d. 1729, shipboard en route to America-starvation.
- James Clinton, b. 1726, d. 1729, shipboard en route to America-starvation.