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William Clinton (d. date unknown)William Clinton (son of Henry Fynes Clinton, Sir and Elizabeth Hickman) died date unknown in Ireland.He married Elizabeth Kennedy.
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From a Clinton Family sketch written by Charles A. Clinton."William was an adherent of Charles I, and was an officer in his army.After the dethronement of that monarch, he took refuge on the continent of Europe, where he remained a long time in exile.He afterwards secretly visited Scotland, where he married a Miss [Elizabeth] Kennedy, (heads of whose family were the Earls of Cassilis) and then for greater security, passed over to the north of Ireland, where he died, deprived of his partimony and leaving James, his son, an orphan two years old (and a daughter Margaret of unknown age).When james reached manhood he went to England to recover his patrimonial estate, but was not successful.When on this visit to the country of his ancestors, he married a daughter of a captain Smith (named Elizabeth Smith with whom he had three children Mary, Christian, and Charles) in Cromwell's army (which was under reign of Queen Anne), which connection enabled him to maintain a respectable standing int he country which he had selected for his residence.
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.'
My grandfather, James Clinton, was his third son, and was born on the 9th of August, 1736.In common with his brother, he received an excellent education.The study of the exact sciences was (his) favorite pursuit, but the predominant inclination of his mind was for a military life.After having held several offices in the provincial troops, he was appointed by Lieutenant-governor Colden, captain commandment of the four companies in the pay of the province of New York, raised for the defence of the western frontiers of the counties of Ulster and Orange, and shortly after a lieutenant-colonel in the militia in Ulster county.
In the French war of 1756, he was a captain under Bradstreet, at the capture of Frontenac.After the termination of this war he married mary Dewitt, a young lady of great merit, whose family emigrated from Holland.When the American Revolution was on the eve of it's commencement, he was appointed by the Continental Congress, colonel of the 3d. regiment of New York forces, and after various promotions, a brigadier-general in the service of the United States, and at the close of the war a major-general.In 1775, his regiment composed part of the army of General Montgomery, in the invasion of Canada.In Oct. 1777, he commanded at Fort Clinton, which with Fort Montgomery, was under the command of his brother, Gov. George Clinton.Whese posts were asssailed by Henry Clinton, with an army of four thousand men; and although imperfectly fortified, and occupied by only five hundred men, which, with the exception of Lamb's company of artillery, were all militia, were defended with great obstinacy, but were finally carried by them.General Clinton was the last man who elft the works, and not until he was severely wounded byabayonet, pursued and fired at by the enemy, and his attendant servants killed.He was subsequently with sullivan's defeat at Newtown.For a considerable portion of the war he was stationed at Albany, where he commanded in the northern department.Here was he distinguished for his vigilance and great energy.He was afterwards at the siege of Yorktown and capture of Burgoyne, and his brigade had the honor of receiving the colors of the enemy.His last appearance in the army was on the evacuation of the city of New York, where he bid his commander-in-chief a final and affectionate farewell, and retired to his estate.He was, however, frequently called from his retirement by the unsolicited voice of his fellow citizens.
He was appointed commissioner to adjust the boundary line between Pennsylvania and New YOrk, and was also selected by the legislature to settle controversies respecting lands in the west.He also represented his native county in the assembly and in the Convention that adopted the Constitution of the Unites States.He was elected without opposition, a senator from the middle district, and a delegate to the convention of 1801, for the purpose of amending theSgtate Constitution, all of which trusts he executed with integrity and ability, and to the perfect satisfaction of his constituents.The temper of General Clinton was mild and affectionate; but when roused by unprovoked insult or unmerited injury, he exhibited extraordinary energy.
He died on the 22d of December, 1812, in the 76th year of his age, and was interred in the family burying place at Little Brittain in Orange County.
George Clinton, vice-president of the United States was born in the county of New York, July 26th 1739, and was the youngest son of colonel Charles Clinton.In 1768, he was chosen to a seat in the Colonial Assembly, and continued in it, and was one of it's most conspicuous members until the Revolution.He was appointed April 22d 1775, a delegate to the Continental Congress, and took his seat on the 15 of May.On the 4th of July, 1776, he was present at the Declaration of Independence, and assented, with his usual energy, to the measure; but having been appointed a brigadier-general in the army, was obliged to retire from Congress, immediately after his vote was given, and before the instrument was transcribed for the signature of members, for which reason his name does not appear among the signers.In April, 1777, he was elected both governor and lieutenan-governor of New York and was continued in the former office eighteen years.He continued during the progress of the war to render the most important services to the military department.
It was owing greatly to his influence that the army was prevented from being disbanded, and to his exertions that the Southern and Northern states were not separated by the intervention of the British.On being apprised, in October 1777, of the advance of the enemy from New York, up the Hudson, to form a junction with Burgoyne, he progued the assembly and took command of Fort Montgomery, in which he made a most gallent defence; but being overpowered by superior numbers, with his brother James, escaped undercover of the night.In 1801, he was again chosen governor, and in 1804, advanced to the vice-presidency of the United States, and continued in the office until his death, which took place at Washington April 20th, 1812, in the 73 year of his age.
He possesseda discriminating intellect, the msot undauted courage, and great energy of character.He was distinguished as a soldier and able statesman, and an ardent partiot, and filled the several public stations to which he was elevated with an ability, uprightness, and usefulness, which placed him, both in public esteem and on the pages of history, among the most illustrious worthies of of the Revolution.
More About William Clinton:
Fact 1: Adherent of Charles I. and an officer in his army.
Children of William Clinton and Elizabeth Kennedy are:
- +James Clinton, d. 1717, Ireland.
- Margaret Clinton, d. date unknown.