Abel Burritt

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Abel Burritt, son of Ephraim Burritt and Sarah Lewis, was born at Stratford, Connecticut, 3 November 1742.1 He died at New Haven, Connecticut, 15 July 1828,2 and was buried at Grove Street Cemetery, Maple Ave. Section, Lot 42, New Haven, Connecticut.3

Abel married Eunice Austin, daughter of Stephen Austin and Martha Thompson, at New Haven 19 September 1764.2

In 1790, his household was probably the one enumerated at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut, with 3 free white males over 16, 2 under 16, and 4 free white females.4

Abel apparently left Stratford for New Haven before or about 1764 when he married Eunice. He was a tailor, at one time advertising for the return of a runaway apprentice.

He is listed as a Captain in the New Haven Militia and is believed to have participated in the defense of New Haven when the British invaded in 1779. In late August, he was credited for providing 2,048 pounds in nominal money, and credited with services valued at 180 pounds

He was known as Captain when son Benjamin was born in 1778, and when daughter Eunice died in 1801. Between then and his death in 1828 he became known as Deacon.

The years just before his death must have severely tested his faith. Two daughters had died earlier, Eunice, mentioned above, and Elizabeth in 1783. Then:
     wife Eunice died 25 Feb 1825
     daughter Sarah died 10 Sep 1826
     son Benjamin died 24 Apr 1827

When he wrote his will in November 1826, Benjamin must have been ill as Abel made provision for Benjamin's support for seven years, and only if he "should so long live." He also made three bequests to Christian missionary organizations.5,2,6,7,8,9

Abel left a will dated 11 November 1826,
In the name of God Amen-

I Abel Burritt of the City of New Haven do make & institute this my last will & testament in manner following That is to say

I give & bequeath to my son Benjamin the sum of fifteen dollars per annum for the term of seven years, in case my said son [should] [so] [long] [live] to be applied towards his support by my executor hereafter named.

I give & bequeath to my grandchildren, the children of my daughter Sarah to wit Eunice, Charles, Abel Burritt Jacob Grace and Jonas Gilbert Jacobs the sum of twenty dollars each to paid to them as in six months after my death.

I give & bequeath to Elizabeth wife of Capt James Clark, John N Jacobs Jr. the sum of ten dollars each to be paid to them as [ ] within six months after my decease.

I give & bequeath to Electa Goodyear the sum of twenty five dollars to be paid in like manner within six months of my decease

I give & bequeath to the American Board of Commissioners for foreign missions the sum of fifty dollars to be paid in like manner after my death

I give & bequeath to the Charitable Society for the Education of Indigent Pious young men for the Ministry of the Gospel, the sum of fifty dollars to be paid in like manner within six months after my decease.

I give & bequeath to the American Bible Society the Sum of forty dollars to be paid in like manner within six months after my decease.

And finally, I give & bequeath all the rest & residue of my estate both real & personal to my son Abel Burritt Junr to him his heirs and assigns forever and I do lastly institute and appoint him the said Abel Burritt Jr Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand & seal in the City of New Haven this 11th day of November 1826. In presence of these subscribing witnesses who subscribed their names hereto, in presence the testator & of each other

Amasa Porter
Augustus Lines
Nathan Smith               Abel Burritt.5 [seal]


Eunice Austin b. 31 May 1745, d. 25 Feb 1825
  • Elizabeth Burritt2 b. 7 Aug 1769, d. 20 Oct 1783
  • Benjamin Burritt2 b. 24 Apr 1778, d. 24 Apr 1827
  • Sarah Burritt2 b. 25 Jun 1780, d. 10 Sep 1826
  • Eunice Burritt2 b. 24 Mar 1782, d. 25 Dec 1801
  • Abel Burritt+2 b. 18 Jul 1783, d. 28 Jul 1862
This person was last edited on2 Jan 2021


  1. [S53] Donald Lines Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, 9 vols. in 3 (1924-1932; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1974), 370-371, further cited as Jacobus, New Haven Families.
  2. [S53] Jacobus, New Haven Families, 1:370-371.
  3. [S1486] Special Committee on Publication, Revolutionary Characters of New Haven: The Subject of Addresses and Papers Delivered Before the General David Humphreys Branch, No. 1, Connecticut Society, Sons of the American Revolution(New Haven, Connecticut: General David Humphreys Branch, No. 1, 1911), 115, further cited as Committee on Publication, Revolutionary Characters of New Haven.
  4. [S2161] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790, 12 vols. (Washington D.C.: Department of Commerce and Labor, Bureau of the Census, 1907-1908), CT:103, further cited as Heads of Families, 1790.
  5. [S1032] Connecticut, Probate Files Collection, Early to 1880, New Haven Probate District, packet #2226, FHL microfilm 1023798, further cited as Connecticut Probate Files.
  6. [S326] Deaths, Connecticut Journal, New Haven, Connecticut, 12/31/1801, 3NewsBank.com, http://infoweb.newsbank.com. Hereinafter cited as Connecticut Journal.
  7. [S327] , Vital Records of New Haven, 1649-1850(Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1917-1924), 426, further cited as Vital Records of New Haven.
  8. [S1486] Committee on Publication, Revolutionary Characters of New Haven, 101.
  9. [S1562] Sylvester Judd and Connecticut State Library, "Connecticut Revolutionary War Papers", 99 volumes in 3 series, Hartford, Connecticut: 1922, microform copy: FHL Film/Fiche #3573, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, II-8-72B, further cited as Judd et al., "Connecticut Revolutionary War Papers."