Jesse Jr. Churchill was born on Mar 18 1757 in Newington, CT. He died on
Sep 29 1838.
NOTE:Born in Wethersfield, Conn., March 18, 1757. The tradition in the family is that, at the outbreak of the Revolution, he tried to enlist, but was rejected at first on account of his boyish appearance, but he succeeded later, and served in the company of Capt. Jonathan Hale, of Glastonbury, and was stationed at Boston January to March, 1776. He reenlisted in the Company of Captain Welles, and served in New York. His regiment was at the battles of Long Island and White Plains. He evidently acquired a fair education, and perhaps became a teacher in the succeeding years. After his first marriage he settled for a time in Glastonbury, where his first child was born. About 1790 he removed to Hubbardton and occupied the farm which his father had taken up in 1775, but had abandoned when Vermont became involved in the border warfare. He lived for some years in the old log-house built by his father. On this homestead his seven children by the first wife were born, and here she died, leaving him with a family of seven children. Mr. Churchill then fitted himself for the ministry. It is said that he studied at Andover Theological Scholl, and by his church Covenant, dated at Andover, June 2, 1784, now in the possesion of a grandson, J. W. Hull, of Pittsfield, it seems that he was then a student. He probably took a special course. His son Norman writes us, in 1885; "After the death of my mother and father took an abbreviated course in theology, was ordained in 1807, and began to preach as a Congregational minister." He removed to Litchfield, N. Y., the same year. He was settled awhile at New Lebanon, N. Y. He was chaplain of the Twenty-seventh Regiment, New York militia, from 1810 to 1822, and served in the war of 1812, under Colonel Belinger, in the Black River campain, his son Norman going with him as his waiter. His last pastorate was at Winfield, N. Y. He died at Morrisville, N. Y., Sept. 29, 1828, and was buried at Winfield. He married 1st, in Wethersfield, Nov 2, 1786, Hannah Boardman, daughter of Charles and Abigail (Stillman) Boardman. She died at Hubbardton, Dec 10, 1804. Married 2d, Aug 28, 1807, Olive Tilden, daughter of John, and sister of Elam Tilden, the father of Samuel J. Tilden, the Democratic presidential candidate of 1876. Married 3d, March 23, 1823, Mrs. Anna Eggleston, in Batavia, N. Y. She was a widow with a family of children, one of whom Norman Churchill married.
Our authority for statements above are letters of Norman Churchill, of Galesburg, IL, his son; letters from Professor Comstock, of Galesburg, IL, Mrs. Lucena A. (Churchill) Hull, his youngest daughter, in the application of James W. Hull, her son, for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, in 1889; Connecticut Historical Society Collection, Vol. 8, Pg 137; "Connecticut Men in the Revolution," pg 385; Military Minutes of Council of Appontment of New York. In 1814 his regiment was stationed at Fort Pike, near Sackett's Harbor.
He was married
to Hannah Boardman on Nov 22 1786 in CT, ?. Rev Jesse Jr. Churchill and Hannah
Boardman had the following children:
+469 i. Elizabeth Churchill.
470 ii. George Churchill was born on Oct 11 1789 in Glastonbury, CT. He died on Aug 11 1872 in Troy, IL.
NOTE:Never married. He died at Troy, Ill., Aug. 11, 1872. He was brought up on the old farm in Hubbardton, and recieved the common school education in his native town. On the removal of his father's family to New York State, he went to Albany, and became an apprentice in a printing office, served his time, and then worked as a journeyman printer until he was able to purchase a half interest in a small printing office, which he soon after sold out, and started west. He obtained a situation in Louisville, Ky., in the "Courier" office, and worked there a while, and, in 1817, located in St. Louis, Mo., and being attracted by the fertile lands of Illinois, bought a tract of land a few miles southeast of Edwardsville, in that state, where he lived the remainder of his life. In order to raise money for the improvement of his farm, he worked at his trade in the office of the "Missouri Gazette," in St. Louis. While connected with that paper he wrote a series of articles, advocating the admission of Missouri as a free state. He assisted in establishing a newspaper, in Edwardsville, "The Spectator," and was a sonstant contributor to its columns, especially in 1822-1824, while the contest was on to make Illinois a slave state. In the final defeat of this attempt he bore a prominent part. He was elected to the General Assembly of Illinois in 1822, and was reelected in 1824, showing that the people approved his course. He served by reelection till 1832, and in the Senate in 1838, and again in the House in 1844, serving in all sixteen years. He was well versed in the English language and literature. a diligent collector of historical documents.
471 iii. Giles Churchill was born on Dec 26 1791 in Hubbardton, VT.
NOTE:He removed to the west, and taught school; and, about, 1817, went south to New Orleans, it is said. No account of his subsequent career has come to us.
+472 iv. William Boardman Churchill.
+473 v. Polly Churchill.
+474 vi. Norman Churchill.
475 vii. Levi Gaylord Churchill was born on Jul 28 1802 in Hubbardton, VT. He died on Dec 3 1851 in Troy, IL.
NOTE:Died unmarried in Troy, IL, Dec. 3, 1851. He is buried at Collinsville, IL.
He was married
to Olive Tilden in CT, ?. Rev Jesse Jr. Churchill and Olive Tilden had the following
+476 i. Lucena Ann Churchill.
He was married to Anna (Mrs.) Eggleston in CT, ?.