Is there a source for what the 1st Connecticut Regiment was doing in 1762?

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I have been trying to track down how and precisely when Jacob Huntley died in 1762, during the French and Indian War.  He enlisted in the 1st Connecticut Regiment in April of 1762 and notification of his death was dated or received in Ellington Parish, Windsor, Connecticut, on 14 Oct 1762.  This much I have based on Virgil Huntley's John Huntley, Immigrant, bk. 1, p. 87.

Ancestry has a listing (no image) from ''Rolls of Connecticut Men in the French and Indian War, 1755-1762'', vol. 2, p. 314. I can't find a copy of that second volume online to look at that page, so I can only assume that the Major General Phineas Lyman mentioned was in overall command of whatever force included Robert Durkee's 9th Company and that that force therefore included the 1st Connecticut Regiment. The 1762 date in the Ancestry entry is vague, so I have to wonder whether this payroll was before or after Jacob's death.

Does anyone have access to a copy of that volume or know where I could find a copy online?  I'd really like to know what else it might say.  As just one example, where was the regiment located at the time of the payroll?  For that matter, who was the colonel commanding the regiment?

In addition, is there another source which would tell me what the regiment (or his company) was doing when Jacob was killed? Were they part of the Signal Hill battle on 15 Sep 1862?  The timing might be about right, but what I found on that battle in Wikipedia didn't go into that level of detail, although it indicated there were only a handful of deaths among the British/Colonial forces.

I realize it's also quite possible that he died of disease or from falling off a cliff during a march.  I'm not wedded to the idea he was killed in action, but I'd like to know, if it's possible to know.

WikiTree profile: Jacob Huntley
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Decoding Connecticut Militia 1739-1783 - Journal of the American ...


Jul 27, 2016 - Connecticut annexed the four border towns of Enfield, Suffield, Somers, and Woodstock from Massachusetts in 1749.[7] The first two towns were added to the 1st Regiment; Somers to the 5thRegiment; and Woodstock to the 11th Regiment. In 1762, the colony reported 20,264 men in the militia.[8] Between ...

Connecticut in the French and Indian War |


The French and Indian War was the greatest military challenge faced by the Connecticut colony between the time of King Philip’s uprising and the American Revolution. ... In July 1755, the war began in earnest when a Franco-Native American force routed British regulars and Virginia ...

Connecticut Soldiers, French and Indian War, 1755-62 -


In 1755, the Connecticut General Assembly ordered the mustering of colony men to fight in what became known as the French and Indian War. This database is a listing of over 29,000 men who served in the colonial militia between 1755 and 1762. It reveals the soldier's name, rank, location of enlistment,regiment, and ...

answered by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
selected by Susan Anderson
Thank you, Frank.

Unfortunately, the first reference covers the revolutionary period almost exclusively, although the maps are helpful, and the third is to those dratted Ancestry summary pages.

That article is very, very helpful.  It sounds as if, depending on timing, Jacob might have been involved in the Havana expedition which went so badly.
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French & Indian War Veterans from Greenwich - CTGenWeb


May 20, 2000 - This company rendered active service in the campaigns of 1755, 1758, 1759, 1760, 1761, and 1762. ... At about the same time the Assembly authorized the raising of two additionalregiments, each to consist of seven hundred and fifty men, divided into nine companies. .... 6TH COMPANY, 1ST REGIMENT.

[PDF]Connecticut in the American Revolution - The Society of the Cincinnati


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the Revolution, another casualty of America's first civil war. Although the ... Cuba during an ill-fated expedition to Havana in 1762, and .... enlist in the Continental Army, receiving a commission as firstlieutenant in Colonel Charles Webb's 7th ConnecticutRegiment. He participated in the siege of Boston, rising to the rank of ...

Tolland, CT, Military Rolls


CHAPMAN* 1st Lieut. Titus OLCOTT 2d Lieut. George COOLEY Ensign Solomon WILLS* Serg. Samuel BENTON Serg. Jonathan BIRGE* Serg. Abner WEBB Serg. ... In the year 1762, the King of England made a requisition upon the colonies for troops to join in the expedition against the island of Cuba; and a company was ...

answered by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
And more!  Thank you again, Frank.

An hour later:  I've now had a chance to go through all your references, Frank, and I again thank you.  I even found a link to a hathitrust copy of vol. 2 of "Rolls of Connecticut Men in the French and Indian War," in the references. Yes!!  It confirmed both the date of enlistment and the date of death for me.

It does appear Jacob Huntley's company was part of the Havana expedition in 1762.  So, I have new leads to pursue.

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