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Elijah Betts (1745 - 1800)

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Elijah Betts
Born in Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticutmap
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Husband of — married about [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut, United Statesmap
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Categories: American Revolution | NSSAR Patriot Ancestors.

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Elijah Betts is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
NSSAR Ancestor #: P-114121
Rank: Private

Elijah Betts was born 5 June 1745 in Wilton, Connecticut. [1] [2] He passed away before August 1800 also in Wilton, Connecticut. [1] [2] His will was dated 1792 so he may have been ill for some time. He was living in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1790. [3]

  • Baptised 9 June 1745. - HRN


  • at or before 26 Oct 1768. Renewed their covenant at Wilton. - HRN

Elijah Betts was married to Adah Taylor around January 1768 in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut. They had fourteen (14) children:

  • Elijah Betts (1769-1842)
  • Esther Betts (1772-1844)
  • Hepzibah Betts (1774-1864)
  • Ira Sherman Betts (1779-1864)
  • James Betts (1781-1858)
  • Aaron Betts (1784-1833)
  • Lucy Betts (1787-1882)

Military Service

Elijah Betts was a soldier of the American Revolution. He served as a private in the Light Horse Regiment under Major Ezra Starr and patrolled the coast. He also served in Connecticut's 5th Regiment under Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Sherman and Captain William Richard. He is on record as having drawn pay from November 1781 to December 1781 for services rendered during the American Revolution.

  • Soldier in the Coast Patrol. - HRN


  1. 1.0 1.1, U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 ( Operations, Inc.) Volume: 153; SAR Membership Number: 30485. Volume: 231; SAR Membership Number: 46077. Volume: 313; SAR Membership Number: 62539.
  2. 2.0 2.1, Global, Find A Grave Index for Non-Burials, Burials at Sea, and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current ( Operations, Inc.)
  3. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1790 United States Federal Census ( Operations, Inc.), Year: 1790; Census Place: Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut; Series: M637; Roll: 1; Page: 301; Image: 305; Family History Library Film: 0568141.
  • Betts, Frederic H., 1888. Thomas Betts, of Guilford and Norwalk, and his Descendants. (based on the work of Caroli Wyllys Betts, deceased) pages 51, 83
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed January 25, 2015), "Record of Elijah Betts", Ancestor # A009759.
  • Elijah Betts on
  • Family Bible of Flora Elsie (Sheldon) Nelson in possession of Howard Ross Nelson, 1945-46.

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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Elijah by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Craig Betts : Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 12 markers, haplogroup I-M170, FTDNA kit #N85079 + Y-Chromosome Test 12 markers, haplogroup I-M170
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On 25 Apr 2016 at 02:39 GMT Michael Stills wrote:

On 25 Apr 2016 at 02:04 GMT Michael Stills wrote:

Here is a Betts Family History that may be of some value.

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