Colonel Seth Warner. Col. Seth was born May 6, 1743(?) the son of Benjamin Warner and Silence Hurd, in Roxbury, Richfield Co. Connecticut; and died Dec. 26, 1784 in Roxbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut. He married Hester Hurd. His first cousin was Capt. Remember Baker, both making names for themselves in the Revolutionary War in Vermont. (See information below.) Seth Warner had nine siblings: Hannah, Benjamin II (Doctor), Daniel, John (Doctor), Reuben (Doctor), Elijah, Asahel, David, and Tamar. A brother, Daniel Warner, was killed in the Battle of Bennington. A brother, John Warner (1745–1819), was a captain in Herrick’s Rangers during the Revolutionary War and later an early settler in St. Albans, Vermont. Warner married Esther (occasionally appears as Hester) Hurd (1748–1816) of Lanesboro, Massachusetts, in June of 1766. The couple had four children: Israel (1768–1862), Seth (1771–1776), Abigail Meacham (1774–1862), and Seth (1777–1854). Warner's great-grandnephew Olin Levi Warner, was a well-known nineteenth-century sculptor.
Bennington Vermont Biographies: COLONEL SETH WARNER was born in Roxbury then Woodbury, Conn., May 17, 1743, came to Bennington to reside in January, 1765, and remained here until the summer of 1784, when, being in failing health he returned to his native town, where he died the December following, being in the 42d year of his age. The life of Warner has been written by Daniel Chipman and by others, and is too well known to justify any detailed notice of him in this sketch. As a military leader he was honored and confided in above all others by the people of this State, and his bravery and military capacity appear to have been always appreciated by the intelligent officers from other States with whom he served. In the disastrous retreat from Canada, in the spring of 1776, he brought up the rear, and he was placed in command of the rear guard on the evacuation of Ticonderoga, by which he was involved in the action at Hubbardton. At Bennington he was with Stark for several days before the battle, and was his associate in planning the attack upon Baum, and in carrying it into execution, and it was by his advice, and contrary to the first impression of Stark, that Breyman was immediately opposed, without first retreating to rally the scattered American forces. Star in his official account of the battle was not the man to overlook the valued services of his associates. In his letter to Gates he says that Warner marched with him to meet the enemy on the 14th, and of the battle on the 16th: "Warner's superior skill in the action was of great service to me." Contemporaneous histories confirm the account given by Stark. Gordon in his history of the revolution takes a similar view of the services of Warner on that occasion, and Dr. Thatcher in his Journal, in commencing his account of the actions, says, "On the 16th Gen. Stark, assisted by Col. Warner, matured his arrangements for the battle," and then describes it as was done by Stark.
It is to the credit of the State of Connecticut, that its legislature have caused a neat and substantial granite monument to be erected over his remains at Roxbury. It is an obelisk about 21 feet in height, with appropriate base, plinth, die and mouldings, with the following inscriptions: East (front) side--"Col. Seth Warner, of the army of the Revolution; born in Roxbury, Conn. May 17, 1743; a resident of Bennington, Vt., from 1765 to 1784; died in his native parish, Dec. 26, 1784." North Side--"Captor of Crown Point, commander of the Green Mountain Boys in the repulse of Carlton at Longueil and in the battle of Hubbardton; and the associate of Stark, in the victory at Bennington." South Side--"Distinguished as a successful defender of the New Hampshire Grants; and for bravery, sagacity, energy and humanity, as a partisan officer in the war of the Revolution." US Find A Grave West Side--"His remains are deposited under this monument erected by order of the General Assembly at Connecticut, A. D. 1859." US Find A Grave
"Col. Warner came to Bennington a single man in 1765, was married within a year or two afterwards to Hester Hurd of Roxbury, and settled in the northwesterly part of the town. He was a near neighbor of James Breakenridge, his house being on the corner opposite the present school house at "Irish Corner." It was lately known as the Gibbs place, and the house erected by him was standing, though in a dilapidated condition, until the fall of 1858, when it was destroyed by fire. This residence of his was within three quarters of a mile of New York line, on the outskirts of the settlement, where he appears to have lived in security throughout the New York controversy, notwithstanding numerous indictments were found against him as a rioter, and large rewards offered for his apprehension. This freedom from attack is to be accounted for by the terror with which his boldness and resolution, and that of is brother Green Mountain Boys, inspired his land-claiming enemies, coupled with the well known fact that the great body of the inhabitants of the bordering county of Albany sympathized with him in his hostility to the unjust demands of the speculators, and would sooner aid in his rescue than in his arrest." [ Bennington Vermont Biographies ] The Bennington County Genweb Team County Coordinator: Lynn Tooley © Copyright 2014 All rights reserved
"The fact that the 'Green Mountain Boys' were at Quebec in 1776; that two of the officers on these rolls - Captain and Commissary Elijah Babcock, and Capt. Robert Cochran are identified in name and rank with those on a list handed to the Provincial Congress of New York by Ethan Allen and Seth Warner, on July 4, 1775, as officers of the Green Mountain Boys; and the further fact that none of the men are recorded in any other place, or with any other organization, all confirm the belief that the soldiers on its rolls herewith were a part of that historic band."
Bennington Museum, Read the Markers, accessed July 10, 2013
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