New Database: Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut

Statue of Captain Nathan Hale by Bela Lyon Pratt (statue), Christopher De Coro (photograph), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

We are excited to announce a new database! Connecticut: Society of the Cincinnati.

This three-volume database, which was created from Biographies of Original Members and Qualifying Officers – Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut, edited by J. Michael Phelps, contains 715 fully cited genealogical and biographical sketches of all qualified propositi of the Connecticut Society of the Cincinnati, including renowned heroes such as Capt. Nathan Hale, Gen. Jedediah Huntington, Gen. Samuel Holden Parsons, Gen. Israel Putnam Sr., Maj. Benjamin Tallmadge, and Gen. David Wooster. These sketches contain 36,049 records and 35,831 names.

In May 1783, as the Revolutionary War was nearing its end, the Society of the Cincinnati was formed by its officers, some of whom had served together for as long as eight years, as a way for them to maintain their friendships and provide for their widows and orphans. The Society was named for Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, a Roman general who had left his farm and family to fight for his country, as did George Washington centuries later. It includes all Original Members and all who qualify under some other basis of the original or amended Institution, including, but not limited to, Died in Service, Rule of 1854, Deranged (retired by consolidation), or Served to End of War.

The volumes are divided as follows:

Volume 1: Thomas Abbe – Cornelius Higgins

Volume 2: Joseph Higgins – Samuel Sanford

Volume 3: Abijah Savage – John Yates/Yeats

We are grateful to our volunteers, David Anderson and Sam Sturgis, for their help in making this database.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.