Elisha Taylor and his twin brother Noadiah were born June 5, 1755. His parents Elisha and Hannah Taylor lived in East Hampton, then known as Chatham, Connecticut. In November 1776, Taylor was a private in the Continental Army at Fort Washington on the island of Manhattan. Pvt. Taylor was a member of a hand-picked company of scouts known as Knowlton’s Rangers. Following a British attack on November 16th, the fort fell and its surviving garrison of nearly 2,800 men became prisoners of war.
In early January 1777, a British transport flying a flag of truce dropped Taylor and 200 other emaciated prisoners at Milford, Connecticut. Many were sick with smallpox. Although Taylor made it back to Chatham, the deprivations of captivity had taken their toll. Less than a week after he was rejoined his family, Pvt. Taylor died. He is buried at Hog Hill Cemetery.
(Researched by Thomas Hogan of Mansfield Center, CT)
Gravestone of Pvt. Elisha Taylor (1755-1777)