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Noah and Margaret (Grinnell) Kelsey

Noah Kelsey was born September 18, 1767 in Killingsworth, Middlesex County, Connecticut and died March 23, 1843 in Milford Connecticut. On February 14, 1791 in Killingsworth, he married Margaret Grinnell who was born April 29, 1767 at Killingsworth, Connecticut. Margaret died May 25, 1858 in Milford, Connecticut. Noah is buried in Section C of Milford Cemetery. Margaret isn’t listed on the records, but assume she is buried there also. Noah’s birth and marriage are recorded in the Killingworth Vital records – birth in Vol 2 Page 105, marriage in Vol 2 Page 39.

To this union eight known children were born:
Horace born October 22, 1792 and died January 1 1864
Sarah born December 15, 1793 died young
Joel born April 10, 1796
Noah born May 5, 1799 died January 1, 1874
William Augustus born August 9, 1802 died December 31, 1856
Augustus William born August 9, 1802 died December 4, 1891
Sarah born October 25, 1806 died January 29, 1876 in GA married Samuel Peck
Charles born June 4, 1808 died in California

Noah was mentioned in the will of this father written April 19, 1806

Noah served in the Revolutionary War. “Muster and Pay Rolls of the War of the Revolution,” list Noah as ‘Brigede Black Smith’. He’s assigned to an artillery brigade. Later in the same book, he’s listed as a private on December 14, 1776 and yet later a Serj’t for the town of Sharon on Jan. 1, 1777, and then back to a private Feb 23, 1777.

History of New Haven County, Connecticut, Volume 2 states on page 229 that “Captain Noah Kelsey, who had a shop near the Episcopal church, made many of the vessel irons used.” (Talking in regards to vessel building/ship yards.) The same book also states that “ After 1829 King Hiram Lodge held its meeting mainly at Humphreysville, and for several years its membership increased. But the Lodge did not escape the virulent abuse and misrepresentation which attended the anti-Masonic agitation in the early part of the thirties, which, however, did not swerve it from its faith. Firmly believing in their order, the Lodge signed, with great unanimity, on the 11th of June, 1832, the declaration of Masonic principles as promulgated by the Grand Lodge of the state. This paper bore the names of the following: … Noah Kelsey … The same book states, “For more than half a century the settlers of Southbury worshipped in Woodbury church, and were tributary to the First Ecclesiatical Socient of that town. ….. The decons of the church were elected as follows: … 1823, Noah Kelsey …..”

Killingworth Land Records
Volume 16 Page 157

Deed from Noah KELSEY to William CARTER

To all People to whom these Presents shall come:--GREETING.

KNOW Ye, That I Noah KELSEY of Killingworth in the County of Middlesex & State of Connecticut
for the consideration of Six hundred and fifty Dollars

Received to my full satisfaction of William CARTER of Killingworth in the County aforesaid-

Do give, grant, bargain, fell, and confirm unto the said W'm CARTER his heirs & assigns forever one certain trace of land lying in s'd Killingworth with a Dwelling house thereon standing & being my own Dwelling house & homested lying on the south side of the stage Road Beginning at the northeasterly corner of s'd land by the highway thence southerly 22 & a half Rods thence westerly three & a half Rods thence northerly 23 & ¾ Rods Thence Easterly 3 & ½ rods to the first mentioned corner Containing 80 and ½ rods of Ground be the same more or less & is bounded Easterly & southerly by land belonging to the heirs of Col. Aaron ELIOTT Dec'd westerly by the land of Oliver HULL northerly by the Highway

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the above granted and bargained premises, with the appurtenances thereof, unto him the said William CARTER his heirs and assigns forever, to his and their own proper use and behoof. And also, I the said Noah KELSEY do for my self and my heirs, executors and administrators, covenant with the said William CARTER his heirs and assigns; that all and until the ensealing these presents I am well seized of the premises as a good indefeasible estate in fee simple, and have good to bargain and sell the same in manner and form as is above written, and that the same is free of all incumbrances whatsoever.


Do by these presents, bind y self and my heirs forever to warrant and defend the above granted and bargained premises, to him the said William CARTER his heirs and assigns, against all claims and demands whatsoever.

IN WITNESS whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 8th day of April Anno Domini 1801

Signed, sealed and delivered
In presence of
Sam'll REDFIELD 2nd

Noah KELSEY (Seal)

Middlesex County ss. Killingworth April 3rd AD 1801
Personally appeared, Noah KELSEY the signer and sealer of the foregoing instrument, and acknowledged the same to be his free act and deed, before me
William MORGAN Justice of Peace

Entered May 1 1801

Killingsworth Town Record
Saybook Probate Records
First Congregational Church Society Centennial
Manuscript Edward Claypool

Noah Kelsey Revolutionary War Records
Noah Kelsey Revolutionary War Pension Records