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Lemuel Fling, Pomfret, Conn.
Posted by: Linda Welch (ID *****5281) Date: January 22, 2009 at 13:08:31
In Reply to: Abijah Fling, Pomfret Ct by Margaret of 121

Was Abijah Lemuel's brother?

Lemuel Fling, b. 1755, son of --
Ruth Cady, b. Pomfret, Conn., 6 April, 1757, dau. of Henry & Ruth (Waters) Cady
They were m. in Pomfret, Conn., 16 April, 1781.
1. Parnel, b. Pomfret, Conn., 15 Sept., 1781
2. Erastus, b. Pomfret, Conn., 20 July, 1783.
3. Cyrill / Syrrel b. Pomfret, Conn., 21 Sept., 1785. He was a soldier of the War of 1812, served in Williams' 3rd Regiment,Vt. Militia. He m. in Cornish, NH, 19 July, 1804, Jennie Potter.
4. Calvin, b. Cornish, NH, 8 Jan., 1792. Impressed into British service during War of 1812, and never heard from again.
5. Augusta, b. Cornish, NH, 11 Jan., 1794.
6. Fanny Watrous, b. Cornish, NH, 27 Nov., 1798. She m. Samuel Hillard, Jr.

Lemuel and Ruth Fling arrived in Cornish, NY in 1791 Lemuel was a soldier (captain) of the Revolution from Pomfret, Conn in the 11th Regiment, Connecticut Milita. There was also Calvin Fling in that regiment. Lemuel was buried in the Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam. "Dear Sir. I did much for my country in the Revolutionary War. I was in service about eight years. I was in the battle of Germantown, Philadelphia, in the battle of -- Fort Mitkin and in the Battle of ---. I lost my hearing and cannot hear but very little, but I have never applied to government assistance. Please have my son Calvin released."

From "Atlantic Monthly" 1885: AN OLD-TIME GRIEVANCE. " Let all who are not callous to every tender human feeling guess at least how a fond mother must feel, what anguish must wring her heart, on having a beloved son, in a state of minority, torn from the arms of his parents, from brothers and sisters, and from the country in which he was born, and hurried to distant climes, in a state of servitude, awful and dangerous, where if he should be in distress (as he doubtless is) his cries cannot be heard, nor his wants met, by those to whom he is as dear as life." So wrote, on 23 March, 1812, Mrs. Ruth Fling, wife of Lemuel Fling, of Cornish, New Hampshire, to Samuel Dinsmoor, member of Congress from the district in which they all lived. Her letter was enclosed with another, written by her husband, to Mr. Dinsmoor, in which was narrated in manly language the story of the impressment of his son Calvin. Mrs. Fling's letter, of which the above passage forms only a small part, was a prolonged wail. In our times bereaved mothers do not offer to "sit down in mournful silence, humbly praying that if we can meet no more on earth we may, through the merits of a glorious Redeemer, meet on the shore of the heavenly Canaan, where the din of war, the chain of slavery, and the apparatus of death shall be known no more forever;" but that the mother of Calvin Fling felt it necessary to express her grief in such involved phrases, is no reason to question either the sincerity or the debt of the sorrow. ... Calvin Fling at the age of 20 yrs. was not a sailor, but a journeyman saddler. He had worked at his trade in Montreal and Quebec about 3 yrs., when he was in Quebec, he was impressed by a gang from a British sloop of war, "Rattler" and carried on board that vessel where history loses sight of him.

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