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Gershom FLAGG, Jr 1

  • Born: 11 Apr 1758, Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA 1 2
  • Married: 25 Jun 1778, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA 1
  • Died: 1792, Cornerville, Marietta, Washington, Ohio, USA 1
  • Buried: Fort, Marietta, Washington, Ohio, USA

   Cause of his death was Numb Palsy or Paralysis.

   Another name for Gershom was Matross.

   Ancestral File Number: MVRR-GD. User ID: 150.

   General Notes:

Matross, Massachusetts 3rd Artillery Regiment, Frothingham's Company, Continental Army, Revolutionary War.

FAMILY RECORDS of the Descendants of GERSHOM FLAGG [Born 1730] of Lancaster Massahusettes (sic) with Other Genealogical Records of THE FLAGG FAMILY Descended from THOMAS FLEGG OF WATERTOWN MASS and Including THE FLEGG LINEAGE IN ENGLAND Compiled and Published by Norman Gersom Flagg and Lucius C S Flagg 1907
Chapter III The Flagg Lineage from Thomas Flegg of Watertown Mass to Gershom Flagg (Born 1730) of Lancaster Mass 1637-1758
pg 31:...The widow Mary (Willard) Flagg was admitted administratrix of the estate of 'Gershom Flagg, late of Lancaster, housewright, deceased,' on the fifth of Feb 1759, her bondsmen being Simon Willard and Nathaniel Willard, yeomen. 8 Feb appraisers were appointed, and 28 May, their inventory was filed...
The adminstratix's account was accepted 7 Aug 1761.
Gershom Flagg's widow married again 17 Sep 1761 to William Phelps and lived in Lancaster until her death 22 Sep 1807 (according to letter of that date written by her nephew Josiah Flagg to her son Ebenezer Flagg- letter in possession of Mrs Mary Willard Flagg-Gillham, Wanda IL 1906). There can be little doubt that both Gershom Flagg and his wife were buried in a Lancaster cemetery, but no stones can be found to mark the location of their graves.
The children of Gershom and Mary (Willard) Flagg were:
I. Mary, born 27 Apr 1753 she married John Baker and had three children: John K, Thomas, and Charles. John K Baker was a printer in Burlington VT in 1800 and published the 'Northern Sentinel' in 1801; he subsequently moved to Plattsburg NY where he was proprietor of a hotel. Azariah C Flagg was a printer's apprentice under him from 1801 to 1806.
II. Ebenezer Flagg, born 7 Apr 1756 (see Chap IV).
III. Gershom Flagg, born 11 Apr 1758 (see Chap V).
When Gershom Flagg of Lancaster died 28 Dec 1758 from a fall while slating a roof, he left a widow Mary (Willard) Flagg and three young children, the daughter Mary aged 5 years, the son Ebenezer aged 2 1/2 years, and the infant son Gershom eight months old.
Aaron Willard, brother of Mary (Willard) Flagg, was at her request appointed guardian of the children, Mary, Ebenezer, and Gershom as is shown by the following petition:
"To John Chandler Esq Judge Pro for Worcester County, I desire my bro Capt Aaron Willard may be appointed guardian to my three children by late husband Gershom Flagg late of Lancaster, housewright Decd. 17 Mar 1759. Mary Flagg."
Subsequently, 9 Jan 1771, Abel Willard of Lancaster was appointed guardian of Mary and Ebenezer and 31 Mar 1773 of Gershom also. (Worcester Co Probate Records, Series A, Case 21, 178)...
Chapter V pg 96:
Gershom Flagg, Son of Gerhom Flagg of Lancaster Mass and His Descendants 1758-1906
[601] Gershom Flagg (2nd) son of Gershom [1] b 11 Apr 1758 Lancaster MA. Served in the Revolutionary War as Matross, Col John Crane's Third Artillery Regt Continental Troops. Records in the archives of Massachusetts give his service as follows:
From Vol V pg 751 Mass soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War published by the Secretary of the Commonwealth Boston:
"Gershom Flagg (also given Jr), Lancaster. Return of men raised to serve in the Continental Army from Capt John White Jr's Co, 2nd Worcester Co Regt, dated Lancaster Dec 20, 1777; residence Lancasster; engaged for town of Lancaster, joined Capt Briant's co, Col Crain's Regt, term 3 years; also list of men mustered by Nathaniel Barber, Muster Master for Suffolk Co, dated Boston 30 Mar 1777; Col Crane's Regt; also Matross, Capt Bryant's Co, Col Mason's Regt; Continental Army pay accounts for service from 8 Mar 1777 to 31 Dec 1779; also Capt Benjamin Frothingham's Co, Col John Crane's (Artillery) Regt; muster roll dated Springfield 1 Nov 1779; company stationed at Springfield; also Capt Bryant's Co; Continental Army pay accounts for service from 1 Jan 1780 to 16 Mar 1780."
From the office of the Military Secretary, War Dept Washington DC is obtained the following record:
"Gershom Flagg served as a matross in Capt Benjamin Frothingham's Company, 3d Artillery Regiment, commanded by Colonel John Crane, Revolutionary War. His name appears on the company muster roll dated at Sprinfield 2 May 1778, with remark showing that he enlisted 8 Mar 1777 to serve three years."
Some Continental money of his hard earning in the Revolution was kept for many years by his son James. It is probable that he spent his entire youth in Lancaster, until he enlisted in the army.
In 1789, he removed with his family from MA to Marietta OH, joining the colony founded there a few months previously by Gen Rufus Putnam and others from New England, this being the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory.
He saw active service in the Indian War in 1791 and 1792, during which he and his family resided in the fort. The exposure and hardships he endured brought on an attack of paralysis or "numb palsy" from which he died in 1792, and he was buried near the fort in Marietta.
The remains of Gen Tupper and of a few others, were removed, many years ago, from their first resting place near the fort and placed in the Mound Cemetery (first used ffor the purpose of burial in 1801), and it is probable that the remains of Gershom Flagg were among them.
He m 25 Jun 1778 (intentions filed 16 May 1778) in Springfield MA Editha Hitchcock* b 1754 dau of Samuel (b 9 Jun 1717, d 17 Apr 1777) and Ruth (Stebbins) Hitchcock (of New Haven 1644, d 1 Nov 1659 at Weathersfield) and Deacon Samuel Chapin (of Roxbury 1638; Springfield 1642, d 11 Nov 1675). She d Oct 1819 Marietta OH. Issue:
[602] 1 James, b 17 May 1779. Family No. 602.
[603] 2 Mary, b 4 Feb 1783. Family No. 603.
[604] 3 Ebenezer, b 14 Jun 1785 in MA, d unm.
[605] 4 Editha, b 17 Jun 1786 in MA, d unm.
[606] 5 Luther, b 15 May 1789, d unm.
[607] 6 Cynthia, b 28 Mar 1791. Family No. 607 (Kelly).

*Her sister, Margaret Hitchcock b 25 May 1741 m Richard Falley, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and had issue Margaret Falley b 15 Nov 1776 who m William cleveland and had issue Richard Falley Cleveland b 19 Jun 1805 who m Anne Neal and had issue Stephen Grover Cleveland b 18 Mar 1837 who was President of the United States.

Mound Cemetery Marietta,Ohio, 1996, Owen Hawley, p272: "Kelly, Cynthia (Flagg), B. 28 Mar 1791, Marietta, OH, dau. of Gersholm, Sr. & Editha (Hitchcock) Flagg...See Norman G. Flagg & Lucius C.S. Flagg FAMILY RECORDS OF GERSHOLM FLAGG (1907), pp.100-101."

Ancestry.com, Ancestry World Chart, Ancestors of Earl Randolph GERTZ c1925, File Name 147139, Seanandnikki@email.msn.com

Ancestry.com, Ancestry World Chart, Ancestors of Eugene Worth GRAVES c1903, File Name 117205, Ayres@prodigy.net

ANCESTRY.COM 31 Jul 2000
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 163
page 259
Mrs. Edith Orrill Flagg Sturmer.
DAR ID Number: 162860
Born in Dorchester, Nebr.
Wife of Henry Walter Sturmer.
Descendant of Gershom Flagg, as follows:
1. Homer Haskell Flagg (b. 1867) m. 1892 Alice Fitz John (b. 1871).
2. Thomas Percival Flagg (1812-92) m. 2d 1865 Caroline Jane Strong Jones (1831-1901).
3. James Flagg (1779-1854) m. 1803 Sarah Corner (1785-1868).
4. Gershom Flagg m. 1778 Edith Hitchcock (1754-1819).
Gershom Flagg (1758-92) served as a matross in Capt. Benjamin Frothingham's Company, 3rd Artillery Regiment, commanded by Col. John Crane. He was born in Lancaster, Mass.; died in Marietta, Ohio.

html #l837: Moved 1789 MA > Marietta OH with family. Buried near Fort Marietta. Later moved to Mound Cemetery.

World Ancestral Chart No. 17450 Ancestors of Wayne G Thorpe and Olive Loraine Slade.

Ancestral File Ver 4.13 MVRR-GD: Gershom FLAGG (AFN: Sex M, Born Abt 1750 Springfield Hampden MA, Marriage Spouse: Editha HITCHCOCK (AFN: G82L-QH) 25 Jun 1778 Springfield Hampden MA.


1. Revolutionary War; 1776, , Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.

2. Removed; 1789, Marietta, Washington, Ohio, USA. From MA with family

   Marriage Information:

Gershom married Editha HITCHCOCK, daughter of Samuel HITCHCOCK, Sr and Ruth STEBBINS, on 25 Jun 1778 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA 1. (Editha HITCHCOCK was born on 27 Sep 1754 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA 1 and died on 27 May 1816 in Marietta, Washington, Ohio, USA 1.)


1 Ancestors of Earl Randolph GERTZ c1925, Ancestry World Tree, Ancestors of Earl Randolph GERTZ c1925, (Ancestry.com).

2 Ancestors of Eugene Worth GRAVES c1903, Susanne Caroline Ayres, Ayres@Prodigy.net, File Name 117205, (Ancestry.com).

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