On this day, May 21, 1843

Today is the 165th anniversary of the death of Solomon Shippey, one of my 4th great grandfathers. Solomon’s daughter Ruth married John Smith. Leonard Smith was their son. Solomon is, so far, the only ancestor I’ve come across who fought in the American Revolution.

Solomon was the grandson of David Shippe, the first of the family known to have settled in the Rhode Island colony, sometime prior to 1664. (Solomon’s parents were first cousins, so David was Solomon’s paternal as well as maternal grandfather).

Solomon was born in Scituate, Rhode Island in about 1749. His Revolutionary War service, as well as the date of his death, is documented in a Treasury Department ledger, which says he began receiving an annual allowance of $51.66 in 1831, when he was already 82 years old. The ledger also records that the balance due on the pension at the time of hs death was paid to “Ruth Smith”.