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Name Ebenezer Fish, Sr.
Born 1757
Groton, New London, Connecticut
Died Sep 4, 1827
Brooklyn Village, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Resting Place Dennison Cemetery
Occupation Farmer
Spouse(s) Lydia Fish (1761-1848)
Children Abigail (Foster, Fuller)
Susanna (Reynolds)
Lydia (Ingham)
Ebenezer Jr
Eunice (Boyden)
Jemima (Palmer)
Eveline (Chester)
Matilda (Williams)
Parents Capt. John Fish and Sarah Latham

Grave marker for Ebenezer Fish Sr. and his wife, Lydia, at Denison Cemetery
Grave marker for Ebenezer Fish Sr. and his wife, Lydia, at Denison Cemetery

Ebenezer Fish, Sr. (1757 - 1827)


Early Life

Ebenezer Fish, Sr. was born 1757 in Groton, New London, Connecticut; fifth child and third son of Captain John Fish and Sarah Latham.


Served in the American Revolutionary War and held as a prisoner of war for six months; a result of the Battle of Fort Griswold, fought on Groton Heights near the close of the Revolutionary War, September 6, 1781.

"Ebenezer Fish, living on Fort Hill, on being sure of an alarm, took his flint-lock gun and joined those in the fort. He was one of those carried away prisoners, but was exchanged in about three months, still wearing the clothes he wore in the fight. His grandson recalls now the horror with which he used to speak of his loathsome condition."[1]


Ebenezer Sr. married Lydia Fish, daughter of Jonathan Fish and Abigail Fish. The couple lived on a homestead in a scenic valley between Mystic, Connecticut and Fort Hill[2]. Between 1781 and 1803 they had 10 children. Most of these later moved to Brooklyn Village in Cuyahoga County, Ohio led first by Moses and his brother, Ebenezer Jr. who made the move in 1811, just prior to the War of 1812.
About a dozen years after his children had settled in Ohio, Ebenezer and wife Lydia sold their land to a neighbor and followed. His son Moses provided his parents with an 8 acre farm which was located south of Denison Avenue near what later became West 22nd St. Ebenezer Sr. bought an additional 17 acres that ran from the south end of his farm down to Big Creek. In modern times, this section of his land became Calgary Park.
A small farm house was built on the site, but not long after establishing himself in Brooklyn Village, Ebenezer contracted a fever and passed away at the age of 70. He was buried in Denison Cemetery in Section 3, Lot 61. A grave stone noting his military service as a Revolutionary War soldier now marks the spot of his final resting place. It was provided by the Lakewood Chapter of the Daughter's of the Revolution (DAR).[3]
After his passing, their daughter Matilda (Mrs. Joseph Williams) took care of Lydia. In the 1840's, when Matilda's husband desired to move to Kansas, Ebenezer Sr.'s farm was sold and Lydia moved in with her daughter Eunice (Mrs. John Boyden). She died not long after, in 1849, and is buried alongside Ebenezer Sr. in Denison Cemetery.
Ebenezer Sr. was an uncle of James Fish, a very early settler in Brooklyn Village.

Additional Reading

The Battle of Groton Heights, By William Wallace Harris, Charles Allyn, 1894. See the narrative of Rufus Avery for a firsthand description of what being a prisoner of the British entailed.


  1. The Battle of Groton Heights By William Wallace Harris, Charles Allyn, 1882, pg. 234
  2. Early Days of the Pioneers, by Ebenezer Foster, page 4.
  3. Program from the ceremony honoring Ebenezer Fish, Sr. on May 30, 1921

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