- Paul David Nelson
Wadsworth, Jeremiah (12 July 1743–30 April 1804), revolutionary war soldier and congressman, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of the Reverend Daniel Wadsworth, a minister, and Abigail Talcott. Because his father died when he was four years old, he was raised by Matthew Talcott, an uncle and ship owner in Middletown, Connecticut. He attended common schools and in 1761 went to sea in hopes of improving his health as a common sailor aboard one of his uncle’s ships. He became first mate of a vessel, then captain, and by 1771 he was a wealthy man. He married Mehitable Russell in 1767; they had three children. Through his uncle’s influence he was appointed by the Connecticut legislature to be commissary of the colony’s militia in 1774, and a year later, when the revolutionary war began, he was employed as a commissary of Connecticut forces raised to resist Britain. In 1776 he was chosen by Commissary General ...