Hempsted, William, 1749 - 1820

William Hempsted (January 11, 1749-July 13, 1820) was the son of Stephen Hempstead and Sarah Holt, and the grandson of Joshua Hempsted, Jr. of New London, Connecticut.  He served in Adam Shapley's Regt. of Connecticut Militia in the defense of Fort Trumbull at New London, when the town was attacked by the British on September 6, 1781.
 
Hempsted boarded and nursed Theodosia Deshon, a Pequot woman in 1816.  Two years later, in a debt action, a Groton constable impounded Hempstead's cattle on a farm occupied by Hempstead and a man named Hinckley.  By 1819, he sold his property in Groton and, with his wife, removed to St. Louis, Missouri where his brother Stephen was residing.  Hempsted died of a bilious fever at Creve Cour Lake  in the summer of 1820.
 
Find A Grave (Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, MO).  Burrows v. Stoddard, Thomas Day, Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Errors of the State of Connecticut, Vol. 3 (New York, NY: Gould, Banks, and Gould, 1848), 432.

 


Born: 
January 19, 1749
Died: 
July 11, 1820