Ebenezer Sperry


Gravestone of Ebenezer Sperry, East Side Burying Ground

Marker Number: 175
Name: Sperry, Ebenezer
Death: 01/23/1815
Military Service: Revolutionary War Veteran
Other: Age 76

Ebenezer Sperry, born July 19th 1739, was a son of Amos Sperry and Hannah Peck Sperry, and a great-grandson of Richard Sperry. He was a Revolutionary War patriot and lived on what was known as the family “plantation” located at the present day intersection of Litchfield Turnpike and Bond Road in Woodbridge. He married his second cousin Bethesheba Sperry, daughter of Seth Sperry and Lydia Thomas and also a great-grand child of Richard Sperry. She is buried next to him in East Side Burying Ground.

Bathsheba is the “Mrs. Ebenezer Sperry” mentioned in “A History of Woodbridge” a commemorative booklet published for the country’s Bicentennial in 1976. On July 5th 1779, as New Haven was being invaded by British forces under the command of Major-General Tryon, Bathesheba “standing in the doorway of her house, watched a company of red-coats in the distance and later saw a group from Bethany hurrying down the Litchfield Road” to fight the British along the banks of the West River.