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Samuel Austin, American Patriot
Samuel married on 14 Nov 1765,Ruth Gillett in Torrington CT, . They were blessed with four children: Mindwell, Sarah, Ruth, and Clymenia.
In 1775, Samuel served at Boston as a Minuetman.
Samuel served in the Colonial Army, 5th Light Horse Brigade from 1776 to 1779.
He had the honor to be detailed to General Washington's Life Guard, which was formed in New Jersey in the spring of 1776, of trust worthy men of the Continental army for the protection of the person, papers, and baggage of the commander-in-chief. Of this corps the unfortunate martyr, Nathan Hale, was an original member. It consisted of one hundred and eighty picked men from different regiments.
It was an honor to belong to this volunteer unit and care was taken to include men from all 13 states. There was a height requirement of 5'8" to 5'10". Men were to be "sober, intelligent, and reliable", "honest, clean, neat and spruce," even "handsome, well made and of good behavior."
In 1777, he was "at the taking of Gen. Burgoyne", at the Battle of Bemis Heights, Saratoga NY.
Samuel moved from CT to Portage County OH, following the Revolutionary War, one of the pioneers of Portage County.