Major General William Hart, 1746–1817

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William Hart was born June 24, 1746 in Saybrook, Connecticut. He was the eldest son of the Reverend William Hart of Saybrook. He became a Major General while serving in the American Revolution. An accomplished equestrian during the Revolution, he led the First Regiment of Connecticut Light Horse Militia to Danbury to take part in resisting Tryon’s Raid.

In 1767, when he was 21 years old, he built a home for his bride, Esther Buckingham. This beautiful Georgian house, now known as the Hart House, is the home of the Old Saybrook Historical Society.

By 1785, he and his brother, Joseph, were in the mercantile business and involved in the West Indies trade. Old Saybrook served as their fleet’s port of origin. Ships were docked by the entrance of North Cove.

The Hart House stayed in William Hart’s family until approximately 1827, when his second wife, Lucy Buckingham, sold it to a local ship captain.

Major General William Hart was married twice, first to Esther Buckingham (1745-1811). They had one child Major Richard William Hart (1768-1837). He subsequently married Lucy Buckingham (1775-1851): no issue

Source: The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Vermont presents Short Biographies of Our Colonial Ancestors[]