Obituary for a friend

With a heavy heart I have only recently learned of the passing of Rick Gildersleeve – descendant of Philip Gildersleeve (foreman for the building of the CONNECTICUT).  Rick and I corresponded on numerous occasions and we would constantly try to make plans to meet up again for lunch but life kept interrupting.  I was honoured to attend his lecture on the Gildersleeve shipbuilding era which he gave for the Portland Hist. Soc. but held in the town library – see the relevant post below.  Here is the link to his obituary.  So is cut short another link to our common past…

Moses Tryon and the St-Domingue Trade

Having made unexpected contact with a descendant of the business associate and friend of Moses TryonMaDame Le Gras – I have exchanged my data for hers and discovered something quite unexpected… Long story to explain but in a short window, she was to have died on the opening hours of the slave insurrection in St-Domingue (Haiti) of the night of 22 Aug 1791… But it turns out that she survived and removed with masses of refugees to New Orleans, there to live out her life.  As I digest the new documents as well as even more data on Moses himself, it has greatly broadened the vista of the Tryon story for me.  In my 2d draft I have yanked out a chapter, divided it into two, and have already been rewriting it joyfully!  The search goes on for a (possible) surviving portrait of Moses, and I am still waiting to hear from some descendants regarding the digitizing of family documents that may make the overall scene clearer… This has been an exciting project and while I have indeed been taking forever to complete this, I am glad for it as I would not have had this new data in hand… So, draft #2 is becoming draft #3 rapidly.

I still encourage those of you who are descendants or have information regarding Moses Tryon of Wethersfield or people closely associated with him to contact me and open a dialogue!  Some of you have and this has been wonderful!  A couple of people have sent me an opening message, never to be heard from again, alas!