Owen Tudor

Born on 23 March 1777 to Dr, Elihu Tudor and Lucretia Brewster of East Windsor, CT.  If one takes an Ancestry.com file at face value, Elihu and Lucretia had twelve children of which Owen was child #6.

Midshipman in the new US Navy from 1799, serving aboard the USS Connecticut under Capt. Moses Tryon, then Capt. Richard Derby.  In 1800 Owen was given a temporary raise in rank to Sailing Master of the Connecticut. He left the Navy on 20 July 1801, never having become a lieutenant much less a captain in the Navy despite the claim of a few genealogical records from the late 19th/early 20 centuries; never a Captain in the US Navy.

Owen went on to become a merchant vessel captain, or “ship’s master”, sailing often to the West Indies.  In 1802 he was the master of the sloop Matilda, of Hartford, which was owned by Gurdon and Daniel Buck (Wethersfield Bucks but set up their shipping business in Manhattan), and sailed to Jamaica, bringing back his vessel filled with rum and molasses for the Bucks and for a John Patrick.  In 1810 Owen was the master of the full ship Annawan of New York of 300 ton burthen (the presumed weight of maximum cargo that could be held based on the size and dimensions of the hold, which in turn gave an idea of the size of the ship’s hull), carrying such things as quantities of flaxseed and barrel staves to Eastport, Massachusetts, and thence possibly to Ireland.

Owen married Theodosia (called Dosha) Bancroft on 25 January 1803 in East Windsor in the part now called South Windsor, in the First Congregational Church… Dosha is buried there as are Owen’s parents, but Owen is not.  According to a vague record, Owen seems to have died in 1818 at sea… One finds this conclusion amongst the records held by Familysearch.org but the source cited is “private” and no corroborating evidence has yet come to light.*  So I think he died in 1818 but proof and circumstances are yet to be had.  Dosha died on 1 March 1816 – a couple of years before Owen.

[* I recently found a copy of The Brewster Genealogy: 1566-1907 by Emma C Brewster Jones, publ. 1908, The Grafton Press in which page 150 cites “Capt. Owen (Tudor)… d. abt. 1818.”  No source for that – no obit or family bible cited.]

There is no evidence of they having had children, so any papers or artifacts that would have survived are likely to have come through any of their nieces or nephews. I have the usual dates of Birth/Marriage/Children/Death used as foundations for any genealogical record but I have records of his naval service, a couple of ships he mastered as a merchant captain, and a letter he had written to his Captain Moses Tryon while serving aboard the USS Connecticut, but I hope for more personal data.  Even, perhaps, a portrait??

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