I have a formal biography in the works regarding Moses Tryon of Wethersfield, but I should touch on some points here…
Moses was born on 18 November 1750 to Abiel (Abiah) Tryon and Hannah Northway Tryon of Wethersfield, CT. He spent most of his life involved directly with the sea, was married twice, sired eight children, was a veteran of the American Revolution (privateer captain), merchant captain and, later, a Captain in the new United States Navy during its very first conflict – what is called the Quasi-War between the US and France; his involvement was from 1798 through 1801, and NOT in the “US Navy during the RevWar” (there WAS NO US Navy during the RevWar, and what remained of the Continental Navy and individual State Navies were shut down immediately at the close of the RevWar), nor was he in the Navy during the later Tripolitan War as a couple of well-meaning late 19th/early 20th century historical mentions of this man would have the record reflect. The time during the RevWar he was engaged in trade but licensed as a privateer by the Connecticut legislature; he often is cited with returning to relay important information, but he was captured four times by the British and then returned. His peace-time sea-going leading up to his Navy days were spent as a merchant captain between Connecticut and the West Indies, mostly St_Domingue (now Haiti), trading in sugar, coffee, horses, wood, &c. Not slaves.
Moses was a landowner and family patriarch, almost a secular saint for the several generations that followed him. Well respected in his community, he was a member of St-John’s Lodge #4 in Hartford – Freemasons. He was brought in to help mediate various arguments or civil disputes in Wethersfield, and he was a good friend of the Webb/Deane Family in Wethersfield and of the honourable Jeremiah Wadsworth of Hartford, all of whom cite Moses as a worthy, honourable, respectable man and “a good Federalist”.
I have followed his life as closely as I think possible and have a fairly comprehensive genealogy extending into his grandchildren; this includes the family lines of Edwards and Woodward. As for Moses himself, I have far, far more information than I am yet willing to share here, pending the completion of his biography. The book is about finished in its first stage, to be reviewed by some peers for nips and tucks; I will then do a finish write and try to get this thing published for those who are interested in this man; meanwhile, there is a page on Findagrave.com as a memorial to Capt. Tryon. If you have any questions, please send them along to me and I will try to answer them as best I can. If you have any information about Moses Tryon and/or his family members that you might like to share for the sake of this permanent record to be in print, I encourage you to let me know! It’ll also get you a mention in the acknowledgements, but please, please include the source.