Asa Edgerton, son of William and Lydia (Barstow) Edgerton.
Hannah Griswold, daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Durkee) Griswold.
Eunice Storrs, daughter of Huckins and Eunice (Porter) Storrs.
Asa Edgerton was born at Norwich, Connecticut on March 28, 1736, the eldest son and first child of William and Lydia (Barstow) Edgerton. He was baptized on June 27, 1736 at the Franklin Congregational Church.
Asa Edgerton was married twice. He married first, in Norwich on May 16, 1758, Hannah Griswold, daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Durkee) Griswold, also of Norwich. Hannah was born at Norwich on February 6, 1737/8. Asa and Hannah Edgerton had five children – four sons, Rozel, Oliver, William and Oliver (again); and one daughter, Lydia. The two eldest children, Rozel and Oliver 1st, died less than two months old. The family was fully recorded in the vital records of Norwich (VRp I:357).
Mrs. Hannah (Griswold) Edgerton died at Norwich, Connecticut on January 8, 1766, aged 28 years and was buried at the Old Franklin Plains Cemetery. The following year, on June 11, 1767, Asa was remarried to Eunice Storrs, daughter of Huckins and Eunice (Porter) Storrs of Mansfield, Connecticut. Eunice was born at Mansfield on May 2, 1743. Asa had nine more children by his second wife – four daughters, Hannah, Abigail, Polly and Eunice; and five sons, Lebbeus, Benjamin Storrs, Asa, Ariel and John. The first six of these children were recorded in the family entry at Norwich (VRp I:358).
Asa Edgerton was a farmer and soldier. While in Norwich, he resided in the northwestern district of town, which later became the township of Franklin in 1786. In 1760, he acted as executor of his father, William’s will and inherited a portion of his lands in Franklin (Norwich) as his portion of the estate.
In 1774 and 1775, Asa Edgerton took part in the formation of the town of Salem, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. At a meeting held in Windham, Connecticut on November 7, 1774, the following action was approved: “Voted, That Messrs. Ebenezer Lathrop, Jr., and Asa Edgerton be a committee to repair to and lay out the town of Salem in lots…” And then on February 8. 1775, it was voted “to accept of the doings of Messrs. Ebenezer Lathrop, Jr., and Asa Edgerton, surveying and laying out fifty-three 100-acre lots in this town according to the plan that they have made thereof…” It does not appear however that Asa ever settled in Salem.
Asa Edgerton was mentioned in the private diary of Jabez Fitch, under the date, “Mond: ye 30th” [of October 1780], “…I also call’d at Capt. Andrew Perkin’s Store & at Tracys (ye Tavern) where I see my friend Mr. Asa Edgerton again, & had a considerable Conferrence with him concerning ye burning of Royalton &c…”
Asa Edgerton served in the Connecticut militia during the Revolutionary War. After the Revolution, he resided briefly in Mansfield, Connecticut, his wife’s hometown. Two of Asa’s sons, Benjamin Storrs and Asa Jr., were baptized at the First Congregational Church of Mansfield – Benjamin Storrs on July 6, 1777 (ChR A:125), and Asa Jr. on April 16, 1780 (ChR A:127).
In 1781, Asa left Connecticut and removed to Randolph, in Orange County, Vermont, where he was one of the original proprietors of that town. Asa Edgerton was a leading member of the early Randolph community. He was the first Captain of the Town Militia, and served as town representative three years – 1784, 1787 and 1788. His name was frequently referenced in the early town records of Randolph.
The household of Asa Edgerton was recorded in the 1790 Federal Census of Randolph, Orange County, Vermont (pg. 76), with the following enumeration:
2 males “of 16 years and upwards” (Asa and son Lebbeus);
4 males “under 16 years of age” (sons Benjamin, Asa, Ariel and John); and,
2 females (wife Eunice and daughter Eunice).
Asa Edgerton died at Randolph, Vermont on May 1, 1798, aged 62 years. His death was recorded in the Old Town Records of Randolph (A:4). He was buried at the Randolph Center Cemetery, situated on the eastern side of town. The inscription on his headstone reads: “ASA EDGERTON Esq. / died May 1st / 1798 / aged 62 years”, and is followed by the epitaph, “One who obtained the charter, gave the name, and was one of the first settlers and first Militia Captain in the Town of Randolph”.
Mrs. Eunice (Storrs) Edgerton survived her husband. At the time of the 1800 Federal Census, she was presumably living in Randolph with her son, Benjamin Storrs Edgerton, who had succeeded to the family homestead. Eunice died at Randolph on December 13, 1802, her death being recorded in the Old Town Records of Randolph (A:4). She was buried beside her husband at the Randolph Center Cemetery, where the inscription on her headstone reads: “EUNICE / consort of / ASA EDGERTON Esqr. / died Decr. 13th, 1802 / aged 59 years”.
Original Source Documents:
1790 Federal Census – household of Asa Edgerton; Randolph, Orange Co., VT.
Gravestone photo – Asa Edgerton; Randolph Center Cemetery; Randolph, Orange Co., VT.
Gravestone photo – Mrs. Eunice (Storrs) Edgerton; Randolph Center Cemetery; Randolph, Orange Co., VT.