Saturday, September 20, 2008


Originally uploaded by midgefrazel
This is the front of the gravestone for Judge Asa Fish. I think it reads:

April 20, 1861
Aged 70 Years
9 Months & 3 Days.

I used the "calculate dates" in my genealogy software to figure out if the time between his birth on July 1, 1790 and his death on 20 Apr 1861 matched what I thought I could see.

From the Fish genealogy:
"1984 HON. ASA8 FISH (Sands7, Nathan6, Nathan5, Samuel4, John3, Alice2, John1), eldest son of (1885) Dea. Sands and Bridget (Gallup) Fish, was b. at Groton, Conn., July 17, 1790, and d. at Stonington, Conn., Apr. 20, 1861, at 70. He settled at Mystic Bridge, Conn., in 1815. He was a man of superior talents and winning manners, a good scholar, an excellent school teacher, a successful merchant, called to fill nearly every public office; went to State Assembly in 1820-1821, 1833 and 1843; State Senator in 1838, 1840 and 1849; Judge of Probate from 1831 to 1860. He was an active member of the Congregational Church, and a director of Bank at Stonington and Insurance Company at New London, Conn. On Sept. 30, 1818, he m. Prudence B. Dean, dau. of James and Prudence (Brown) Dean, who was b. June 23, 1799, and d. at Mystic, Dec. 24, 1873, at 74. They are buried on Pequot Hill.

+1992 James Dean', b. Aug. 7, 1819; d. Mar. 24, 1912, at 92; m. Mary
Esther Blodgett; m. (2) Belle Rogers; m. (3) Sally Laing Reber.
+1993 Sands Helme, b. Sept. 19, 1821; d. Nov. 5, 1899; m. Emeline Beebe.
1994 Hannah, b. June 6, 1823; d. July 25, 1899; m. Elias Perkins Randall.
+1995 Silas, b. Oct. 23, 1825; d. Nov. 8, 1906; m. Mary Dorrance Stoddard.
+1996 Asa, b. Apr. 11, 1828; d. Apr. 1, 1909; m. Elenor Hoxie Peckham.
1997 Prudence, b. Aug. 1, 1830; d. Mar. 8, 1904; m. Uriah Hayden
1998 Benjamin b. Sept. 2, 1834; d. 1922.
1999 John Dean, b. Feb. 23, 1837; d. Aug. 29, 1838.
2000 Fanny Dean, b. Sept. 5, 1839; d. Sept. 24, 1928, m. Caleb Smith

The resource of CT History Online is a wonderful place to see photographs of people who lived in this area. They are copyright restrictions on what you can take and use for yourself but it is interesting to see photos of the houses lived in and even sometimes photos of people. I found Asa Fish's house photograph (121 Main St. Mystic) and a photograph of him!

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