Charles Ripley

Born: February 25, 1733 - Windham, Windham County, Connecticut
Died: January 4, 1778 - Sugar House Prison, New York, New York
Buried: Prison Ship Martyrs "Monument", Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, USA
 
Service: On February 17, 1777, Charles Ripley enlisted as a private from Windham, Connecticut, which is in Elderkin County, for a term of three years during the Revolutionary War. Charles served under Captain Vine Elderkin and Colonel Heman Swift. Charles was a lieutenant in the war, and he was taken prisoner by the British of Monmouth, New Jersey. He was captured at the fall of the Battle of Germantown on October 4, 1777, so he had been in service only seven months. He was confined to Sugar House Prison in New York and was killed while he was in prison. The Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument was erected in Fort Green Park, Brooklyn, New York, and was dedicated in 1908. This monument honors the unknown American soldiers and sailors who were imprisoned and died and were buried in unmarked graves during the occupation of New York by the British.
 
Family: Charles Ripley was the son of Jeremiah and Abigail Carey Ripley. Charles Ripley came from a family of seven and he and his wife Tabitha Abbe "Abigail" had seven children. Charles and Abigails children (and spouses) included: Epaphroditus (Anna Webb) and Vine (Lois Crampton). Abigail died in 1774. One or two of his sons fought the war with him and the younger one was 17 when he enlisted in July of 1780.




The Rhinelander Sugar House Prison in New York, New York.