John Frederic Randall
(Born April 13, 1839 CT - Died April 10, 1909 MO)
Original Member of the Society of Colonial Wars, State of Missouri

Original Member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U. S., MO Commandery


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John Frederic Randall was born in Mystic, Connecticut, April 13, 1839. He was prepared for college at the Connecticut Literary Institute at Suffield, and was a member of the Class of '64, Yale, until his junior year, when he enlisted in the United States Army as First Lieutenant, 21st Connecticut Volunteers. He came to St. Louis in 1864 and continued in the insurance business there for over forty years, being distinguished for his absolute integrity. For nearly thirty years he lived in Alton, Illinois, and died there on the 10th day of April, 1909. He was married in 1870 and leaves a wife and two daughters.

Mr. Randall was a many sided man, and his keen interest in things lasted as long as his life. He was a member of the Missouri and Illinois Historical Societies, the Mayflower and Colonial War Societies, the Sons of the Revolution, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and the Ransom Post, G. A. R. He was interested in the municipal affairs of his home town, and served long on the Alton School Board, and as a trustee of Shurtleff College, finding opportunities to help many young people who were starting out in life' He had an appreciative understanding of choral music, and was for twenty years chorister of his church. He loved all out-of-door things, and hunted and fished every year in the Ozark country, and along the Mississippi. The ills of the last ten years of his life did not diminish his enthusiasm for all philanthropic and Chris-tian work, nor cloud his rare and quaint sense of humor and his hopeful views of life.

Mr. Randall's right to membership in the Society of Colonial Wars was through the service of:
    1) Seventh in descent from Capt. George Denison (1620-1694). Captain, New London County Forces in King Philip's War. Served in Maj. John Mann's Expedition and in Maj. Talcott's Expedition.

    2) Second in Command to Maj. Robert Treat in the Great Swamp Fight. Served on the Frontier. Captured the Indian Chief Canonchet. Chosen with Maj. John Mason to assist the Pequot Chiefs to Govern their tribes. Assistant and Deputy from Stonington to the General Court fifteen terms, Colony of Connecticut.

    3) Seventh in descent from Capt. James Avery (1620-1694). Ensign Lieutenant and Captain of the New London Company. Served throughout King Philip's War, in Command of forty English from Stonington, New London and Lyme. In 1676 was Captain of one of the four companies which protected the frontier. Was in the Great Swamp Fight. Twelve times Deputy to the General Court, 1656-90.

    4) Sixth in descent from Lieut. James Avery, Jr. (1646-1732). Lieutenant in the Connecticut Colonial Forces. Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, 1690, '92, '94, '95, '97, 1702, '07, '08, '10, '11, '12.

    5) Fifth in descent from Capt. James Avery, 3rd, (1673--1754). Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, 1715, '18, '24, '26, '31, '35. Ensign, 1716. Lieutenant, 1721. Captain of First Groton Company, 1728. Jus-tice New London County, 1726-35. Appointed Guardian of the Pequot Indians. Served on the Frontier and in Garrison.

    6) Fourth in descent from Lieut. Col. Ebenezer Avery (1704-1790). Ensign First Groton Company, 1741. Captain, 1749. Lieutenant-Colonel, 1770. Eighth Regiment Connecticut Militia. Deputy to the General Court, 1738, '41,'46.

    7) Seventh in descent from Thomas Stanton (1616-1677). Indian Interpreter to John Winthrop, the younger, in Connecticut before the Pequot War. Served in the Pequot War, and rendered valuable services at Saybrook Fort. Indian Interpreter to the General Court of Connecticut in all controversies between the Whites and the Indians.

    8) Sixth in descent from Robert Stanton (1653-1724). In-terpreter in the Pequot War. In Great Swamp Fight. In King Philip's War. Took part in capture of Canon-chet under Capt. George Denison.

    9) Eighth in descent from Walter Palmer (1598-1662). Deputy to the General Court of Plymouth Colony, 1645-47.

    10) Seventh in descent from Thomas Miner (1608-1690). Sergeant, 1649. Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, 1650-51, et seq. Captain in King Philip's War. Chief Military Officer at Mystic, 1665.

    11) Sixth in descent from Ephraim Miner (1675-1762). Lieutenant Stonington Train Band, 1707. Captain, 1715. Deputy to the General Court, 1722, '28, '34, '35. Sixth in descent from Ephraim Miner (1642-1724). En-sign, 1676. Was in King Philip's War. Was at the capture of Canonchet. Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, 1690-1704.

    12) Fourth in descent from Simeon Miner (1708-). Ensign and Lieutenant of the Stonington Train Band. Eighteen times Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, 1739-61.

    13) Eighth in descent from William Denison (1586-1653). Deputy to the General Court of Massachusetts. Mem-ber of Roxbury Militia, 1636.

    14) Fifth in descent from Capt. George Denison, Jr. (1698-1737). Captain New London Train Band, 1707. Member of the Council, 1710-13.

    15) Sixth in descent from John Denison (1646-1698). Ensign New London County Forces, 1673. Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, 1694-95. Fought against the Narragansetts with his father, Capt. George Denison. Was at the capture of Canonchet.

    16) Fourth in descent from Daniel Denison (1703-1760). Ensign of New London Train Band, 1736.

    17) Seventh in descent from Capt. John Gallop (1616-1675), New London, Connecticut. Captain of the 1st Company Connecticut Forces under Maj. Robert Treat. Killed at the Great Swamp Fight, December 18, 1675.

    18) Sixth in descent from Benadam Gallup (1655-1727). Served in King Philip's War. With Volunteers went to Vineyard Harbor, 1698, capturing a Private Sloop.

    19) Eighth in descent from Elder William Brewster (1566-1644). Member and Chaplain of the First Military Company, organized at Plymouth under Capt. Myles Standish, and served against the Indians.

    20) Seventh in descent from Jonathan Brewster (1590-1659), Duxbury, Massachusetts. Deputy to the General Court of Plymouth Colony from Duxbury, 1639, '41, '42, '44. Member of Capt. Myles Standisli's Company. Military Commissioner Pequot War. Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, 1657.

    21) Seventh in descent from Thomas Webster (1602-1686). Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, 1673.

    22) Sixth in descent from Isaac Wheeler (1646-1712). Stonington, Connecticut. In King Philip's War, 1676. Dep-uty to the General Court of Connecticut, 1692.

    23) Eighth in descent from Comfort Starr (-1659). Deputy to the General Court of Plymouth Colony, 1642.

    24) Seventh in descent from Dr. Thomas Starr (1616-1658). Surgeon of Forces against the Pequots.

    25) Fifth in descent from Thomas Starr (1668-1711). In Port Royal Expedition, 1710.

    26) Seventh in descent from Elder William Wetherell (1600-1684). Deputy from Duxbury to the General Court of Plymouth Colony, 1642.

    27) Sixth in descent from Capt. Daniel Wetherell (1630-1719). Captain and Commissary at New London, King Philip's War.

    28) Sixth in descent from Capt. James Morgan (1644-1711). Soldier in King Pliilip's War. Captain of Dragoons, 16go. Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, 1706.

    29) Seventh in descent from Capt. James Morgan, Sr. (1607-1685). Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, 1657-70. In Pequot War.

    30) Seventh in descent from Robert Lay (1618-1689). Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, 1666-78.

    31) Sixth in descent from Nehemiah Smith, Jr. (1646-1727), Stonington, Connecticut. A soldier in King Philip's War.

    32) Seventh in descent from Cary Latham (-1685). Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, 1664-66.

    33) Seventh in descent from Edward Culver (1600-1685). Soldier in King Philip's War.

    34) Sixth in descent from Lieut. Matthew Griswold (1620-1698). Founder of the town of Lyme, Connecticut. Lieutenant of the Lyme Train Band. Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut, 1654, '67, '68, '85.

    35) Seventh in descent from Henry Wolcott (1578-1655). Deputy to the General Court. of Connecticut, 1639-1654, Magistrate or Assistant Governor, 1643-55.
Sources:
1) Register of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of MO 1904-1906, p.76-79.
1) Register of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of MO 1907-1909, p.145-6.
2) MOLLUS Records

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