As enjoyable as visiting other New England states, such as New Hampshire, my father in Connecticut was as deep as the Atlantic Ocean. Her paternal grandmother, formerly Ann Matilda Corning, was born in Preston, Connecticut. Preston was also the birthplace of his father, Frank Everett Peckham.
According to family records, our Angles trace their roots back to the late fifteenth century: Soundby Parish, England Nottinghamshire, England.
The first Corning to settle in America was Ensign Samuel (sometimes spelled Samuell) Corning, who was born in 1616 in Norfolk, England. After arriving in Massachusetts, he lived in Salem for the first time, but did not stay there for long. He and his wife, Elizabeth, decided to settle down in the small town of Beverly, about four miles north of Salem, for better opportunities.
It turned out to be a reliable step. In 1641 Samuel became a free player, a title that gave community privileges and other privileges. He was also created as a reliable citizen of Beverly, serving as a constituent, responsible job for the city officer, who, by his ability, was elected to lead certain public affairs.
Samuel was puritanical in his religious beliefs. This was not a problem in Massachusetts as it was in England. There, as he learned through his debilitating experience, the dominant Church of England encroached upon the Puritans for believing that people should use the Bible as a guide to social, financial and even – much to the dismay of the British authorities. — Political issues. Puritans believed that when the Bible reigned as supreme authority in the above matters, religion remained simple, pure, and unfulfilled.
His persistent adherence to Puritan beliefs brought Samuel to the New World a deporting factor where he was confident he would find religious freedom. And find the freedom that he did. Historical records show that he was one of the founders of the First Church in Beverly Hills, where he and his family enjoyed worshiping freely and peacefully. As proof that he was industrious, another property of the Puritans, he himself built churches & # 39; congregation house. Because he wanted to keep his mind to God, Samuel did not use any means for decorated rituals or clothing, thereby ensuring that the congregation's closet & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; interior kept spartan.
He moved his religious beliefs to his home, living a simple lifestyle, though it is known that he owned some real estate in the community. It is also known that he was financially well disposed in his later years (which he interpreted as a blessing to God).
Samuel and granddaughter Nehemiah, born in 1717, were the first members of my family to settle in Connecticut. She was married twice, first to Mary Pride and then to Frilova Bliss, Urias Corning. It is unclear whether Uriah, born in 1758, followed the traditional Puritan lifestyle of hard work, but it is believed that he heard the call to arms after Congress voted to adopt 1776. Declaration of Independence.
The ancestors of Uriah and his ancestors had found religious freedom, but he, like other colonists, longed for political and economic freedom. He felt that the proper time —- and the time of freedom – for the British Empire to break the chains of sovereignty – was like a huge bonfire. And when it came time to fight the Radco, Uriah looked forward to participating.
Benjamin Corning, Uriah and his uncle soon faced an unexpected tragedy that he would be able to live in free America or even participate in the war for too long. According to the Daughters of the American Revolution (AVR) records, after he joined the Continental Army, the British captured him and placed him with one of thousands of other captured Continental soldiers on one of the British prison ships. His ship, HMS Jersey , was shut down in New York Harbor, and its overcrowded, unsanitary conditions were notorious. Because they had little food and no medical supplies, many of those unfortunate prisoners of war died on board. It's & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; that happened to Private Benjamin Corning, who died in 1783, the year the British surrendered to Yorktown. The Jersey throat long after that it was abandoned.
Uriah was far better than Benjamin in fighting the Redcoats and surviving the war. He served the colonies in several capacities, according to data from the Veterans Administration (Certificate 3543 issued December 26, 1832). His first assignment as a colonel was with Colonel Samuel Sheldon and the 39th Regiment, in which he served in the Battle of Long Island —– the first major clash of the Revolution —– and in the Battle of York Island.
After these conflicts, he sailed for five months on the Confederacy, the continental frigate board, whose main task was to protect the conventions. It was under the command of Captain Seth Harding. The main task of the crew was to restrain British merchant ships. It was a dangerous job, but Uriah was defenseless. He then served other assignments. It is known that he was present and served in the burning of New London and in 1781. During the Mass Grisold massacre in Groton.
After receiving his honorable leave, signed by General Washington, he returned to Preston. Here he and his wife, former Elizabeth Willett, raised their family. Together with other former colonists, they were heartily rejuvenated in 1789, when George Washington was sworn in as America's first president and 39th.
In 1868 the heir of the first Corning in America was merged with the Peckham family tree. That year Ann Matilda Corning, the granddaughter of Uriah and Elizabeth, married James James Riley Peckham of Norwich, Connecticut. As a result, two clans of deep roots in New England were united forever. Ann Matilda became my grandfather, Frank E. Beckham's mother, and thus my father & # 39;