Sergeant Stephen Hempstead
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 38° 41.817 W 090° 13.751
15S E 740970 N 4286792
Quick Description: A Revolutionary War veteran buried on burial grounds of his family farm north of St Louis.... the family farm is now known as Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 2/26/2006 2:35:28 PM
Waymark Code: WM82M
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 35

Long Description:

Stephen Hempstead was born May 6, 1754 in New London, Connecticut. He joined the Revolutionary army at the outbreak of the war. He served under Captain Nathan and accompanied him during the intial phase of the doomed spy mission. He was amoung some of the first troops in Boston. He also was underarms in New York and heard the reading of the Declaration of Independence. He was involved in a failed attack on a British frigate in New York harbor. He was wounded during the battle of Harlem Heights and returned to New London to heal from his wounds. Due to his wounds he was not able to return to a line unit he enlisted in the Connecticut State forces and was assigned to coastal defenses. He recieved many bayonet wounds during the capture of Fort Trumbull. He escaped to Fort Griswold and was released from military service due to his wounds. To read further on Fort Griswold (read American Heritage article) including quotes from Stephen Hempstead. He came to St Louis in 1811 and had a farm north of St Louis and was very active in the Presbyterian. In 1849 the farm was purchased and became Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Location type: Single Grave

Date of Birth: 05/06/1754

Date of Death: 10/03/1831

Cause of death: Died Later

Grave Marker Text:
A soldier of the revolution from 1775 to the battle at Fort Griswold 1781.


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