His ancestry included English and German. Thurmond had the ability to ride ponies, horses, and bulls from an early age and his home was frequently visited by congressmen, senators, and judges who would follow his father back to the house.
No name is more prominent in connection with the early history of Ashtabula County than that of Rev. He was one of the earliest missionaries on the Western Reserve. He was the founder of the first church in what was called New Connecticut, namely, that at Austinburg.
He was the first minister sustained by the Connecticut missionary society west of the Alleghenies. He was identified with the history of the churches of northern Ohio, and in fact with the history of this country for the first twenty-five years of its settlement. He was a resident of this county, and, though his biography does not belong to any local history, but rather to the whole country, yet we are happy to give a sketch of his life in this connection.
It is fortunate that so much material has been preserved, notwithstanding the fact that his extensive diary was for the most part burned by his order just before his death.
We have drawn for our information in reference to him from some unpublished portions of his journal, from the memoir which was published inbut is now out of print, and from various other sources. Badger was the descendant of Giles Badger, who settled in Newburyport, Massachusetts, in the year He was of the Puritan stock, and his ancestor was identified with the early history of the New England colony.
His father also was one of the first settlers of the new, uncultivated region in Berkshire county, Massachusetts.
He was born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. The line of descent was Giles Badger, Newburyport, Massachusetts. Joseph was the son of Henry Badger, Mr. Badger spent his early days without schools or advantages, except as they were gained at the fireside. His parents were, however, professing Christians, and his mind was stored with much religious instruction.
The spring after he was eighteen, which was February 28,he entered the Revolutionary army. This was about three weeks after the contest at Lexington. He was in the battle of Bunker Hill. He was enrolled in Captain Nathan Watkins' company, Colonel John Patterson's regiment, and at the time of the battle was posted on Cobble hill, in a line with the front of the battery, about half a mile distant.
He says, "We could see the fire from the whole line, and the British break their ranks and run down the hill. On the third return to the charge they carried the works at the point of the bayonet.
The contest was sharp and fatal to some. Lawrence, in sight of Montreal. A portion of the regiment was ordered to the defense of a small fort, and here the soldiers came in contact with the noted Indian chief, Brant, who with his Indians was attacking the fort.
Badger was within hearing of this action, but his company did not take part. General Benedict Arnold reinforced this regiment, and is spoken of in the memoir.
The smallpox broke out among the troops at this place. Badger was inoculated, and made himself very useful to the suffering.
At one time, when there was not a dish to be found, he ordered tools, and turned wooden dishes with his own hands for the use of the sick. He was also employed in baking bread, and speaks of himself as coming in contact with Colonel Buell, in command of the post, and others.
He was with General Washington on the Delaware. Here he was called upon to nurse the sick. He says, "The general hospital had for several months been stationed at Bethlehem, and under the management of most wretched nurses.
The doctors very earnestly besought me to go into the grand hospital. I attended them with the most constant care and labor until the 24th of Februarywhen I was taken sick with a fever and lost my reason, excepting a few lucid intervals, until the last of March, when I began to recover.
I was so enfeebled and wasted that for some time I was unable to help myself. The doctors provided a convenient chamber in a private family, to which I was carried.
The old lady and her husband, both Germans and Moravians, treated me with great kindness. As soon as my strength was recovered I concluded to return home.Start studying The Ransom of Mercy Carter- characters. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools.
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