According to traditional sources, Richard Sill was born in July 1755. He was the sixth son of John Sill of Silltown, Lyme, Connecticut and his second wife Hepzibah Lee. He was raised in a very large combined family on the farm of a father who lived until 1796.
Richard was able to attend college and graduated from Yale in 1775. Then he served as an officer in the Continental army in the Commissary Department. He was a lieutenant at the battles on Long Island and at Kings Bridge in 1776. He spent the winter at Valley Forge. He was aide-de-camp to Lord Stirling and was known as major.
In May 1785, he married Elizabeth Nicoll at the Albany Dutch church. The marriage produced two sons.
In 1786, the city records showed he rented rooms on the second floor of the Store house in Albany.
In 1789 and '90, he was a trustee of the Albany Presbyterian church.
For a number of years, his health had been in decline and he moved his family into the large Bethlehem home of his father-in-law.
Sources: The life of Richard Sill has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Book on "Old Silltown." This individual should not be confused with the Richard Sill family of Saybrook, Long Island.
Obituary: June 7th, 1790: "On Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock, departed this life, at Bethlehem, the seat of Col. Francis Nicoll, in the 34th year of his age, Richard Sill, Esquire, counsellor at law and representative to the general assembly of this state for the county of Albany, and yesterday his remains were interred in the family burying ground at that place, attended by a number of his connection and friends from this city.
first posted: 2/10/10