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The Making of John LedyardEmpire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler$
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Edward G. Gray

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110555

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110555.001.0001

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A Colonial Childhood

A Colonial Childhood

(p.9) Chapter I A Colonial Childhood
The Making of John Ledyard

Edward G. Gray

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the childhood days of John Ledyard, who was born in the small port town of Groton in the British colony of Connecticut in the year 1751. This was a happy year for the Ledyard family, as aside from witnessing the birth of John, likely heir to the family estate, it saw his parents, Captain John and Abigail Ledyard, enter the path toward prominence and security in this world and the next. The day of their son's baptism at Groton's First Church, Captain John and Abigail formally confessed their own faith in Christ, a gesture that secured for them and their son the spiritual and worldly benefits of membership in the town's oldest church. The chapter discusses how, in the year of his birth, life looked very promising indeed for the youngest John Ledyard.

Keywords:   Groton, Connecticut, family estate, Captain John, Abigail Ledyard

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