Consider Tiffany

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Consider Tiffany
Born(1732-03-15)March 15, 1732
DiedJune 19, 1796(1796-06-19) (aged 64)
Hartland, Connecticut, United States
Resting placeHartland, Connecticut
Known forLoyalist views
Criminal chargeHouse arrest for outspoken Toryism
Spouse(s)Sarah (Wilder) Tiffany (1738-1818)[1]
ChildrenJemima Tiffany Crane (1756-1784)
Ephraim Tiffany (1758-1818)
Dorothy Tiffany Darbe (1762-1781)
Levi Tiffany (1766-1851)
Consider Tiffany (1769-1859)
Betsey Tiffany Wilder (1772-1838)
Parent(s)Consider Tiffany Sr. and Naomi Comstock

Consider Tiffany (March 15, 1732 – June 19, 1796) was a British loyalist, storekeeper, and sergeant during the French and Indian War.[2] He is described in the book The Tiffanys of America by Nelson Otis Tiffany: "in addition to making his living as a storekeeper and a farmer, was a brave soldier, good churchman, a writer of prose and poetry, and astronomer."[3] To date, his journal is the only firsthand account written of Nathan Hale's capture during the American Revolution.[4]

Tiffany was one of the first settlers of West Hartland, Connecticut.[5] One of his manuscripts was donated to the Library of Congress by his patrilineal descendant, G. Bradford Tiffany.[2] It is viewed by historians as an important primary source document for understanding the American Revolution and America's first spy, Nathan Hale.[4] Tiffany wrote a broadside in a thirty four-stanza verse, called "Of the Melancholy Death of Six Young Persons Who Were Killed by Lightning in the Month of June, 1767", noting the deaths of Martin Wilcox, James Rice, Sarah Larkim, Joseph Young, Curtis Chuet, and William Burt.[6] Another edition, with slight textual variations and eight additional stanzas also exists.[7]

The Tiffany Elm[edit]

Tiffany planted an elm tree in 1775, which became known as the "Tiffany Elm."[8] It was the second largest tree in the state (circumference 21 feet, branch spread 100 feet),[9] though some sources say it was the fourth largest tree in Connecticut at the time.[8][10] In full bloom, the Tiffany Elm was known for its beauty and symmetry and its image became the seal for the Town of Hartland.[9]

Tiffany Family History[edit]

In 1901, Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of Tiffany and Co., commissioned a family genealogy documenting the Tiffany family history back to Squire Humphrey Tiffany.[3] Much is written of the "Consider Tiffany Line." Consider Tiffany was the son of Consider Tiffany Sr. and Naomi Niles, who married in November 1731.[11][12][13] His great-grandfather, Squire Humphrey Tiffany, is the forefather of the Tiffany family in the United States, arriving in America from Yorkshire, England in 1660.[3] Squire Tiffany was killed by a lightning strike on July 15, 1685 while en route to Boston.[1] Scholars have surmised that this death had an important impact on Consider Tiffany's writing, particularly his broadsides.[14]

Tiffany's wife Sarah Wilder was a descendant of Deacon Edmund Rice, founder of Sudbury, Massachusetts, and Thomasine Frost.[15][16]


  1. ^ a b Cutter, William Richard (1913). New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company.
  2. ^ a b "Nathan Hale Blundered Into a Trap, Papers Show". New York Times. September 21, 2003.
  3. ^ a b c Tiffany, Nelson, O. (February 15, 1901). The Tiffanys of America: History and Genealogy, for and in the Interest of Charles Lewis Tiffany and the Tiffany Family. Buffalo, New York: The Matthews-Northrup Company.
  4. ^ a b Phelps, M. William (2008). Nathan Hale: the life and death of America's first spy. New York: Thomas Dunne Books. ISBN 9780312376413.
  5. ^ Wright, Ella Frances Reed (1904). Genealogical sketch of the Tiffany family. Mattatuck Press.
  6. ^ Weyler, Karen A. (May 1, 2013). Empowering Words: Outsiders and Authorship in Early America. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press.
  7. ^ Tiffany, Consider (1767). A short account of a dreadful thunder storm in Goshen in Connecticut, and elsewhere. Readex Early American Imprints Series.
  8. ^ a b Federal Writers' Project. Connecticut: The WPA (Works Progress Administration) Guide to Connecticut The Constitution State.
  9. ^ a b Town of Hartland, Connecticut. 2007 Plan of Conservation and Development.
  10. ^ State of Connecticut (1891). Twenty Fourth Annual Report. Department of Agriculture.
  11. ^ Niles, John Franklin; Niles, Anne McKee (2004). John Niles, of Dorchester and Braintree, Massachusetts.
  12. ^ Lyme Bicentennial Commission; Elizabeth Bull Plimpton; Verne M. Hall. Vital records of Lyme, Connecticut, to the end of the year 1850. American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Lyme.
  13. ^ Connecticut Births and Christenings 1649-1906. Consider Tiffany, 15 Mar 1732; citing; FHL microfilm. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  14. ^ The Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin. The Connecticut Historical Society. 1957. p. Vol. 22; No. 2.
  15. ^ White, Almira Larkin (1900). Genealogy of the descendants of John White of Wenham and Lancaster, Massachusetts. Haverhill, Massachusetts: Chase Brothers.
  16. ^ Ward, Andrew Henshaw (1858). A Genealogical History of the Rice Family:Descendants of Deacon Edmund Rice, who Came from Berkhamstead, England, and Settled at Sudbury, Massachusetts, in 1638. C.B. Richardson.