Ezekiel Tubbs was born on July 13, 1727 in New London, Connecticut. He was the youngest of nine kids of Isaac and Martha Smith Tubbs. His family was troubled and his mom had to go to court to get control of lands, or money and support the family because husband Isaac wasn’t. Ezekiel was the 3rd generation of his family born in America, great grandpa William Tubbs left England for America around 1634.
When Ezekiel was about 19 he married Elizabeth. She was from the same area and the same age, that’s all that’s known of her. Ezekiel and Elizabeth had 6 kids, 3 sons and 3 daughters.
Ezekiel was a soldier in the French Indian Wars in 1755 to 1759 from about age 28 to age 32. The French and Indian War had 2 sides: colonists from British America against New France (Canada) with American Indian allies on both sides. The War ended with the Treaty of Paris, then more wars followed. In 1778 records show an Ezekiel Tubbs fighting in the Revolutionary War, maybe it was this Ezekiel at age 51 or it could have been a son or nephew, it’s unsure.
Ezekiel and Elizabeth probably died around 1790, probably in New London, Connecticut. Their 3 sons Ananias, Lemuel and Ezekiel fought in the Revolutionary War then married, had families. Daughter Experience married Samuel Cooley. Daughters Elizabeth and Abigail married Gaines brothers. Elizabeth married David, Abigail married Joseph Gaines. Abigail and Joseph, 3rd great grandparents of Faber Miller had a son Obed. Obed traveled to Iowa with his older sons who farmed, started families in Bremer & Butler Counties.
The Gaines and Tubbs families came to America in the 1630s from England. Joseph Gaines was the 5th generation of his family in America. Abigail Tubbs was the 4th generation of her family in America. Joseph and Abigail married on March 21, 1779 in Franklin, Massachusetts. They moved to Guilford, Windham, Vermont where they had 9 children: 3 daughters and 6 sons. Of their children, 7th child Obed was the only one to leave Vermont and the New England area. Obed went to Bremer County, Iowa. His son William Gaines married Sarah Swain and their oldest daughter Mary Ella Gaines married James Miller, great grandpa of Faber Miller who married Gladys Cable.
Joseph died on November 13, 1843, Abigail died May 17, 1841. They are buried in Maplehurst Cemetery in Windham Vermont- they have matching headstones. Joseph’s brother David married Abigail’s sister Elizabeth, also buried in Maplehurst Cemetery with matching headstones.
Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908
New England historical and genealogical register volume 85 page 52, several pages at American Ancestors
Marah Smith and Isaac Tubbs married in 1709 about 30 years after their fathers and grandfathers were on opposite sides of a 1670 Colonial riot. Marah Smith’s 2 grandfathers Richard Smith and John Huntley rioted on the Lyme side. Isaac Tubbs’s father and grandfather rioted on the New London side.
In Colonial Connecticut a 2 mile strip of land was part of ongoing land disputes. In May 1668 Lyme was incorporated, New London, Connecticut was already a town, when the Court made a judgement on the land: that it would be ’ministry land’ for the town ministers, one side for Lyme, the other for New London. Men from New London protested and accused their leaders of not truly representing the people. The 1668 Court ruling held, until August of 1671. 30 men from New London set out to mow the ministry land, they were met by a group of men from Lyme planning to mow their minister’s land, and the riot started. The Lyme constable put New London men in prison, the New London constable put Lyme men in the town prison. After a while leaders met and “drinking a dram together with som(e) seeming friendship, every man departed to his home” and decided to let the Courts again make a decision about the continuing land dispute. March 1672 the Court charged and fined men for rioting. From New London: Samuel Tubbs (father of Isaac Tubbs) and Isaac Wiley (grandfather of Isaac Tubbs). From Lyme: John Huntley and Richard Smith (grandfathers of Marah Smith). The court fined each town, but the Court eventually forgot about the fines or paid the fines and the disagreement just sort of died out.
Samuel was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Beginning about 1650 when Samuel was 12, his parents William and Mercy Sprague Tubbs had some long lasting marriage issues, all written up in Records of the colony of New Plymouth, they finally divorced in 1668.
By 1664 Samuel was looking for a change and arrived in New London, Connecticut. “Early in 1664, court orders were published prohibiting the use of cardes and shufflebords and warning the inhabitants not to entertane strange young men. Transient residents, who were not grantees and householders, were the persons affected by this order, and it aroused them to the necessity of applying for permission to remain. The roll of applicants consisted of … Samuel Tubbs. Most of these were allowed to remain, and a general permit was added: All other sojourners not mentioned, carrying themselves well, are allowed to live in the towne, else lyable upon warning to begone.” Page 145 in History of New London, Connecticut by Manwaring at HathiTrust
Samuel and his brother in law John Wiley fought in King Philips War 1675-76. For this they earned land. A list of soldiers engaged in King Philips War in the campaign through the Narragansett Country who received land from the Government for their services. -In 1696 the General Court of Connecticut granted to them a tract of land six miles square, comprising the present town of Voluntown-. The Narragansett historical register: a magazine, Volume 1 page 146, story begins page 144 The Connecticut Pensioners.