Backus, Elijah

Other namesCaptain
Birth: March 3, 1726
Death: September 4, 1798

Revolutionary Army




Blacksmith, Norwich Justice of the Peace

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Married to Lucy Griswold on January 9, 1753. They had nine children. She died in 1795, after which he married Margaret Grant.


Elijah Backus was a member of the prominent Norwich Backus family (related to Nathaniel Backus Jr.). He was very involved in local politics as a local Justice of the Peace before and after the Revolution. During the Revolution, he used his iron works to support the United States and he served as a captain. Elijah supported Wheelock's Indian agenda by offering to take Indian boys on as apprentices.

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Backus Family History. "Capt. Elijah Backus." Accessed 10/30/2012. Backus, William W. A Genealogical Memoir of the Backus Family. Accessed via 10/31/2012. Caulkins, Frances Manwaring. History of Norwich, Connecticut From Its Possession by the Indians to the Year 1866. Hartford: By H.P. Haven, 1874: 160. Family Tree “Descendents of William Tracy.” Accessed 10/31/2012.