Abigail Adams (1744-1818) – Deane
and Abigail (wife of John) both wrote letters about the places
they lived, the people they met and their impressions of the times.
Horatio Alden (1792-1858)
(see Philura Deane Alden)
Philura Deane Alden (1798
- 18??) - Deane’s granddaughter who with her husband Horatio
presented “Memorial” to Congress in 1835 that was successful
in finally reimbursing the money owed Silas.
Ethan Allen (1738-1789) – (see signature) Deane
convinced the Connecticut legislature to provide the financial
assistance needed for Allen and his Green Mountain Boys to capture
Fort Ticonderoga from the British in 1775.
Benedict Arnold (1741-1801) – (see portrait) Deane’s
financial work led to the attack on Fort Ticonderoga. Arnold was
a leader of that undertaking and an early hero of the Revolution.
But Arnold then married a Tory and became a traitor to the Revolutionary
cause. Deane refused to be connected with Arnold in London.
de Beaumarchais (1732-1799) – Deane
used Beaumarchais as his French connection in procuring supplies
for the Continental
Army. Like Deane, Beaumarchais struggled for reimbursement of
personal contributions from Congress.
Edward Bancroft (1745-1821) – Deane
tutored Bancroft in Hartford and speculated with him in France
while Bancroft, on the recommendation of Franklin, was serving
as a secretary to the American delegation. Bancroft was also Deane’s
personal physician and cause of many of the slurs against Deane
after his death. It was not until late in the 1800s that it was
discovered that Bancroft had been a British spy.
Daniel Buck (1744-1828) – Wethersfield
merchant and Deane’s brother-in-law by marriage. Hagar Dorus
and Cloe Pratt bought supplies from Buck.
Barnabas Deane (1743-1794) – Deane’s
brother and business partner who received many letters from Silas
sent from Philadelphia, France and England.
Evards Deane (1742-1777) – (see portrait) Deane’s
second wife, to whom he wrote many descriptive letters about
Jesse Deane (1764-1828) – (see portrait) Deane’s
only child. He studied in France with Adams’ son. Jesse’s
daughter (Silas’s granddaughter) Philura Alden and her husband
Horatio prepared the “Memorial” presented to Congress
in 1835 which was successful in obtaining the funds that Deane
tried so hard and unsuccessfully to procure as reimbursement for
the supplies he obtained from France.
Mehitable Nott Webb
Deane (1732-1767) – (see portrait) Deane’s
first wife and mother of his only child, Jesse; also mother of
six stepchildren. Some believe Deane’s financial gain from
his marriages enabled him to enter politics.
Hagar Dorus (vital
statistics not available) – Deane’s female slave who
was valued, with male Pompey, at 5 shillings, in Wethersfield after
Deane’s death. Died (probably) free after a long life in
slavery, primarily to Elizabeth Saltonstall, Deane’s second
Pompey Dorus (1719-1811) – Deane’s
male slave who was valued, with female Hagar, at 5 shillings, in
Wethersfield after Deane’s death. Saltonstall family letters
speak of his skill with horses.
Eliphalet Dyer (1721-1807) – Deane
traveled with Dyer to 1st and 2nd Continental Congresses. Deane
and Dyer were removed from Congress by Connecticut in 1775 in favor
of other delegates (Oliver Ellsworth and Oliver Woolcott).
Admiral Charles Hector
D’Estaing (1729-1794) – French admiral. Deane
sailed in D’Estaing’s ship from France to America
on his recall from Paris by Congress after signing of Treaty
of Amity and Friendship in 1778. D’Estaing was headed to
America to provide much needed naval assistance from France,
made possible because of the treaty.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) – (see portrait) Deane’s
fellow representative at 2nd Continental Congress. Deane preceded
him to Paris in early 1776 and then served with Franklin and Arthur
Lee. Together they succeeded in signing treaties with France. Franklin
was a supporter of Deane over Lee’s accusations until Deane’s
protestations became too much to bear.
General Horatio Gates (1728-1806) – American
general. Deane deserved Gates’ words of thanks for the much
needed supplies from France that allowed Gates’ victory over
the British at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777.
Thomas Hurlburt (1715-1791) – Deane
bought shoes for his slaves from this Wethersfield shoemaker.
Admiral John Paul
Jones (1747-1792) – American admiral. Deane received
a letter from Jones reporting the first salute by a French war
ship to an American war ship after the Treaty signings of 1778.
General Henry Knox (1750-1806) – American
general. Deane’s financial planning led to the capture of
Fort Ticonderoga in May 1775. In December of that year Knox led
the expedition that took the cannons from Ticonderoga on ox-drawn
sleighs to Boston to provide Washington and his army with much
needed cannon power.
Marie Joseph Paul
Yves Roche Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) – (see portrait) French
nobleman and general in the American army. Deane signed the papers
that allowed Lafayette to go to America as an officer in the
Arthur Lee (1746-1792) – Deane
served with Lee and Franklin as commissioners in Paris. Lee, a
member of a powerful family from Virginia, caused much grief in
both Franklin’s and Deane’s lives, especially Deane’s,
by saying, among other things, that the army supplies were a gift
from France and therefore Deane was ineligible for reimbursement.
King Louis XVI (1754-1793) – King
of France. Deane did not meet him until after the treaty signings
in 1778, at which time the King could officially recognize the
Robert Morris (1734-1806) – Deane
was a partner of Morris in private business affairs. Morris is
known as the financier of the Revolution and his life, like Deane’s,
ended in disgrace and bankruptcy.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809) – Deane
was much maligned by Paine’s writings, which called him a
traitor and a crook. Paine, an English writer who immigrated to
North America prior to the Revolution and is well known as the
author of Common Sense, lost his position as Secretary of the Continental
Congress as a result but much damage had already been done to Deane’s
Cloe Pratt (vital
statistics not known) – Friend of Hagar and Pompey Dorus.
The three shared a house in Wethersfield at the end of their lives.
Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) – Friend
of Bancroft who received a letter from Bancroft full of rumors
as to the cause of Deane’s death and Deane’s state
of mind. Priestley was also a friend of Franklin’s and is
recognized as the isolator of oxygen.
James Rivington (1724-1802) – Deane’s
personal letters from England were stolen and subsequently published
in Rivington’s Tory New York newspaper causing Deane nothing
but trouble. The letters implied that Deane was a traitor to the
Revolutionary cause which prompted Deane to write ad infinitum
for the rest of his life about his innocence and patriotism.
General Jean Baptiste
Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1726-1807) – (see portrait) French
nobleman, professional soldier, and general of the French army.
Deane, along with Franklin and Lee, had signed the treaties with
France in 1778 that resulted in Rochambeau and the French Army
providing assistance to the Washington and the Continental army.
French aid lead directly to the victory at Yorktown that turned
the tide for the American cause in the Revolution.
Dudley Saltonstall (1738-1798) – Deane
awarded his brother-in-law Dudley the captaincy of the first ship
of the Continental Navy; he proved to be a poor naval leader.
Gurdon Saltonstall (1708-1785) – Deane’s
good relationship with his father-in-law, a wealthy ship-owner
and builder from southern Connecticut, helped him with his work
for the Continental Navy.
Roger Sherman (1721-1793) – Deane
served with Sherman as a delegate from Connecticut to the 1st and
2nd Continental Congresses. Sherman kept his position in the 1775
reshuffling of Connecticut delegates. Sherman was not a good friend
Jonathan Trumbull (1710-1785) – Deane
received a letter from Trumbull, the Governor of Connecticut, in
1775 informing him that he would no longer be a delegate to the
Charles Graver, comte
de Vergennes (1717-1787) – Deane dealt with Vergennes,
the French foreign minister, as he secretly procured supplies
for the Continental army in 1777 before the official recognition
of the United States by the French. They both signed the treaties
in 1778, which officially allied the two countries.
Joseph Webb (1749-1815) – Deane’s
stepson with whom relations were not very good because of financial
Webb (1755-1807) – (see portrait) Deane’s
stepson who could thank Deane for his successful Revolutionary
Sarah Webb [Barrell
Simpson] (1752-1832) – Deane’s stepdaughter;
he worried about her hairstyle.