Sowas, Richard, 1736 - 1777
Richard Sowas was the son of Jacob “Blind Jacob”and Sarah Sowas. He was baptized in the First Church of Stonington as a child in the summer of 1736 and by the early 1770s resided on the Eastern Pequot reservation with his wife Sarah Sowas, alias Sarah Dick. After the death of school master Edward Nedson and prior to the construction of a new school house, the Eastern Pequot school was held in Richard and Sarah’s house. Richard enlisted on February 6, 1777 in Durkee’s 4th Connecticut regiment, Hydes’ company out of Norwich and was killed in Pennsylvania when the British took Fort Mifflin. His widow, Sarah, and their children received some benefits from his service. Wheeler, First Congregational Church, 222; 1775.03.27.01 Fish, First Book; Johnston, CT Military Records, 190; Bates, List and Returns, 41.