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Subject: Dorchester men in the Revolutionary War - Part 1 of 2 Parts
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 14:08:21 EDT
Rosters - Dorchester Men in the Revolutionary War - History of Dorchester,
Mass. Also the fortification of Dorchester Heights.
The following named persons served in some capacity in the Revolutionary War
and received from July 24, 1776 to April 3, 1779 in the shape of bounty,
advance pay and travelling fees £5343.
Samuel Allen, Jr.
Thomas Baker was also in the expediton to Cape Breton.
Henry Bird, Jr.
Jonathan Bird, Jr.
John Capen, Jr.
Ebenezer Clap, Jr.
David Clap, Jr.
Stephen Fowler, tertius
John Foster, Jr.
Ebenezer Kilton, Jr.
Edward Stow Leeds
Hezekiah Read Miller
Capt. John Robinson
Capt. John Withington
Noah Whitcomb, Jr.
The time of service of all the individuals named above was previous to April
On the 4th of July, 1780, the town voted that "whosoever would enlist for the
reinforcement of the Continental Army for the space of three months should be
allowed £250 per month. This large amount offered for monthly wages shows how
great had become the depreciation of the currency. These renewed exertions
brought out more men and we find the following additional names enrolled:
John Wiswall, Jr.
Timothy Wales - in Col. Cram's Regt of Artillery.
We also know that three worthy townsmen, James Davenport, Stephen Badlam and
William Badlam were in the army and that the former received the present of a
sword from Lafayette. Prince Darby was a slave; and the name Ceasar Thacher
seems to denote that he was also a slave. The former was purchased by Deacon
Edward Pierce and Samuel Howe and his freedom given to him on the condition
that he would enlist for three years.
The following additional names were in Capt. Lemuel Clap's company which
contained many on the preceding lists (p.344 - to be continued Part 2)
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth