Spirit of ‘76 Washington County Patriots & Pioneers

The following list and accompanying preamble, originally called the Spirit of ‘76 People in Washington County, Ohio, contained the names of Soldiers and Sailors of the American Revolution who supposedly lived or were buried (*) in Washington County, Ohio. That list, compiled just before America’s Bicentennial in 1976, contained 606 names. Some of those names had two surname spellings. When those spelling variations were added as separate entries for better searching capability, the list of names grew to 614 entries.

The following list has also been alphabetized, so the original Spirit of ‘76 numbering has changed. The original list was recompiled on 29 Dec 2007 by the Marietta Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.

Please note that this list has not be adequately researched and almost certainly contains errors. However, it is the best starting point for research that is currently known to exist for Washington County, Ohio.  As the Marietta Chapter is trying to verify whether any of these Patriots lived in Washington County, Ohio or had descendants who lived at some point in Washington County, please let us know when you discover errors.  Thank you!

Spirit of ‘76 People in Washington County, Ohio

PREAMBLE

The initial settlement of Marietta, Ohio, April 7th 1788, was to acquit certain New Englanders for their service in the American War for Independence. If lacking wound or scar, they had shared the fright of paper scrip for pay. Since the fledgling government lacked a treasury, the scrip was virtually worthless. In some measure then this land, the Territory North and West of the River Ohio, was to be their tardy payment. And so these Patriots came, tugging over mountain and by river. Some came only to move on into the Wild. Others spent the salvage of their years here and were gathered unto their Fathers.

We are now preparing to remember the deeds of the American Revolutionary War and its people, as the Bicentennial of those events approaches. Whether we recall the sound at Concord or Point Pleasant, at Yorktown or Newburg, the date of July 4th 1776 should rally us in unity.

The following role of Revolutionary War Patriots associated with Washington County, Ohio, is preliminary. By publically issuing this roster, interested persons may supply additions or corrections. No dates or other substantiating data has been supplied.

Hopefully a reconsidered and refined listing may be issued by 1976. Names with an asterisk are persons known to be buried in Washington County, Ohio, according to the records of the Marietta Chapter, N.S.D.A.R. It will be noted that numerals precede the names. This is but an additional reference point, not a puff.

Understandably there always was an awareness of the Revolutionary Soldier in our midst. This was emphasized from time to time, the moreso during anniversary years, that of 1888 being notable. A more continuous concern has no doubt been maintained since December 30th 1903, when the Marietta Chapter, N.S.D.A.R., was organized. In 1923 this group issued an 83 page booklet, Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Washington County, Ohio. Another source identifying these Patriots is the 1929 publication, Official Roster: Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in Ohio; and two subsequent volumes of a similar nature. The DAR Patriot Index (1966) while perhaps commendable, fails to supply the final residence of the Soldier. These three references do not encompass the sources of identification (published rosters, pension papers, etcetera).

It is not possible to catalogue the persons who have exercised themselves in determining the proof of the Patriot Soldier. Yet it would be unthinkable to neglect one lady, Mrs. C. R. (Helen neé Hill) Sloan (1883-1962). She no doubt, above all others, created a mountain of evidence to glory the Soldier. Mrs. Paul E. Martin, Regent of the Marietta Chapter, N.S.D.A.R., wishes to thank MISS HILMA TRUE who formulated and finalized the present roster.

If this gathering of names be thought unworthy, we can but stress that it is our touch with that now ancient cry, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

January 1975            Ralph L. Schroeder,
                                    President
                                    Washington County Historical Society

Spirit of ‘76 People in Washington County, Ohio

1 *Abbot, Nathan 308 Isaac, Benjamin
2 *Adams, Joel 309 *James, William (Capt.)
3 Addis, John 310 Johan, Thomas
4 *Allen, Asher 311 *Johnson, Thomas
5 *Allen, Levi 312 *Jolly, Henry
6 *Allison, Hugh 313 Kelly, John
7 *Allison, Robert 314 Kerr, Hamilton
8 Ames, Cyrus, Sr. (Chap.) 315 *Kerr, Matthew
9 Ames, John 316 *Kidd, Nathaniel
10 *Amlin, John 317 Kimball, Hoses
11 Arnold, Joseph 318 *King, Zebulon
12 Austen, John 319 Kinney, Nathan
13 Auster, John 320 *Knowles, Charles
14 Bachelor, John 321 *Knowles, James
15 *Backus, Elijah (Capt.) 322 *Knowles, Jesse
16 Bacon, John 323 Knowles, William (Capt.)
17 Bailey, Caleb 324 *Knowlton, William
18 *Bailey, James 325 *Koon, Philip
19 *Baker, Samuel (Dr.) 326 *Lake, Andrew
20 Baker, Seth (Maj.) 327 *Lake, Archibald
21 Ballard, Jesse (Capt.) 328 *(Bird) Lake, Mary
22 *Barber, Levi 329 *Lake, Thomas
23 *Barlow, Aaron (Capt.) 330 Lake, Timothy
24 Barlow, William (Capt.) 331 *Lamb, James
25 *Barstow, Caleb 332 *Lancaster, Thomas
26 *Bartlett, Benjamin D. 333 *Lankton, Levi
27 *Bartlett, Benjamin, Jr. 334 Lawton, James, Sr.
28 *Battelle, Ebenezer (Lt. Col.) 335 *Leaven, John (Capt.)
29 *Battelle, Ebenezer, Jr. (Lt.) 336 Leget, John
30 *Beach, John 337 *Lewis, Benoni
31 Beadle, Benjamin (Athens Co.) 338 *Lincoln, Joseph (Maj.)
32 *Beard, William 339 Lincoln, Rufus
33 Beaumont, Samuel 340 *Liske, James
34 *Beebe, Abijah 341 *Liske, John
35 *Beebe, Abner 342 Little, Joseph
36 *Bellows, James 343 *Little, Nathaniel  (Capt.)
37 *Bent, Daniel (Col.) 344 *Little, Nathaniel, Jr.
38 *Bent, Silas (Lt.) 345 *Loring, Daniel
39 *Berry, Isaac 346 Lowe, James
40 *Bevin, John 347 Lunt, Daniel (Capt.)
41 *Bigford, Samuel 348 Lunt, Ezra (Capt.)
42 Biggerstaff, John 349 *Magee, William
43 Bing, John 350 Mahana, John
44 Bingham, Alvin 351 *Malster, Christopher
45 Bingham, Silas, Sr. 352 Mann, James
46 *(Bird) Lake, Mary 353 Martin, Charles
47 Blackiner, Timothy 354 Martin, George
48 *Blake, David 355 *Mason, William
49 *Bond, John 356 *Matthews, Abel (Capt.)
50 Boothby, Timothy 357 Matthews, John
51 *Bosworth, Joseph 358 Maxon, Henry
52 *Bosworth, Sala 359 Maxon, Richard
53 *Boudinot, Elias 360 *McAllister, Andrew (Sgt.)
54 Bowen, Consider 361 *McClunis, Michael
55 Bower, Hendricks 362 *McClure, Andrew  (Sgt.)
56 *Boyle, Absolom 363 *McClure, James
57 *Bradford, Robert (Maj.) 364 *McClure, John
58 Breck, William (Capt.) 365 McCoy, Daniel (Lt.)
59 *Briggs, Zadock 366 McCullock, Daniel
60 Brill, Nathan 367 *McDonald, John
61 Broom, John (Sgt.) 368 *McGaffey, Neal
62 Brower, Hendricks 369 McHugh, William
63 Brown, Benjamin (Capt.) 370 McKee, David
64 Brown, James (Capt.) 371 *McMechan, James
65 *Brown, James 372 McNeal, John
66 *Brown, Jesse 373 McVay, Benjamin
67 Brown, John (?) 374 *Medley, William G.
68 Brown, John, Jr. (Sgt.) 375 Meek, Basel
69 Brown, Samuel (Athens Co.) 376 *Meigs, Return Jonathan (Col.)
70 *Browning, William 377 *Mellor, Samuel
71 Buck, Joseph (Gen.) 378 *Melvin, Isaac
72 *Buell, Joseph (Capt.) 379 Melvin, Joseph
73 *Bulkley, Roger (Lt.) 380 *Middleswart, Henry
74 *Bullard, Asa 381 *Miles, Benjamin (Capt.)
75 *Bullard, Eleazer 382 *Mills, John (Capt.)
76 *Burch, Eddy 383 Mills, Thomas
77 *Burlingame, Christopher 384 *Mills, William (Capt.)
78 *Burnham, John (Maj.) 385 Milton, Philip
79 *Burnham, William (Maj.) 386 Mingus, Moses
80 *Burris, John 387 *Mitchell, Nathaniel
81 *Cady, Abijah 388 *Morley, Daniel
82 Caldwell, Robert 389 *Morris, Joseph, Sr.
83 Campbell, Robert 390 *Morris, Obadiah
84 *Carrell, George 391 Morse, Isaac
85 *Carroll, George 392 Mosely, David
86 *Carter, Benjamin 393 *Moss, Isaac
87 *Case, Zenas 394 *Moulton, William (Capt.)
88 *Casey, Wanton 395 *Munro, Josiah (Capt.)
89 Cass, Jonathan (Capt.) 396 *Nantz, Frederick (Lt.)
90 *Cavel, George 397 Nash, Samuel
91 *Chamberlain, Asa 398 *Nestler, John
92 *Chamberlain, Gurden 399 *Newbury, Joseph
93 Chambers, David 400 *Newton, Elias
94 *Chandler, Joseph 401 Newton, Joseph
95 *Chandler, Zebulon 402 *Niswonger, Peter
96 *Chapman, Heman 403 Noblaise, Peter
97 Chapman, Levi 404 Noble, John, Sr.
98 *Chapman, Nathaniel (Capt.) 405 *Norman, Bazabiel
99 *Chapman, Samuel 406 Northrup, Daniel
100 *Cheadle, Asa, Jr. 407 Northrup, Thomas
101 *Childs, Isaac 408 *Nott, Simeon
102 Clapp, Caleb 409 *Nulton, Christopher
103 *Clark, John (Maj.) 410 *Nulton, John
104 Clark, Samuel 411 *Nye, Ebenezer
105 Clay, Daniel, Jr. 412 *Nye, Ichabod
106 *Clay, Daniel, Sr. 413 Oakes, Henry
107 *Cline, George (Sgt.) 414 *Oakes, Joel
108 *Clough, Aaron 415 O’Flying, Patrick
109 *Coburn, Asa (Maj.) 416 *Olds, Gilbert
110 Coburn, Phineas 417 *Oliphant, William
111 *Coburn, Silas 418 *Oliver, Alexander
112 Coggeshall, Daniel 419 *Oliver, Robert (Capt.)
113 *Cogswell, Eli (Gen.) 420 *Olney, Coggeshall (Maj.)
114 *Cole, John 421 Otis, Barnabas
115 Coleman, Charles 422 *Otis, Benjamin
116 *Collins, John 423 *Owen, James
117 *Collins, Robert 424 *Paine, Benjamin
118 *Converse, Benjamin 425 *Paine, John
119 *Converse, Daniel 426 *Palmer, Joseph, Jr.
120 *Converse, James 427 Parker, Joseph
121 Converse, Simon 428 *Parr, Nathan
122 Cook, Jesse 429 *Parr, Samuel
123 *Coon, Philip 430 Parsons, James
124 Cooper, Ezekiel 431 *Parsons, Samuel Holden (Maj. Gen.)
125 Corless, William (Maj.) 432 Patterson, Benjamin
126 Corner, Matthew 433 *Payne, Abraham
127 *Cornes, Henry 434 *Perry, Thomas
128 *Cornes, Joseph 435 *Phillips, Peter (Lt.)
129 *Corry, Thomas 436 *Pierce, Ebenezer, Jr. (Lt.)
130 *Cowee, John 437 Pierce, Francis
131 Craig, James 438 *Pierce, Isaac
132 Crary, Archibald (Col.) 439 Place, John
133 Cuddington, Benjamin 440 *Plumer, William
134 *Culver, Reuben 441 *Porter, Amos, Sr.
135 *Curtis, Eleazer (Capt.) 442 *Porter, Ebenezer
136 *Curtis, John 443 *Powell, George Alexander
137 *Cushing, Nathaniel 444 *Powers, Theophilus Hanley
138 *Cushing, Samuel 445 Pratt, Joel (Maj.)
139 *Dains, Levi 446 *Prentiss, Saunton (Capt.)
140 *Dana, William (Capt.) 447 *Putnam, Aaron Waldo
141 *Daniels, Phillip 448 *Putnam, Allen
142 Danley, John 449 *Putnam, Ezra (Maj.)
143 *Davis, Daniel (Capt.) 450 *Putnam, Ezra, Jr.
144 *Davis, Dudley (Capt.) 451 *Putnam, Israel (Col.)
145 Davis, Hezekiah 452 *Putnam, Jethro (Capt.)
146 *Davis, Nehemiah, Sr. 453 *Putnam, Rufus (Gen.)
147 Davis, Reuben 454 Ramey, John
148 *Davis, William (Capt.) 455 Randall, David
149 *Davis, William, II 456 *Randall, Robert
150 Davis, William, III 457 Ransom, Theophilus
151 *Delano, Cornelius (Sgt.) 458 *Raredin, Henry
152 Delong, Aaron 459 *Raredin, John
153 *Delong, Jonathan 460 *Ray, John McRush
154 Deming, Pownall 461 Reynolds, James
155 *Deming, Simeon (Col.) 462 Rice, Jason
156 *Dennis, Andrew 463 *Rice, Nathan
157 *Devin, Michael 464 *Rice, Oliver (Capt.)
158 *Devol, Allen 465 *Riggs, James
159 *Devol, Daniel 466 *Roach, William
160 *Devol, Gideon 467 *Robinson, Ebenezer
161 *Devol, Gilbert 468 *Rodgers, Joseph (Capt.)
162 *Devol, Jonathan 469 Rogers, Benjamin
163 *Devol, Stephen 470 Rogers, Joseph (Maj.)
164 *Devol, Wanton 471 Rogers, Nathaniel
165 *Dickerson, Kinsey 472 Rogers, William
166 *Dickerson, Thomas 473 *Rood, Elijah
167 Dickerson, Vachel 474 *Ross, Israel
168 *Doan, Archibald 475 *Rouse, John
169 Doan, Benjamin 476 Rouse, Thomas
170 *Doan, Richard 477 Rowland, John
171 *Dodge, John (Capt.) 478 *Rubbell, James (Capt.)
172 *Dodge, Nathaniel, Sr. 479 Rucker, Lemuel
173 *Dodge, Oliver 480 *Russell, James (Capt.)
174 *Dolan, John 481 Russell, John
175 *Dolan, William 482 Russell, Jonathan
176 *Doud, Chandler 483 Rutter, Job
177 Dunbar, Daniel 484 *Saltonstall, Nathaniel (Capt.)
178 *Dunbar, William 485 *Sargent, Winthrop
179 *Dunham, Daniel, Jr. 486 *Saunders, Abraham
180 *Dunham, Daniel, Sr. 487 Sawyer, Nathaniel
181 *Dunham, Jonathan 488 Scammel, Lester (Gen.)
182 *Dutton, James 489 *Seamans, Gilbert
183 *Dye, Daniel 490 *Seamans, Reserved
184 Dye, Ezekiel 491 Shacklee, Peter
185 *Dye, John 492 Shackley, Peter
186 *Eastman, Peasely 493 Sharp, David (Gen.)
187 *Ellenwood, Benjamin Tuck 494 *Sharp, Spencer
188 Ellis, Ephraim 495 *Shaw, Benjamin
189 *Emerson, Ephraim 496 *Shaw, Joel
190 *Evans, Anthony 497 *Shaw, Peter (Lt.)
191 *Evans, Nathan 498 Shays, Daniel (Gen.)
192 *Everetts, Ambrose 499 Sheets, Anthony
193 Ewing, George 500 *Shepherd, Enoch
194 *Fairchild, ___________ (Maj.) 501 Shepherd, William (Gen.)
195 Faulkner, Simmons 502 *Sherman, Abel
196 *Fearing, Noah (Capt.) 503 Sherman, Conrad
197 *Finch, Ezekiel 504 Sherman, Ezra
198 *Fisher, Daniel (Col.) 505 Sherman, Josiah
199 *Flagg, Gershom 506 *Sherman, Timothy
200 *Flake, George 507 *Shockey, Abraham
201 *Flanders, Enoch 508 *Simons, Joseph
202 *Fleming, Peter 509 *Smith, David
203 Flesher, Balser 510 Smith, George
204 *Fletcher, Sherebiah 511 *Smith, James W.
205 *Floyd, John 512 *Smith, Nicholas
206 *Ford, William (Capt.) 513 *Smith, Samuel F.
207 *Foster, Ephraim 514 Smith, Stephen (Maj.)
208 *Foster, Peregrine (Sgt.) 515 Spacht, Anthony
209 *Franks, Henry 516 *Sparhawk, Noah
210 *Freemyer, David, Sr. 517 Sprague, Frederick
211 *French, William 518 *Sprague, James
212 Frost, Samuel 519 *Sprague, Jonathan
213 Frothingham, Ebenezer 520 *Sprague, Joshua (Maj.)
214 Frothingham, Samuel 521 *Sprague, Nehemiah
215 *Frye, Frederick 522 *Sprague, Samuel
216 *Frye, Joseph (Lt.) 523 Sprague, Wilbur (?)
217 *Frye, Joseph, Jr. 524 *Sprague, William
218 *Frye, William 525 *Springer, Jacob
219 *Fuller, Solomon 526 *Springer, Peleg
220 Fulton, James 527 Sproat, Earl
221 Fulton, Samuel 528 *Sproat, Ebenezer (Col.)
222 Gage, Abner 529 St.Clair, Arthur (Gen.)
223 *Gallant, Matthew 530 *Stacey, William (Col.)
224 Gardner, John (?) 531 *Stacey, William, Jr.
225 *Gates, David (Capt.) 532 *Stanley, Thomas (Corp.)
226 *Gates, Nathan (Maj.) 533 Steadman, Bial
227 *Gates, Timothy (Sgt.) 534 *Stephens, Abraham
228 Gibson, Thomas (Col.) 535 Stephens, David
229 *Gifford, Abraham 536 Stephens, Moses
230 *Gilman, Joseph 537 Stephenson, Peter
231 *Glass, Henry 538 *Stone, Israel
232 *Glover, James Lawrence (Gen.) 539 *Stone, Jonathan (Capt.)
233 *Goldsmith, Benoni 540 *Story, Andrew
234 *Goodale, Nathan (Maj.) 541 Story, William
235 Goodale, Silas 542 *Talbot, Richard
236 *Gooding, James 543 Tallmadge, Benjamin (Col.)
237 Goodrich, Abner 544 *Taylor, Robert (Col.)
238 Goodwin, Simeon 545 *Thomas, Jeremiah
239 Goss, Daniel (Capt.) 546 *Thomas, Jonathan
240 *Goss, Solomon 547 *Thompson, Joseph (Col.)
241 *Gossett, John 548 Thorla, Thomas
242 *Gould, Benjamin 549 *Tice, Solomon
243 *Gray, William (Capt.) 550 *Tilson, Joseph
244 *Green, John 551 *Tollman, Benjamin
245 *Greene, Duty 552 *Tollman, Ebenezer
246 *Greene, Griffin 553 Tolman, Seth
247 *Greene, John 554 Treadway, Zeptha
248 Greene, Richard 555 *Trible, Joseph Fulcher
249 *Greenman, Jeremiah (Lt.) 556 *True, Ephraim
250 Grosvenor, Thomas 557 *True, Jabez (Dr.)
251 *Grubb, Peter (Col.) 558 *Tucker, William
252 *Guitteau, Judson 559 *Tupper, Anselm (Maj.)
253 Guthrie, Joseph 560 *Tupper, Benjamin (Gen.)
254 *Guthrie, Truman 561 Turner, Ezekiel
255 *Hair, John 562 Turner, John
256 Hammond, Thomas 563 Tuttle, Joel
257 Hanlon, Richard 564 *Tyler, Dean (Maj.)
258 Harmar, Joseph (Maj.) 565 *VanClief, Peter
259 Harmar, Josiah (Gen.) 566 *Varnum, James Mitchell (Gen.)
260 *Hart, Jonathan 567 Vincent, Laban
261 *Hart, Josiah (Dr.) 568 Ward, Daniel
262 Harvey, Amos 569 Ward, Jonas
263 Harvey, James 570 *Ward, Nahum
264 *Harvey, John 571 Waterman, Aden
265 *Haskell, Elnathan (Maj.) 572 *Waterman, Ignatius
266 *Haskell, Jonathan (Maj.) 573 Waterman, John
267 *Haskell, Moses 574 *Webster, Andrew
268 *Haskins, Cornelius 575 *Wells, Thomas (Maj.)
269 *Hatch, James 576 Wells, William
270 *Hawkins, Thomas 577 Welsworth, Daniel
271 *Hayes, Abijah 578 Wetherby, John
272 *Hayes, Benijah 579 Wetson, George
273 Henderson, Edward 580 Wheeler, Uriah
274 *Heyward, Henry 581 *Whipple, Abraham (Commo.)
275 Heywood, Benjamin 582 *White, David
276 *Hildebrand, George 583 *White, Hatfield (Maj.)
277 *Hildreth, Samuel (Dr.) 584 White, John (Maj.)
278 *Hill, Ira (Capt.) 585 *White, John (Ens.)
279 *Hill, Isaac 586 *White, Peletiah
280 *Hill, John 587 *White, Thomas Wells
281 *Hill, William 588 Whiting, Josiah
282 Hill, Zenas 589 *Whitney, James
283 *Hinkley, Nathaniel 590 Whitridge, Josiah
284 Hobby, John (Capt.) 591 *Wickersham, Peter
285 Holden, John (Capt.) 592 *Wilcox, Joseph (Gen.)
286 *Holdren, Joseph 593 Williams, Charles
287 Holdren, Levi (Capt.) 594 *Williams, Robert
288 *Holt, John 595 *Williamson, Moses
289 *Hopper, Englehard 596 *Williamson, Samuel
290 *Houghland, Cornelius 597 *Willison, David
291 *Hovey, William (Sgt.) 598 *Wilson, David
292 *Howe, George 599 *Wilson, Isaac
293 *Howe, Joel 600 *Wilson, Jonathan
294 Howe, Perley 601 *Wilson, William
295 *Howe, Peter 602 Witten, Philip
296 *Hoyt, Benajah 603 Witten, William
297 Hoyt, Ezra 604 *Wolf, George
298 Hoyt, Nicholas 605 Wood, Joseph (Gen.)
299 *Hubbard, Roswell 606 *Woodbridge, Dudley, Sr.
300 Humiston, James, Jr. 607 Woodbury, Nathan
301 *Humiston, Jason 608 *Woodruff, Abner
302 *Hunt, Joseph 609 Woodruff, Cornelius
303 *Hurlbut, Benoni Prettyman 610 Woodruff, Isaac
304 Hutchins, Hollis 611 *Woodward, Oliver
305 Ingers, George (Capt.) 612 *Wright, Simeon
306 Ingersoll, George (Lt.) 613 *Young, John
307 *Inman, Rufus 614 Zeigler, David

One Response to “Spirit of ‘76 Washington County Patriots & Pioneers”

  1. Scott A. Britton Says:

    At least two other Patriots who should be added to this list because they had descendants in Washington County, OH. They are:

    Major General Israel Putnam - Father of Colonel Israel Putnam of Belpre, Ohio (listed above). General Putnam was born 7 Jan 1718 in Salem, MA, died on 29 May 1790 in Brooklyn, CT and is buried at Brooklyn Cemetery, Windham Co, CT. He’s most famous for his actions at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Although some historians dispute it (some say it was General William Prescott or others) he is credited with the command, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.” He was a cousin of General Rufus Putnam (also listed above).

    Quartermaster William Dawes, Jr. - Born on 5 Apr 1745 in Boston, MA, died on 25 Feb 1799 in Marlborough, MA and is buried either in King’s Chapel Burial Ground in Boston or Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, MA… Dawes was the first rider sent by Dr. Joseph Warren to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of their possible arrest by British forces. Dawes rode the southern overland route via the “Boston Neck” out of Boston to Lexington, while another rider, Paul Revere, took the northern water route. After Dawes and Revere met at the Hancock-Clarke House in Lexington, Dawes and Revere were joined by Dr. Samuel Prescott on their journey to warn the town of Concord of possible British attack. Stopped by a British patrol outside of Concord, the three men split up. Revere was captured, while Dawes and Prescott escaped. With 2 soldiers in hot pursuit, Dawes supposedly rode into the front yard of a nearby empty house yelling, “Ive got two of them.” Fearing an ambush or trap, his British riders retreated. Falling from his horse during the encounter, Dawes walked back to Lexington. Wikipedia.com states that during the Revolutionary War, Dawes also acted as a Quartermaster in Central Massachusetts, but further research on that statement is needed. William Dawes was the great-grandfather of Union Civil War General Rufus R. Dawes of Marietta, Ohio. Rufus commanded the 6th Wisconsin Infantry and became one of Iron Brigade’s most famous commanders. One of Rufus’ sons, Charles Gates Dawes, among many other notable achievements, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1925 and became Vice President of the US under Calvin Coolidge. Another of Rufus’ sons, Beman Gates Dawes, founded the Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio. A good source on William Dawes’ actions during “The Ride” can be found at http://usinfo.state.gov/scv/Archive/2006/Apr/03-261934.html . A picture and an interesting poem about Dawes’s ride was written by Helen F. Moore and serves as a parody to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” and can be found at http://www.americanrevolution.com/ppl_william_dawes.html .

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