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"Muster Roll of Concord Minute Men", NEHGR, vol. XIX (1865), pp. 44-45.

[p. 44]

[George Mountfort, Esq., of Boston, has obtained for us the loan of a document which we print below, and which he informs us is the Muster Roll of the Minute Men of Concord, Mass. It is probable that the names of many of the men who on the memorable 19th of April, 1775, encountered the British troops, will be found in this list; though the document evidently is of a later date.
The body of the document is printed. The signatures do not appear to be autographs; but seem to be in the hand-writing of five different individuals, and written at different times; the first five names being the first hand-writing; the 6th to the 43d and the 55th to the 62d, in the second; the 44th to the 54th, in the third; the 63d to 73d, in the fourth; and the last 15, in the fifth, which is a much better hand than the others, and shows a practised pen. The first two dashes are in the original, but the others are added to separate the different hands.
There is no date to these names; but at the foot of the first page, reversed, a new list is commenced in the same hand as the last fifteen names, as follows: --
"November 25, 1776
Ephraim Wood Jur
We the Subscribers do hereby severally inlist Ourselves into the Service of the United Colonies of America, to serve from the Date hereof until the Fifteenth Day of January next, if the Service requires it; and each one of us do engage to furnish Ourselves with a good effective Fire-Arm, a Blanket and at least Ten Rounds of Ball and Ammunition (also with a good Bayonet and Cartridge-Box if possible), to be by such persons as shall be hereafter appointed by the General Court for that purpose, formed into a Company of sixty-four Men, including one Captain, two Lieutenants, three Sergeants, three Corporals, one Drum and one Fife, to be chosen by such Company, to be marked to Head-Quarters, with the utmost Expedition; and when there arrived, to be under the command of such Field-Officer or Offi-

[p. 45]

cers as his Excellency General Washington, or other General Officer shall direct. And we further agree, during the Time aforesaid to be under such Regulations in every Respect as we are provided for the Army aforesaid.
Joseph Stratten

John Mulliken
Lot Conant
Ephraim Hosmer
John Right
Thomas Hubbard
Lef. Eph. Wheel[er?]
John Prescot Heywood
Peter Wheeler
David Hubbard
Isaac Hubbard
James Colman
John Hosmer Juner
Oliver Brown
Abner Wheler
Capt. Wheler
Ebenezer Hubbard
Capt. Ephram Jones
Capt. Eliphalet ? Jones
Abiiah Bond
Capt. Jonas Haywood
Archabel Smith
Josiah Hosmar
Mager John Minot
Capt. Charls Miles
Left. frainsses Wheler
Ephram Hosmer
Left. Joseph Haywood
John Remington Esq.
Mr. Tily Mirik

Brabry Robson

Symon Hunt
Ephram Potter
Semeon Haywood
Oliver Brown
Jonas Lee
Nathanel Staners
Jonatan Haywood
Joshua Bond
Jason Bamos
Bengamin Hosmer
Nathan Darby
Ezery Conant
Ephraim Wood Esqr
Capt. Thomas Hubbard
Lieut. Wheeler
Lieut. Hosmer
Clark Amos Wood
John Prescot
Coprl Samuel Hubard
William Prescot [a]
Oliver Meles
Daniel Holdin
William Parkman
John Hosmer [c]
Semeon Burrage [c]
John Prescot [a]
John Straton [a]
Nathanel Nutten [a]

Semeon Burridge [b]

David Maynard [b]
Samwel Potter [a]
Wilam Brig
Simeon Brig
John Brig
Tily Holden
Thomas Fay
Sherin Stephen Sterns?
Edward Brit
Bengmin Haris
Jonas Whitny *
Thomas Wody
John Cornel
Lt Hosmer
Clerk Wood
John Prescott
John Stratton
Nathl Nutting
Wilo Prescott
Parish Miles
Saml Hubbard
John Hosmer
Oliver Miles
Danl Holden
Wm Parkman
Wm Wheeler
Oliver Wheeler
Thos Wheeler

[Note: -- The names to which we have affixed the letter a have the words, "Half a turn," against them; those with the letter b affixed have, "Quarter a turn," against them; and the two with the letter c have a cross against the two at each end..]
* - Jonas Whitney in Index

"Life Members of the New Eng. Hist. Gen. Society", NEHGR, vol. XIX (1865), pp. 94.

From February 1, 1861, to December 6, 1864.
Henry Austin Whitney, Boston

Trask, William B., "Abstracts from the Earliest Wills on Record and on the Files in the County of Suffolk, Mass.", NEHGR, vol. XIX (1865), pp. 32-37, 162-165, 307-311.

[pp. 163-164]

Will of Edward Bugby of Roxbury, dated 26 Nov 1668. "In the prsence of vs, Robt. Harris, John Bridge, Nathaniell Bruer, John Whitney."

"Reminiscences Connected with the War of 1812", NEHGR, vol. XIX (1865), pp. 338-342.

[p. 338]

In the summer of 1814, many portions of the Militia of Massachusetts were called into actual service for the defence of the seaboard, especially in and near Boston. The enemy had effected a landing in various places along the coast, and had taken possession of Castine in the District of Maine, then a part of Massachusetts. Gov. Strong having called out some of the volunteer Militia in the Easter section of the State, ordered a draft of three regiments from the Western, viz: -- one from the Ninth Division--Berkshire County, and two from the Fourth Division--Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden Counties--the three regiments to form a Brigade. Brigadier Gen. Jacob Bliss, of Springfield--whose aid-de-camp was George Bliss, Jr., and whose Brigade Major was Noah D. Mattoon-- was designated as commander. Another Brigade of the volunteer Militia was organized and placed under th command of Brig. Gen. Isaac Maltby, (a) of Hatfield, of whose staff were Brigade Major Epaphras Hoyt, (b) of Deerfield, Franklin Ripley of Greenfield, and Israel Billings, of Hatfield. The two Brigades constituted a Division under the command of Maj. Gen. Whiton, with Douglass W. Sloan and Henry W. Dwight as aid-de-campes. The regiment from the Ninth Division was commanded by Col. Solomon K. Chamberlain, of Dalton. The regiment from the First Brigade of the Fourth Division was commanded by Col. Enos Foote, of Southwick; and Major John Hoar, of Monson, and Major David

[p. 339]

Mack, Jr., of Middlefield, were his Majors. Rev. Joshua Crosby, of Greenwich, Chaplain.
The officers of the regiment from the second Brigade were Thomas Longley, of Hawley, Colonel; * John Wilson, of Deerfield, and Asa Howland, of Conway, Majors; Willis Carter, of Buckland, Adj't; John C. Hoyt, (c) of Deerfield, Quartermaster; Sam'l Putnam, of New Salem, Paymaster; George Rogers, Surgeon; Stephen W. Williams, of Deerfield, Surgeon's Mate; Rev. Alpheus Harding, of New Salem, Chaplain. The company officers were, Captains Southworth Jenkins, Asa Powers, Timothy Lyman, Joseph White, (d) James Brown, Elisha Strong, Ebenezer Mayo, and David Strickland, Jr. Lieutenants.--Thaddeus Parsons, Artemus Knight, James Whitman, Solomon Reed, Elisha Smith, E. Stebbins Allen, Silas Osgood and Samuel Coolidge. Ensigns--Stephen Wolcott, William Rice, (e) Abner Goodell, Calvin Rice, Ebenezer Stearns, Jonathan Comstock, Elijah Sanderson and Thomas Gilbert.
The detail of the officers of this regiment was made about the 9th of September, 1814. [snip] The regiment generally marched 17 or 18 miles in a day, and was treated with great attention and its arrival to quarters for the night was announced by the ringing of bells and the discharge of firearms. Many of the towns furnished a baggage wagon for the accommodation of their quotas of soldiers, driven by one of their Selectmen, among whom are recollected Major Aaron Fisher, of Westhampton, Darius Martindale, of Greenfield, and Stephen Whitney, Esq., of Deerfield. [snip]

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