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the last of the first exiled pilgrims."

John Ilowland came here in an early day, but re-
mained only a few years, and died in Kingston, Feb.
22, 1072, aged eighty years. He was one of the
leading men in the colony.

Francis Eaton, another of the " Mayflower" baud,
settled here in an early day.

George Soule settled here in 1037.



Of the twenty-seven heads of families, who arrived
in the ship "Fortune," in 1021, these became at
some future time proprietors of land in Duxbury :
Robert Hicks, Thomas Prence, Moses Simmons,
Philip Delano, Edward Bumpus, William Palmer,
Jonathan Brewster, Thomas Morton, and William
Basset. Simmons and Delano became permanent
residents in the town, and here most of their descend-
ants have resided.

Among other early settlers were Comfort Starr (the
first physician in the town), Samuel Seabury (also a
physician), William Collier, William Macomber, Rich-
ard Church, Ralph Chapman, William Basset, Wil-
liam Pabodie, George Partridge, Henry Sampson,
Abraham Sampson, Constant Southworth, Alexan-
der Standish, Christopher Wadsworth, and Edmund
Weston.

Other early names in the town are Ames, An-
drews, Armstrong, Arddaton, Arnold, Baker, Barker,
Barstow, Barton, Bartlett, Bassett, Bates, Beare,
Biddle, Bisbee, Bishop, Blush, Bonncy, Booth, Bos-
worth, Bowen, Bowers, Bowman, Bradford, Brett,
Briggs, Browu, Bryant, Bumpus, Burgess, Burnee,
Burton, Butler, Carver, Cary, Chamberlin, Chandler,
Chapman, Church, Clark, Coe, Cole, Collier, Cooper,
Corrannel, Cullifer, Curtis, Cushing, Churchman,
Dammon, Darling, Davis, Davy, Dawes, Delano, Des-
pard, Derell, Dingley, Drew, Dwelley, Eaton, En-
sign, Everson, Fermside, Fish, Fisher, Forbes, Ford,
Freyer, Freeman, Frost, Fuller, Gannet, Gardner,
Glass, Godfrey, Goole, Gorham, Iladcn, Hales, Hall,
Hambury, Haudmcr, Hanks, Harding, Harlow, Har-
mon, Harris (or Harrson), Hartub, Hatch, Hatha-
away, Hawes, Hayward, Hewitt, Hicks, Hillier, Hill,
Holmes, House, Howard, Howland, Hudson, Hunt,
Hussey, Irish, Jackson, Joice, Kein (Kean or Keen),
Kemp, Kidbye, Knight, Lambert, Land, Latham,
Lathley, Lathrop, Lawrence, Lazell, Leonard, Leniich,
Leyhorne, Lindall, Loring, Loudeu, Magoon, May-
cumber, Mayuard, McFarland, McLaughlin, Meudall,
Meudonne, Mendlowe, Mernde, Mitchell, Moore, Mor-
rey, Morton, Mullins, Mynot, Neal, Nelson, Norcut,
Oldham, Osborn, Pabodie, Paddock, Palmer, Parris,
Partridge, Peakes, Peirce, Peterson, Phillips, Pitt-
cock, Pollard, Pontus, Prence, Prince, Prior, Ran-
dall, Read, Reynolds, Richards, Richardson, Ripley,
Robbins, Roberts, Robinson, Rogers, Rose, Ronoe,
Rowe, Russell, Sampson, Saunders, Seabury, Shaw,
Shawson, Sherman, Simmons, Smith, Snow, Soule,
Southworth, Sprague, Sprout, Standish, Stamford,
Starr, Stetson, Stockbridge, Switzer, Sylvester, Thach-
er, Thomas, Thorp, Tisdall, Tinykin, Tower, Tracy,
Truant, Tubbs, Turner, Ussell, Vincent, Wadsworth,



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HISTORY OF PLYMOUTH COUNTY.



Walker, Wallis, Wanton, Washburn, Waterman,
Watson, West, Weston, Weyborne, White, William-
son, Willis, Wilson, Wing, Wiuslow, Wiusor, With-
eroll, and Wormull.

" The earliest residents were for the most part re-
speetable, and some of them possessed of considerable
property. The following list, eoutaiuing in part the
names of those in the colony who were taxed by order
of the court March, 1633, will show the comparative
wealth of some of them :

£ ». «.

o ! Philip Delano 18

5 j Francis Weston (West?)... 15

7 | Christopher Wails worth.... 12

7 I George Souie a

Robert Bartlctt (Ply.) 'J



llr. Win. Collier -

Mr. Edw. Win=low (M).. 2

Williuui Basset 1

Elder William Brewster. 1

Mr. Jonathan Rrewstcr.. 1 7

Gui\ William Bradford.. 1 7

Richard Chureh 1 7

Mr. John Alden I 4

Mr. John llowland I 4

Capt. Standish u 18

Francis Sprague 18

Experience Mitchell U IS



Francis Eaton y

Roger Chaudler 'J

Samuel Nash

Moses Symous 9

Henry llowland l J

Edw. Buinpasse i)

Samuel Chandler y



; 1752. And, iu 1759, we find in Church Records,
I ' Died Richard Louden's negro girl, about ten years
old.'

" I have now before me a deed, dated 1741, given
by John Cooper, of Plymouth, to George Partridge,
of Duxbury, conveying to him ' a negro man named
Dick, aged about twenty-three years, of middling
stature.'

" Indians, who had been convicted of certain crimes,
were condemned to be sold as slaves in the early times
of the colony, as well as those who had been captured
in war. A rather unpardonable offence iu the opinion
of the philanthropists of the present day." (Winsor.)
In 1643 the following were residents of Duxbury,
between the ages of sixteen and sixty, capable of
bearing arms :



"Their habitations were chiefly palisudoes, or for-
tified cottages, and, in some instances, the gambrel-
roofed houses, generally containing one large room, a
bed-chamber and kitchen on the lower floor, with two
large and two small chambers above, and sometimes
an attic above all. The style of building which we
sometimes see in ancient houses, that of a high front,
with the roof behind reachiug nearly to the ground,
was then frequently employed, though this seems to
have been the prevailing style of a somewhat later
period. The one-story additions, now so generally
adjoined to the maiu house, were then scarcely
known. Barns were very few in number, and their
places were supplied by less substantial sheds and
other temporary buildings. Their stock of cattle was
generally abundant, usually consisting of one or more
horses, with oxen, cows, sheep, and swine. Several
orchards were planted at an early date by the settlers.

" Some of them owned slaves, which was not un-
common, and even to a comparatively late period.
Samuel Seabury, who died in 1U81, mentions in his
will his negro servants, Nimrod, who was to be sold,
and Jane, whom he gave to his wife. Other instances
can be named.

" At a later period, Col. John Alden owued n negro
slave, named Hampshire, who was married April 16,
1718, to Mary Jones, au Iudiau woman. Lieut.
Thomas Loriug, who died 1717, left three negroes,
valued at one hundred pounds, and his son, Thomas,
owued a ' negro mau, Bill, ulius William Fortune,'
whom, it appears by the records, he determined (Dee.
1, 1730) to free 'from the yoke of servitude and
bondage, for divers good and valuable reasons and
causes aud considerations,' after the 1st day of May,



Moses Simons.
Samuel Tompkins.
James Lindall.
Thomas Oldham.
Edmund Weston.
William Ford.
Francis West.
Francis Godfrey.
Solomon Lcnner.
Jobn Irish.
Philip Delano.
Mr. John Alden, Sr.
John Alden, Jr.
Joseph Alden.
MorriB Truant.
John Vobes.
William Sherman.
Samuel Nosh.
Abraham Sampson.
George Soulo.
Zachury Soule.
William Maycuinber.
William Tubbs.
William Pabodie.
William llillier.
Experience Mitohetl.
Ilcnry llowland.
Henry Sampson.
John Brown.
Edmund Hunt.
William Brett.
John Phillips.
Thomas Gannet.
William Mullins.
John Tisdall.
Nathaniel Chandler.
John ltardiug.
John Aimes.
Francis Goole.
John Washburn, Sr.



John Washburn, J r.

Philip Washburn.

Williaui Bassctt, Sr.

William Bassctt, Jr.

Francis Sprague.

William Lawrence.

John Willis.

John Brewster.

William Breuster.

Love Brewster.

Coustaut Southworth.

Capt. Standish.

John lieyward.

John Farneseed.

Thomas Bouney.

Robert llusscy.

Richard Wilson.

Thomas llayward, Sr.

Thomas llayward, Jr.
Thomas Robins.

Arthur Harris.

Edward Hall.
C. Wadsworlh.

William Clark.

Mr. Comfort Starr.
Johu Starr.

Dauicl Turner.
George Partridge.
John Mayuard.
Stephen Bryant.
John Rogers.
Joseph Rogers.
Joseph Prior.
Benjamin Read.
Abraham Peircc.
William .Merrick.
William ll.ii i ill..
"Yong" Joseph Brewster.

Hudeu.

Samuel Chandler — SU.



HISTORY OF DUXBURY.



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CHAPTER II.

WAR OF TIIE REVOLUTION.

In 1773 the first minute company in the town was
raised, with Iehabod Aldeu, captain ; Andrew Samp-
son, lieutenant; and Judah Alden, ensign. The
company was as follows :

Samuel Loring, sergt. Joshua Curbing, eorp.

Peter Bradford, sergt. James Shaw, corp.

Johu Hunks, sergt. John Drew, drummer.

Daniel Loring, sergt. Amherst Alden, fifer.

Private*.
Suuiucl Alden. Thaddeus Ripley.

John Southworth.

Joshua Sprague.

Thomas Sprague.

Samuel Sprague.

Uriah Sprague.

William Sampson.



Thouias Chandler.
Samuel Chandler.
Thomas Dawes.
Nathaniel Delano.
Luther Delano.
Berzilla Delano.
Thomas Delano.
Scruiah Qtass.
Peleg Gullifer.
John Glass.
John Oldham.
John Osyer.
Kimball Ripley.



Iehabod Sampson.
Joseph Wadsworth.
Charles Thomas.
Prince Thomas.
Consider Thomas.
Wait Wadsworth.
Scneea Wadsworth.



" Some time after this a regiment of niioute-men
was formed out of Plymouth County, and Theophilus
Cotton, of Plymouth, was chosen colonel ; Iehabod
Alden, of Duxbury, lieutenant-colonel ; and Ebenezer
Sprout, of Middleboro', major.

" Mr. George Partridge was now chosen commander
of the company.

" The officers of the two companies of militia at
this time were: of the first, Captain, Levi Loring;
Lieutenant, Bildad Arnold ; Ensign, Beujamiu Free-
man ; of the second, Captain, Calvin Partridge ;
Lieuteuaut, Elijah Baker ; Ensign, Adam Fish. The
next officers were : of the first, Captain, Samuel Lo-
ring ; Lieutenant, Beujamin Freeman ; Ensign, Na-
thaniel Sprague; of the second, Captain, Elijah
Baker ; Lieuteuaut, Nathan Sampson ; Ensign, Cor-
nelius Delano. Capt. Baker was next promoted to a
major.

" Another body of men was orgauized about this
time, consisting of all the men over fifty years of age,
who were styled the ' alarm list," aud were under the
same officers as the militia. Sentries were also sta-
tioned at different points in time of danger, and at
Captain's Hill.

'• In 1774 these were appointed a Committee of Cor-
respondence (May 30th) : Capt. W. Wadsworth,
Deacou P. Wadsworth, George Partridge, Capt. Sam-
uel Bradford, and Mieah Soule, to unite with the com-
mittee in general for the province. They also chose



(September 19th) George Partridge, Capt. W. Wads-
worth, and Deacon P. Wadsworth a committee, to
join the county committee, in order to act upon the
political affairs of the province.

"Iul775, the town chose (January 16th) Mr. George
Partridge to attend as their representative to the Sec-
ond Provincial Congress at Cambridge on the 1st of
February ; and also voted £32 8s. 4d. in aid of the
same. This congress adjourned on the 16th, met
again at Concord on the 22d of March, adjuurned ou
the 15th of April ; again met at Coucord on the 22d,
aud adjourned the same day ; then at Watertowu ou
the 24th, aud finally dissolved on the 29th of May. 1

" At the same meeting, the following Committee of
Inspection were appointed : Capt. Samuel Bradford,
Joshua Hall, Maj. Gamalial Bradford, Jr., Deacou
Perez Loring, Capt. Benjamin Wadsworth, Jacob
Weston, aud Peleg Wadsworth. The town after-
wards (January 30th) voted to procure thirty fire-arms
with bayonets for the use of the town ; and George
Partridge, Iehabod Alden, aud William Thomas were
appointed to obtain them, and £60 were furnished
them. A meeting had been called previously, to see
' if y° town will provide proper fire-arms aud all other
warlike instruments, and amunition suitable for to
defend y" town and country as need may require.' "

On the 1st of September Col. Cotton moved his
regiment to Roxbury, which formed a part of the
detachment ordered to throw up intrenchments ou
Dorchester Heights, March 4, 1776. The officers of
the regiment at this time were Theophilus Cotton,
colonel ; Iehabod Aldeu, lieutenaut-colouel ; William
Thomas, surgeon ; Johu Thomas, surgeon's mate ;
John Cotton, Jr., quartermaster ; Joshua Thomas,
adjutant.

CapttMitu*



Thomas Matthew.
Earl Clapp.
John Bradford.
Johu Brighaui.
Joshua Benson.

Nathaniel Lewis.
Isaao Pope.
Jesse Sturtevant.
Edward Sparrow.
William Thompson.

Benjamin Warner.
Charles Chureh.
Thomas Sampson.
Nehemiah Cobb.
James Smith.



LitutenuiiU.



Euti,



Isaac Wuod.
Peleg Wadsworth.
Amos Wade.
Samuel Bradford.
Edward Hammond.

I.

Abiel Townshend.
Seth Drew.
Archelaus Colo.
Androw Sampson.
Timothy Ruggles.

Foxwoll Thomas.
Joseph Sampson.
Lemuel Wood.
Judah Alden.
Nathan Soars.



1 Mr. Partridge was this year a member of the General Court
from Duxbury, and was ono of the committee ordered to wait
upon Gen. Washington on his arrival. (WinsorJ.



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HISTORY OF PLYMOUTH COUNTY.



On the removal of the Americans to New York in
1776, several others of Duxbury joined Capt. Brad-
ford's company and proceeded ou with the regiment.
Among others were Isaac and Nathaniel Delano and
Consider and Oliver Glass. The company remained
in New York about a year, when Capt. Bradford re-
signed his commission and came home with a great
part of his company, many of whom soon again en-
listed. Commissions were now granted to Joseph
Wadsworth, Adam Fish, and Judah Alden, all of
Duxbury, to be captains. Each of these immediately
raised their companies, and had many Duxbury men
under their command. In the summer of 1777,
Capt. Wadsworth having raised a company in Dux-
bury, marched to Boston to proceed to join the army
of Gen. Gates.

Col. Cotton's second in command, Lieut.-Col. Iclia-
bod Alden, of Duxbury, was soon after promoted to
the rank of colonel, and after the capture of Bur-
goyne was stationed with a regiment of the Conti-
nental army at Cherry Valley, N. Y., and was one of
the victims of the inhuman massacre at that place in
1777.

The Committee of Correspondence in 1776 were
G. Partridge, Isaac Partridge, E. Arnold, Peleg
Wadsworth, James Southworth, Perez Loring, Levi
Loring, Garni. Bradford, Jr., Bildad Arnold, Eliphas
Prior, Judah Delano, Joshua Stanford, and lteuben
Delano.

A fort was, in 1777, built at the Gurnet by the
towns of Plymouth, Kingstou, and Duxbury. On
the part of Duxbury, Isaac Partridge and Deacon
Peleg Wadsworth were chosen (February 20th)
their agents in the work of erection. No attack, it
is believed, waa made on this during the war. A
few shots, however, were exchanged with the British
frigate "Niger," Capt. Talbot; and at this time one
of the balls from the frigate pierced the light-house,
and the vessel grounded on Brown's Island shoal, but
soon got off.

" The Gurnet fort mounted three 12-pounders, one
6-pounder, and two 9-pounders. The garrisou con-
sisted of about sixty men, nearly one-half of whom
were from Duxbury. The first officers were Capt.
Wm. Weston, of Plymouth, Lieut. A. Sampson, and
Ens. Nathl. Carver. These were succeeded by Capt.
Andrew Sampson (of Duxbury), Dea. Smith and
Ebenezer Barker, both of Pembroke, were Lieut, and
Eus., and afterward Capt. Stephen Churchill, whose
secoud in command was Lieut. John Washburn."

"Early in this year," says Mr. Winsor, "an inci-
dent occurred which caused considerable confusion in
the couutry around. The valiant Capt. Manly, with



a number of valuable prizes, approached the harbor,
and, entering it, anchored off Saquish Point. It was
supposed at the time that it was a British fleet come
to burn the towns around the bay. A beacon was
immediately fired on Saquish, which was soon fol-
lowed by another at Captain's Hill, and at Monk's
Hill, in Kingston, and at Plymouth. Troops came
pouring in from the neighboring towns, and the com-
panies of Duxbury assembled under arms at Captain's
Hill ; but soon after the facts of the case were known
and the crowd dispersed.

"This was a time of general fear along the coast
by those who were expecting the execution of the
threats of Admiral Graves. Sentinels were con-
stantly posted, and they attended divine service on
the Sabbath with their arms.

"In General Sullivan's campaign in Rhode Island,
nearly the whole body of militia in the county were
ordered to his aid. The two companies of Duxbury
marched under the command of Capt. Calvin Par-
tridge, and were gone about two months. Arriving
at Little Compton they were placed under the imme-
diate command of Gen. Peleg Wadsworth, who
had charge of the militia, then assembled to the
number of about 2000 men. On one occasion, while
Gen. Sullivan was skirmishing with the British at
some distance, Gen. Wadsworth by his command
drew up his militia in a body and formed them ready
for an attack whenever orders came for advancing.
While thus arrayed he was informed that they would
probably be soon ordered forward. Gen. Wadsworth
then, for a short time, harangued his men and pre-
pared them for the onset ; but, as no orders came,
they saw no fighting on that day. This occurred late
in the summer of 1777.

" During the absence of the men the harvesting
was done by the matrons of the town, who divided
themselves into two companies, the one commanded
by Miss Rachel Sampson, and the other by Mrs.
William Thomas, and met by turns at the different
farms and gathered the crops, there being none but
the old men remaining in the town.

" 1777. The following were chosen (March 17)
a Committee of Correspondence and Safety : Deacons
Wadsworth, Southworth, and Loring, Capts. Hall
and Arnold, Ezra Arnold, Eliphas Prior, Reuben
Delano, Judah Delano, Joshua Stanford, and Perez
Chandler."

The following men of Duxbury, in 1780, served
three months in Baron Steuben's infantry : Isaac
Delano, Joshua Brewster, Consider Glass, Oliver
Delano, and James Weston.

" In the early part of the war, a fishing schooner



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361



belonging to Elijah Sampson, of Duxbury, was taken
and burnt by the enemy, off the beach, within sight
of the town. She was commanded by Capt. Lewis
Drew, and manned by Ezra Howard, Joseph Delano,
Zebdiel Delano, Abiuthar Alden, and Zadock Brad-
ford. They were taken to New York, and put on
board the ' Jersey' prison-ship, where they all died
excepting Alden and Bradford, who returned home.

" The English forty-gun ship ' Chatham' took the
schooner ' Olive,' belonging to Capt. Nathaniel Win-
sor, by whom she was at that time commanded, and
manned by William Winsor, Thomas Sampson, and
Lot Hunt. They were finally released on parole,
with the loss of their mainsail, which the enemy
retained.

" Shortly after the above, Samuel Chandler's
schooner ' Polly Johnson,' commanded by Capt. John
Winsor, and manned by Consider Glass, Thomas
Chandler, Asa Tour, and James Weston, was taken
by the English thirty-two gunship ' Perseverance.'
The enemy put on board the schooner several of their
crew, who started on a cruise for the purpose of
ascertaining her sailing qualities. They, however,
returned on the next day, and putting on board her
original crew, with the crew of another prize which
they had taken, belonging to Cape Ann, released
them on parole, giving to the two crews the schooner,
which they afterwards returned to the rightful
owner.

" Capt. Eden Wadsworth, George Cushman, and
Joshua Brewster served in the public armed vessels.
In the summer of 1779, Freeman Loring, Studley
Sampson, Auiasa Delano, and Joseph Bestow joined
the crew of the privateer ' Mars,' an armed vessel of
twenty-two guns, fitted out at Boston by Mr. David
Sears, and commanded by Capt. Ash. James Tour
and William Ripley served aboard the 'Alliance'
frigate.

" Messrs. Warren Weston, Abel Sampson, Bisbee
Chandler, Howard Chandler, aud Samuel Delano
were with Capt. Simeon Sampson in a brig when he
was taken by the English ship ' Rainbow.' Abel
Sampson died in the Halifax prison. The ' Rainbow'
was soon after nearly lost in a fog in the vicinity of
Cape Sable, but was finally rescued from her perilous
situation by the skill of a Marblehead captain, who
was a prisoner on board, and who thus obtained his
liberty, which was granted to him as a recompense
for his services.

" In the year 1781 a small vessel, called a ' Shav-
ing Mill,' was built and equipped at Kingston, to
proceed along the coast to the Penobscot, and there
to plunder and seize the British stores. She was a



long craft, had three lateen sails and fourteen oars.
She sailed from Captain's Hill, under the command of
Capt. Joseph Wadsworth, whose lieutenant was Daniel
Loring, and was absent on her cruise about three
weeks.

" In 1840 there were in the town nineteen survi-
vors, who received pensions from the government, but
since then many of them have died. Their names
were Joseph Kinney, aged 85 years ; Howluud Samp-
sou, 85 ; Andrew Sampson, 91 ; Thomas Chandler,
87 ; Samuel Gardner, 76 ; Howard Chandler, 81 ;
James Weston, 79; Oliver Delano, SI; Reuben
Dawes, 95 ; Nathaniel Hodges, 78 ; Isaiah Alden, 81 ;
Abner Sampson, 88 ; Levi Weston, 83 ; Judah Alden,

89 ; Uriah Sprague, 92 ; Setb Sprague, 80 ; Joshua
Brewster, 77 ; Jeptha Delano, 81 ; and Edward Ar-
nold, 92. The aggregate age of these was 1603
years ; the average age 84 ^ 5 . There were four over

90 ; eleven between 80 and 90 ; and four between 70
aud 80. At the same date there were thirteen
widows receiving pensions, whose husbands had served
iu the war. Their aggregate age was 1025 years, and
the average 78-}-^ years. Of all the towns iu Plym-
outh County, no other, except Middleboro', had a
larger or so large a number.

" Under the first pension law there were twenty-two
pensioners in Duxbury. It has been estimated that
there were about sixty individuals from Duxbury ac-
tively engaged through the Revolution in the army
and navy. The following is an imperfect list of those
men belonging to Duxbury who were either killed in
action or died in the army during the war: Of Capt.
S. Bradford's company, Elisha Sampson, Asa Hunt,
and Thomas Sprague, at the battle of White Plains ;
Col. Ichabod Alden at Cherry Valley, and of his regi-
ment in the retreat from Ticonderoga to Albany, Car-
pus White, and also James Wright and Nathaniel
Weston, who died by disease. Joshua Sprague, a
sergeant under Capt. Bradford, died at New York,
Aug. 20, 1776, set. 25. Ira Bradford served on
board a privateer and was killed in a fight on Long
Island Sound. Samuel Alden received a mortal
wound in the Penobscot expedition."

Men of the Revolution.— Col. Briggs Alden,
when quite young, was elected an officer of the militia,
and in 1762 elevated to the office of major, and in
1776 received the rank of colonel.

Maj. Judah Alden, son of Col. Briggs Alden,
served during the first years of the war iu Col. Bailey's
regiment as a captain, and was a brave and valiant
officer.

Capt. Bildad Arnold was early one of the minute-
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militia. He also hud commaud of a company in Col.
Thomas Lathrop's regiment.

Hon. Gamaliel Bradford was a son of Lieut. Sam-
uel Bradford, of Duxbury, and a great-grandson of
Hon. William, the second Governor of Plymouth
Colony. He shared largely in all the duties of the
public offices of the town, and was always selected to
bear the responsibilities of its important agencies.

Col. Gamaliel Bradford, son of the above, was a
man of eminence in his town, and intrusted with its
highest honors. Soon after the commencement of
the war, in 177G, he was appointed to the command
of one of the Continental regiments, and in this
capacity he served until the close of hostilities. He
was likewise a colonel of the militia, and also for
some years the representative of the town. He died
in Duxbury, Jan. 9, 1807, aged seventy-six years.
He was father of Capts. Gamaliel, Daniel, and Ger-
shom, and of the Hon. Alden Bradford, late secretary
of the commonwealth.

Capt. Gamaliel Bradford, a son of Col. Bradford,
was born at Duxbury on the 4th of November, 1763.
In 1779 he received the rank of ensign, and in the
following year lieutenant.

Capt. Sylvanus Drew, in the beginning of the
Revolution, had command of a small schooner, the
" Lady Washington," and a number of whale-boats,
which were employed as cruisers in Boston harbor.

Capt. Samuel Loring. Soon after the commence-
ment of hostilities he joined the company raised in
the town, and was chosen their lieutenant. He served
in the campaigns of 177b' and 1777 in the Jerseys.

Col. Jotham Loring was a native of Hiugham,
though a resident of Duxbury in his latter years.
He served in the old Freuch war as a private under
the command of Col. Benjamin Lincoln, and was at
Fort William Henry when it was taken by Gen. Mont-
calm in 1757. In 1775 'he was oue of the committee
of Hingham chosen to have inspection of the militia,
and shortly after received a captain's commission in
the regiment of Col. Greaton, iu Roxbury ; and in
June we find him a major iu Col. Heath's regiment,



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