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American Revolutionary War Soldier. He was mortally wounded during the British retreat from Concord on the first day of the American Revolution, one of fifty Americans either killed or mortally wounded on that day. He died of his wounds over three months after the fighting of April 19, 1775, at the age of sixty-nine.
"It is said that upon receipt of the news of the Concord fight he started on horseback for the scene of action, where he received a bullet wound in one of his legs, from the effect of which he soon afterward died. After being wounded, he started back for Sudbury, and while on the road met one of his boys, who, like his three brothers, was hurrying to the front. Instead of asking his son to return, he urged him forward and the boy obeyed. The inventory of his estate includes land in Chesterfield and Holden, several head of horned cattle, twenty sheep and twelve swine. He evidentally had a good apple orchard, for forty-three barrels of cider were found.
His wife died the same day as her husband, and they were buried beside the remains of his father in the old burial gound in what is now Wayland.
"And now their names, with moss o`ergrown,
Are vieled from sight on the churchyeard stone
That leans away, in a lingering fall,
Amd owns the power that shall level all
The works that the hand of man hath wrought."
Children all born in the old part of Sudbury now Wayland: