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Patriot's Day, 1775

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

Grand Union Flag of 1775

As most Americans know, early on the morning of April 19, 1775, British soldiers and armed colonists exchanged fire in the Massachusetts towns of Lexington and Concord. An alarm was sounded for all militia men to join the cause.

Sixty men, whose ages ranged from 17 to 68, left their homes and headed to Dedham center where they mustered and prepared to join the conflict. Some were able to fire upon the British troops as they retreated back to Boston. It was the beginning of the Revolutionary War.

Historian, Francis Tinker

In 1890, Norwood’s first historian Deacon Francis Tinker compiled a list of these brave men – all born British citizens – who risked their lives in defiance of their King, not knowing what the outcome of their actions would be.

As we prepare to celebrate Patriots Day, here are the names of more than a dozen of these courageous colonists who are interred in Old Parish Cemetery:

William Coney, lot 228

Benjamin Dean, lot 140

Jonathan Dean, lot 146

Abel Everett, lot 121

Asa Everett, lot 107

Ebenezer Everett, lot 149

William Everett, lot 169

David Fairbanks, lot 206

Eliphalet Fisher, lot 251

Moses Guild, lot 55

Jeremiah Kingsbury, lot 133

Benjamin Lewis, lot 192

Nathaniel Lewis, lot 261

John Morse, lot 119

Seth Morse, lot 176

Eliphalet Rhoads, lot 114

Enoch Talbot, lot 105

Although Francis Tinker did not record Aaron Guild (lot 199) as participating on April 19, he did acknowledge Guild’s subsequent war service, noting that “of Capt. Aaron Guild’s Company…a large number were from this Parish.” Tinker also remarked that there was “little doubt that every able-bodied person of suitable age, was called upon to do duty at some period, during the war of the Revolution.”

Click <or>to scroll through the gravestones.

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