Thursday, July 4, 2013

New England patriots

Today, I would like to thank those ancestors of mine who fought on behalf of America's independence:





Lieutenant Valentine COLBY (1728-1812), 6th great-grandfather, son of Jacob COLBY and Elizabeth ELLIOT. At age 48 years, he was a "Minuteman" at Lexington, in Captain John Currier's company and Colonel Isaac Merrill's regiment, which marched on the alarm of 19 April 1775. He served for seven days.


Valentine COLBY (1728-1812) m. Hannah KIMBALL

Thomas COLBY (b. 1761) m. Dorothy BARNARD

Dorothy COLBY (b. 1791) m. John PURINTON

Isaiah PURINTON (1821-1890) m. Sophia Haskell FITTS

Mary Olivia PURINTON (1851-1898) m. George Bailey PALMER

Frank Bailey PALMER (1888--1958) m. Bessie Maud WINSLOW

Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES

S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father (b. 1933)

Me



Private Samuel SEVERANCE, (b. 1741) 5th great-grandfather, son of Jonathan SEVERANCE and Katherine TUCKER. In the summer of 1775, he enlisted in the Revolutionary army and was at the Battle of Bunker Hill. There is a touching letter preserved by the New England Genealogical Historical Society that he wrote to his family; it was donated by the husband of a descendant.

His wife Hannah would send him packages of food, including berries that were lovingly picked for him by his 6-year-old daughter, also named Hannah.

Samuel contracted "camp sickness" (dysentery) and was discharged. When he returned home to his family, he was so pale and haggard that little Hannah didn't recognize her father; she hid herself behind a door in fear of this "stranger."

Samuel SEVERANCE I (b. 1741) m. Hannah WINSLOW

Samuel SEVERANCE II (1775-1836) m. Judith TOWLE

Mary "Polly" SEVERANCE (1805-1889) m. William WINSLOW

James W. WINSLOW (1838-1906) m. Elizabeth MACE

Bessie Maud WINSLOW (1886-1970) m. Frank Bailey PALMER

Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES

S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father (b. 1933)

Me




Captain Jacob WEBSTER (1744-1836), 5th great-grandfather, son of Benjamin WEBSTER and Mary STANYAN,  whose service is listed below in a SAR application.





Jacob WEBSTER (1744-1836) m. Elizabeth GEORGE

Mary "Polly" WEBSTER (1772-1861)  m. John WINSLOW

William WINSLOW (1800-1860) m. Mary "Polly" SEVERANCE

James W. WINSLOW (1838-1906) m. Elizabeth MACE

Bessie Maud WINSLOW (1886-1970) m. Frank Bailey PALMER

Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES

S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father (b. 1933)

Me


A wonderful and safe Independence Day to all, and may we always remember that freedom isn't free.