Five for the 4th of July

Any American family would be proud to have an ancestor who fought for the cause of American independence during the long American Revolutionary War (1775–1783).

The Lunney Family of Maine are descendants of five brave men who fought to win our nation’s independence:

ELIAS TAYLOR (1726-1777) of Winthrop, Maine volunteered for service at age 49, along with his 22-year-old son John Taylor, served in Colonel Joseph North’s regiment engaged for the town of Winthrop and in Captain John Mills’ company of Colonel Jeduthan Baldwin’s regiment, and died along with his son at Ft. Ticonderoga in 1777.  Another son, Elias Taylor Jr., also served in the Continental Army. In gratitude for her family’s great sacrifice to its country during the war, the Town of Winthrop, Maine supplied the widow Mary Taylor and her five minor children with provisions in the amount of one half of her fallen husband’s wages.

JOHN PATTEE (1738-1826) of Goffstown, New Hampshire served as a Sergeant in Captain John Parker’s company, Colonel Timothy Bedell’s regiment, went on to represent the Town of Goffstown in the New Hampshire Legislature in 1795 and 1797, served as a Selectman in 1819-1821 and 1823, and lived to age 88.

DANIEL MOSHER (1746-1840) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts served as a sailor during the Revolutionary War, was taken prisoner by the British and then held onboard the infamous HMS Jersey prison ship in New York Harbor for 18 months and survived, and lived to age 93.

EPHRAIM LOW, Jr. (1748-1834) of Wells and Sanford, Maine supposedly took part in the Battle of Bunker Hill, where he had the end of his nose shot off, witnessed Generals Washington and Howe conclude the terms for the evacuation of Boston, was present when the British fleet sailed out of Boston Harbor, and lived to age 86.

JOSEPH STEVENS (1762-1792) of Berwick and Lebanon, Maine enlisted in the New Hampshire Militia in October, 1781 in Capt. Joshua Woodman’s company of Col. Reynold’s regiment, then re-enlisted from Lebanon, Maine on March 29, 1783 to serve 22 months in Capt. Bowman’s company of the 5th Massachusetts regiment. In 1792, he was shot and killed while again in the service of the American military.

You can read their complete biographies HERE.


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