1813 Quit Claim - Antique Manuscript - Capt. Sam Parker - Revolutionary War
This is a quit claim from 1813 that was signed by Samuel Parker who was born in Groton (next town over from Pepperell) MA and served his country as a Captain in the Rhode Island Militia. He was also one of the first to respond to the call on April 19, 1775 and as such is in the roles as a Minuteman for the state of Massachusetts. One of the witnesses to the deed was John Walton (1710-1785) who marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775 (so he was a Minuteman) and served until 1778. His military history is below.
Captain Parker is selling land to a Rebecca Lawrence and her two sons William T. Lawrence and Walter Lawrence. Rebecca was the widow of Benjamin Lawrence of Pepperell, MA who was also a Revolutionary War soldier.
John Walton is the JOP on this deed and was also a Minuteman and a Revolutionary War hero.
April 13, 1755 – January 25, 1834. He served in the American Revolution, obtained a pension during his last years, and lived to be 85 years of age. His record of service in the Revolution entitles all his descendents to membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, or the Daughters of the American Revolution. Samuel Parker enlisted in April, 1775 right at the beginning of the war, as the battle of Lexington was fought April 19, 1775, at which a Parker commanded the "Minute Men", and whose cousin, Jones Parker, was mortally wounded when the British soldiers under Major Pitcairn had fired the second volley. The first volley was fired over the heads of the Minute Men. Jonas Parker, though mortally wounded, fired back. He had just uttered his determination not to run, and had placed his hat on the ground at his feet, and in it put his extra bullets and flints. The British bullet in his body caused him to sink to his knees, but he heroically attempted to reload.
Lieutenant, Capt. Samuel Thatcher's co. of militia. Col. Gardner's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 7 days; also. Captain, 3d (Cambridge) co.. Col. Thatcher's (1st Middlesex Co.) regt. of Mass. militia ; list of officers chosen by the several companies m said regiment, dated Watertown, April 26, 1776 ; ordered in Council April 29, 1776, that said officers be commissioned ; reported commissioned April 29, 1776 ; also, list dated Cambridge, May 11, 1776, of men who served as guards to prevent the rescue of prisoners ; also, Captain, 1st co.. Col. Eleazer Brooks's regt. ; list of officers of a regiment drafted from Middlesex Co. militia and ordered to march to Horse Neck by Brig. Oliver Prescott Sept. 26, 1776 ; also, same regt. ; return dated Oct. 31, 1776 ; said Walton reported as in camp and fit for duty ; also, same regt.; engaged Sept. 27, 1776; discharged Nov. 16, 1776; service, 62 days (also given 2 mos. 1 day) , including 11 days (223 miles) travel home ; order for payment of amount of roll dated at North Castle and signed by Col. Brooks; also. Captain; engaged Dec. 9, 1776; discharged Dec. 21, 1776; service, 12 days; company detached for service at Noddle's Island; also, warrant from said Walton, Captain, to Sergt. Joseph Bates, dated Aug. 4, 1777, directing him in consequence of orders received from Col. Thatcher to warn the train band of said Walton's co. to be ready at a moment's notice to march with 6 days provisions and to make return of the deficiencies of equipments ; also, return made to Capt. Sterns by said Walton, Captain, dated Cambridge, Sept. 30, 1777, of men belonging to his company who had engaged to serve as guards at Boston, Charle.stown, Cambridge, Medford, Roxbury, and Dorchester; also, return made by said Walton, Captain, to Capt. Brooks, dated Cambridge, Nov. 5, 1777, of men belonging to 1st Cambridge co. who had engaged to serve in Capt. Brooks's co. as guards over prisoners that surrendered with Gen. Burgoyne; also. Captain, Col. Brooks's regt. of guards; pay rolls of said Walton's CO. for service from Jan. 12, 1778, to April 3, 1778, at Cambridge guarding troops of convention ; reported commissioned Jan. 11, 1778 ; also, order dated Cambridge, May 7, 1778, signed by said Walton, Captain, directing Sergt. Samuel Buttei-field to notify certain men that they had been drafted to serve in the Continental Army for the term of 9 months, agreeable to re- solve of April 20, 1778; also, return dated Cambridge, July 2, 1778, made by said Walton, Captain, of men detached from 1st Cambridge co. to guard troops of convention for 15 days; also, return dated Cambridge, July 15, 1778, made by said Walton, Captain, of men detached from his company to rein- force the army at Providence; also. Captain, Col. Samuel Thatcher's regt.; joined Sept. 2, 1778; discharged Sept. 3, 1778; service, 2 days, with guards at Fort No. 2, Cambridge; also, Captain [Col. Gerrish's regt. of guards] ; joined Sept. 4, 1778 ; discharged Sept. 11, 1778 ; also. Captain, same regt. ; pay abstract of said Walton's co. for service from Sept. 3 to Sept. 12, 1778, 8 days, at Cam- bridge ; also, order dated Cambridge, Sept. 23, 1778, signed by said Walton, Captain, directing Sergt. Thomas Fillebrown to detach certain men from his company to join Capt. Frost the following day at Cambridge and to march thence to Boston to serve there or elsewhere as directed by the Council ; also, order dated Cambridge, Oct. 30, 1778, signed by said Walton, Captain, directing Sergt. James Fillebrown to notify certain men In said Walton's co. to appear the following day at Cambridge with 3 days provisions, armed and equipped to march to Boston to serve under Gen. Heath until Nov. 9, 1778, unless sooner discharged, in accordance with orders received from Col. Thatcher.
He was also a Mason and here is a quote on his part in the installation of the lodge in Pepperell:
JOP John Walton was chosen a committee "to procure a number of bands of music from Boston to attend and perform on the day of installation, provided the expense do not exceed sixty dollars."
I wish I knew more about Brother Walton. I imagine that he was a rollicking good fellow; he surely was a good Mason. His name was proposed at the Lodge's first Communication. He was a doctor, residing in Pepperell, and was subsequently a member of the Grand Lodge. He was sixth Master of St. Paul, and took a prominent part in all its deliberations. He has earned a warm place in our memory by the presentation of yonder pitcher, the original use of which I am glad to say has passed into "innocuous desuetude," and to my mind it serves a better purpose as historic bric-a-brac, than to fill the bumpers for the Masonic toasts that the Records tell us were frequently drank as the Lodge "closed in great harmony."
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