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Ephraim Stearns
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Birth: Jan. 10, 1740
Death: Sep. 2, 1808
Petersham
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA

Colonel Ephraim Stearns was born on January 10, 1740, the son of Ebenezer and Mary (Spring) Stearns of Worcester. He married Prudence Wilder on August 12, 1764. He was shoemaker by trade and settled in Petersham, Massachusetts, of which he was Treasurer for twenty years, as well as selectman and assessor. He commanded a company of militia during the Revolutionary War. He was also instrumental in subduing the famous Shays Rebellion in central and western Massachusetts. "On the evening of February 13, 1787, General Benjamin Lincoln's command, of Worcester, marched against the insurgents under Captain Daniel Shays, with Col. Ephraim Stearns' regiment in advance...To the hardiest soldier that terrible night's march was something to be remembered for life...The insurgents were taken by surprise (in Petersham) and fled in hot haste, scattering in every direction."
From Genealogy and Memoirs of Isaac Stearns and His Descendents, pp. 123-124
 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Prudence Wilder Stearns (1745 - 1825)
 
 Children:
  Polly Stearns Hildreth (1770 - 1824)*
  Joel Stearns (1777 - 1858)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Ephraim Stearns died
Sept. 2, 1808 aged 68 years
Prudence his wife
died March 29, 1825 aged 79 years
 
Burial:
Ledgeville Cemetery
Petersham
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: Barbara Hanno
Record added: Jan 27, 2013
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Ephraim Stearns
Added by: Barbara Hanno
 
 
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To My 6th Great Grand Uncle, May You Forever Rest in Peace
- Elton Ellis
 Added: Mar. 13, 2013
 
 
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