David Comme was a Revolutionary War soldier who fought with Captain Sawyer in defense of Boston in 1776 and with Elisa Jackson in Colonel Bride’s Regiment at the time of the Bennington Alarm in August, 1777.
An unusual event occurred during Comme’s service during the Revolutionary War. During battle David Comme was hit not once but twice. The first shot grazed Comme’s head cutting off some hair and the second hit his musket tearing the barrel off but leaving the shot lodged in the stock of the weapon. David Comme is to this day called ‘the luckiest man in Gardner’ and this incident is still a considerable part of Gardner history and folklore.
David Comme came to Gardner, MA in 1774 and was one of the original signers of the petition to incorporate Gardner as a town in 1785. Comee was also the first Gardner resident to begin making of wood and flag seated chairs in Gardner. Comme made these chairs by hand utilizing a foot lathe circa 1805. Gardner went on to become famous for furniture manufacture and gained the nickname of ‘Chair City’.
David Comee’s tombstone reads:
CAPT SAWYER CO
David Comme and his famous battlefield incident are mentioned in “History Of Gardner, Massachusetts From Its Earliest Settlements To 1860” by Lewis Glazier, “History Of Gardner, Massachusetts 1785 – 1967” by Esther Gilman Moore and “Fascinating Facts Of Gardner” by Judith M. Krymowski.
James Maltman Comee (1777 - 1832)*
Sarah Comee Brick (1793 - 1877)*
Old Burying Ground
Created by: Kyle Brinkmann
Record added: May 31, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11068144
Added: Oct. 18, 2013
You are still known as the Luckiest Man in Gardner.I couldn't find a Four Leaf Clover but you get the idea.|
Added: Apr. 29, 2010
Visited your "real" grave a little before Halloween. You are a big part of Gardner History and Folklore.|
Added: Nov. 4, 2008
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