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Col James Barrett, Sr
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Birth: Jul. 31, 1710
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Apr. 11, 1779
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

American Revolutionary War Soldier. He was the commander of the militia of the area around and including Concord, Massachusetts, on April 19, 1775, the first day of the American Revolution. Upon seeing a bonfire in the town, he sent a column of men to march across the North Bridge to ensure that the British forces were not burning the town down. It was at the North Bridge where they engaged the British regulars and forced them to retreat with "the shot heard 'round the world." 
Family links: 
  Benjamin Barrett (1681 - 1728)
  Lydia Minott Barrett / Stow (1686 - 1743)
  Rebecca Hubbard Barrett (1717 - 1806)*
  James Barrett (1733 - 1799)*
  Nathan Barrett (1735 - 1791)*
  Rebecca Barrett Minott (1741 - 1775)*
  Ephraim Barrett (1744 - 1771)*
  Persis Barrett Potter (1747 - 1781)*
  Stephen Barrett (1750 - 1824)*
  Peter Barrett (1755 - 1808)*
  Lucy Barrett Ripley (1761 - 1787)*
  Benjamin Barrett (1705 - 1738)*
  Thomas Barrett (1707 - 1779)*
  James Barrett (1710 - 1779)
  Lydia Barrett Farrar (1712 - 1802)*
  Timothy Barrett (1760 - 1800)*
*Calculated relationship
HERE rests in hope ye Body of Col. James Barrett who departed this Life April 11th 1779 in the 69th year of his age. Sudden the summons came, & quick the flight! We trust to be with Christ in realms of light. In public & privet life, he was courteous, benevolent & charitable. His fidelity, uprightness and ability in various offices & employments justly procured him esteem. For many years he represented this Town in General Court. He early stept forward in ye contest with Britan, & destinguished himself in ye cause of America. His warm attachment to, & careful practice of ye religion of Christ compleated his worthy character, & with his other virtues will preserve his memory & rank it with that of the just which is blessed. O reader, from this pale monument learn Wisdom for Eternity, wisdom for Thyself, and be reminded of thy fate, Which hastens on the swiftest wings of time! Death steals upon you like a midnight thief! His step is secret, but yet sure, and may Be near and unexpected!

[From "The Heraldic Journal; Recording the Armorial Bearings and Genealogies of American Families. Volume III," published by Wiggin & Lunt, Boston, 1867, and kindly provided by Samuel Andrew Barrett-Bettcher.]
Old Hill Burying Ground
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Maintained by: Justin and Kaylen
Originally Created by: Eric Thomsen
Record added: Apr 29, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7398260
Col James Barrett, Sr
Added by: Eric Thomsen
Col James Barrett, Sr
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- Rachel Hardy
 Added: Dec. 26, 2014

- dhb
 Added: Nov. 11, 2014
In memory of my paternal 9th great-grandfather, RIP.
- Justin L. Smith
 Added: Nov. 1, 2014
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