|Birth: ||Jan. 21, 1748|
Ebenezer Bolton was a noted Revolutionary War Veteran and one of the founding father's of Gardner, MA.
Ebenezer Bolton, like many of Gardner's founding fathers, served under Captain Elisha Jackson (as a private) at the attack on Bennington in 1777. In addition Bolton also served (as a corporal) under Captain Edmund Bemis at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Ebenezer Bolton came to the area that would become Gardner in 1773, twelve years before Gardner's incorporation as a town. Bolton also signed the original petition to incorporate Gardner as a town in 1785.
Ebenezer Bolton married a woman named Elizabeth Damon in 1771 and together they had six children. After Elizabeth's death Bolton married a widow named Hannah in 1822, Bolton was 74 at the time.
An interesting (and embarassing) note in Gardner's history is that in 1910 headstones were re-erected in honor of Gardner's Revolutionary War heros and Ebenezer Bolton's headstone's was incorrectly engraved with the wrong year of bith. Ebenezer Bolton's Headstone reads:
This date of birth would mean that Bolton was born after the Revolutionary War was over. A Revolutionary War Marker was erected with the correct date of birth. It reads:
Despite this embarassing error Bolton's name and history are honored in Gardner, MA.
William Bolton (1721 - 1804)
Ebenezer Bolton (1778 - 1850)*
Old Burying Ground
Created by: Kyle Brinkmann
Record added: Jun 06, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11097198
Thank you Ebenezer for your service. The town of Westminster will never forget you or what you have done for our country.|
Added: Aug. 12, 2016
I think about you a lot and always tell people how Gardner honors you as a hero but messed up on your grave stone.The joke was on us not you.|
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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