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Lydia Warren Spofford
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Birth: Jan. 13, 1744
Watertown
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 9, 1839
Boxford
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

Traditionally considered to have taken the first British prisoner of the Revolution. At the time, she was married to David Barnard of Watertown, Mass. According to her own account, she was standing near her home along the road the British regulars had taken to Concord and Lexington on April 19, 1775. It was late in the afternoon when a frantic mounted British soldier galloped along the roadway, stopped at her home and asked her if he was on the road to Boston. Lydia, who was described as a physically imposing woman, grabbed the horse and the rider and pulled him to the ground. She loudly berated him before turning him over to some elderly men left behind as a town guard while the militia went to Concord. It was found out the soldier had stolen the horse when he became separated from the main body of troops. He was taken into custody and later exchanged for captured militia men. Lydia's first husband died in 1775. She then married Aaron Wood, of Boxford, Mass., a member of the General Court, and after his death, Benjamin Spofford of Boxford whom she also outlived. She died at age 95. She was also the daughter of Phineas Warren of Waltham 
 
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  Benjamin Spofford (1751 - 1836)
 
Burial:
Harmony Cemetery
Boxford
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: Bob on Gallows Hill
Record added: Feb 04, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13222003
Lydia <i>Warren</i> Spofford
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Lydia <i>Warren</i> Spofford
Added by: Bob on Gallows Hill
 
Lydia <i>Warren</i> Spofford
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Added by: Bob on Gallows Hill
 
 
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Since I live in town, and have a relative at Harmony whom I visit every month, I get to drop by Lydia's grave also. I was greatly surprised to know she is buried down the road from my house!
- Old vet
 Added: Feb. 7, 2013

-Anonymous
 Added: Feb. 7, 2013

- Sue Cully
 Added: Oct. 25, 2009
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