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 Richard Bernham

Richard Bernham

Birth
Death Jun 1766 (aged 17–18)
Burial Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 10485564 · View Source
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Stone reads:

In Memory of
Mr. Richard
Bernham, Killed
By ye Bowing up of
ye School house
June 1766 Aged
18 Years & 3 Months
Son to Mr. Elisha &
Mrs. Sarah Bernham

Bio from the Ancient Burying Ground brochure:

Hartford went wild with joy in May of 1766 at hte news of the British Parliament's repeal of the despised Stamp Act, which taxed paper procuts used in the colonies, ranging from newspapers to legal documents. Thirty young men met in the brich school house on May 23 to prepare a fireworks display in celebration. Gunpowder stored in the schoolhouse was accidentally ignited, causing an explosion that "in an Instant reduced the Building to a Heap of Rubbish," accordin got the Connecticut Courant newspaper. The blast killed Richard Bernham and five other men.


Inscription

Inscription reads "Bloing" not Bowing


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  • Created by: Christine
  • Added: 16 Feb 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10485564
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Bernham (1748–Jun 1766), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10485564, citing Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Christine (contributor 46626583) .