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 Lydia <I>Warren</I> Spofford

Lydia Warren Spofford

Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 9 Sep 1839 (aged 95)
Boxford, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Boxford, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 13222003 · View Source
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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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  • Created by: Bob on Gallows Hill
  • Added: 4 Feb 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13222003
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lydia Warren Spofford (13 Jan 1744–9 Sep 1839), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13222003, citing Harmony Cemetery, Boxford, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Bob on Gallows Hill (contributor 46630279) .