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Capt Amos Perry

Sherborn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 23 May 1790 (aged 50)
Sherborn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Sherborn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
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Captain Amos Perry was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, a Minuteman with the Sherborn, Massachusetts Militia. He was called up April 19, 1775 to go to the Old North Bridge at Concord, Massachusetts, where on that day, the "shot heard round the world" was fired.

"By the rude bridge that arched the flood; Their flag to April's breeze unfurled; Here once the embattled farmers stood, and fired the shot heard 'round the world'..... Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Information received from a "Find A Grave" contributor indicates Amos was most likely laid to rest next to his wife, Patience, in the Brush Hill Cemetery. According to Daniels' book the "History of Sherborn" (1915), a listing for Brush Hill suggests there is no stone marking Amos' grave, but, a Revolutionary War marker was apparently there in the past and may still exist.

Amos' grandson, Josiah Perry, said "Amos Perry signalized his name as an officer in the American Army during the long heavy struggle with Great Britain, which terminated in our freedom from bondage and our gaining independence especially on Bunker Hill where with his own gun, he killed an English Officer. He was also a Sea Captain and may have used his boat to further the cause of freedom."

A Muster Roll of Captain Benjamin Bullard's Company of Minute Men under Command of Colonel Pierce, who Marched from Sherborn "on ye Account of the Alarm on the 19th of April 1775."

Name: Amos Perry. Service 5 days.
Rank: Sergeant
Residence: Sherborn

From the Muster and Pay Rolls of the War of the Revolution, 1775-1783:

Massachusetts Continental Regiments - A Muster Roll of the Company under the Command of Colonel Jonathan Brewer's Regiment. To the first of August, 1775, Captain Benjamin Bullard's Company......

Name: Amos Perry. Service 3 months 9 days.
Rank: Sergeant
Enlistment Date: April 24th
Residence: Sherborn

From "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution", Vol 12:

Captain Joseph Bacon's 9th Sherborn Company, 5th Middlesex County Regiment of Massachusetts Militia: "List of the officers chosen by the several companies in said regiment, dated Sherburne, March 26, 1776; ordered in Council on March 28, 1776, that said officers be commissioned with the exception of those with the 8th Company; reported commissioned March 27, 1776; also Captain Hezekiah Broad's 5th Company."

Rank: Induction: 2nd Lieutenant
Roll Box: 40
Roll Description: Massachusetts

"Return dated Groton, December 5, 1776, made by Brigadier Oliver Prescot, of officers appointed to command men drafted from Middlesex County militia into a regiment to be commanded by Colonel Samuel Thatcher ordered to march to Fairfield, Connecticut on or before December 16, 1776; Company drafted from the 5th Middlesex County Regiment, and made up of men from Sherborn, Framingham, Hopkinton, Holliston, and Natick; also, Captain Benjamin Bullard's 9th Company, Colonel Samuel Bullard's 5th Middlesex County Regiment of Massachusetts, militia; list of officers chosen in said company, dated at Sherborn June 12, 1777; also Captain of the 9th Company, Colonel Bullard's 5th Middlesex County Regiment of Massachusetts Militia; list of officers; commissioned December 31, 1779; also, Captain, Colonel Haws's regiment; engaged on July 28, 1778; and discharged on September 12, 1778; service, 1 month 17 days, at Rhode Island; also Captain Amos Perry's regiment marched July 28, 1780; discharged August 8, 1780; service, 14 days, including 3 days, 60 miles travel home; company marched to Rhode Island on the alarm of July 28, 1780."

"April 7, 1781, Amos signed a certificate stating that he had received money and an obligation for money to the value of $300 from the town of Sherbourne for his son, said Luther Perry, a minor, who had engaged to serve in the Continental Army for the term of 3 years to the credit of said town."

"One June evening Captain Amos Perry sailed from the Southport Harbor in his sloop Racer, for the express purpose of punishing one of the Tory bands that for some time had been especially active in the neighborhood. That night a bad storm came on and the next morning the Racer was discovered by the crew of a Tory sloop, in seeming distress. Supposing the Racer to have been damaged by the storm, the Tory Captain drew near, saluted Captain Perry and immediately afterward proceeded to board the vessel, intending no doubt, to carry off the sloop Racer as a prize. The capture was apparently an easy one and the Tory Captain was congratulating himself upon the event, when Captain Perry gave a signal previously agreed upon, his men fully armed, swarmed out of the cabin and the hold. A brief hand-to-hand fight followed, the Tories were overcome, and the sloop Racer, which was carrying a cargo of military stores for the British army, was towed into Southport Harbor as the reward of Captain Perry's daring."

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 68649293
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Amos Perry (19 Feb 1740–23 May 1790), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68649293, citing Brush Hill Cemetery, Sherborn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Jo-Ann (contributor 47451389) .