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Col James Barrett, Sr

Col James Barrett, Sr

Birth
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 11 Apr 1779 (aged 68)
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 7398260 · View Source
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American Revolutionary War Soldier. He was the commander of the militia of the area around and including Concord, Massachusetts, on April 19, 1775, the first day of the American Revolution. Upon seeing a bonfire in the town, he sent a column of men to march across the North Bridge to ensure that the British forces were not burning the town down. It was at the North Bridge where they engaged the British regulars and forced them to retreat with "the shot heard 'round the world."


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HERE rests in hope ye Body of Col. James Barrett who departed this Life April 11th 1779 in the 69th year of his age. Sudden the summons came, & quick the flight! We trust to be with Christ in realms of light. In public & privet life, he was courteous, benevolent & charitable. His fidelity, uprightness and ability in various offices & employments justly procured him esteem. For many years he represented this Town in General Court. He early stept forward in ye contest with Britan, & destinguished himself in ye cause of America. His warm attachment to, & careful practice of ye religion of Christ compleated his worthy character, & with his other virtues will preserve his memory & rank it with that of the just which is blessed. O reader, from this pale monument learn Wisdom for Eternity, wisdom for Thyself, and be reminded of thy fate, Which hastens on the swiftest wings of time! Death steals upon you like a midnight thief! His step is secret, but yet sure, and may Be near and unexpected!

[From "The Heraldic Journal; Recording the Armorial Bearings and Genealogies of American Families. Volume III," published by Wiggin & Lunt, Boston, 1867, and kindly provided by Samuel Andrew Barrett-Bettcher.]


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  • Maintained by: Justin L. Smith
  • Originally Created by: Eric Thomsen
  • Added: 29 Apr 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7398260
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col James Barrett, Sr (31 Jul 1710–11 Apr 1779), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7398260, citing Old Hill Burying Ground, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Justin L. Smith (contributor 46500408) .