Jan. 3, 1745, and died at Revere
His granddaughter said of him: ‘I remember my grandfather well; he lived and died at my father's, and I never can forget his life and counsel; he was very exemplary in his daily life, and dearly did I love him; he was a large man of very dignified appearance.’
, private, was the proprietor of the Fountain House
His daughter married Thatcher Magoun, Sr.
There were nine Tuftses in the company, all kinsmen.
Seven of them were voters in 1776-7.
James Tufts, Jr.
, was a potter in later years.
The land on which his shop stood, between the river and Tufts place, is owned by his grandsons to-day.
lived opposite the Powder House
, on land set off to Charlestown
One hundred twenty-three years ago to-night a feeling of excitement and suspense pervaded the town.
People who came out from Boston
through the day brought vague rumors of another excursion planned by the British
Where were they going?
? Which way would they take?
were the questions asked in the taverns and streets.
Evening brought no definite news.
When Samuel Wakefield
, the sexton, rang the nine o'clock bell the fires were banked, the candles were put out one by one, and the people went to bed; but some were restless and wakeful.
Hark! ‘A clatter of hoofs in the village street!’
Men sprang up and threw the windows wide.
had come to summon them to arms.
But why did he not go to Lexington
by the road he knew the British
were to follow, instead of taking time to arouse one little village, off the line of march?
His own account says that when just outside Charlestown Neck, on the road to Cambridge
, two British officers suprised him, and tried to seize his horse.
In an instant Revere
thought of the Medford
road which he had passed a moment before.
Suddenly wheeling, he dashed back toward Winter Hill
, and was well on