Category Archives: Massachusetts

“The Regulars are out of Boston. Gather your units and head to Concord!”

By MARIANNE BRINKER and ELLEN BRINKER Fourteen Signers, represented by 50 members and guests, gathered for the Spring meeting in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts to learn about the events of April 19, 1775, known as Patriots’ Day. Those who arrived early … Continue reading

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President-General’s message

 Dear DSDI Members, What shot-firing event is credited with starting the American Revolutionary War: the conflict at Concord’s North Bridge or the Lexington Green? Those attending our April 25-27, 2014 meeting in Lexington and Concord, MA understand why these two … Continue reading

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Spring meeting in Lexington and Concord

  “Discontent smoldering in the American colonies under British rule flared into open hostilities on April 19, 1775, when, on a stretch of country road outside Boston, a prolonged skirmish between 3,500 Colonial Militia and 1,700 of His Majesty’s Redcoats … Continue reading

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Samuel Adams

Of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, few exercised a more powerful influence than Samuel Adams.  Samuel Adams was born at Quincy, Massachusetts, September 22, 1722. He descends from pilgrim ancestors John and Margaret Thurston who arrived in … Continue reading

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Robert Treat Paine

Robert Treat Paine was born March 11, 1731 on School Street, Boston, near the site of Old City Hall, and was baptized at the Old South Church by Reverend Thomas Prince. He was the fourth of five children of Reverend … Continue reading

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John Hancock

Copley Portrait of John Hancock The most famous signature in America   (John Hancock’sDeclaration signature—do not include this title)   John Hancock wrote perhaps the most famous signature in American history.  Here is how it happened. On July 5, 1776 … Continue reading

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Elbridge Gerry

Elbridge Gerry was born on July 17, 1744 at Marblehead, Massachusetts, the third son of Thomas Gerry and Elizabeth Greenleaf. Elbridge’s father, Captain Thomas Gerry, was born in 1702 and came to America in 1730 from Newton Abbott, Devonshire, England. … Continue reading

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John Adams

John Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts October 30, 1735. His Puritan great-great-grandfather, Henry Adams, sailed from Devonshire, England seeking religious freedom as did his Mayflower pilgrim ancestors John Alden and Pricilla Mullins who landed at Plymouth Rock. His father, … Continue reading

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