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08-06-2005, 4:23 PM
hi all, as i have members of my fam who have fallen at bunker hill i require info on the above regimant please

08-06-2005, 4:52 PM
You are likely to get more help with an American regiment on some US forum than on a British one. :)


Stephen M. Kohler
19-12-2007, 6:41 PM
The 7th Continental Regiment was raised April 23, 1775 as a Massachusetts Militia Regiment at Cambridge, Massachusetts under Colonel William Prescott. The regiment joined the Continental Army in June of 1775. The regiment saw action during the Siege of Boston and the New York Campaign. On January 1, 1777 the regiment was disbanded and volunteers from the regiment joined the 2nd Massachusetts Regiment.

According to the American Local History Network and Janice Farnsworth "...the following is the muster-roll of Captain Parker's Company, including only the names of Westford men. They were in Col. William Prescott's Regiment:

Captain Joshua Parker. Date of Enlistment 1775 April 12
Second Lieutenant, Thomas Rogers April 19
Sergeant, Solomon Spalding April 19
Sergeant, Nehemiah Green April 19
Sergeant, Silas Proctor April 19
Sergeant, Jonathan Minott April 19
Corporal, Peter Brown April 19
Corporal, Obadiah Perry April 20
Corporal, Levi Temple April 19
Corporal, Jonas Holden April 19
Drummer, Isaac Parker April 19
Fifer, Ephraim Spalding April 19
Calvin Blanchard April 19
David Bixby May 1
Abel Boynton May 5
William Chandler April 30
Samuel Craft April 19
Ephraim Dutton April 19
Benjamin Esterbrooks April 19
Levi Fletcher April 19
Josiah Fletcher April 19
Joshua Fassett April 19
Isaac Green April 19
Ephraim Heald April 19
Oliver Heald May 17
Jonathan Hildreth April 19
David Keyes May 6
Samuel Keyes April 19
Thomas Kidder April 28
Peter Larkin April 26
John Parker April 19
John Pushee April 19
Nath'l Prentice May 2
William Read May 18
Oliver Read April 19
Stephen Read April 19
Francis Smith April 19
Silas Spalding April 19
Simeon Senter April 26
Joseph Underwood April 19
Robbin Skinner April 26
James Perry April 19
Jonas Blodgett April 19
Nath'l Holmes April 19

Perry, Blodgett and Holmes "enlisted into the artillery Company, May 24, 1775." Joseph Minott and Jonathan Hadley, both of Westford, were killed in battle June 17, 1775. Abijah Mason, also of Westford, died in camp July 30, 1775. This return of Captain Parker's Company, in the Tenth Regiment of Foot, commanded by Col. William Prescott, was made Sept. 27, 1775, and without doubt, Minott, Hadley, and Mason were members of it.
The company of Capt Abijah Wyman, of Ashby, was in Col. William Prescott's regiment in that battle. The return, made Oct 3, 1775, includes the following men from Westford:

Thomas Comings, Second Lieutenant; Daniel Dudley, Corporal; Philip Robbins, Corporal.

Thomas Robbins Caesar Bason
Oliver Barrett David Cowdry
Ebenezer Corey Simeon Kemp
David Fish Thaddeus Read
Abner Kent Daniel Whitney
Jeremiah Robbins

In all 14 men. The return states that "Cesor Bason died June 17."

Mr. Francis Tinker in his sketch of Ashby, in Drake's History of Middlesex County, Vol. I, p. 223, says that Lieutenant Comings and ten men in Captain Wyman's company, were from Westford, but he does not give names.

In regard to Caesar Bason, this anecdote is told on good authority. In the battle he found his powder was nearly gone and putting in his last charge, he exclaimed, "Now Caesar, give 'em one more." He fired and was himself shot, and fell back into the trench. Tradition intimates that Leonard Proctor went to Cambridge on the day before the battle and was on or near the ground. Mr. Tinker states that Jacob Bascom, of Westford, was killed. No such name occurs in our records, and there was probably a mistake in putting Bascom for Bason. Bason was a color- ed man and perhaps the servant of James Burn. There is some uncert- ainty as to his real name. In 1773 "Caesor Burn was paid 4 shillings for four crows killed in this town."

Colonel Prescott, in a letter to John Adams, says: "I commanded my Lt. Col. Robinson and Maj. Woods, each with a detachment, to flank the enemy, who, I have reason to think, behaved with prudence and courage." It is stated that when the British were advancing some of the Provinc- ials fired without orders, so eager were they for the fray. This made Colonel Prescott angry. "His Lt. Col. Robinson ran round the top of the parapet and threw up the muskets." (Colonel Swett's Narrative, p. 34.)

Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
Used with permission by Janice Farnsworth"


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