Sunday, October 27, 2013


   I have revised my two posts on Edward Church, dated March 19, 2013 and May 11, 2013 to include information on Edward's two wives and children and to reflect some land dealings he had when he resided in Braintree just after the fighting broke out at Lexington and Concord.
  The next chapter on Edward is forthcoming shortly.

   In an item probably of interest only to me. -I was reading a biography of Ebenezer MacIntosh, the shoemaker and leader of the Boston gangs in the mid-1760s, in the proceedings of The Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and came across the fact that he was descended from a group of Scottish prisoners who had been seized at the battles of  Dunbar in 1650 and Worcester in 1651 by Oliver Cromwell, pardoned, and sent to Boston as bond servants for terms of 6-8 years. A large number of these prisoners were sent to the Iron Works at Saugus to serve out their period of servitude. I discuss the Saugus Iron Works in my January 19, 2013 post on Col Church's swords.

   Apparently, Oliver Wendell Holmes was descended from one of these "redemptioners."



  1. Thank you so much for your research. I am going to write a book set in Boston 1774 and 1775. One of the main historical characters in my book is Dr. Joseph Warren. It doesn't take much research on Dr. Warren to realize he and Dr. Church were close friends. Your blog has helped me so much. Thank you!

  2. Although Doctors Warren and Church were professional colleagues ( and professional rivals), and worked closely together, and with Samuel Adams and others in the Whig cause, I think it is a stretch to characterize them as close friends.