Abner Hosmer was a Private in Captain Isaac Davis’ company of Acton Massachusetts Minutemen, and marched on the alarm of 19 April 1775. Abner was killed instantly in the first volley at the North Bridge in Concord.
Abner is memorialized through the Isaac Davis Monument on the Acton Town Common. The remains of Isaac Davis, Abner, and James Hayward (an Acton soldier killed in Lexington later that day) were moved and re-interred beneath the monument.
He was born in West Acton, the son of Deacon Jonathan Hosmer and Martha Conant Hosmer.
Memento mori Here lies the Body of Mr. Abner Hosmer son of Deacon Jonathan Hosmer & Mrs. Martha his wife, who was Killed in Concord fight April 19th, 1775 In the Defense of the just rights and Liberties of his Country being in the 21st year of his age.
Abner Hosmer headstone, Acton Town Common, Acton, Massachusetts.
Abner Hosmer (1754-19 Apr 1775) is the great-uncle of Stephen Hosmer who married Mary Wetherbee, 4th cousin 5x removed of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.
References:  “The Minute Men, The First Fight: Myths and Realities of the American Revolution,” John R. Galvin, Potomoc Books, Inc., 1989.  Wikipedia.com
Captain Isaac Davis and his Acton Massachusetts company of Minutemen marched on the alarm of 19 Apr 1775. “When Davis, characteristically, volunteered to lead the march” down the hill at the North Bridge at Concord to face the British Regulars, Major “Buttrick placed him in the van where his marksmen with their solid line of bayonets could be more effective.”
“A gunsmith by trade, he had taken care that all his men were well armed; every man in the company had a good musket, a bayonet, cartridge box, canteen—this was one of the many provincial companies to be complete in accouterments. The men under Davis were good shots, too. Davis had built a firing range out behind his house, where twice a week from November to April he had led his men in firing and drill. Needless to say, the fighting spirit of Isaac Davis rubbed off on his men. His own weapon, a product of his shop, was perhaps the best musket on the field that day.
“Davis was no hothead, but a man of quiet conviction. His wife, many years later, recalled as a very old woman the man she had known in her youth, on the day of the battle: “My husband said but little that morning. He seemed serious and thoughtful; but never seemed to hesitate as to the course of his duty. As he led the company from the house, he turned himself round, and seemed to have something to communicate. He only said, ‘Take good care of the children,’ and was soon out of sight.”
Davis, age 30, was killed in the first volley, along with “one of his men, Abner Hosmer. Both were killed instantly; two or three others were wounded.” Davis was the first American officer killed in the Revolution.
Davis is the inspiration behind The Minute Man, the statue by Daniel Chester French, unveiled on 19 Apr 1875 at the Old North Bridge. The statue was modeled after Davis using photographs of Davis’ descendants.
Davis is also memorialized through the Isaac Davis Monument on the Acton Town Common. The remains of Davis, Abner Hosmer, and James Hayward (an Acton soldier killed in Lexington later that day) were moved and re-interred beneath the monument.
He was born in West Acton, and married Hannah Brown on 24 Oct 1764. They had four children—two boys and two girls.
I Say Unto All Watch. In Memory of Capt. Isaac Davis who was Slain in battle at Concord April ye 19th 1775 in the Defence of ye just rights and Liberties of his Country Civil & Religious. He was a loving Husband a tender Father & a Kind Neighbour an Ingenious Craftsman & Serviceable to Mankind died in ye prime of life Aged 30 Years 1 m & 25 days. Is there not an appointed time to man upon ye earth? Are not his days also like the days of an hireling? As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away, so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more. Job VII ver 1, 9, 10.
Captain Isaac Davis headstone, Acton Town Common, Acton, Massachusetts.
Isaac Davis’ (1745-19 Apr 1775) sister married Silas Taylor, uncle of Levi Wetherbee II, 3rd cousin 7x removed of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.
 “The Minute Men, The First Fight: Myths and Realities of the American Revolution,” John R. Galvin, Potomoc Books, Inc., 1989.
Luther Blanchard was a Private and the fifer in Captain Isaac Davis’ company of Acton Massachusetts Minutemen, and marched on the alarm of 19 April 1775. Luther was the first hit by a British bullet at the North Bridge in Concord, wounded in the neck and side. Despite his wounds, Luther joined the pursuers as the British retreated to Charlestown.
Luther was born in Boxborough, in that portion which was formerly a part of Littleton, the son of Simon Blanchard and Sara Fales Blanchard. He had left home to learn the mason’s trade, and was living with Deacon Jonathan Hosmer in West Acton on 19 Apr 1775.
Five days later, 24 April 1775, Luther enlisted in the Army, is listed on the pay roll of Captain William Smith’s company on 7 July 1775, and is listed as a Corporal on the muster roll on 1 Aug 1775. Luther is reported deceased on the company return on 30 Sep 1775. His brother Calvin stated that Luther died of his wounds received at Concord.
Luther is believed buried in an unmarked grave in the Old Burying Ground, Littleton, Massachusetts.
Luther Blanchard Born in Littleton, June 4, 1756. Fifer of the Acton Minute Men and the first man hit by a British bullet at the North Bridge, Concord April 19, 1775. On the muster rolls of the Continental Army reported dead September 30, 1775.
Luther Blanchard cenotaph, Old Burying Ground, Littleton, Massachusetts.
He is also memorialized on the town seal of Boxborough, Massachusetts.
Luther Blanchard (1756-19 Apr 1775) is the great-uncle of Caroline Blanchard who married Simeon Wetherbee II, half 5th cousin 5x removed of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.
On this Patriots’ Day Weekend, we remember these family members that marched on the Alarm of 19 Apr 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
Acton, Massachusetts Luther Blanchard ** Ezekiel Davis II Isaac Davis * Abner Hosmer *
Ashburnham, Massachusetts Ephraim Wetherbee Phineas Wetherbee II
Bolton, Massachusetts John Whitcomb
Concord, Massachusetts Amos Hosmer
Fitchburg, Massachusetts Paul Wetherbee II
Harvard, Massachusetts Jonathan Crouch II Timothy Crouch Oliver Mead I Joseph Wetherbee I Oliver Wetherbee Abel Whitcomb I
Lancaster, Massachusetts Asa Whitcomb
Leominster, Massachusetts Nathaniel Chapman
Littleton, Massachusetts Joseph Lawrence Samuel Lawrence II Thomas Lawrence Daniel Whitcomb Isaac Whitcomb Jonathan Whitcomb V Silas Whitcomb
Lunenburg, Massachusetts Thomas Wetherbee I
Rutland, Massachusetts Samuel Ames
Stow, Massachusetts Nehemiah Batcheldor Ephraim Taylor Oliver Taylor I Phineas Taylor II Solomon Taylor Joseph Wetherbee Judah Wetherbee Silas Wetherbee Thomas Wetherbee II Reuben Wetherby William Whitcomb
Westford, Massachusetts Calvin Blanchard
* shot and killed in action at Battle of Concord. ** wounded in action at Battle of Concord; died of wounds later.
The service records for each, most found in , are summarized in this report.
All are in the Wetherbee branch, except Samuel Ames in the Watne Branch.
Reference:  Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War, 1902. This 17 volume set is available on archive.org and openlibrary.org.
Source: Arthur Fuller Davis Gallery, Acton Memorial Library (painting).
William was born in Wilkes County, Georgia, and lived there through his childhood. He attended the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1876.
He married Daisy Eugenia Hance on 26 Oct 1882 in Oglethorpe County, Georgia. They had 8 children, and lived in Atlanta, Georgia, after 1893.
William practiced medicine in Wilkes County, and in Atlanta, but later gave up his practice to devote his entire time to a hardware business he also operated.
William is interred at Greenwood Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.
William Martin Spratlin (1854-1928) is 2nd cousin 5x removed of MKS in the Spratlin branch.
Edgar Chapman and Annie Veazey were born in Powellton, Hancock County, Georgia, and married on 22 Dec 1889 in Taliaferro County, Georgia. They had 10 children.
They resided in Hancock County, removed to Warren County, Georgia, bef. 1900, and returned to Hancock County bef. 1920 where they resided until their deaths. They are both interred at the Powellton Community Cemetery.
Edgar Clarence Chapman (1867-1949) and Annie Laura Vezey (1871-1954) are 3rd great-grandparents of MKS in the Knight branch.
John Wetherby made his will on 13 Oct 1707, modified it on 1 Apr 1709, and it was proved on 2 Apr 1711 in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. In the probate records we find this inventory of his estate as appraised by Jacob Stephens (or Stevens), John Taylor, and Thomas Brown.
John’s will bequeaths his dwelling and land to his second wife Lydia Moore and son David, other land to his sons Jonathan and Ephraim, and money to his daughters Mary, Lydia, and Anne.
John also bequeaths money to his eldest sons Joseph, John, and Thomas—from his first marriage to Mary Howe, deceased— who have previously received something which is not listed but is perhaps land.
£318.3.8 (318 pounds, 3 shillings, and 8 pence) is approximately $49,000 today.
John Wetherby (1642-1711) is 9th great-grandfather of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.
Source: Ancestry.com, Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991, Case Number 24167.
For there is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man: also, it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed.
William Phillips built this log cabin in the 1830’s. It was located on land lot no. 123 of the 11th land district in Meriwether County, Georgia, north of the Hogansville-Lone Oak Road (Highway 54).
It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on 28 Jun 1982. The nomination statement of significance reads:
The William D. Phillips Log Cabin is significant in architecture and exploration and settlement. Architecturally, it is significant as an example of a rare surviving log cabin with intact materials and details of craftsmanship that exemplify the type of building that was often built on the frontier by pioneers. In exploration and settlement the cabin is significant as an expression of the last westward migration within the current boundaries of Georgia following the Land Lottery of 1827.