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WM. R. EDDY, 1760 - 1841
     William R. Eddy was in the service of the United States in the Revolutionary War from Massachusetts, serving in Capt. John Wood's company, Col. Paul Dudley Sargant's regiment.
     He was a resident of Concord, Lake Co., Ohio, where he died Dec. 14, 1841, aged eighty-one years, and is buried on the farm he owned, one and one-half miles northeast of Little Mountain.
     He received a pension.
LEMUEL ELLIS, 1764 - 1859
     Lemuel Ellis came to Perry, Ohio about 1810.  In 1815 he was overseer of the poor, and held that and other township offices until 1831.
     From Dec. 11 to Dec. 30, 1776 he served in the Revolutionary War for Mass. under Capt. Ebenezer Battle and Colonel William McIntosh; later he was with Col. Weld at Castle Island.
     He married Polly Call, and is buried in an old graveyard on the River road, in Perry township.  The grave is marked by a brother from Grand river which he had placed in the yard before his death which occurred on Sunday, Feb. 20, 1859.  He was one of the earliest members of Perry Methodist Church.
JOSEPH EMERSON, 1754 - 1850.
     Joseph Emerson, of Haverhill, Mass. was born in  Feb. 1754, living to be ninety-five years, nine months and sixteen days old.
     He began his life as a soldier in the Revolution, at first call, enlisting Apr. 16, 1775, for eight months, under Capt. James Sawyer, and Col. Frye, of the Massachusetts troops.
     During this first enlistment he was engaged in the battle of Bunker Hill, which in his declining years, was very vivid to him, and he loved to tell the story of the battle, and of the part Gen. William Prescott took in it, to every one who cared to listen.
     His second enlistment was July 1777, for two months under Capt. Aaron Osgood and Col. Lyman.  He was a pensioner.
     Joseph Emerson married Lydia Foster, who died in Massachusetts.  Later he married Mary Hilton, who is buried beside him in South Madison, near the Gore church.
     He is described as a "large man, six feet tall, with hair white as snow, reaching to his shoulders, which he always wore braided as in the olden time."  On his tombstone is this inscription:

Joseph Emerson,
Died Jan. 23, 1850,
Aged 95 years, 9 months, 16 days.
"I have a house not made with hands,
Eternal, and on high.
Here my spirit waiting stands,
"Till God shall bid it rise."

JOHN EMERY, 1758 - 1831.
     "Capt. John Emery died Dec. 27, 1831 aged seventy-three years."
     He was born in Massachusetts, and from that state enlisted in the Revolutionary War.
     He served many enlistments throughout the war, ranking as Captain at the close.
     He was buried in the historic yard at Unionville, which contains the first authentic grave on the Western Reserve, that of Alexander Harper.
JOSHUA EMMS, 1851 - 1845.
     Joshua Emms was a soldier of the Revolutionary War from Eastham, Mass.
     He served in the Continental Line as Corporal, in Captain Solomon Higgin's company, enlisting July 13, 1775, discharged Sept. 1776.
     "Joshua Emms was born in Boston, and was there when the tea was destroyed in Boston Harbor.  When the British took possession of Boston, he was in service in the Fort, and the British destroyed his shop, furniture, all of his property."
     He was among the early settlers of Perry, his name appearing in the township records in 1827.  He died Dec. 1, 1845 aged ninety-four years, and is buried in Perry Cemetery.  He was a pensioner.
ORA EVANS, 1760 - 1845.
     Moses Evans removed to Litchfield, Conn. to North Adams, Mass. where his son, the subject of this sketch was born in April, 1760.
     "At the time of the 'Lexington Alarm' in Apr. 1775, they, father and son were among the first to respond to the call.  Taking their old flint-lock muskets from the wall, and such equipment as they had, they hurried to the relief of Boston, and all through the seven years war, they served as 'minute-men,' their last engagement being at 'Haarlem Heights,' and so pleased was Ora Evans with the country, that after he married he settled there.
     "Ora Evans' mother followed the army as a nurse, seeking in every way to relieve the suffering, and tradition has it, that at one time, when a man couldn't be spared from the ranks she carried dispatches, which Gen. Washington wished sent to a distant office.
     "This remarkable woman lived to be one hundred and eight years old."
     Ora Evans was a pioneer of Madison, Lake Co., Ohio, settling there in 1812, on the County Line road, where he lived until his death in Feb. 1845.
     He lies in an "old long unused brier-grown, cattle-trodden grave-yard" on the Ashtabula side of the road.
     He is remembered as tall, florid, silver haired, and still erect, in spite of his eighty-five years.
JOHN FERGUSON, 1757 - 1841.
     Capt. John Ferguson was born at West Farms, Westchester Co., New York, on Christmas Day 1757.
     His father came from Scotland during the French and Indian War, and liking the country so well, he sold his commission and settled in Hackensack, New Jersey.
     On the Revolutionary War records, he first appears on the muster roll of Capt. Job Wright's Co., Col. Van Schaick's New York Battalion, "In Barracks at Saratoga," Dec. 17, 1776.  Later he appears in Col. Morris Graham's regt. of New York militia, on a payroll for March 1778, and again in Sept. 1778.  Later he was Captain of militia.
     He came to Willoughby, Ohio, in the spring of 1824.
     He married for his second wife, Mary Campbell, daughter of Finley Campbell, and was the father of thirteen children (two by the first wife); and grandfather of seventy.
     He died at the home of Leggett Ferguson, on Willoughby Ridge, Apr. 4, 1841, and was buried in Willoughby Ridge Cemetery.
LEMUEL FOBES, 1754 - 1835.
     Lemuel Fobes of Massachusetts was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, serving with the "Minute-men who marched to the Lexington Alarm; and later was in the battle of Bennington, his company having been raised to reinforce the Continental Army to the Northward."
     Lemuel Fobes came to Painesville, Ohio in 1803 and settled near what is now Elm street.
     He married Anna Bills of Mass.  He was treasurer of Painesville township in 1813.
     He died in 1835, aged eighty-one, and lies in Evergreen Cemetery in Painesville.
     He received a pension.
ANDREW FORD, 1752 - 1837.
     Andrew Ford, of Massachusetts, was born in 1752.
     A soldier of the Revolutionary War, marching in response to the alarm at Lexington, in which he served seven days, in Lieut. Joseph Warner's company.
     He was in the battle of Bennington, and was also in the expedition to Stillwater and Saratoga. 
     He was a pensioner under the Act of 1832.
     He lived in Madison, where he died in 1837, and is buried in the Middle Ridge cemetery.
ISRAEL FOX, 1755 -
     Israel Fox was born in Glastonbury, Conn., in 1755, and served in the War of the Revolution, enlisting in 1775 for three months with Col. Talcott.
     In 177 he again enlisted for three months with Capt. Hale, under Colonel Woodbridge, and another three months in 1779; also in June 1780 he enlisted for six months with Capt. Phelps.
     He witnessed the execution of Major Andre.
    
In 1832 he was a resident of Mentor, Lake Co., Ohio from which place he secured his pension.
     Those interested remember that he died in Mentor, though the burial place is not known.
SEBA FRENCH, 1761 - 1836.
     Seba French of Massachusetts was one of the very early settlers of Painesville, coming in 1816. 
     About 1779 he married Miss Mary Ide and lived for a time at Clarendon, Vt., coming from there to Ohio.  They had five sons, Daniel I., Warren, Artemas, William and Ezra.
    
He was a soldier of the Revolutionary War serving as private in Capt. Joseph Franklin's company, Col. John Daggett's regiment, in an alarm at Tiverton, Rhode Island.
     For his service he received a pension, which at his death in 1836 was transferred to his widow.
     He died Dec. 28, 1836, aged seventy-five and lies in the old Washington St. cemetery in Painesville.
NATHAN FRENCH, 1760 - 1847.
     Nathan French was born in Massachusetts, Feb. 1760 and died in Leroy, Lake Co., Ohio, Aug. 30, 1847, aged eighty-seven years, six months and twenty-seven days.
     He enlisted in the War of the Revolution July 20, 1777 and served until August 7, 1780.  He is buried in south-east Leroy.
     He was a pensioner.
JOSEPH FULLER, 1758 - 1846.
     Joseph Fuller, Sr., son of Nathaniel Fuller, was born in Munson, Hampshire Co., Mass., May 27, 1758.
     He enlisted in the 4th Mass. regt. and served all through the seven years war, as private, corporal and sergeant, in Capt. Keep's Co., 4th Mass. regt., commanded by Col. William Shepard.
   
 He enlisted Apr. 21, 1777, was appointed corporal in Sept. 1779, and sergeant in 1780.  He received his pension as sergeant, first dated Sept. 6, 1819 signed by J. C. Calhoun, and later an increase bearing date Aug. 13, 1828, signed by Richard Rush.
    
He married  Rachel Miller, of Bedford, Westchester Co., New York on Nov. 2, 1783.  They made their home in Shoreham, Addison Co., Vermont, coming form there to Ohio.
     He died Sept. 26, 1846, aged eighty-eight years, and lies in the burying ground on the North Ridge of Madison near his home.

 

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