|WM. R. EDDY, 1760 -
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
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
He received a pension.
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.
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
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:
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."
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.
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
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.
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
He is remembered as tall, florid, silver haired, and
still erect, in spite of his eighty-five years.
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
He died at the home of Leggett Ferguson, on
Willoughby Ridge, Apr. 4, 1841, and was buried in Willoughby
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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
He was a pensioner.
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.