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The officers of the Artillery Company elected in 1764 were: John WinsI 704. low (1764), captain; James Cunningham (1761), lieutenant; Richard Boynton (1759), ensign. William Bordman (1758), was first sergeant; Andrew Symmes, Jr. (1760), second sergeant; Moses Pitcher (1760), third sergeant; Samuel Simpson (1759), fourth sergeant, and John Edwards (1747), clerk. The year 1764 is memorable on account of the great depression in Boston, occasioned by the prevalence of the small-pox. Many of the merchants and traders moved, with their goods, into the country. It afflicted fourteen families on Fish Street, among which were Richard Bulkley (1722), Benjamin Eustis (1763), who “lived near the Mill Ponds”; Edward Proctor (1756), “Schooner Tavern in Fish Street”; Paul Revere, Capt. Levi Jennings (1764), John Coburn (1751), William Dawes (1760). June 30, 1764, the selectmen reported that during the preceding six months, of the six hundred and forty-four white persons who had the small-pox “the Natural way,” one hundred and two died, and of four thousand six hundred and ninety whites who had it by inoculation, forty-three died. One thousand five hundred and thirty-seven persons removed into the country. The birth and coronation days of George the Third were celebrated, as usual, in 1764, but the Artillery Company, as a body, very seldom participated in those festivities. This year, as the election anniversary of the Artillery Company, and the twenty-seventh anniversary of the birth of the king, both occurred on Monday, June 4, the latter was celebrated at Concord, where the branches of the colonial government were then sitting. Dec. 3, 1764, the governor made the following promotions in the regiment of militia in Boston, of which Joseph Jackson, Esq. (1738), was colonel; William Taylor, Esq. (1738), lieutenant-colonel; Thomas Marshall, Esq. (1761), major; Richard Boynton, Esq. (1759), captain; Daniel Bell (1733), captain-lieutenant; Adino Paddock (1762), captain-lieutenant of the train of artillery; Christopher Clark (1759), first lieutenant. - The members of the Artillery Company recruited in 1764 were John Brocas, Thomas Bumstead, William Hickling, Jr., Levi Jennings, John Osborn, Jr., John Winslow.
John Brocas (1764), sailmaker, of Boston, was probably a son of John and Ann Broccus (Brocas) and was born in 1704
Oct. 17, 1764, the selectmen passed upon Mr. John Brocas' (1764) Province Account, amounting to four pounds nineteen shillings and ten pence half penny. He was second sergeant of the Artillery Company in 1766 and became ensign in the militia. He died in 1770, aged sixty-seven years, when administration was granted on his estate.
Thomas Bumstead (1764), coach-maker, of Boston.
Thomas Bumstead (1647), the emigrant, died in 1697. He had a son, Jeremiah, born Oct. 14, 1678, who married, (1) June 16, 17oo, Sarah Abraham, and, (2) March 8, 1704, Elizabeth Bridges. Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Bridges) Bumstead had Jeremiah, born March 26, 1708, who married, (1) Bethia Sherwin, Feb. 2, 1726, and, (2) Sarah Howard, March 18, 1729. He was a glazier, and died about Nov. 1, 1747.
John Brocas (1764). Authority: Boston New Eng. Hist. and Gen. Reg., 1864; Boston Records. Records. Thomas Bumstead (1764). AUTHORITIES:
Thomas Bumstead (1764) joined the Old South Church, July 3, 1763. His residence was at the corner of Bromfield's Lane and Common Street. In 1766, he was fourth sergeant of the Artillery Company, and in the militia became a major.
After Adino Paddock (1762) had left the country, his estate, it is said, fell into the hands of Thomas Bumstead (1764), from whom Bumstead Place, opposite the Granary Burial-Ground, on Tremont Street, took its name. Mr. Bumstead (1764) continued the manufacture of coaches, etc., at the old stand of Major Paddock (1762).
After the evacuation of Boston, it was desired to cleanse the town. A committee was therefore appointed, of which Thomas Bumstead (1764) was one, authorized to go through the several wards and have such houses smoked and cleansed as needed it; and also to make a return of the inhabitants of their respective wards. Mr. Bumstead's (1764) ward was No. 1 1. He died May 8, 1828, aged eighty-eight years.
William Hickling, Jr. (1764), mast-maker, of Boston, son of William and Sarah (Sales) Hickling, was born May 21, 1742.
His father was a noted distiller; joined the Old South Church, Jan. 17, 1730–1; became a founder of the Eleventh Congregational Church, Feb. 17, 1747–8, and died Dec. Io, 1774.
William, Jr. (1764), was a mast-maker by trade, and his yard was on Purchase Street. He never held any office in the town of Boston. He died June 1, 1790, aged forty-eight years.
Levi Jennings (1764), hatter, of Boston. He married Bethia His place of business was No. 75 Newbury (Washington) Street. He was chosen a scavenger in 1765, and August 28, 1776, was chosen a juryman for a court to be held at Boston, Sept. 5, Timothy Pickering, Esq., judge, for the trial and condemnation of vessels, and Jan. 11, 1778, was selected as juryman for a Maritime Court. He was third sergeant of the Artillery Company in 1766, and a captain in the militia.
Levi Jennings (1764) received the Masonic degrees in the First Lodge, in Boston, May 3, 1762. He was present in St. John's Grand Lodge several times between 1762 and 1774. At the installation of M. W. John Rowe, Nov. 23, 1768, he walked in the procession, carrying the Bible “on a blue velvet cushion, fringed and tasselled with gold.”
John Osborn, Jr. (1764). John Osborn (1764) was first sergeant of the Artillery Company in 1767, and he rose to the grade of captain in military service.
Hon. John Osborn, a member of the Old South Church, Feb. 25, 1721, died Aug. 27, 1768, aged eighty years. John Osborn, son of John and Ruth Osborn, was born May 16, 1716. Another John Osborn died in September, 1791, aged fifty-one years, and was buried from his dwelling-house in Eliot Street. Hon. John Osborn did business on Milk Street; also, in 1760, on Long Wharf, and a John Osborn kept the RedCross tavern in 1746.
John Winslow (1764), husbandman, of Marshfield, son of Isaac and Sarah (Hensley) Winslow, of Marshfield, was born May 27, 1702; married, Feb. 16, 1726, Mary Little, and succeeded to the Careswell estate. After her decease, he married a widow Johnson (born Barker), of Hingham. He had three sons: Josiah, Pelham, and Isaac. Pelham was a major in the British army, on Long Island, in 1776, and died there. John Winslow (1764) was a colonel in the expedition to Nova Scotia in 1755, and was compelled to be a participator in the exile of the Acadians. He has been blamed for the cruel removal of seven thousand people from their native country, for the ruining of their homes and farms, and for their being scattered throughout the English colonies. He acted under orders emanating from “reasons of state,” for Gen. Winslow (1764) was eminently a generous and kind-hearted man. He was a grandson of Gov. Josiah Winslow, of Plymouth Colony, and very early exhibited a liking for military exercise. In 1740 he held a command in the regiment that was sent to Cuba. He became a major-general in the British line; had chief command of several expeditions into the Kennebec country; participated in the conflict in Nova Scotia in 1755, and was commander-in-chief at Fort William Henry, on Lake Erie, in 1756. Mr. Hutchinson says, “He was younger brother to Capt. Josiah and possessed the same martial Spirit.” “Capt. Josiah,” eldest son of Isaac and Sarah Winslow, graduated at Harvard College in 1721, and was killed by French and Indians at St. George's River, Me., May 1, 1724. Edward, another brother of John (1764), for some years was judge of probate, became a royalist, and fled to Halifax, where he died in 1784, aged seventy years. John Winslow (1764) died at Hingham, April 17, 1774, aged seventy-two years. . His portrait, with the portraits of his ancestors, is in the Library of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Mr. Whitman (1810) says, “His sword is now transmitted in the family. His bravery was proverbial and his reputation as an officer excellent.” He was captain of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1764.
William Hickling, Jr. (1764). AUTHORITIES: John Winslow (1764). AUTHORITIES: New IIill's IIist. of Old South Church; Boston Records. Eng. Isist. and Gen. Reg., 1863; Whitman's I list. Levi Jennings (1764). AUTilok ITIES: Bos- A. and II. A. Company, Ed. 1842.
ton Records; Early Masonic Records.
The record of the Artillery Company for 1764 is as follows: —
“April 6th. 1764. Monday being foul weather; being under Arms the Friday following, Voted, That the Rev. Mr. Woodward of Weston be desired to preach the next Artillery Election Sermon, and that the present Commission Officers with the Treasurer be a Committee to wait on him & desire the same.
“May 7th. 1764. The above Committee waited on the Rev. Mr. Woodward of Weston to desire him to preach the next Artillery Election Sermon; Reported that he had accepted the same. The Company being at Faneuil Hall, Voted, That the Treasurer pay twenty-four pounds, & the Clerk four pounds to the Commission Officers, towards defreying the charge of the next Election Dinner, and the Company to dine with them. Voted, That the Clerk, for the future, settle his accounts in May annually.
“Attest: John Edwards, Clerk.
“June 4th. 1764. The Company being under Arms, It was then Voted, That the present Commission Officers, with the Treasurer be a Committee to wait on the Rev. Mr. Samuel Woodward & return him the thanks of this Company for his sermon preached this day. Attest: John Edwards, Clerk.
“September 3d, 1764. The Company being at Faneuil Hall, Voted, That Col. Jackson , the Treasurer of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company, be desired to let out the Monies that is or may be in his hands belonging to said Company,