Revolutionary War Veterans

July 2, 2012

On July 4, 1776, the signing of the Declaration of Independence granted the thirteen states independence from Great Britain. The Revolutionary War set the stage for the declaration, and a number of the war’s veterans are buried or memorialized at Mount Auburn. On this Independence Day, we commemorate those who risked their lives in the pursuit of liberty.

Francis Bowman died on February 27, 1825 at the age of 72, and  is buried at Lot #339, Mistletoe Path, in a family lot.

Josiah Cleaveland died on June 30, 1843 and is buried at Lot # 4143, Lime Avenue. Cleaveland lengthy epitaph provides valuable biographical information: that he was a dedicated Union soldier, that he fought in some of the most notable battles of the Revolutionary War, and that he was a man of faith and strength of character. Perhaps most telling is the final line of the inscription: “He came among strangers, He died among friends.”

Born September 4, 1755, John Hooton served in the Revolutionary War and participated in the Boston Tea Party as an oarmaker’s apprentice. He died on September 16, 1844, and was buried at Lot #254, Cedar Avenue.

Thomas Lamb, born November 20, 1753, served as First Lieutenant in the Revolutionary War and rode alongside George Washington from Boston to Valley Forge. He died on January 13, 1813, and is buried at Lot #591, Cypress Avenue.

John Ward died on April 29, 1828, and is buried at Lot #1502, Spruce Avenue. His monument is inscribed with the epitaph: “Heaven gives us friends to bless the present scene, resumes them to prepare for the next.”

John Fowle’s minimal monument defines the Captain as a ‘soldier of the Revolutionary War.’ His monument is located at Lot #132, Willow Avenue.


Daniel Coburn died on January 11, 1866. He is buried beside his wife, Eliza, at Lot #238, Garden Avenue.

William Gray did not see combat in the Revolutionary War; as a shipowner, however, he owned many ships that fought in aquatic battles during the war (including those that intercepted British commerce vessels). His involvement in the war resulted in great financial success afterwards. He is buried in a family lot at #68, Hemlock Path.

Also involved in the Revolutionary War but not pictured above: George Keith (Lot #543, Beech Avenue); Peter MacKintosh, Sr. (Lot #1123, Ailanthus Path); William Hagar (Lot #1370, Fir Avenue); and Noah Worcester (Lot #724, Walnut Avenue).

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