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The Battle of Grape Island in 1775.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:

I understand one of the Leavitt’s from Hingham I am researching had his barn burned during the Revolutionary War.His barn was on his land on Grape Island in the Boston Harbor.Do you know any further details?

 

Answer:

Your story is correct.General Gage had sent orders to gather hay on Grape Island in Hingham Bay to gather Hay on May 21, 1775.When the British arrive upon the island they were attacked by the local militia.The hay they sought was owned by a Tory named Elisha Leavitt, and his barn was burned by the local militia to prevent another attempt to retrieve the hay.


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