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Rev William Emerson
Birth: May 31, 1743
Malden
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 20, 1776
Center Rutland
Rutland County
Vermont, USA

Revolutionary War Figure. He was the minister in the town of Concord, Massachusetts, from 1765 to 1776. In 1770, near the soon-to-be-famous North Bridge in that town he built his home, which would later become known as the "Old Manse." From his pulpit he preached resistance to oppression by the English Parliament. On April 19, 1775, the first day of the American Revolution, he pleaded with the leaders of the American militia to launch an immediate attack on the British regulars instead of waiting for reinforcements. His demands were ignored, but when the fighting did begin, Emerson anxiously watched the battle unfold from his own land. In August of 1776, he left the Manse to serve as chaplain of the American army at Fort Ticonderoga. It was there he caught dysentery, which lead him to resign his commission to return home. He was able to make it as far as Rutland, Vermont, before becoming too ill to travel. It was there he died and was buried in an unmarked grave. He is the grandfather of the author Ralph Waldo Emerson as well. (bio by: Eric Thomsen) 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Emerson (1700 - 1747)
  Mary Moody Emerson (1702 - 1779)
 
 Spouse:
  Phebe Bliss Emerson Ripley (1741 - 1825)*
 
 Children:
  William Emerson (1769 - 1811)*
  Mary Moody Emerson (1774 - 1863)*
 
 Siblings:
  Joseph Emerson (1721 - 1775)*
  Hannah Emerson Emerson (1722 - 1812)*
  Waldo Emerson (1734 - 1734)*
  Ebenezer Emerson (1736 - 1750)*
  Ruth Emerson Wait (1741 - 1808)*
  William Emerson (1743 - 1776)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Pleasant Street Cemetery
West Rutland
Rutland County
Vermont, USA
 
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Originally Created by: PL
Record added: Oct 23, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8014671
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- TLG85
 Added: Dec. 27, 2013
A rose for your brave service and wisdom concerning the war, and for your grand-parentage of Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Barbara Johnston
 Added: Sep. 10, 2013

- MFPS
 Added: May. 31, 2012
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