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David Forbush

David Forbush
by Michael Forbush

From: "Forbes and Forbush Genealogy The Descendants of Daniel Forbush" by Frederick Clifton Pierce and History of Middlesex Co. Mass.

David Forbush (John, Daniel)
Born January 5, 1718 married May 14, 1737, Ruth Wood

Orderly Sergeant David Forbush fought at the battle of Lexington and Concord under the command of Capt. Isaac Davis. When the British reached the bridge at Concord they were met by minute men. The History of Middlesex Co. Mass. states that there may not have been a battle that day except for the fact that smoke began to rise from burning houses at the center of Concord. Colonel Barrett  gave the consent to attack rather than watch "Ole Concord burn." Capt. Davis came back to his company and drew his sword and gave the command to advance six paces. By his side marched Major Buttrick of Concord. As the British began to take the bridge the Americans quickened their pace. Immediately the firing on both sides began. Davis was shot dead through the heart, the ball passed quite through his body, making a large wound, perhaps driving a button off his coat. His blood gushed out in one great stream, flying, it is said, more than ten feet, besprinkling and besmearing his own clothes, these shoe buckles and the clothes of Orderly Sergeant David Forbush and file leader, Thomas Thorp.

Jonathan Knight, the housewright connected with the manufacturing venture that brought about the settlement of Mill Corner, now South Acton, Massachusettes, USA, built a still standing house in 1710. This house was owned and occupied by the Forbush Family from 1739 until the 1830s. David Forbush the Orderly Sergeant of Captain Davis' Minutemen occupied the house for some time. The house has an unusually well-preserved early 18th century chimney. The house came into the Forbush Family through the Wood Family. Abraham Wood, married Jonathan Knight's widow Sarah. Ruth Wood was the daughter of Abraham Wood through this union, eventually inheriting the house.

David died May 19, 1803 age 83 years. His children were:

i. Sarah, born Marlboro June 15, 1738
ii. David, born December 24, 1739; married Sarah Heyward
iii. Daniel, born February 6, 1747, married Lucy Forbush
iv. Molly, born November 23, 1741
v. Mirriam, born December 16, 1743
vi. Abraham, born March 11, 1746, married Mary Whitney
vii. Ruth, born January 19, 1749
viii. Lucy, born January 15, 1753; died February 23, 1759
ix. Ephraim, born October 18, 1756; married Mary Buttrick
x. James, born January 8, 1758; married Eunice Brown

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