Title: Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution
Page: page 531
Title: Index - Vital Records of Newbury, Essex Co., MA
Title: Copy Made by Joshua Coffin - shown Newbury Vital Records
Note: He was killed at the Batle of Bunker Hill. He enlisted 5/9/1775 in Captain Benjamin Perkins's Company, Col. Moses Little's Regiment. At the battle of Bunker Hill Col. Little led three companies across Charlestown Neck, under a servere fire from the British batteries and ships of war, reached the scene of action before the first charge of the enemy, and was pre4sent throughout the entire engagement. In this engagement 40 of this regiment were killed or wonded (from "Ould Newbury" and the "History of Newbury, Massachusetts, 1635 -1902" both by John J. Currier)
The commission under which Captain Perkins led his men on the 17th of June, is dated at Watertown, May 19, 1775, and is signed by Joseph Warren, president. His company were mostly enlisted ten days before. The names of the company are as follows:-- Benjamin Perkins, Captain. Jonathan Norton, private
On the morning of June 17th, when Captain Perkins reached Charlestown Neck with his men, he found it was commanded by the shot from the "Glasgow," man-of-war, and also by two floating batteries, which kept up a heavy cross fire on the American troops who attempted to pass. Finding it growing rather warm, he threw away his wig, ordered his men to follow in single file, and made the passage without loss. Family lore passed through Joseph, Horace, William, John, etc. was that Jonathan had borth legs shot from beneath him at Bunker Hill and that he died while loading his gun after he had fallen. From Elsie Norton Brown came story that Stephen (his brother) watched the Battle of Bunker Hill from a nearby hill. He saw Jonathan carried aboard a British ship where he died.
page 531 Private Capt. Ben Perkins co, Col Moses Little 17th regt. enlisted 5/9/1775 service 12 weeks, reported a prisoner in Boston company return age 20 yrs/ account shows money to be paid from public treasury to sundry persons for injuries sustainted in battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill, amounts allowed 6/15/1776, entry credits amount due to heirs of said Norton.
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