Group to set up headstone in Bantam for Boston Tea Party attendee

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BANTAM – The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, in partnership with the Borough of Bantam and Revolution 250, a consortium of organizations working together to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the events leading up to the American Revolution, will place a commemorative marker on the Grave of Boston Tea Party Participant Elisha Horton at Bantam Cemetery, Route 202, at 11 a.m. July 9.

According to a statement, “Patriot Elisha Horton was born in Milton, Massachusetts, on February 11, 1757, into a family working in the papermaking business. He was only 16 when he participated in the Boston Tea Party. After his involvement in this infamous event, he served in several local militias until February 1777, when he enlisted in the 6th Massachusetts Regiment and participated in numerous battles and skirmishes in the Highlands of ‘Hudson. When Elisha’s term expired in early 1780, he re-enlisted, this time as a sergeant major, and in 1782 he was commissioned an ensign in the Continental Army. Over the next few years he served in regiments involved in active engagements with British forces. Horton left the army in 1784 and by 1788 was living in Salisbury, CT where he purchased property adjacent to a paper mill along the Housatonic River. Within a few years he moved to Litchfield, CT and purchased a share in the Jules Deeming Paper Mill in the Bantam Lake area of ​​Bantam, CT. He was married twice. His first wife, Hannah, died in 1824, and in 1825 he married Maxilla (née Bradley), a native of Bantam, CT, who would survive him by 23 years. He had no children and died November 30, 1837 in Litchfield, CT, where he lived for over 40 years.

The memorial plaques mark the final resting places of many, including merchants and young adults, involved in “the most important event leading up to the American Revolution,” the statement said. The image depicted on the memorial marker is inspired by Nathaniel Currier’s The Destruction of the Tea at Boston Harbor lithograph created in 1846, a popular and often used artistic depiction of the Boston Tea Party. Markers will be displayed indefinitely.


In the lead up to the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, on December 16, 2023, additional memorial markers will be placed at the graves of the 125 known Boston Tea Party participants buried in New England and the United States.

The ceremony begins at the All Wars Memorial at the front of the Bantam Cemetery on Route 202/Bantam Road. A cannon will signal the start. The master of ceremonies is Joh Cox, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the American Legion Post 44 and the Litchfield Patriots. Her speech will be followed by an address by Nancy Amrich, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Litchfield Patriots and the Northfield Historical Society.

A tribute to Elisha Horton will be delivered by Michael Bird, President of the Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution. Evan O’Brien, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Creative Manager, and Jonathan Lane, Revolution 250 Coordinator, Mass. Historical Society, will also speak. The group will then walk to the grave of Elisha Horton where the ceremonial placement of the memorial headstone will take place. Members of Oliver Wolcott, Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution will be present.

To date, a total of 93 memorial markers have been placed at the graves of known Boston Tea Party participants buried in some of New England’s oldest cemeteries in Boston, Boston’s North and South Shores, and throughout the Massachusetts. Plaques were placed in the Old Cemetery (Yarmouth, MA), Broad Street Cemetery (Salem, MA), Central Cemetery (Harvard, MA), Central Cemetery (Boston Common, Boston, MA), Chandler Cemetery Hill (Colrain, MA), Cohasset Central Cemetery (Cohasset, MA), Common Street Cemetery (Watertown, MA), Copp’s Hill Burying Ground (Boston, MA), Granary Burying Ground (Boston, MA), Harmony Grove Cemetery (Salem , MA) Hope Cemetery (Worcester, MA), King’s Chapel Burying Ground (Boston, MA), Old Burying Ground (Gardner, MA) and Pine Grove Cemetery (Lynn, MA).

Details of all lineup and information about a major reenactment celebration in December 2023 will be updated and posted at www.BostonTeaParty250.com

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