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.