P of C Biographiesmerge.doc - Biographies of Patriots of Color at The Battle of Bunker Hill John Ashbow Colony Connecticut Race Native American Rank

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Biographies of Patriots of Color at The Battle of Bunker Hill
John Ashbow Colony: Connecticut Age: 22 Race: Native American Status: Free Rank: Private Position: Rail Fence Unit: Putnam/Durkee John Ashbow was one of four brothers who fought in the American Revolution. These brothers were Mohegan Native Americans who were born in Norwich, Connecticut. Their father was Reverend Samuel Ashbow. John was born around 1753 in Norwich. John was still single in 1775. John enlisted in May 1775 and marched in the company of Capt. John Durkee, in Colonial Israel Putnam’s regiment. The company marched from Norwich, Connecticut to Cambridge, Massachusetts shortly after the Lexington and Concord Battles. On June 16, 1775 they joined the other colonial regiments on Breed’s Hill. The Connecticut troops were stationed to guard the rail fence on the northeast side of the hill. The Connecticut troops strengthened this fence and held the British soldiers back on the first two attacks. On the third attack the British Army were able to overtake the troops guarding the fence and storm into the redoubt. John survived to continue fighting until his discharge on December 16, 1775. His other brother Robert joined later and died in 1776 during the retreat from New York. There is no information on the fourth brother’s name only that all four did fight in the American Revolution. John later married a woman named Ann whose last name is not listed and they had at least three children. Their oldest son Moses was born in 1780. Samuel Ashbow Colony: Connecticut Age: 29 2
Race: Native American Rank: Private Status: Free Position: Rail Fence Unit: Putnam/Durkee Samuel Ashbow was one of four brothers who fought in the American Revolution. These brothers were Mohegan Native Americans who were born in Norwich, Connecticut. Their father was Reverend Samuel Ashbow. Samuel, Jr. was the oldest, born around 1746. Samuel was married and a father when he joined the colonial militia in 1775. His son Joshua was born in 1773. His wife’s name was not listed in any records.. John and Samuel both enlisted in May 1775 and marched in the company of Capt. John Durkee, in Colonial Israel Putnam’s regiment. They marched from Norwich, Connecticut to Cambridge, Massachusetts shortly after the Lexington and Concord Battles. On June 16, 1775 they joined the other colonial regiments on Breed’s Hill. The Connecticut troops were stationed to guard the rail fence on the northeast side of the hill. The Connecticut troops strengthened this fence and held the British soldiers back on the first two attacks. On the third attack the British Army were able to overtake the troops guarding the fence and storm into the redoubt. It is possibly during this last attack that Samuel was killed. Samuel became the first Native American to die in the American Revolution. He was probably buried on Breed’s Hill in a mass grave with the many other men who died that day. John survived to continue fighting until his discharge on December 16, 1775. His other brother Robert joined later and died in 1776 during the retreat from New York. There is no information on the fourth brother’s name only that all four did fight in the

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